John Roach

Roach: Cream or sugar?

Mornings are a time of respite

In the morning there is no social adrenaline. No hyperactivity. The day has just begun.

Roach: The Great Divide

The friction of the red state/blue state

In our new era of The F-5 President, it is tough to ponder any single issue too long. The words and actions fly through the air like the Wicked Witch of the East on her bike.

Roach: We have lost truth

America is dysfunctional as it has ever been

It is best if this piece begins with an apology. To all my friends, both real and virtual, I profess my deepest apologies for going nuts on Facebook the last few months. It’s been a problem. 

Roach: Being brave during times of fear

Remembering America's past during Fourth of July

We have always figured out a way to make America a little better with each generation. And we don’t do it out of fear. We do it because we love freedom for ourselves and others.

Roach: I need a hero

But really, what is a hero?

In August's column, John Roach finds true heroes to be exceeding rare and when misusing the title, we diminish the actions of the truly heroic.

Roach: Water brings our mind peace

Find peace around water for a Blue Mind

I am always happy to be in the waters of our lake, so I wasn’t angry. In fact, it fills me with joy just to look at it, just as it makes me happy to gaze upon our Madison lakes.

Roach: As summer ends

Saying good-bye to summer

Already the quality of light is changing. The longest day of the year came and went nearly three months ago. The sun is slipping lower in the sky, giving us the amber light of fall, golden hour every hour. In…

Roach: Life in a time of chaos

To manage life start by being nice to each other

As this column is being written they are still counting the bodies in Las Vegas. Two weeks prior we were performing the same task in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Roach: Money talks

Our economy depends on educated millennials

Walker needs more educated millennial workers to pick up stakes and make Wisconsin their home. Our economy depends on it.

Roach: No particular place to go

When in doubt, drive

Recent circumstances required me to clear my head. When I was a younger man that meant a five-mile run. Age has made that a lost alternative, so I tried something I’ve never done.

Roach: The flu and other things

Due to the flu, he experienced Madison health care

What struck me most was not just the quality of care, but those who provided it.

Roach: The baseball glove

The game Breese Stevens in 1966 proved significant

The location was Breese Stevens Field. The event was the Madison City League Baseball Championship. The time was the summer of 1966. 

Roach: Working as an artist

"What I do is who I am"

Making a living in the arts is a tricky proposition. It’s the news parents don’t want to get from their kids upon college graduation.

Kaepernick's Act: Justice for all

A political statement made in a different way

Amidst the most partisan and acrimonious election in decades, if not centuries, there was one man in America who made a political statement in a different way. While the air was filled with bluster, insults and bellowing, this man spoke…

Roach: Finding a safe haven from politics

Author John Sandford's books hold up over time

When the world becomes too much—when you can no longer tolerate the political acrimony, the maddening thrum of social media or the Brewers’ record—it becomes time to take haven.