Category Archives: Fond du Lac

Aldo Leopold & the Wisconsin Idea


BY Michael Mentzer Change is in the air, in the angle of light, in our bones. We feel it more than we understand it. The feeling sends me to the bookcase to find “A Sand County Almanac” and the writings of acclaimed environmentalist Aldo Leopold. Somehow it warms my insides to hold the old tattered book with the cobalt cover, ... Read More »

The Wolf Wars Resume


BY Will Stahl In the past I have been hesitant to write about the Wisconsin wolf issue, obscured as it was by too much smoke and heat and not nearly enough light. Besides, the law seemed settled in place; we were having a wolf hunt no matter what I or anyone else might think. But a recent court decision relisting ... Read More »

Dreams, Dreams To Share My Dreams


BY John Price-Kabhir the Buddhist Adviser [Note: This is Part I of a two-part column on dreams. Part II will appear in a future edition of The Scene.] Waking life had a hardness about it. We can rap our knuckles on the table, feel the cold, feel pain, become exhausted after heavy activity. But dreams are different. Though every bit ... Read More »

Remembering a Contrarian Gadfly


BY Robert E. Meyer On December 11, 2014, Robert Nordlander, a household name to anyone who habitually read the opinion pages in the Appleton Post-Crescent, passed away after a lingering illness. Nordlander was also once a columnist in this publication and some years ago his portrait graced a monthly cover. Because I frequently offered rejoinders to Mr. Nordlander’s letters, I ... Read More »

Reflections on Jon Stewart


BY Tony Palmeri Jon Stewart recently announced that he will be leaving the Daily Show at the end of the year. For the millennial generation, Stewart’s departure must feel similar to what their grandparents felt when Walter Cronkite retired from CBS: sadness at the stepping down of a man perceived by them as trustworthy and honest. As a college teacher ... Read More »

Time to repeal the 17th Amendment


BY Rohn Bishop The states created the federal government, the federal government did not create the states. Following the Revolutionary War, America was governed by the Articles of Confederation, which set up an extremely weak national government. Each of the 13 states pretty much did their own thing, from printing money, to making agreements with foreign nations. There was no ... Read More »

The University of Scott Walker


BY Dennis Riley Anyone reading this is aware that Governor Walker wants to turn the University of Wisconsin System into a very different animal. In between the Governor’s Budget Address and the writing of this column – about five days – there has been an awful lot of talk about the size, shape, and strength of that new animal. Much ... Read More »

“Packing It In”


BY Dobie Maxwell We’ve all seen the scenario more times than we can count. The aging star athlete calls a press conference to announce the inevitable – the time has come to hang ‘em up. They all use the same tired old clichés to the crowd of reporters that hangs on their every word and eventually the tears start flowing. ... Read More »

I’m hear


Dear Liv, My name is Connie. I have a situation on my hands, and I’m really hoping for a bit of direction. I’m presently living with my wonderful 82 year-old mother, as my husband is back in Connecticut in the process of selling our home, so we can move here in order to be closer to her. At first all ... Read More »

Artful Living


BY Jean Detjen My new Artful Living column is about feeding senses and spirits through the exploration of art, music, fashion, lifestyle, culture and creative happenings. I invite readers to journey along with me on an eclectic melange of artistic adventures, searching out muses and amusements, meandering as we go. Who needs an itinerary? It often does us good to ... Read More »

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