Small Town News

Read Paula’s observations about life in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

Falling in Love Again

My father was a jazz fan who collected LPs in the 1940s and 50s and was known to stay up late into the night listening to his newest acquisitions. This made for difficult early mornings because his day job was a banker and loan officer. These details were related to...

Gong Show

I'd think it would be obvious that, when you've built a dedicated temple in your back yard, as one does, and have had it blessed twice by the grand master from Taiwan, and you spend two hours a day in meditation, that you'd need a gong. When the temple property in...

Following Purdue Pharma and the Oxycontin Trail

Following Purdue Pharma and the Oxycontin Trail

Back in December NPR had an interesting story on Purdue pharmaceuticals, describing how e-mails had been discovered among the family owners that clearly indicated their purposeful actions despite having been made aware of the impact of opioids on addiction through a...

Caring for Sponge Bob Square Pants

Caring for Sponge Bob Square Pants

Neighbors have abandoned the hood for parts beyond as winter lingers in Wisconsin. The month of March does not feel much like Spring here. So I take in the neighbors’ little betta fish for the week. I’m guessing the six-year-old named it. Sponge Bob doesn’t require...

The girl

The girl

When our adult son returned home to live with us during the pandemic, he brought his partner with him.  Brittany bounces up and down to indicate her excitement about a meal being prepped, a package being delivered, or the plan for an evening of popcorn and a movie....