Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury: Summer, New

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury: Summer, New

The book Dandelion Wine caught my attention because of the descriptions of growing up in a small community, seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy. The variety of opportunities and choices mirrored my life in the area east and west of Amery, Wisconsin. I’ll present parts of the first chapter in which Douglas woke […]

Summer Memories and Anticipation: Finalized

Summer Memories and Anticipation: Finalized

Summertime. June, the perfect month for anyone who enjoys summer and has an advantage of a time without responsibilities. As a student for 17 years and a teacher for 35, summer was a smorgasbord of possibilities. As a youth growing up around Amery, WI, the choices were nearly endless. It’s been common to lay out […]

A History Class Reading Nostalgia by Candlelight

A History Class Reading Nostalgia by Candlelight

Nostalgia was a popular topics in history class. When students came back to talk to me after years away from our junior high experiences, they’d often say they recalled with good feelings the time we all read by candlelight. Nostalgia was an emphasis I developed for the end of the year holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. […]

Brenda, the Good Shepherd in Western Wisconsin

Brenda, the Good Shepherd in Western Wisconsin

From a modern sheep herder: “People think I’m crazy, but I don’t care.” April can be a busy month for raising sheep because of the birthing and follow-up care needed. Brenda from western Wisconsin says, however, “I love it.” Her worst experience? She sold a lamb to a person who let it starve. Since then […]