Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Carmel Sale

The opening of Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts this weekend prompts me to post this essay I wrote in Spring 2010, in response to an assignment I gave my Oregon class: “Hometown Events.” The face of fundraising in Carmel … Continue reading

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Do you keep a journal?

Susan Albert Wittig, author and founder of Story Circle Network, has kept a journal for decades. I have not. I’ve never been clear on what a person is supposed to write in a journal, if that person is not 20-something … Continue reading

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Remembering Bev Fosdal

A fearless, peerless writer passed away on Wednesday, January 25th — Bev Fosdal of Cambridge, Wisconsin. I was introduced to Bev by Anne Short, reminiscence writing instructor extraordinaire, when I was looking for people to interview for my book, Madison … Continue reading

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Book review: Rhoda Janzen’s “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress”

Just finished this book. I was drawn to it because the Mennonite Church figures in my family history–my mother’s people would relate with pride (if pride were allowed) the role of my distant ancestors in the good works of that … Continue reading

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Fudge Girl

This is the first essay Katie shared at our South Madison memoir workshop, written in Fall 2008 about her summer of 1992. With this essay “She had me at hello,” as the saying goes. I’ve been a fan of her work ever … Continue reading

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Naming Names comes up again

One of my fearless, peerless writers just turned me down.  I invited him to post an essay he’d written on being trapped with smokers as part of his job. His words evoked so vividly the world before smoking bans, you could … Continue reading

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“I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore”

By Sarah White I thought I’d follow on Dan Schuette’s “Invasion” post about the U.W. Campus 1967 with a memory of what I was doing about that same time. I wrote this in response to an assignment I gave my … Continue reading

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