Rosie Klepper

Perspective: Can You Hear Me Now?

Sep 16, 2020
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When I was 18, I received a short-wave radio from my dad for Christmas. I was SO excited.

In high school we just had reel-to-reel tapes recorded by the department chair who was French. I was studying French in college and we had cassette tapes, but this radio meant I could try and listen to Radio France or even the BBC live. I say try because you had to listen to various frequencies that wouldn’t always come in because of weather conditions or the time of day.

Perspective: Adieu, Dear Grillfriend

Jul 17, 2020

I have a startling confession. When I was growing up, we never had a grill. I know, I can hear you all gasping out there in radioland. But it is true. Secretly, I envied people who grilled out. When the neighbors grilled, it called to me, siren-like with its meaty goodness.


We still had hot dogs and hamburgers at my house on the summer grilling holidays, but they were all cooked in the oven. No smell of the outdoors there, just the sterile oven smell. Frankly, it was boring.


Perspective: Monarch Mama

Jun 18, 2020
Rosie Klepper

I am a monarch mama.

If you’ve never raised a monarch butterfly from an egg to a full grown, beautiful butterfly, you really should try it. It is really quite simple.

Perspective: Is It Monday Again?

May 4, 2020

What day is it today?


The woman on the other end of the phone asked, “How’s your day going?” “Oh, about the same as yesterday...” “Good one,” she says. At least I could inject a bit of humor.


I don’t know about you, but for those of us quarantined at home, it seems as though every day is Sunday: one yawning day without very many milestones. I consider receiving the mail a major event. The governor’s daily address at 2:30 ish in the afternoon is another.


Perspective: Cocktail Party Fodder

Dec 30, 2019
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Ah, the holidays are upon us. Time for parties and get-togethers. Time for laughter and love. 


Perspective: Vacation Lag

Oct 31, 2019
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For the last week and a half, I have been in the lovely state of slothdom. I had a staycation that often meant staying in nightgowns until noon. Of eating a leisurely lunch. A long chat with friends. Not hunched over my desk in a scarfing session or hastily tapping out a text to a friend. Going to bed when I wanted to. Not tied to the tyranny of the clock. Getting carry-out just because it was my vacation. Going to see movies in the afternoon just because I could. Yes, it was rejuvenating. 

Perspective: Wanted. Dead Or Alive.

Oct 1, 2019
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“Sure,” I said after my friend asked me to watch her plants while she’s out of town for three weeks. I felt I could handle the job because I’ve kept an orchid and a jade plant alive for 10 years. I figured the little pine tree and the amaryllis plant would be a snap. They didn’t look menacing.

Perspective: Your Blinker's On

Jul 24, 2019
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When I was little, I remember whiling away summer evenings by catching fireflies.  


Perspective: Churched!

May 1, 2019
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Growing up in the 60s and 70s in a Methodist church was an entirely different experience than what I witnessed a few weeks ago. The church I attended when I was young was a gothic-looking building with a spire. Older ladies wore hats and gloves to the services. I was on my best behavior as I sat in the pews, wearing a nice dress and sporting my black patent leather Mary Janes. We had music in the church. Hymn numbers were posted on the wooden boards at the front of the church and the congregation dutifully tried to follow the organ and choir. The choir wore black robes.

Perspective: Come On In, The Water's Fine!

Feb 13, 2019
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“I had four caesareans, breast surgery, stomach surgery, back surgery and both knees replaced…”  


Perspective: A Kernel Of Canine Wisdom For 2019

Jan 8, 2019

Besides the fact that dogs are known as man’s best friend, there is much we can learn from our four-legged friends. When I take Zoe outside, she stops right away to listen to and smell our surroundings. Intently, she single-mindedly stares into the yard. After this pause, she then proceeds, reassessing the situation as she walks, with nose to the ground she pulls ahead, lured by the scents of new adventures. 


Rosie Klepper

Jan 8, 2019

Rosie Klepper is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Iowa City Magazine, University of Iowa’s Alumni Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. 

She has a B.A. in music and French with a minor in English from Elmhurst College and also holds a M.A. in French literature from the University of Iowa.

She is an active member of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and she relishes the opportunity to play her violin in the mighty second violin section.