Before the late congressman John Lewis coined the phrase “good trouble,” he and Jim Zwerg, a former Eau Claire resident, lived it out. I first…

Back in March when the safer-at-home measures were rolled out and the quarantine began, I felt confident that my family was well situated, and…

Eight years ago, after watching the Packers in a bar, my son bid on a 1987 Sun Tracker pontoon. Let’s just say Alex’s judgement wasn’t crystal…

Learning to ride a bike is as easy as learning to ride a bike. Which is to say: pretty darn hard. Especially when you’re 6. And my daughter. A…

I do not have a great memory and perhaps this explains why I have gravitated towards a life of writing. I have to write stuff down to remember…

For years now I’ve kept a “Visitors Log,” a notebook where I write a few lines about what occurs when anyone comes over: family and friends, d…

We have only so many days, so many years, and almost none of us know with certainty when that time will expire. I think about time more than w…

Of the many cultural touchstones Wisconsin has to offer, none are more celebrated (and with greater zeal) than our legendary (and endless arra…

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…

Generations of Chippewa Falls children knew family doctor Charles Kemper as “the bird man.” Southside kids like me often rode our bikes throug…

A few weeks ago, several hundred pounds of accumulated snow calved off the roof of our outbuilding effectively burying the small door our chic…

When a father meets his child for the first time, he’s left speechless. What words, after all, could possibly speak to the majesty of such an …

WARNING: This essay contains copious amounts of blood. Pig blood, to be exact. Reader discretion is advised…

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In 1953, Joe and Virgie See and their three preschool daughters were living in a 1-bedroom cold-water Chippewa Falls apartment when they bough…