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PEEF the bear: Home for Christmas

Parents will go to great lengths to make sure their kids have the perfect Christmas. Parents like Jan Larson of ...

Cuban exile reflects on time with sponsor family in Sparta

(This story is an excerpt from the podcast, “WPR Reports: Uprooted.”) When Ernesto Rodriguez of La Crosse was 24 years ...

Under bridges: A parent finds peace in independence and letting go

You don’t have to travel far to find adventure. Writer Jill Sisson Quinn and her son recently spent an afternoon ...

Rules are rules: Navigating prenatal appointments alone during the pandemic

Over the last several years, many profound experiences that typically would be shared with loved ones were lost in the ...

Lake love: Embracing both new and old experiences

Writer Jill Sisson Quinn and her son had a summer routine. They would go to their local lake for a ...

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, ...

My weekend with the doe

Though sunny weather was forecast, my Memorial Day weekend plans did not include picnics or fishing. Yard chores and planting ...

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 ...

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. ...

My Brother, Thomas: By Cierra Riederer

Earlier this year, “Wisconsin Life” started working with students at Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School, or MG21. The goal ...

Wisconsin Airman Killed In Afghanistan Remembered By Mom, Brother

For those who have fought and died in the U.S. Armed Forces, they leave with their families the weight of ...

‘I Still Remember’: A Woman’s Journey From Laos To Eau Claire

In the mid-1970s, Lisa Chue Thao and her family had to leave their whole world behind. Their farm, their friends, ...

‘It Opened Up My World’: Kenosha Veteran On Experience In U.S. Navy

Retired Legal Chief Lorrie McNeal Saylor of Kenosha knew before she graduated high school that she wanted to see the ...

Calling The Crops: Finding Solace In Fruits And Vegetables

As the coronavirus pandemic has left more people stuck inside, a yearning to get back to nature has flourished. This ...