Laura  Jean  Baker

November 28, 2017

When the Oshkosh prison opened in 1986, we acted as if Walt Disney had erected it. We fidgeted in long lines outside the newly minted building as if waiting for the circus or the amusement park to open. In a city of only 50,000 residents, 20,000 glutted the queues.

Ryan...

November 21, 2017

Prior to the 19th century, a wishbone was called a “merrythought.” I much prefer this term as Thanksgiving is the veritable prelude to a Merry Christmas.

In childhood I celebrated Thanksgiving in my grandma’s kitchen, but I don’t recall wishbones airing out on her count...

November 15, 2017

If I were to outline my childhood using crime TV as bullet points, I’d include, for starters: Dukes of Hazard, Cagney and Lacey, MacGyver, Hunter, and Magnum, P.I. As an adult, I’d extend that list to include films, among them Shawshank Redemption and The Reader, set f...

November 8, 2017

The quill pen in Peter Pan’s hat punctuated the end of our long week with an exclamation mark.

Frank, cast as Michael, Wendy’s younger brother, missed both dress rehearsals because he “looked green” and nearly fainted from fever in the spotlight. Finally healthy enough...

October 31, 2017

At the start of the 21st-century, Halloween debuted on a Tuesday, just as it falls today.

Ryan beckoned me into our kitchen on Wingra Street as darkness glided up and over the window panes. According to both human memory – and lunar data – the moon was only 3.07 days ol...

October 24, 2017

On the fourth Tuesday of each month leading up to the release of my book-length memoir The Motherhood Affidavits (April 3, 2018), I will post an excerpt that did not make the final cut:

Opening Brent Timmerman’s trunk was like playing a game, wresting apart boxes within...

October 17, 2017

Two weeks after the Las Vegas shooting, Harvey Weinstein having replaced Stephen Paddock (and even Trump) as tyrant of the news cycle, the question of gun control resurfaced in my email, an especially deep and unavoidable pocket in headline roulette. Irie was writing f...

October 10, 2017

Whenever the Oshkosh Area School District shows up on caller ID, my pulse quickens, and I swallow hard as if to summons strength. Five children divided by five school days per week is not a promising ratio. It’s a whole number, as in we get a whole lot of calls – nine...

October 3, 2017

My blog posts are inspired by my husband Attorney Ryan Ulrich’s work in criminal defense. Any casework I write about is from public record, but I have changed the names of his clients to protect their privacy.

The year was 1987. Outside the old Pollock Pool, some kid sn...

September 27, 2017

On the last Tuesday of each month leading up to the release of The Motherhood Affidavits (April 3, 2018), I will post an excerpt that did not make the final cut for the published book:

Ensconced at our piano, I pressed my sloppy fingers against its ivory will, just as o...

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