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A Visit To My Temple

Next week marks the two year anniversary of the tragic shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek. Shauna Singh Baldwin tells us about sharing her faith and her temple with a young friend.

Shauna Singh Baldwin is the award-winning author of several novels, including  The Selector of Souls. 

Photo: Sikh Temple of Wisconsin

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Wisconsin in Postcards

Wisconsin’s small town and rural landscapes take center stage in a photography project by two photographers.  John Shimon and Julie Lindemann compare and contrast modern Wisconsin with old postcard images they have found.  It all comes together as “The Wisconsin Project.”  Patty Murray has more.

Photo: Shimon and Lindemann

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Keep Your Shirt On

Swimming is one of the joys of summer. But for some kids, swimming is no day at the beach. Mike Paulus tells us his story.

Mike Paulus is the online editor of Volume One in Eau Claire. 

Photo: Ian Kloster/Volume One

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My Wisconsin Water

We all have our own reasons for loving Wisconsin. For John Galligan, it’s the water. He tells us how he found his connection to the state.

John Galligan is a teacher and novelist in Madison.

Photo: John Galligan 

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A Life in Gourds

Humans have used gourds for a variety of purposes for centuries. Artist Terri Schmit didn’t even know what a gourd was until she met her future husband. She’s since become the “gourd girl,” creating art and teaching others about this fascinating fruit. Judith Siers-Poisson has the story. 

Photo: Terri Schmit

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Making a Home

Ann Peters’ architect father designed and built her childhood home north of Fond du Lac. Everything about that house came to define her sense of place and what home means.

Ann Peters is the author of House Hold: A Memoir of Place, and is associate professor of English at Stern College, Yeshiva University.

Photo: Yeshiva University 

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Man with Dog

Many of us see the same people on the bus, in our coffee shop, at the gym, or walking to work each day. They are a part of our lives even if we don’t know their names. Patti See tells us about the regulars in her life. 

Patti See is a writer in Eau Claire. 

Photo: Doug Sharp

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Wisconsin in Watercolor

German immigrant Paul Seifert lived a varied and creative life in the Driftless region he called home. He painted vibrant watercolor farmscapes in the 19th century that are highly prized by collectors today. Wisconsin Historical Museum curator Joe Kapler tells us about Seifert, the man and his

An exhibit of Paul Seifert’s work is on view at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison through August 30th.

Image: Wisconsin Historical Images

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Flags

Flags fly this week as we celebrate American independence. Writer and farmer Justin Isherwood tells us about the flags he raises above his Wisconsin farm.

Justin Isherwood is a writer and farmer in Central Wisconsin.  

Photo: contemplative imaging

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Isolation Bubble

Sight is something most of us take for granted. Kathie Schneider has been blind since birth. But a lack of vision isn’t really the problem she has navigating the world.

Katherine Schneider is a retired psychologist and author in Eau Claire.

Photo: Volume One 

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Racquetball Champ

Racquetball is a relatively new sport. Combining squash and handball, it was only invented in the 1950s. Milwaukee hosted the sport’s first national tournament in the late 1960s. Seth Jovaag introduces us to one of Wisconsin’s top players.

Photo: Alvin Trusty

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Citizen Stream Monitor

Across the country, trained volunteers monitor the condition of local streams, lakes, and wetlands. Writer Mary Ellen Gabriel tells us about the stream she watches with her sons and the experience of doing citizen science. 

Mary Ellen Gabriel is a writer in Madison. 

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Wisconsin’s First Teacher

Schools are important social institutions but they only came into existence in early Wisconsin once a critical mass of parents was willing to hire a teacher. On June 20, 1828, Electa Quinney became Wisconsin’s first public school teacher. Writer Karyn Saemann tells us about this well-educated woman from the Stockbridge Indian tribe.

Karyn Saemann is a journalist and author of Electa Quinney: Stockbridge Teacher.

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Wisconsin in Plein Air

For nine days, 160 local and national artists paint Cedarburg during the town’s annual Plein Air Event. It’s the state’s largest gathering of artists. Producer Nancy Camden went to discover the appeal of painting outdoors. 

Photo: Nancy Camden

Music: Signal from Matthew Schroeder 

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Family and Sunday Brunch

Father’s Day is this weekend. As kids, we tend to view ourselves as the center of our parents’ world. Writer Julie Pandl discovered a whole new side of her father when she went to work in the family restaurant.

Julie Pandl is the author of Memoir of The Sunday Brunch.  

Photo: Julie Pandl

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