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

My husband and I watch the daily movement on freezing-thawing-refreezing Lake Hallie. First come what Bruce calls “Jesus Geese” who appear to …

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…

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…

After last February’s record snowfall, I’m filled with more dread than usual about what these 29 days will bring. All of us who survived damag…

On the last day of its nearly 60 years in existence, my son and I walked into Thompson’s True Value and Variety Store in Eau Claire for one la…

New Year’s Day was beautiful, the sun intermittently breaking through banks of gray cloud and the temperature in the upper 20s, with thick pow…

For the first time in history five generations coexist at work. From the breakroom to the boardroom the silent generation (now in their mid-70…

The sophomores sat stiffly in backless wooden benches as a storm raged just beyond the barracks walls. Thirty-year-old Clarice Chase stood at …

Coming back from college to celebrate holidays can be such an awkward endeavor. In every legal sense, you are a bona fide adult. And yet, ther…

I struck out in search of silence, and I found it a quarter mile deep in the woods. It wasn’t easy getting there, but it was a whole lot easie…

I did most of my growing up in the Putnam Heights neighborhood or off Grover Road. Back in the 1980s and ‘90s, those streets teemed with kids,…

Standing in the driveway on that crisp November morning, as my nine-month-plus-five-day pregnant wife, Meredith, and I prepare for our trip to…

I was just a kid. Maybe 12 or 13. Freshly graduated from Hunter’s Safety and so excited to be in the Northwoods with my Dad, on my first offic…

Like many Chippewa Falls kids, I perfected my counting skills playing cribbage: “15-2, 15-4, 15-6, and six more is a doz.” As the youngest of …