Volume 15 Issue 19 – Literary Issue, Section 1

In this issue

  • Why Is It…?

     “Why Is It…?” was designed by Dr. Steiner to address readers’ questions about human behavior from a social psychological perspective in order to inform and stimulate dialogue about the ways in which our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by the presence of other people.

  • Snippets From Science

    • Does the nose, know? There is growing evidence that subtle odor molecules given off by humans can influence the behavior of others.

  • By the Numbers

    181,800 Median price of existing home sales nationwide in June   15.

  • Animal Farm

    When I taught freshmen English at Gibraltar High School, my students read George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm.

  • An Outlook

     Throughout the past year, one of the ongoing topics of conversation in our state has been the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s eagerness to create roundabouts as they upgrade roads and highways.

  • Wind Siting Bill Passes State Senate Committee

    The Senate Committee on Commerce, Energy, Utilities and Rail voted 6-1 on Senate Bill 185 Aug. 4. The wind turbine siting bill would replace the patchwork of local regulations with statewide standards for permitting wind farms.

  • 10 Steps to Going Green

    Katy Deardorff is a Peninsula Pulse intern entering her sophomore year at Indiana University.

  • DCEC Upcoming Events

    The Door County Environmental Council has two noteworthy events coming up, their Annual Summer Program and a film at the Door Community Auditorium.

  • Schedules and Results

    UWGB Soccer to Scrimmage in Baileys Harbor Aug. 18  The soccer field at the Baileys Harbor Recreational Park will host the highest caliber play in the field’s short history Aug.

  • Schroeder Takes Red Jacket

    Mark Schroeder of Shorewood took home the coveted Red Jacket at the 8th Annual Red Putter Pro Tournament in Ephraim Aug.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Molly – Chihuahua/Boxer Mix, about three years old. She was surrendered to us because her previous owner is disabled and not able to walk her anymore.

  • Domestic Violence: Why She Stays

    Probably the most frequently asked question that I or anybody else who works with domestic violence is asked would be:  “Why don’t battered women just leave?” It’s a good question, with lots of answers, but before I get into the many reasons why she stays, I would like to pose the more appropriate question which is:  Why does he abuse? As I stated earlier, there are many reasons (some of them very good reasons) why battered women stay in the relationship, but I have yet to hear a single good reason why a batterer abuses.

  • Quick Notes

    • The Door County Community Foundation announced that it is inviting local charities to submit applications for financial support from the Community Foundation’s Environmental Fund.

  • Business Briefs

    • Grace Rossman, CFP ®, a financial representative with the Door County Team of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has qualified for the organization’s prestigious Sierra level for 2008 achievements.

  • Door County Bluegrass Camp Wraps Up Another Successful Season

    For five days and five nights beginning August 2, guests at the Wagon Trail Resort were treated to the twangs of banjos and squeaks of fiddles coming from the campers of the second annual Door County Bluegrass Camp.

  • Sturgeon Bay’s West Fest Set for August 22

    Sturgeon Bay’s annual West Fest, a celebration of the city’s West Side business district, will take place on Saturday, August 22 from 9 am – 6 pm.

  • Movies That Matter at UUF

    Flow:  For Love of Water is the next film in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s “Movies That Matter” series. The film will be shown Tuesday, August 18 at 7 pm.

  • SBHS Hosts Quilt Show

    Quilts of all kinds will be featured at the 12th Annual Quilt Show hosted by the Sister Bay Historical Society. The show will take place from 9 am – 3 pm on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 from 11 am – 3 pm at the Corner of the Past Museum in Sister Bay.

  • Upcoming Classes at the Savory Spoon

    Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay is featuring two distinct cooking classes:  “Cake Decorating Like a Pro” with guest chef Kathleen Meisiner, and a homemade ravioli class with in-house pastatier Kathy McCarthy.

  • Schleicher Family Topic of JHS Lecture

    Join the Jacksonport Historical Society on August 26, 2009 at 7 pm for a discussion on the Schleicher family. The event will be held at the Jacksonport Town Hall on County Road V.

  • Door County Festival of the Arts Set for August 15

    The 7th annual Door County Festival of the Arts is planned for Saturday, August 15 from 10 am – 5 pm, and features the visual, performing, literary and culinary arts of the Door Peninsula.

  • Free Museum Day at the Ephraim Village Museums

    For the third year in a row, the Ephraim Historical Foundation/Ephraim Village Museums is offering a Free Museum Day on Saturday, August 15. The five Ephraim Village Museums will be open to the public free of charge from 11 am – 4 pm on that day.

  • World-Class Canoeist to Speak at DCEC Annual Program

    Valerie Fons, a world record-setting canoeist, will be the keynote speaker at the Door County Environmental Council's 2009 annual summer program. The program is set for Wednesday, August 19 at 7 pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.

  • Isle Royale Kayak & Hike Tour Announced

    Bay Shore Outdoor Store and Door County Nature and Travel are collaborating on another ecotourism venture this fall. Combining the popular activities of kayaking and hiking, the two businesses are offering a trip to the wilderness park of Isle Royale National Park.

  • Upcoming Seminars at Bjorklunden

    Lawrence University’s Bjorklunden is offering the following seminars from Sunday, August 30 through Friday, September 4:  “Solitude – Exploring Aloneness” with Charles B.

  • Century Farms

    The Century Farm honorary awards program began in 1948, the centennial of Wisconsin’s statehood. Now nearly 8,000 farms have been cited, 125 of them in Door County.

  • State Parks Reap Recession Rewards

    Families are tightening their vacation budgets, and it appears Wisconsin’s state parks are benefitting. Advance reservations at Wisconsin State Parks were up 12 percent through July 27.

  • Open House Meetings Scheduled to Review County’s Draft Smart Growth Plan

    The Door County Planning Department will host a series of open houses to gather input and answer questions about the draft Door County Comprehensive Plan 2030.

  • Egg Harbor Awards Breakwall Contract

    Luhr Bros. of Columbia, Ill. was chosen for Phase I of construction on the new Egg Harbor marina Aug. 5. Luhr Bros. won with a bid of $4,572,068 for the stone work.

  • Aug. 1 – 13

    • The City of Sturgeon Bay endorsed a plan to establish a 322-acre nature preserve along Lake Michigan and the Ship Canal. Sturgeon Bay Utilities, which owns the property, will enter into an offer to purchase with the Door County Land Trust.

  • Aug. 14 – 20

    • The National Hockey League’s greatest prize is visiting Door County Aug. 18. Left-winger Ruslan Fedotenko of the Pittsburgh Penguins will bring the Stanley Cup, given to the league’s champion each June, to the peninsula, where he owns a home, according to a report in the Janesville Gazette.

  • Door County Bike Planning

    The Town of Gibraltar gathered input from citizens for a Comprehensive Bike Plan Aug. 11. Kevin Luecke, Lead Planner with the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, said the first step is to gather input and expertise from community members on gaps in infrastructure and problem areas for riders.

  • Cause of JJ’s Fire Uncomfirmed

    One of Door County's most popular restaurants remains closed after a fire charred the kitchen of JJ's La Puerta in Sister Bay Friday, Aug. 7. Investigator Randall Tassoul said state fire marshalls from the Division of Criminal Investigations are still working to pinpoint the cause of the blaze.

  • Appreciating the Quiet Side of Door County

    It is Door County's version of the Second City. Baileys Harbor doesn't get the pub of Sister Bay, which feeds off Al Johnson's, Kristofer's and the Sister Bay Bowl. It lacks the postcard-perfect imagery

  • Words on Water: A Ferryman’s Journal, Washington Island, WI By Richard Purinton Cross+Roads Press, 2009

    Words on Water is a gem of a book authored by Richard (Dick) Purinton and published recently by Norb Blei’s Cross+Roads Press. The subtitle, “A Ferryman’s Journal, Washington Island, WI” is more instructive about the book’s contents than is the title.

  • Used Books Wanted for Book Sale at Marina Fest

    Too many books on your bookshelf? Well, it’s almost time for the gigantic book sale at Marina Fest in Sister Bay, and donations of books, videos and CD’s are needed.

  • Poetry Doodles

    I am intrigued by spiders and other small beasties except when they choose to intrude upon my premises. Few tasks are as humbling, therefore ennobling, as the shelling of peas.

  • A Most Impressive Night in New York City

    When she said she had accepted a job offer from Time Inc. at New York City headquarters, we gasped and clapped. She was graduating in June and was the first college graduate I knew, male or female, who already had a real job.

  • Shadows of the Past

    Franz Hindler owned a shoe repair shop over on Dickens Avenue just behind Steger’s grocery store. An enclosed porch to the west of the shop completed the two-story building and looked down on a small yard carefully arranged into an enchanting flower garden.

  • On Swallows

    A late summer evening. The sun like a cheap drunk is sliding off of its high stool. The air has cooled and the vault of the sky hinting of a more cosmic realm, Venus in there trying to sprout.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 228

    I don't often mention literary forms, but of this lovely poem by Cecilia Woloch I want to suggest that the form, a villanelle, which uses a pattern of repetition, adds to the enchantment I feel in reading it.

  • Lying for the Life of It – Ibsen’s Irony

    For all the writing I do about fiction, my first literary loves are poetry and play writing. Even so, I rarely write about drama. It’s about time I returned more frequently to my roots.

  • Door County Photo Contest Deadline Approaches

    The fifth Annual Door County Photo Contest entry deadline is rapidly approaching. Entries should feature the county’s people, landscapes, or animals and be taken after August 1, 2008 in Door County.

  • Giere’s Dichroic Glass Collection Shown at Santa Fe Shop

    Nancy Giere combines dichroic, iridescent and sheet glass to create one-of-a kind art glass jewelry that is on display at the Santa Fe Shop, 4147 Main Street, Fish Creek.

  • Budelman Paper Art Exhibited at The Peninsula Bookman

    The Peninsula Bookman of Fish Creek is proud to announce its first ever fine art exhibit with Old Paper: New Works in Collage featuring the assemblage of William Budelman.

  • Art Bargains at Miller Art Museum Art Sale

    Art lovers and bargain seekers will enjoy coming to the Miller Art Museum for Art Sale, Etc. a museum fundraiser continuing daily through Saturday, August 22, from 10 am – 4 pm.

  • A Collaborative Exhibit On Display at Linden Gallery

    “China & the Book of Changes” is the title of a new exhibit at Linden Gallery by artists Wendy Carpenter and Ruth Philipon. The exhibit begins with a reception at the gallery in Ellison Bay on Aug.

  • Vintage Charm Creations at Jacksonport Craft Cottage

    The Jacksonport Craft Cottage is pleased to introduce Vintage Charm Creations by Nancy Hoover. Inspired by vintage paper Christmas houses, Hoover has created thousands of unique houses for all seasons over the years.

  • Harborview Gallery and Studio Opens in Egg Harbor

    A new gallery, Harborview Gallery, has opened across the street from the park and marina in Egg Harbor. Resident artists B.K. and Rob Story will exhibit their art in the space, as well as open their studio to the public.

  • “Day of the Dead” Call for Art

    Artists interested in creating personal altars or urns for Peninsula School of Art's "Day of the Dead" exhibition – on display from October 2 through November 14 – are requested to attend an informational meeting at the School, 3900 County Road F, Fish Creek, on Saturday, August 15, from 1 – 2:30 pm.

  • The Zen of an Artist

    Charlene Berg brings together the very dissimilar works of two artists who share a very similar approach to the creative process in “Zen of an Artist,” the next exhibit at Gallery Ten.

  • The Last Art and Music Jam in Juddville

    Saturday, August 15 from 2 – 4 pm, marks the last Art and Music Jam before Gallery 42 relocates to Sturgeon Bay. The Saturday jams have been popular free events for three seasons now as curious art and music lovers gather to watch gallery owner Tim Nyberg paint to live music in the gallery.

  • Ladybug Studio Space Opens

    The Dragonfly Gallery & Gardens of Sister Bay proudly announces the opening of The Ladybug Studio on Saturday, August 29. The studio has been a dream of Suzanne and Roger Kemman to have classes where artisans can share their talents with others.

  • Calling all Plein Aire Artists!

    The new Gallery at Domicile in Sister Bay is hosting an open Plein Aire opportunity Thursday, August 27 at its location at 10592 Hwy. 57, on the south end of Sister Bay near the Hwy 42/57 intersection.

  • Miller-Knutson Unveils “Your Door County”

    Local artist Karin Miller-Knutson will release a limited edition print of Door County icons when she appears from 10 am – 5 pm Saturday, Aug. 22, at Door County Interiors & Design in Egg Harbor as part of the store’s Arts Alive events.

  • Pfister Featured at Art League Gallery

    The featured artist for the week of Aug. 16 at the Gallery of the Door County Art League, located in the Top of the Hill Shops in Fish Creek, is artist Penny Pfister.

  • Northern Lights Lamp Show at Clay Bay Pottery

    Clay Bay Pottery opens its ninth annual Northern Lights Lamp show Saturday, August 15, from 10 am – 5 pm with a reception open to the public. The event features a variety of lamps created by owners Jeanne and David Aurelius and also original etchings by Larry Welo and original colored woodcuts by Carl Homstad, both of whom the Aureliuses met while attending Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

  • Mengert to Conduct Interactive Demonstration

    Blue Dolphin House and BDH Studio are pleased to have re-scheduled the “Afternoon with the Artist” Series appearance of Carl Mengert, watercolor and mixed media artist.

  • Eco-tivity

    There is no shortage of art in Door County; dozens of galleries throughout the peninsula feature a variety of painting, pottery, and sculpture each year.

  • An Artist, An Influence

    “One can paint with pipes, stamps, postcards or playing cards, candlesticks, waxed cloth, collars, painted paper, newspaper.” – Apollinaire, Paris, 1900s In 1974, I was 15 at UWGB art camp, when I met professor David Damkoehler.

  • Hardy Gallery Receives $20,000 Wisconsin Arts Board Grant

    The historic Hardy Gallery in Ephraim is the recipient of a $20,000 Wisconsin Arts Board grant, one of the 18 grants given to arts organizations across the state by Governor Jim Doyle as part of a Recovery Act Fund for Wisconsin Arts Jobs.

  • Culture Club – Peninsula Arts and Humanities Alliance

    There’s no question that art of all kinds – visual, performing, literary, culinary, and otherwise – abounds on our peninsula. I'm no stranger to that concept now, but seventeen-year-old me was clueless.

  • Door County Bike Plans Move Forward

    Door County is increasingly popular among bicyclists, but woefully short on infrastructure to usher them around the county safely. But a few municipalities are stepping up to work on better routes. Take

  • Fire Closes JJ’s in Sister Bay

    I was making my morning pot of coffee at around 7:10 am today when an Egg Harbor firetruck screamed past my house on Hwy 42 in Fish Creek. My mind flashed to the moment three years ago when I heard sirens

  • Door County Half Marathon Videos Released

    Two new videos that give a picture of the unique experience of the Door County Half Marathon are now available. The videos were produced by Brett Kosmider at the behest of Dave Eliot, Peninsula Pulse

  • Kitchen Fire Closes JJ’s in Sister Bay

    One of Door County's most popular restaurants is closed today after a fire charred the kitchen of JJ's La Puerta in Sister Bay at 6:55 am. "The smoke alarm went off and I woke up to black smoke coming up through the floor," said John Young, a JJ's employee who lives in an apartment above the restaurant.