Monthly Archives: September 2012

Book review: “United States of Arugula”

Since I’m teaching a cookbook-memoir class right now, I thought I’d background myself with a dip into David Kamp’s book The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation.  It was a fun read–a tour that took me from … Continue reading

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The Race

By John Haugen-Wente Sharkchow, Wizard, Sandybottom, IronBob, Kneading Water, Ridgerunner.  All names I knew well.  Part of the WaterTribe.  A loose knit group of kindred spirits dedicated to the development of small boats, and human athletic performance. I had been … Continue reading

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Book Review: Caitlin Moran’s “How To Be A Woman”

How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran came to my attention through a recent piece in the New York Times Magazine that quoted her on breasts: “It doesn’t matter if your breasts sag because the only people likely to … Continue reading

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Westside Senior Center Reminiscence Writing starts up September 25

We’re back in our old time slot on Tuesday mornings! We’ll meet for eight  sessions* from September 25 to November 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Westside Senior Center, 602 North Segoe Road. The workshop offers a “one room school” approach in which beginning … Continue reading

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A Place Called Home

By Therese Ladell The family of seven left Chicago, moving to Wisconsin in the spring of 1957. The four bedroom green Cape Cod style house was spacious, on a quiet dead end street at the very edge of the little … Continue reading

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“Put a Little Life Into Your Obituary” workshop in Monona

“If I don’t write it down, who will know what I accomplished?” asked a participant in my first “Obituaries” workshop, which I taught at the Monona library back in 2006. Now I’m back in Monona, teaching “Obits” again! This workshop … Continue reading

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My History of Camping Food

I haven’t published any of my own memoir writing recently–time to get back to that! Here’s an essay I wrote while teaching the “Meals and Memories” workshop for Odyssey three summers ago… but first — “a commercial message.” Just a … Continue reading

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