Amy E. Reichert is the author of the debut novel, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake. Reichert describes herself as a wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, and cider enthusiast with a passion for her local library and its board.
This past weekend wasn't just the unofficial start of summer; it's the official start of Pride season. In the coming month the sunlight will not only stay out longer but cities will start flying the rainbow flag to celebrate their LGBT communities.
Spring on the Great Lakes is a time when the ice covering the lakes melts, snowfall is gradually replaced by rainfall, and below the surface of the lakes, migratory fish start their move towards the rivers and streams where they'll spawn.
Although he has seemed a bit out of step since his sponsor, Benedict, was replaced by the more humble Francis I, Dolan has insisted that he has made no effort to change his style or practice.
This St. Patrick's Day, the focus might be on the quantity of beer imbibed versus the quality. But with upward of 3,000 craft breweries now brewing in the US, there's no shortage of places to go to get a behind-the-scenes look and sample something special
Hip hop can evoke any number of feelings from its listeners. It can enrage, engage, soothe and inspire; it can make you laugh, cry, and question everything. It reforms the standard musical structure by taking the emphasis off of melody and focusing on rhythm, cadence and lyrics.
The art of hip hop has always been a powerful way to convey the duality of human existence. From gangster rap to rhythmic flow-etry and everything in between, hip hop is meant to carry a strong message, whatever that message may be. Emerging from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, comes a fresh breath of hip hop in R&B soulster, Klassik.
Black lives matter, and our justice system must become more fair and just. I hope many others concerned about these injustices will stand up to support policies and reforms that will create a fairer, safer, and more just America.
The headline alone was heartbreaking: Laylah Petersen, 5, Shot While Sitting On Grandpa's Lap. But it's the haunting images from Laylah's funeral that I just can't shake: her tiny, child-sized casket; the agony etched into the faces of her father and family; the visible, profound grief of her devastated community.
Too many of our public systems indiscriminately engage employers. This reach to employers is important. But its undisciplined scope tends to make our public systems most responsive to our worst employers. After all, who calls the public system for help? The very employers with the highest turnover - they have the openings
Dr. Howard Fuller's new memoir, No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior's Life from Black Power to Education Reform should be a textbook for how a leader defines and lives by the integrity of such purpose and values.
Using public funds to build professional sports facilities is an ineffective, inefficient strategy for promoting economic development -- and, one might infer, an especially unseemly use of scare resources in a city like Milwaukee where 29 percent of its nearly 600,000 residents live in poverty. But in our new Gilded Age, big money has no shame.
AmeriCorps members have completed over one billion hours of service since 1994, and have had an immense impact on mobilizing communities to work together for a more promising future. As a former VISTA volunteer, I know firsthand the tremendous impact volunteering can have for both the volunteer and the community.
My trip to Milwaukee got me thinking about women associated with Wisconsin and their contributions to advancing the culture and economy of the U.S. As you might guess, these contributions are significant and quite varied.
Culinary portmanteaus are becoming so popular, I began wondering if one could just request one at random. I decided to test my theory in an unnamed fine Chicago dining establishment.
All of the options listed below make for a fabulous late summer or early fall family vacation; each offers both outdoor and indoor activities and plenty of places to stay and eat. So where should you head if you're all beached out?