Introducing the Pic of the Day

I was introduced to a new website this week, called It’s written and edited by Kevin Drum, a journalist who used to work for Mother Jones. While Drum takes a mostly progressive view, he’s also not shy about calling ’em as he sees ’em, like this blog about the culture wars.

But another thing Drum features is photographs. That appears to be apropros of nothing except that he likes to take pictures. It might also have something to do with the fact that he’s been fighting cancer since 2014 and so, maybe, he just wants to step back and smell the roses, and take their pictures.

Anyway, I decided to steal the idea. What does a daily photo have to do with moderation? Not much, except the thought that, for most moderates, life is about more than politics. We have other interests, which tends to make us less jumpy about stuff that happens each day. Catastrophizing is an affliction caused, in part, by too much news consumption, especially when it comes from Fox (on the one hand) or MSNBC (on the other).

So, I plan to offer a photo a day (more or less) with the intent of focussing (pun intended) on stuff from Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. Enjoy.


Bluff Creek, just west of Paulding in the U.P. Paulding is famous for the “Paulding Light”, which was a strange glow in the night sky. The mystery was attributed to spirits, space aliens and other stuff. This spurred the local economy with the sale of tee shirts, mugs, beer steins, caps and various other accoutrement. Then some students at a Michigan university figured out that it was just car headlights. The beautiful mystery of the universe crushed by soulless science once again.


Published by dave cieslewicz

Madison/Upper Peninsula based writer. Mayor of Madison, WI from 2003 to 2011.

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