While working on a story this week, I ran into a roadblock that many a reporter has encountered over the course of their career. After spending my morning gathering background on Starbucks’ anti-bias training and formulating questions for local employees, I learned I wouldn’t be able to speak with anyone on the topic. The nationwide coffee company has barred its employees from commenting. It’s an opportunity lost for the Eau Claire community. Here’s some background for
This blog contains spoilers from John Krasinski’s film “A Quiet Place.” If you’re going to get me to watch a horror or thriller movie, it’ll have to meet some standards. It will need to have an underlying statement — “Get Out,” anyone? — or thoughtful, masterfully done cinematography (think “Black Swan”). Movies that are scary just for the sake of being scary won’t cut it. That being said, I agreed to
If you ask me, a reading list can never be too long. For those of you looking to freshen up or extend your list, allow me to throw some recommendations your way: • “West with the Night,” Beryl Markham: I carried this book around with me all summer, even after I had already finished reading. It tagged along on my camping trip to the Apostle Islands, and it spent a lot of sunny afternoons on my front steps. This memoir-style book recounts the life of Beryl Markham, the first
Living on my own as a young adult has taught me a lot about myself. I’m not an experienced cook, for one — it’s not completely abnormal to find me eating eggs and chips and salsa for dinner for the fourth night in a row. To balance that out, I’m pretty good at laundry compared to peers in my age bracket. But recently I’ve also come to realize how much I value TV-less living. It wasn’t really a purposeful life choice to not buy a television when I struck out
Contrary to my previous adamantly held belief, it is indeed possible to go running outside in the winter and enjoy it. As part of a New Years resolution, I’m trying to spend more time outdoors this winter season because I know the nature enthusiast in me will be happier if I do. So far, I’ve bundled up for a midnight meteor shower; obtained heated shoe inserts so my feet are toasty on long outdoor excursions; and at least contemplated picking up downhill skiing again for the first
You know you’ve found a good friend when they agree to go star watching with you at midnight on a Wednesday. I was ecstatic when Facebook alerted me earlier this month of the upcoming Geminid meteor shower, an annual celestial occurrence that presents itself in December. I asked my friend and fellow reporter here at the Leader-Telegram, Andee Erickson, to accompany me someplace away from city lights the night of Dec. 13 and she easily agreed. Star watching is a favorite activity of mine.
One blustery night last winter, I found myself sitting in the driver’s seat of my little red car with my forehead resting on the steering wheel in defeat. It was about 1 a.m., and my car was stuck smack in the center of Wisconsin Street in downtown Eau Claire. City plows hadn’t yet cleared the road to my then-house, and shin-deep devil snow smothered the street as far as my tired eyes could see. Exhausted after a bartending shift, I gave myself a quick pep talk and circled back to
I recently came across a comic strip about journalism and modern news consumers that made me both chuckle outwardly and scream internally at the sheer terror of its accuracy. The comic depicts a woman, donning a ponytail and hoop earrings, hunched over a computer. Beside her, a man sits with his feet propped on a table while he scrolls through his smartphone. As the woman types on her laptop, she asks her companion, “How do you know if a news story is true?” Engrossed in his