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Wisconsin People & Ideas - Winter 2010

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The beginning of our 140th year as the Wisconsin Academy is a fine opportunity to look back-and look forward.

As my wife and I frantically attempted to stanch the flow of water that spread over our laundry room with towels and a wheezing Shop Vac, that old, familiar phrase about "the joys of home ownership" echoed in my head.

As Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons strode on the stage of Milwaukee's historic Turner Hall, the audience—compr

Reginald Baylor, Ascending or Descending (detail), Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 inches, 2008. Reprinted courtesy of the artist.

It’s cold. The kind of cold where you breathe in gasps. I’m in Milwaukee to meet and take photos of up-and-coming painter Reginald Baylor, and all I can think is, I should have worn a warmer coat.

"I want a fresco," Michel's mother Mireille announced one autumn afternoon. She had just emerged from a three-day migraine, and her face was flushed, her eyes burning and glittery, her little hands pale as candles.

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