Thirty-eight years ago I wrote a series of six articles for the Milwaukee Journal titled “Drink, Drank, Drunk” in which I used my personal experience with drinking along with pointing out the stranglehold the beer/booze industry has in formulating our absurd collective relationship with alcohol. Incredibly, a recent review of those articles leads to the inevitable and unfortunate conclusion that with only minor changes of updating statistics they could have been written only yesterday.
Never in my many years of practicing personal journa [...]
For ten years Bill Stokes has been a roving reporter and columnist for The Milwaukee Journal. He has written reams of material about his vivid impressions of people, animals, events, personal activities and “things in general.” His reminiscence of boyhood days on the farm are typical of my own growing up days in Northern Wisconsin.
Through his travels, Bill has met with the unusual and unique — the oddball — the occult — the sad — the glad — the good — the bad — the humorous — the tragic — the trivial — the serious. T [...]
Margaret's War uses 15-year-old narrator Billy to juggle the broken heart, the trampled soul, and the fragile sanity of a beautiful young woman when male egos grab and grope at her with the absurd hands of war.
The isolated small town where Billy and Margaret live is suddenly thrust into the brutal reality of World War II when German POWs are brought in to help with crop harvesting. The face-to-face contact with the killers of their sons is not only beyond the capacities of Gold Star mothers, but twists the thinking of everyone, including Ma [...]
We all have that one older funny family member. You know the one, he tells stories from his experiences and usually has people rolling in the eyes. William Stokes is that person! He presents a delightful collection of memories that are truly life lessons even today! Stokes, through his memories and wit provides opportunities to learn through laughter, sharing of memories and love.
Many will shake their heads in remembrance of similar experiences and crack a smile if not a full on belly laugh!
From chapters on "The Hammer is in the Petunia [...]