Monthly Archives: November 2014

My Dumb Eulogy


BY NICK OLIG I feel that creative writing is an honest way to make a living even though it still feels like robbing a casino—and perhaps not getting away with it as the crew from Ocean’s Eleven did. With that stated, my second collection of short writings, More Stories and Additional Stories, should be available as a reasonably priced e-book ... Read More »

Culture Shock


BY Barbara Lucas I moved to Fond du Lac after living seven years in Washington DC. It was only a short hop, distance wise, between the Reagan and Mitchell airports but seemed at that time light years apart in cultural life, pace of daily living, crime rate, and political climate. My first culture shock came when a brief column in ... Read More »

Honoring Our Veterans

Artist Dawn Lakin’s rendering of the the mural.

BY MICHAEL MENTZER November is a daunting month. It embodies cold and dismal days that open the door to winter, but at the same time celebrates military veterans and the joy of giving thanks that warms the heart. A local project that will be unveiled this month at the Fond du La c County James Megellas Veterans Memorial Building on ... Read More »

“Square One”


BY DOBIE MAXWELL Just when I think I actually might have life figured out – or at least a chunk of it – some crisis pops up out of nowhere to slap me back into the patiently waiting clutches of reality and reminds me I am still a full fledged dyed in the wood card carrying idiot. When will anything ... Read More »

I’m Hear


Dear Liv, I need to know if I’m overreacting or if this happens to other people as well. I have a friend, who I consider a best friend, who seems to be too busy to talk to me, except for when SHE has the time to talk or has something she wants to talk to me about. I call her ... Read More »

PANDEMONIUM (pan-duh-moh-nee-uh m)


BY SCHERRYL ANTONIADIS I come from a large family... a very large family. My maternal grandparents had 13 children; who, in turn, married and gave them 44 grandchildren. Although my paternal grandparents couldn’t compete with that, they did produce four children and 12 grandchildren of their own. In addition to myriad aunts, uncles and cousins, I also have two brothers ... Read More »

The VERY Funny – John McGivern


BY MIKE CASPER It was about thirty-seconds into my phone conversation with John McGivern that I realized that this actor/writer/comedian/producer/director/raconteur could have just as easily been the guy next to me who had the next deal in the Wednesday afternoon euchre game at Carlone’s Bar in downtown Fond du Lac. He couldn’t have been nicer. If you haven’t seen him ... Read More »

Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip


Ingredients: 1 (10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry 1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 c. mayonnaise 1/2 c. sour cream 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened 1 T. lemon juice 3/4 c. grated parmesan cheese 1-1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. ... Read More »

Bacon ‘n Cheese Stuffed Beef Tenderloin


Ingredients: 1 (10- to 12-inch) center cut beef tenderloin 1 crumbled bleu cheese 8 to 12 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled 2 to 3 T. olive oil Salt or garlic salt Fresh ground black pepper Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Make a cut down the center of the beef to make a pocket. Do not cut all the way ... Read More »

Cranberry Orange Cupcakes


Ingredients: 2-1/2 c. fresh cranberries, divided 1 box (18.25 ozs.) white cake mix 1 c. water 1/3 c. vegetable oil 3 eggs 1 T. orange zest 24 paper muffin liners 1 T. orange juice 3 T. sugar or decorating sugar Cream Cheese Frosting: 1 pkg. (8 ozs.) cream cheese, softened 1 stick butter, softened 1 t. vanilla 3 to 4 ... Read More »

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