Etude (Record Review): Hamza el Din, Escalay

(A LP happens to be 1 square foot, which makes record reviews almost obligatory for this blog). Francis Ford Coppola's 'chapter' of the 1989 anthology film New York Stories is about the relationship between a daughter, Zoë, and a father, who is a famous flautist. The only piece of it that's stuck with me for all of … Continue reading Etude (Record Review): Hamza el Din, Escalay

Why the Self-Employed (Even Conservatives) in Wisconsin Should Get Behind BadgerCare for All

It occurred to me a couple of nights ago to write a column for the newspaper, so I did. And the Green Bay Press-Gazette will be running it on Sunday. I've done this a couple of times over the past few years (I need to send them a better photo). Recently Anthem Blue Cross Blue … Continue reading Why the Self-Employed (Even Conservatives) in Wisconsin Should Get Behind BadgerCare for All

One Way to Dine with Margaret Atwood (with Some Thoughts on Posses)

This is the story of sitting at two tables six months apart. The first was at my coffeehouse last October, where my friend Wendy and I decided to do something for readers and writers. The second was at a restaurant in April, where our board dined with Margaret Atwood at the end of a successful Book and Author Festival that drew thousands to Downtown Green Bay. It's lovely doing personal projects on your own, or working with your spouse, friend, child, mentor, or former grade school teacher. But at some point, you just might need a posse to take on bigger ideas. If you want to change your community, you can't do it alone.