Remember Wisconsin?

I've mentioned Erin Celello here before, as she was the one who quite literally scooped me up and brought me to Madison. But she also had her first novel published last year, with a second on the way. She never ceases to amaze me. Except then she amazed me again.

Erin posted a link this morning to a piece she wrote for Zocalo Public Square about how Wisconsin has changed in the last year in the midst of what seems like never ending political warfare. But this article is different. It's unbiased. It's not about Scott Walker or Tom Barrett or who did what to whom and when and why and recall elections and union busting and solidarity. It's about us, the people. Both sides. Everyone. The collective whole. A collective whole that the state of Wisconsin used to be.

It is so well-written and so insightful and captures so much about small town Wisconsin and the kind people we used to be. Whether you're in Wisconsin or not, if you're at all familiar with the political catastrophe that's brought our state to its knees, read the article:

Eat Cheese and Die: How Politics Soured Community -- and Conversation -- in Wisconsin

By Erin Celello

Something strange is happening in Wisconsin. In parking lots and on front lawns. In the aisles of corner grocery stores and on highways. On Facebook and bar stools.

People are behaving badly.

Something strange is happening in Wisconsin. In parking lots and on front lawns. In the aisles of corner grocery stores and on highways. On Facebook and bar stools.

People are behaving badly. READ THE REST HERE.