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It’s two days before Christmas and I have plenty left to do. Grocery shopping (which you know I hate), present wrapping, cooking, baking, cleaning, writing my Christmas cards (yes, I am behind) … more
Back in the days when I ran newsrooms, I was fond of telling folks that the simplest definition of news is “what people are talking about.” I was reminded of that when I stopped in … more
After my mother’s death in 1945, my father remarried in 1948 and lots of things were to change. His bride, Edna Johnson, owned a restaurant on Main Street and never again did I eat a single … more
The holiday season brings forth an opportunity to spend time with loved ones, infused with a sense of positive optimism and reflection. During this time traditions take center stage like adorning the … more
Under the current lay of the land, the political parties are in control – that means the most important part of the U.S. Senate and House of Representative elections occurs during the primary … more
‘Twas the night before deadline And all through the house Everyone was sleeping, Not Sarah, typing quiet as a mouse She’s been up since five But the printers … more
We Americans are blessed with a language that even outclasses English, the language of the Bard. Think I’m kidding? We have all the basics inherited from Merrie Olde England, which already had … more
As we near the end of 2023, I like to reflect on all of the work that the State Assembly has accomplished and to update you on a number of pieces of legislation that I have been working on this … more
In September I wrote about Republicans gaslighting students into thinking they are being indoctrinated by universities. In other words, students are being told they are wrong for owning their vision … more
I’ve had a terrible cold/sore throat/cough for over a week now, and it’s sapping me of any giddyup and go I had left. It’s hard to get well when each day is jampacked with work and … more
“ I could dance with you till the cows come home. Better still, I’ll dance with the cows and you come home. ” — Groucho Marx Recently, I needed to call customer service … more
Wisconsin is rich with resources, and none are greater than our young people.  Our history of investing in higher education is perhaps our greatest commitment as a state. Since its … more
“Gypsy (N.)—A member of a traditionally itinerant people, now residing mostly in permanent communities in many countries of the world.” ~Webster’s College Dictionary … more
On Aug. 17, 1936 Wisconsin issued the nation’s first Unemployment Insurance (UI) check. It was made out to Neils Ruud for $15, which is displayed at the State Historical Society. The UI program … more
Early winter is a magical time. Wisconsinites are blessed with four beautiful seasons and all the recreational opportunities that come with them. Before the doldrums of winter set in, when the season … more
I absolutely love everything about the holiday season. The scent of evergreen wafting from the tree, the twinkle of Christmas lights, the holiday parties and concerts, buying gifts for people, … more
Regular and faithful readers of my meanderings will recall that my name does not come up with the mention of fashion icons. I dress seasonally with the notion that clothes serve a utilitarian purpose … more
With Christmas beckoning, the mail-order shopping season is upon us and I’m getting a tad sick of receiving glossy catalogs from companies I’ve never heard of.  It wasn’t … more
So far this year, or at least since I wrote this column, we haven't had any major snowstorms, but the smell of snow in western Wisconsin is only a forecast away. When the snow begins to fall, we … more
I receive hundreds of emails a week about a variety of issues. Some are original and informed, while others are auto-generated form emails. Certain advocacy groups have a history of harnessing … more
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