The Clarion

Positive self-talk can go a long way

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March 22, 2016

Many people in the recovery community are familiar with the term “character defect,” but what does it mean to have a character defect, really? Well, some might guess we simply developed ways of behaving...

A glimpse into a songwriter’s life

Kyle Rightley and Lo Marie
March 2, 2016

Madison - On Thursday, February 25, two local musicians sat down to talk about their lives as artists and writers as part of the Writer’s Life Lecture Series. The event, the first to feature songwriters...

The surprising benefits of reading

February 4, 2016

Whether you love it or loathe it, it is well known that reading has substantial lifelong benefits for ourselves and our children. If you find yourself in the group of those that don’t read outside of...

Find your happiness every day

February 3, 2016

Dear single people; stop hating Valentines Day. Americans spend thousands of dollars on each other every year on one day. What do they do it for? We do it for the chance for one moment of happiness....

We should celebrate both life, death

Patrick-Kempfer
January 19, 2016

The culmination of one’s physical existence comes together in the most beautiful display in its death. Why should we ever run away from such a beautiful expression of existence? There is, of course,...

Minimum wage needs to be raised

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December 10, 2015

Twelve dollars-fifty cents per hour. That was my salary as a freshman in college, which was over 25 years ago, when the federal minimum wage was $3.35 per hour. Many jobs pay more than the federal minimum...

Death should be celebrated just as life is celebrated

December 8, 2015

The culmination of one’s physical existence comes together in the most beautiful display in its death. Why should we ever run away from such a beautiful expression of existence? There is, of course,...

Retailer REI opts out of Black Friday

November 10, 2015

Planning on buying discounted hiking boots or a backpacker’s bag from REI this Black Friday? Think again. REI has decided to not participate in Black Friday madness this November 27. Black Friday...

Sunday farmers market to continue next year

November 10, 2015

As we near the end of the season for the famed Dane County Saturday farmer’s market on the square in downtown Madison, a smaller Sunday market, also on the square, is finishing up for the 2015 season...

Elections need workers, too

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November 10, 2015

Civic duty is an important aspect of a democratic society. For many of us that duty starts and ends with voting, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, it shouldn’t. We should, by all means,...

Recovery Corner – From gutter punk to columnist

Patrick-Kempfer
November 10, 2015

As of June 7, 2015, I have been clean for six full years. The events leading up to the moment of waking up in a solitary jail cell, detoxing from drugs, and simply astounded and in all ways exhausted from...

Are we being too sensitive?

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November 10, 2015

Free speech is but one of the key components of a democracy, and a right that Americans have been advocating for and fighting about for centuries. As a journalist, an American, and a free thinker, free...

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