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4th of July-America’s Freedom

As host families for UWEC, my wife and I got to know two young women who had different stories to tell about freedom in their countries. Agnese was from Latvia, which today is a very progressive European country. However, they were not granted their independence from Russia until 1990! Latvians were under Russian rule before […]

Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018

The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a “Mother-in-law’s Day.” However, because of the […]


No, not the line from Fiddler on the Roof – but close.  When my 3 girls were younger, it was often difficult to have set traditions over the holidays.  Both my family and my in-laws insisted on each having their Christmas celebration and gift opening on Christmas Eve.  Some years we went to both homes, […]

‘Tis the Season. Almost.

Don’t look now, but the holiday season is fast approaching. Falling on November 23 this year, Thanksgiving 2017 is earlier than usual, and with Christmas, New Year’s, and other festivities following soon after, the time is right to get ready for holiday travel. Driving? Any seasoned Wisconsin driver knows to check and double-check driving conditions, and if a blizzard […]

Thank You Eau Claire Library Customers!

One of my job responsibilities as a reference assistant is to attend meetings and webinars on different library issues from around the country. Unfortunately, more times than not these seminars have topics like library security, dealing with disruptive or disorderly customers, and working with people experiencing homelessness. I was amazed to learn that the Library of Congress […]

Get To Know Your Library

Although I have been coming to the library for 30 years, I never took the time to check out all the other offerings that the library has available. Reference Books?  How to guides?  Music Downloads?  On-line learning?  Genealogy information?  Home delivery?  Interlibrary Loans?  I had no idea.  An entire room full of old magazines, papers, […]