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Meet the real John Wick of Mazomanie, Wisconsin

You know the action movie character John Wick? The assassin who avenges the death of his dog? Well, did you ...

The shot heard ‘round the farm: Dad’s baseball is a goner

Remember the classic scene in “The Sandlot?” When Smalls hits a homer into the neighbor’s yard...and it turns out the ...

Bless these pests: Welcoming the garden invaders

Ever feel like you’re constantly battling garden invaders? Dealing with the weeds, bugs, and critters can be a never-ending, daunting ...

Pregnant in a pandemic: When parenting begins before the birth

The pandemic has been hard on many parents. For N’Jameh Russell-Camara of Milwaukee, her parenting started earlier than she expected, ...

A savory gift of gratitude

Writer Crystal Chan loves to cook. During the pandemic, she traveled home often, enjoying long stays with her parents. To ...

Promises kept: Madison woman reflects on her late father’s life

Many of us reach a point in life when it's our turn to take care of our parents. That was ...

Dear Papa, I’m writing to you on birch bark

When WPR producer Steve Gotcher's daughter, Erika, was a little girl, she started a tradition of sending him letters on ...

Finding stillness in the storm: Family camping in the best and worst of times

Taking the kids camping usually sounds like a great idea, until it’s not. Author BJ Hollars brings us a story ...

Lac du Flambeau tribal youth are taught the time-honored tradition of spearfishing

Spearfishing is a tradition practiced every spring by Ojibwe tribes in northern Wisconsin. It’s a practice that’s been passed on ...

Navigating IVF treatments and pregnancy during a global pandemic

Tens of thousands of people turn to fertility clinics every year in the US to help them grow their families. ...

Little known truths about lilies of the valley

It was May 1977 when my grandmother Nana led me to her basement, past the black-iron cook stove, then the ...

Motherhood: Reigniting a love for bedtime stories one book at a time

In a tribute to one of her favorite activities as a new mom, WPR’s Jenny Peek gives us an ode ...

La Crosse author reimagines Hmong folk tale in new book ‘Folklore’

The story of Xai and Sia is a Hmong folk tale of a young woman’s journey to the netherworld to ...

‘Community gratitude’: Lessons learned on the road to cancer recovery

Taking notice and being thankful for the family and community we have around us often occurs when we’re facing our ...

My mother’s tea: Skepticism and love of family traditions

Many of us grow up questioning our parents’ methods and traditions, only to find ourselves embracing them later in life. ...