1st Installment: The Wisconsin Stories

  With this short story P.A. Naparstek and I have begun an experiment of writing and publishing a series of interconnected short stories that will at the end create a novel.  Two storytellers; one man, one woman, viewing, reacting, considering the same events...

Misdirection

You don’t have to fool all of the people all of the time; you just have to fool the right people some of the time. (folk wisdom) On June 18 (1941) Timoshenko and Zhukov tried once again to persuade Stalin and the Politburo to put the Army on full alert. The more...

In her homeland, in my homeland

On 1 October I served as a Wisconsin Book Festival usher for Kao Kalia Yang, http://www.kaokaliayang.com/ a 28-year-old passion-filled Hmong woman born in one of the post-Vietnam refugee camps in Thailand. This is an exceptional young woman. As part of a larger...

History 419, 42 years later

September 7, 2010 A clap of thunder ricochets down Park Street in the space between the Mosse Humanities Building and Chadbourne Hall. Winds off Lake Mendota drive sheets of cold rain upon students in flip-flops and T-shirts, who screech and laugh, excited this first...

On the Edge of Things

To grow up in the northwoods was to grow up on the edge of things. On Mother’s day, Highway 17 filled with cars heading north past patches of dirty snow that remained still in the shaded ditches. On Memorial day the flow reversed, the trees growing bare, the winds...