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Wisconsin People & Ideas – Winter 2013

Volume: 
59
Issue Number: 
1

Artists and artisans who are preserving craft traditions like harness-making, decoy carving, blacksmithing, papermaking, weaving, and more carry knowledge accumulated from thousands of individuals over hundreds of years. And yet the accumulated...

There’s a new way to explore local history through the photographs, postcards, maps, artifacts, letters, diaries, books, articles and more found in communities across Wisconsin.

“Our Voices, Our Town,” the theme for southeastern Wisconsin’s 2013 Big Read project, reflects the work of a Wisconsinborn literary legend: Thornton Wilder, who was born in Madison in 1897.

When Max Garland received word from Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission chair Cathryn Cofell th

The sand that you would find on a lake bottom or riverbed (left) differs from frac sand (right) on both an atomic and geologic scale.

While seven out of ten Americans believe climate change is real, most have a difficult time understanding how it affects them—and what they can do about it.

You can draw a lake or paint the ocean, film a rainstorm or a blizzard, sculpt the contours of a river’s path. But how can you express the essence of water?

It’s slippery.

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In addition to being a poet and a playwright, you are also a Civil Rights activist. How do your ideas from one realm influence another?

There’s a body at the bottom of the lake. Probably many. The way you react depends on your definition of the word natural. Probably also on your moral compass, but I can’t just start with bodies. Life is about having stories.

The Casanova has been a fixture in Hudson during my lifetime and well before I was born. The Casanova Beverage Company began brewing and bottling ales and lagers for thirsty locals in 1896.

In addition to being a poet and a playwright, you are also a Civil Rights activist. How do your ideas from one realm influence another?

There’s a body at the bottom of the lake. Probably many. The way you react depends on your definition of the word natural. Probably also on your moral compass, but I can’t just start with bodies. Life is about having stories.

Michael Perry is upset. The county highway commission wants to reconfigure the patch of road near his house, making it impossible for cars to climb the hill to his home in the winter.

The Casanova has been a fixture in Hudson during my lifetime and well before I was born. The Casanova Beverage Company began brewing and bottling ales and lagers for thirsty locals in 1896.

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Margot Peters is an accomplished biographer whose many books include Unquiet Soul: A Biography of Charlotte Brontë; The House of Barrymore; Design for Living: Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne; May Sarton: Biography

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