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David LeGault
Date of publication: April 9, 2014
When a Yooper goes back home for a race across the Mackinac Bridge, he is confronted with childhood memories of jumping off bridges. His relationship to risk has changed, and now he wonders which side of the bridge he should call home.
Greg Barnhisel
Date of publication: January 3, 2014
What do Lady Gaga, the Pittsburgh Steelers, fair use, gender roles and Marxism have in common? More than you might think. Essay by Greg Barnhisel.
Phillip Sterling
Date of publication: November 18, 2013
With the election of John F. Kennedy, a boy wrapped up in his first crush discovers that saying the wrong thing can have significant, even enduring, consequences.
By Nels Christensen
Date of publication: January 31, 2013
Many ecologists believe in the value to "leave no trace" on the environment. But what does that say about us if we subscribe to that? Are humans part of nature, or separate from it?
By Laura Hulthen Thomas
Date of publication: September 19, 2012
Given the economic climate, and given a choice, why would someone stay in Michigan? Part memoir, part travel essay, part book-review, this article looks widely and finds opportunity and creativity in times of trouble.
By Rachael Button
Date of publication: May 11, 2012
The straits of Mackinac span five miles. To cross them is to be reminded of one's vulnerability. It takes a constant cycle of work to keep a bridge — and those who cross it — from succumbing to the forces of nature.
By Eric Lidji
Date of publication: April 12, 2012
Does Pittsburgh have a signature sound? Maybe not, but the city certainly has a rich musical history, from Stephen Foster to Christina Aguilera to Girl Talk. In the end, maybe what matters is less a certain sound than the promise of something worth listening to.
By Debra Monroe
Date of publication: November 28, 2011
A mother traces her history of Christmases past and present — tales of too much drink, divorce, snowmobiles, and a missing ex-boyfriend obsessed with the apocalypse — and wonders what the festival will hold for her blended family.
By Gina P. Vozenilek
Date of publication: Nov. 17, 2011
A writer searches for the details of a family secret, discovering connections to the Chicago Mafia, a 1930s gangland assassination, and a great-grandfather's sense of obligation to a friend.
By Joe Abramajtys
Date of publication: September 13, 2011
The ways we react in the Great Lakes to the Asian carp issue tells us a lot about our identity. If we measure our identity by our environment, then often who we'd like to be is different from who we actually are.