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“It’s been rough and rocky travelin’, but I’m finally standing upright on the ground.” I’ve been hearing those words since I was a little girl…

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When out in the field and woods with my friends this morning I was struck again by how silent it was. There we were, those three dogs and me, …

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Life is hard, they say. Each day we experience challenges and frustrations we must overcome. Isn’t it wonderful when we run into people who sm…

It’s a Top Ten Day. That’s right — capitalized. That means it’s official. It’s important. A blue sky with a couple puffy clouds sailing above,…

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When a Daily Press reporter began asking neighbors of a proposed homeless shelter what they thought of the proposal, the stereotypes instantly…

By the time you read this, I hope to be midway through a four-day, fall-colors motorcycle trip along the shores of lakes Michigan and Superior.

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This week we found ourselves sliding into fall. It was Wednesday – keskiviikko, as the Finns say – when it really began. The dogs and I were i…

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You can’t always get everything you want: We’ve heard it said. Yes, choices, trade-offs, no free lunch. Economists call this “opportunity cost…

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Some people find my eternal optimism annoying, but it isn’t something I can turn off. In positive psychology, my energy and ideas for the futu…

I’m going to make an apple pie. First thought of the day. That kind of day — warm bed, puffs of chilly air coming in the open window. The room…

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For each of us there comes a time when our work is finished. It might come suddenly, actually unannounced in some cases, or it might be a grad…

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Many states including Wisconsin have public records laws. But that doesn’t mean requesters always get the records they seek, or even that the …

There was a time in my life when I left the church. It was when stories about abuse and harm that happened in churches were being shared and I…

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Summer begins. Like planting your feet on the floor that first day. First day after school’s out, after graduation, after a new job, a new hou…

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Who else thought immediately of Gwyneth Paltrow when they read the Ashland School District’s press release saying the district and Superintend…

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Next week Monday, some of us might pause to contemplate how unimportant a national holiday has become. Monday is Labor Day since it is the fir…

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Every Labor Day, I write a column to commend and show gratitude to the hard-working men and women of the 74th Assembly District. Last year, I …

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When my husband and I cast off from the dock, the first thing I notice is the crisp air and pitter-patter of the water moving with the side of…

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These hills. These green and forested hills with blue Highway 13 knighted as Lake Superior Scenic Byway and little-cousin backroads winding th…

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I’ve struggled to find much history at all about the Hayward Indian School as I research the possibility of unmarked graves on its old property.

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I found myself single for the first three days of this week as my wife was out of town visiting relatives. That left me to tend to all the liv…

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