The Art of The Branch: An Interview with Kristina Campbell

Now that I have introduced myself,  I have decided to  write a little about The Branch. Every time I visit, I am struck by  amount of art on the walls, tables, and even inside the giant bank vault. I wanted to find out how The Branch decided to host artwork and it’s contribution to the…

An introduction to the new Writer in Residence

Hello, My name is Jenny Maurer and I will be your writer in residence for January to June 2020. Since moving to Racine in 1990, I have long come to appreciate the many creative outlets that our community offers, such as the Wustum’s many art classes, The Racine Art Museum’s exhibitions, the Racine Public Library’s…

Intermission

:Lindsay Knapp We’re all feeling it; the decline of delicious summer and our steep descent into the darker months.  Fall days have always been, for me, the pause to consider how we will handle the pace change as a family.  It’s a quick respite of quick-bursting color and sun-filled pumpkin hunting afternoons.  But with each…

The Star-Gazers

:Lindsay Knapp There are eleven of us, huddled into a donut shaped room;  a massive telescope taking center stage where the donut hole would normally be.  We orbit around it, people of all different sizes shapes and ages, bopping from one side of the room to the next.  There are children here, no doubt fueled…

The Super Secret Ninja-ness of the Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade

:Lindsay Knapp Approximately two months ago, I found myself sitting in a buzzy little morning meeting; warm with June’s glow.  Twenty of southern Wisconsin’s astute bee-lovers joined forces under the leadership of Eva Lewandowski of DNR to receive updated training on bee-monitoring and survey logging.  WHAT!?  What is this ?!  I’ll pause here to acknowledge…

The Underground Huddle

:Lindsay Knapp Every Wednesday night, there is a gathering of youth in the city of Racine, … underground.   Well, not quite literally. If you hear wild squeals of laughter coming from the Living Light Community Center on College Avenue, rest assured that there are a couple diligent adults who are engaging in the art of…

Porch-People Subculture

The Porch-People Subculture :Lindsay Knapp It’s about as annoying as a mosquito buzzing in your ear; the idea that we are living in a technology dependent age, … and it’s not letting up.  Yes, it’s easy to talk about how positive these advances are, and I’m not here to debate either way. The fact is:…

New Kid on the (writer’s)Block

I wish I was a pun-master.  You know those people, don’t you?  They can mash up ideas and words and pull slapping sticks out of thin air.  That’s not me.  I’m what you call a “word processor” (see that attempt?!) No, truly.  I think of jokes four hours too late and usually in the most…