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May 1, 2017

Happy May! 

In this week’s newsletter, we're exploring what it means to be happy in Wisconsin! We’ve met dozens of chefs, artists, and just enthusiasts for life who have shared what brings them happiness. We’ve gathered together stories that celebrate joy throughout our state to bring a bit of cheer to your day, including a heart warming look at parenting in this week's original comic "Something About A Flower." 

What in your Wisconsin life brings you joy? Send your pictures and stories to

- Your Wisconsin Life team
Have You Heard?
Joy Of Walking In The Rain
For some people, rain is the chance to hunker down indoors. For others, rain is something to enjoy outdoors. Crystal Chan grew up with a rain-loving mother who encouraged her kids to stay outside when the rain drops fell. Chan still loves rain to this day.
Have You Seen?
Renegade La Crosse Knitters "Yarn Bomb" The City
A crafty group moves through the dead of night to leave its mark on La Crosse’s public spaces… cozy soft, knitted marks. Meet “Drop Stitch Murphy” and her renegade gang of fellow knitters who engage in stealthy “yarn bomb” displays of public art. Watch how this knitter anonymously drapes library sculptures, city light posts, and other public spaces in yarn.  
Finding The Joy In Wisconsin Life 
Positive Quotes From Wisconsin Life

Since the project began in 2011, Wisconsin Life has met hundreds of people who've shared what brings them happiness. So we wanted to share with you a few joyful quotes we've gathered from some of our favorite radio and television stories. 
“Sometimes, a song can really touch a person’s heart to the point where they’re like, ‘Okay, this is really what I needed in my life.’”  
- Julia Love, speaking about her experiences singing in a gospel choir that has been singing together for almost 50 years.

"The biggest thrill I find is I get back into places out in the river and in the water [that] people can't get to if they've got their regular boats. I mean, I can kayak in two inches of water."
-John Clark, member of the Coulee Region Kayak Club talks about what he loves most about kayaking.

“I think we kind of represent a group of women that are kind of fearless. They’re learning something new.”
-Mary Backus, a member of the Ukuladies, a group of 20 to 30 women who come out to practice ukulele, socialize and sing.

“Now it’s in my blood. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t set my day up to allow time to paint and if I don’t, I feel like something’s missing.” 
- Sherry Ackerman, an artist who began painting in retirement and now encourages others to take up the art form.
We Love To Hear From You
Letter From A Viewer 
It makes us so happy to hear from you! We recently received a letter we had to share:

I was so buoyed up by the experience of watching the show. In particular, the Wood Turtle tracking and conservation was well done. I have a degree in Biology but mostly having taught, I am now more than ever a naturalist at large with values to save reptiles, especially.

So, thanks for the great shows. Wisconsin Life is also my life.

- James, Kewaunee
"Something About A Flower"
"Something About A Flower" comic series features the rich, multi-generational relationship between a single father, his young daughter and his retirement-age parents. 

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