Imagine the lights dimming at a Wisconsin supper club. People dining on prime rib and sipping on brandy old fashioneds look up to see a striking blond take the stage.
Wearing glamorous and slightly seductive clothing, she sits down at a piano surrounded by roses.
With a twinkle in her eye and a bit of mischief in her smile she begins to play love songs and sing in a sweet voice – a voice that a TIME magazine writer once described as sounding the way Greta Garbo looks.
This is “The Incomparable Hildegarde” – an almost forgotten Wisconsin legend – and this is her story.
Wisconsin has its fair share of signature foods. Have you ever witnessed a non-Wisconsinite try their very first cheese curd? And, doesn’t it seem crazy when people from out of state have no clue about Friday fish fry, chicken booyah or even beer brats!?
Wisconsin’s food traditions are rooted in our culture. They tell a story about our history and are something we should be proud of. It’s part of what makes Wisconsin so original!
Cheese and beer are very well-known food ways of Wisconsin. But here at 16 more foods that are also staples of dining in the Badger State.
Putting up with rejection has always been a big part of being a writer.
Stephen King got so many rejection letters from publishers before he found success that he nailed them to the wall with a railroad spike. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies was rejected 20 different times.
Even Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was rejected again and again. She only got her book printed because the daughter of the CEO at a small London publisher begged her father to let her read the second chapter. The Harry Potter brand is now valued at $15 billion.
Sometimes the people in charge of deciding what’s worthy are pretty clueless.
That’s why up-and-coming author Alicia Rades of Marion might be wise for choosing a different path. Her young adult novel Fire in Frost, about a girl with paranormal abilities, is now available for pre-orders.
And this Wisconsin author has decided she doesn’t need a publisher at all…
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