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The first rule of road trips is to never embark upon a road trip. At least not one like ours: 10 days and 2,500 miles of tent camping in the n…

To the left of the stainless-steel elevator in Eau Claire’s Christ Church Cathedral hangs a plaque which reads: “The Frank and Miriam Carr Car…

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day was wonderfully different than every other week of the year on the southern Illinois dairy farm …

Winter is a season to celebrate, although some lifelong Wisconsinites may disagree because of the snow and freezing temperatures. The change o…

The trouble with being proficient at something, or even being perceived as proficient, is that people will inevitably come seeking your talent…

When I was dating the man who would become my husband, I asked his middle son if he was tired of me hanging out at their house so often. “I li…

On a Christmas morning 117 years ago the children of Eau Claire ran wide-eyed and full of wonder to their Christmas trees, anxious to see Sant…

About 10 years ago, I was seated in a well-lighted classroom at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop taking a course on the poetry of James Merrill. I w…

St. Patrick’s Day, 2020, was my first work-at-home day, and the day I realized I did not want to work from home for long. My favorite gel pen …

Had Jeff DeGrave simply seen a badger on Badger Avenue, it would’ve made a lot more sense. Yet what he saw on that November night was a creatu…

The woodstove is no longer roaring, so I step out onto our back porch for an armload of oak before shouldering my way back inside. After resto…

I want to draw attention to distress in the rural economy across the Grain Belt. States like Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Iowa are experienci…