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Editors Notes

My wife once asked me why we print photo essays in the magazine. “Photos are everywhere online and everyone has a camera these days,” she said. “So, why bother?” 

That feeling you get when the taste of something brings back memories of a more carefree time in your life.

A passion for wild foods can grow in unexpected places.

Our connections to the places we call home transcend easy categorization and are often wrought with contradiction.

Standing with my toes in the warm sand, I watched my four-year-old daughter Violet coax out string on a small, orange kite.

Let us consider the humble essay.

The transformative power of being recognized as a writer.

Now that I am entering my eighth year as editor of Wisconsin People & Ideas, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what this magazine means to me—and to its readers.

As a result of the legislative “drafting error” that lead to the deletion of the Wisconsin Idea from the budget, millions of people now know about it. Or do they?

Years ago, a student asked me at orientation what qualities he would need to be successful in my Freshman English class. I came up with three.

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