Getting her own star doesn’t go to Minnie Mouse’s head

After 90 years, a grave injustice has been remedied, and many folks are wondering what took so long. No, someone wasn’t vindicated of a crime he or she didn’t commit. It was more a case of giving someone her just desserts, and in this case, it was cheesecake—heavy emphasis on the cheese. On Monday, Minnie …

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Authors have to take a stab at evolution when writing

People who read series enjoy seeing the characters evolve, grow into something, make improvements, suffer setbacks and more. Many of us evolve in real life—not all, but many—so it makes sense that our favorite fictional characters do the same. I just finished the first draft of A Murder Shatters Peaceful Valley, and in taking a …

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Polar bear plunges bring out newspaper columnist’s frigid personality

How many of you have participated in a Polar Bear Plunge? For those of you who haven’t even heard of the concept, it involves jumping into frigid water in the dead of winter. It’s a tradition in many Wisconsin communities. For those of you who love to participate in the plunge, I’ve got something to …

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It takes some puppets to save a culture

Language is something we use constantly, yet we don’t always think about our words and realize they’re a part of our heritage. What would we do if our language was dying? What would we do if we were losing our cultural identity? For those whose native language is English, there doesn’t appear to be any …

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Dealing with the bizarre affairs of death

I’ve dealt with many people who have lost loved ones, seen how they deal with grief. As a journalist, I’ve occasionally had to step in and ask people in mourning to speak about their loss. I’ve been fairly lucky for the most part. I lost a friend a few years ago, and sometimes I hear …

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