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What it Means to be Midwestern

The South, New York, New England – they all conjure certain images and characteristics. But what does it mean to be Midwestern? Writer John Hildebrand reflects on the values and ideas associated with the Midwest.  

John Hildebrand teaches English at the UW-Eau Claire and is the author of three books, including A Northern Front.  

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Travel Trouble:

Vacations are the heart of the summer months. With the start of fall, we’re left with stories of where we’ve been and what we’ve seen. Writer John Hildebrand thinks the best memories are from when things go wrong.

John Hildebrand teaches English at the UW-Eau Claire and is the author of three books, including A Northern Front.  

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Act II: Love and Marriage:

Valentine’s Day can elicit groans but it also inspires reflections on the meaning of love. Writer John Hildebrand considers marriage and the bonds that tie us all together.

John Hildebrand teaches English at the UW-Eau Claire and is the author of three books, including A Northern Front.

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Winter Drive:

Winter can seem dark and foreboding with its short days and long nights. Commentator John Hildebrand finds comfort in the varying kinds of winter light.

John Hildebrand teaches English at the UW-Eau Claire and is the author of three books, including A Northern Front.

Photo by Susy Morris.

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Grid Iron Nights:

Friday nights in the fall mean high school football in towns across Wisconsin. Commentator John Hildebrand tells us what makes these games so endlessly appealing and timeless.

John Hildebrand teaches English at the UW-Eau Claire and is the author of three books, including A Northern Front.

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End of Season in the Garden:

It’s officially fall and with the changing leaves and warm days and cool nights comes the bittersweet end to the gardening season. Commentator John Hildebrand reflects on the fate of his own vegetable garden in this transitional time.

John Hildebrand teaches English at the UW-Eau Claire and is the author of three books, including A Northern Front.

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Family Reunions:

Summertime is reunion time for many families as far-flung aunts, uncles, and cousins use their vacation to reconnect. Commentator John Hildebrand tells us about his summers at Delavan Lake.

John Hildebrand teaches English at the UW-Eau Claire and is the author of three books, including A Northern Front.

Image courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Image #88621.

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