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If you’re a parent, you’ll probably never forget how you felt the first time you found out you were expecting. Becoming a parent changes everything, and fear and love can be constant companions. As Father’s Day approaches, we look at one man who processed his feelings about fatherhood in his own unique way.

Being a new father can be a bewildering experience. Getting used to a new state can be as well. For writer David McGlynn, both of these experiences played out at the same time, as he and his wife and their two young children adjusted to life in their new home in Appleton, where McGlynn teaches at Lawrence University.

J.F. Riordan’s books are quiet in some ways and loud in others. Her character-driven series, called North of the Tension Line, plays out in the community of Washington Island, on the tip of Door County.

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A few weeks ago, Lake Effect spoke with contributor Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Singh Kaleka about their book The Gift of Our Wounds, and their unlikely friendship that blossomed after the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek.

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Door County is a popular destination for both Wisconsin natives and tourists from other states. It’s varying natural landscapes, state parks, and towns draw thousands to the peninsula - and to the ferries that take them to Washington Island.

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There are some notable addresses and iconic homes around the United States, but one has stood the test of time and remains the largest home on U.S. soil.  The Biltmore Estate, built in the late 19th century in Ashville, North Carolina, is a colossal mansion built by George Vanderbilt.

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Wallace Abbey captured images of trains and how railroads played a role in shaping large cities for decades, beginning in the 1940s.  And in doing that, the late photographer chronicled not just how the railroad industry changed over 70 years, but how our culture shifted.

Abbey, who died in 2014, was a longtime Milwaukee-based photographer and an editor at Trains magazine in the 1950s.

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Wisconsin is currently facing a nursing crisis, but the nursing gap has been building around the world. Christie Watson experienced it in the UK, where she worked as a registered nurse for 20 years before becoming a novelist and pursuing writing full-time.

"People aren't aspiring to be nurses because they don't really understand what the job is because there's not enough out there about the job. And certainly literature and memoirs play a part in that, I think," she notes.

There’s a lot of talk about the many dangers facing bees in the United States and how important these pollinators are to the environment and agriculture. But when we talk about bees, we tend to focus on just one type: honey bees.

In fact, honey bees and other kinds of social bees make up just 2% of the more than 20,000 different types of bees in the world.

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This August marks the 6th anniversary of the shooting at  the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.  The hate crime left six people dead and four others wounded, and the killer later committed suicide.  Among those who died was the temple’s leader, Satwant Singh Kaleka.

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While Milwaukee is often cited as the most segregated metropolitan area in the U.S., it’s hardly unusual. In most American cities, people of different races live in different neighborhoods and there’s a general pattern: neighborhoods near the center of a city are home to African-Americans and people of color, while the surrounding suburbs are majority white. But why?

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Fourteen years before Lewis and Clark crossed the North American continent to "discover" the Pacific Ocean, Scottish fur trader and explorer Alexander Mackenzie did it in what is now northern Canada.

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Kwame Alexander never doubted that there was an audience for his children’s books - sports books written in verse - even though publishers said girls won’t read books about sports and boys wouldn’t read poems.  But eventually, the first of those books, The Crossover, hit the shelves featuring both basketball and poetry.  And it was a smash hit, winning the 2015 Newbery Medal. A soccer book followed, then a book of guiding principles for young lives.

When it's closing time at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, co-owner Michael Gustafson runs through a checklist that, for the most part, is pretty routine. First, make sure all the customers have gone, lock the doors and take out the garbage and the recycling. Shelve any stray books, adjust the tables, turn off the music.

Wauwatosa writer Tom Matthews was inspired by a dream to write his latest novel, Raising the Dad. When Matthews was 10-years-old, his father died. Years later, he had a dream where a close family friend told him his father was still alive, but due to the massive trauma, his father's personality had changed. The book explores how the protagonist and other family members process that development.

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