The reading life offers many advantages to those who participate in it. There is the escape reading offers from the everyday, meeting characters who share the same struggles and have the same desires you do, thus alleviating feelings of alienation, being able to walk in someone else’s shoes for awhile thus developing a better understanding of the world and, finally, learning about other places and sometimes being transported to those places by the descriptions an author offers up. Books that do this especially well are said to have a “sense of place”.
While I read all kinds of books, the ones that stick with me of course have unforgettable characters, but they also have a strong sense of place. Titles that come easily to my mind are The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (Newfoundland), A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (New Orleans), To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (a small town in depression era South) and any book by Willa Cather. Indeed, Cather’s descriptions of the Nebraska prairie make it seem the most desirable place in the world.
Looking for the freshest, best tasting food in the greater Waupaca Area? Then come to the Waupaca Farm Market!
Our local farmers and gardeners sell everything from grass-fed beef, pork and chicken, to ripe strawberries and honey, to sweet corn and tomatoes, and everything in between, all summer long. The market is a lively gathering place, too, with the wonderful city library right next door, our vibrant and bustling downtown, and occasionally some great live music and informative chef demonstrations during the market.
A new venture begins right here with my first County Post Arts Blog! The Waupaca area has opportunities to experience the arts for every taste and timeline. But don't expect this blog to direct you to "age appropriate" activities or events. Part of the joy and surprise of artistic endeavor is the discovery of something you never expected would interest you. So, as you read this blog in the following weeks, be willing to go outside your personal comfort zone on occasion -- it might open up a whole new side of life for you.
Venues for the arts can be found up and down Main Street in Waupaca, are grouped on North Main Street, and are scattered throughout the county. It is a beautiful drive (or bike ride) from any point A to any point B - so take that short trip to see, hear, or participate in diverse events that come to your attention.