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On the Cover October 2021

This month’s cover art by Linda Kelen of Spring Green is titled “Littlehead” (cherry woodblock print, 24-by-29.5 inches in a handmade poplar frame). It’s among four of Linda’s pieces that earned her…

Welcome to October

There are certain people we can’t imagine our nook of the Driftless Area without. “Papa” Bob and Kate McQuade are two of them.   Owners of The Shoppe at Herbs Spices &…

Between the Lines

October. Caramel apples and pumpkins. Halloween! Halloween means make-believe, costumes, fun themes and parties. Prompts for such a creative month is a wonderful way to have fun with writing. It’s also a…

A Veteran’s Journey Home

In 2016, I was transferred to a position in Singapore shortly after the passing of my father. He had been struggling with health issues for over five years, surviving both cancer in…

Tracking Your Past

Years ago when she was a grad student in creative writing at the University of Minnesota, Milwaukee novelist Lauren Fox discovered a box of letters addressed to her Jewish grandmother Ilse. Written…

Driftless Dark Skies

On the first day of September, I had a wonderful time hiking the trails of Kickapoo Valley Reserve well beyond midnight. I was on a mission with my Unihedron Sky Quality Meter…

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Cultivating Enchantment at a Community Garden

Late last October, I found myself among new and old friends, gleefully tossing shingles of horse manure off the tailgate of a heavy-duty pickup truck. We took turns switching between chiseling and…