Family & Community


Manliness in a techno-digital economy

There is a ubiquitous ad on television where a young man whistles for his wife’s Christmas gift, a dog comes running through the snow, and jumps into her arms. The wife then whistles and a new, big, pickup comes bounding out of the snow. The wife nods to the husband, yes, that’s your gift. He wraps himself around the truck in an emotional hug. What’s going on here? The wife is becoming attached to a sentient being. The dog responds to her affection. The husband is hugging a machine. It is a large machine that can enlarge his vision of himself as a man. Driving it ...

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BIGGER THAN ROE WAUSAU

BIGGER THAN ROE WAUSAU SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, NOON-2 PM 400 BLOCK, WAUSAU BRING YOUR SIGNS We will have information available on how to register to vote, how to obtain an absentee ballot, and how to become involved in the Supreme Court primary on February 21. Do you know which candidates hold your values? We can help. We will have half sheets on the Progressive candidates.   Women's March members know that when we come together we can achieve change. And, the more people that come along to these kind of events, the more our movement will grow. All of us are BORN ...

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY

  Anyone who was of high school or college age in the 1960’s remembers the black comedy sitcom, The Addams Family. It was a delightful show with strange and morbid characters one couldn’t help but love. One of these characters was the little girl named “Wednesday.” There have been subsequent productions of The Addams Family, but the most recent is the new TV series “Wednesday,” based on the original little girl, but now as a young woman (played by American actress, Jenna Ortega) coming of age and “leaving her family’s spooky mansion for the halls ...

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Rib Mountain Snowshoe Hikes

Hello to Friends of Rib Mountain State Park! After two winters where we could not hold snowshoe hikes, it's finally HAPPENING again.  We will be hosting two candlelight snowshoe hikes, one on Saturday, January 7, and the other on Saturday, February 4, from 5-7 p.m.  Won't it be great to again be hosting them from the Friends Gathering Space!  Lots of room, fireplace inside, campfire outside, heated restrooms, and smiling faces.  What more could anyone want!  And we have a great time hosting these fabulous hikes on our beautiful mountain in our very own Park! As ...

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MLK Celebration in Wausau

  NAOMI is excited to be involved with the 2023 Martin Luther King (MLK) celebration, as well as the events being planned for Black History Month in February. But first the MLK Celebration. We are partnering with LPRC Diversity Consulting Services, LLC (La’Tanya Campbell) and other community organizations to celebrate and raise awareness of historical contributions made by Americans of African descent. This year’s theme is “Why it still matters.” The event will take place at the UWSP in Wausau, starting at 5:30 pm on 1/16/23. Food will be catered by ...

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Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition

URGENT   URGENT  URGENT   YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED TO HELP PUSH THE METASTATIC BREAST CANCER ACCESS TO CARE ACT OVER THE FINISH LINE NBCC (National Breast Cancer Coalition) and WBCC (Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition) advocates have been working tirelessly to move the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act H.R. 3183 to the floor for a vote before the end of this session. This legislation provides critical health access to women and men with metastatic breast cancer and not long to live.  They should not have to wait two years for Medicare ...

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Hot Evaluation

Let’s look at the results generated from the first 6 months of the latest version of Wausau’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), presented to the City’s Public Health and Safety Committee recently.   This is based on their assumption there are 30-50 unhoused Wausonians. 20 have been engaged with by their outreach specialist. Of those twenty, four have been “successfully housed”. That would mean 25% of the people engaged with found a place while only 13% of all unhoused did, using the number 30. There is no mention of the number of engageme...

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What Children (and Everyone Else) Need to Read

What Children (and Everyone Else) Need to Read Join us Tuesday, December 13 at 6 PM for In Your Own Backyard. We will watch a Ted Talk and discuss Book banning. Recently book banning affected the Marathon County Public Library. Children’s author, Donna Jo Napoli, has received over 23 book awards most notably from the Parents’ Choice Silver Honor for her book “North” and “The King of Mulberry Street”. She was the keynote speaker in November, 2011, at the United Nations “Awake Not Sleeping” program which honored the collection of feminist fairy ...

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Leave Rib Mountain Alone

In 2018, 5,000 signatures were collected to oppose the proposed Granite Peak ski hill expansion on Rib Mountain State Park.  Did someone not hear the voice of the people? Fast-forward to now, 2022, the DNR released the Rib Mountain State Park Master Plan Revision, allowing an additional 100 acres for the ski hill expansion. Rib Mountain, without a doubt, is one of Wisconsin’s most precious resources. It is a gem – a wonder – and it is right in our backyard. Rather than preserving and protecting the very fragile natural environment that exists on this ...

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Say No to 1849

Who may I ask are you, a fifty something year old white male, who walks into a polling place with your MAGA hat on, smiling like you own the world, making decisions that impact women. I find myself studying you. Somehow you don’t ‘look’ particularly intelligent enough to make decisions for me or any other woman. You put our futures and the lives of all women at risk with your ignorance. I am angry at your self-righteousness. I am a mom. I am a mom by choice. I am a mom for choice. I firmly center my belief that women should decide what is best for ourselves, for ...

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