Life on the Loose

From Suburban Housewife to Outdoor Guide

The Shepherd Express
Cari Taylor-Carlson’s passionate memoir of Venture West
By Jenni Herrick
May. 17, 2016

Milwaukeean Cari Taylor-Carlson has always been wildly passionate about the outdoors and is no stranger to kayaks, camping tents or canoes. But after a painful divorce in the 1980s, she took her passion to another level when she abruptly left her suburban existence to found Venture West, an outdoor adventure travel company.… Read the rest

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Elkhorn native in print again

The Beacon
March 11, 2016

Richard Van Scotter has published his fourth book, and first novel, “Thin Ice: Race, Sports and Awakening in the1950s.”

The Elkhorn native has set the story in a southeastern Wisconsin city named Elk Woods, which he says is “mildly disguised and based on actual settings and events with creative license.” Walworth County residents will have little trouble  identifying the models for villages, their high schools and teams.… Read the rest

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Local nonprofit founder, writer releases his book ‘The Pivotal Life’

By Maile Bucher
Town News Today
Mequon, WI
11/25/15

“The Pivotal Life: A Compass for Discovering Purpose, Passion & Perspective” invokes readers to consider a more conscious life plan.

The book shares stories from Mequon resident and Homestead High School alum Jeff Wenzler’s “pivotal life,” which encompasses the major points of humility, wisdom, belief, honor, reflection, shared life, movement and opportunity.… Read the rest

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Hard Boiled

Matt Geiger
Middleton Times Tribune
Tue, 06/16/2015

Longtime Middleton resident Nick Chiarkas’ debut novel, “Weepers,” is a gritty tale of crime, revenge and redemption on the streets of New York City where the author spent his formative years.

The air was thick with pesticides and the shouts of children.

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