Our Beating Heart
by Dino Corvino on November 1st, 2016
[I am still struggling with the role of CW, and more importantly my role in it. I have chosen to make a small path through the woods of blech, and seek out inspiration. I am lucky, and want to give credit to a few voices in my head. Tom Neal befriended me a life time ago when I was an angrier younger man with a real penchant for self sabotage (weapon of choice: My mouth). He and I fought for a decade about the word groovy, but he stood in the pocket and for the most part won the battle. Thank you Tom. Jim Rosenberg is also a voice in my head, and what I liked about Jim was his ability to be polarizing, and have the strength of his convictions. I fear my polarizing nature, and chicken out quite often, and wish I could be more like Jim and trust my inner voice. Thank you guys.]
I reading Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich. It is a brilliant work, and the Amazon dramatization of it is great as well. One of the ideas contained in the book is the idea that culture has a pulse, that it has an identity, and that pulse and identity can change. I think this is true, but I also think it is personal. Meaning, for a long time, Scott Street Pub was the pulse and identity of Wausau FOR ME, but there were people who never entered that place. But for me, it was like my home, and those people were my family.
As I have grown older, and more isolated (which I acknowledge is a thing to be concerned about), I do not have a place like this. A place that feels like my place. I mean, maybe the Weston Dog Park is my new place, but can a dog park be a place with a pulse and a soul. I think the regulars would say yes, but who knows.
I am wondering what you think. Because I want to go chase some inspiration. I want to get to know Wausau and Central Wisconsin a lot better, and maybe find some stuff to write about. Some stories to tell. Where do you think the pulse of central Wisconsin is? What is it these days? Where are the stories that define us? What defines CW for you?