Your guide to family events, stories and news in Western Wisconsin.

Perspectives

Families of the Chippewa Valley – who they are and what they think

Ticking Off the Hours

My sister and I used to sleep in the same room up at our family’s cabin. My dad had built the twin beds himself, using his all-time favorite…

Steak and Fake Lobster

Poor man’s lobster. It’s more than a great name for a funk band. Poor man’s lobster is what my mom usually ordered when dad took the…

The Stuff of Legend

My dad is 83. Late in life he lost his left arm at the elbow. He has had four bypasses on his heart and Parkinson’s. Mom died of…

Dracula vs. Dad

I got lippy with my father once (well, more than once) in high school, and he chased me half a block through our neighborhood before tackling…

A Season for Smashing

Late February is usually the time of year we stop complaining about the snow and cold so we can free up more time to complain about how dirty…

Boys & Girls

Back in college, I had some pretty big plans for my future children. They were gonna be awesome. And smart. And unique. They weren’t going…