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…

Every Memorial Day, my long-time friend David would honor both his family and fellow Vietnam War veterans with a visit to his hometown cemeter…

A New York Times article on May 14, 2020, noted that Iowa hog farmers are estimated to euthanize 600,000 hogs in the following six weeks while…

Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District is home to over 18,000 farms, and as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, most of them are in a crisis. N…

I click on the article “Want to Fall in Love with Your Partner Again? Science Says to Ask Them These 36 Questions” for the same reason I’m wea…

Almost a month ago, the singer-songwriter Bill Withers passed away. His death was no doubt overshadowed by the COVID-19 quarantine, President …

I stumbled upon the Facebook group “Our Old Town Chippewa Falls” just after its January launch. I wasn’t hooked until Deb Stone posted a pictu…

An hour before her death, I reached for the skillet, then prepared for Cici — our 12-pound mixed breed — the best fried egg this side of Heave…

Ten years ago, I was a new graduate student at the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop. Part of my responsibilities included teaching one o…

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