Author Archives: Katherine Wikoff

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. My blog is a space for playing with ideas about creativity, innovation, lifelong learning, and the nature of "insight."

Collectivo Lakefront Café

What a beautiful afternoon in Milwaukee today!  Perfect weather for coffee at Collectivo’s Lakefront Café with two of my favorite MSOE colleagues, Jim and Jan.  These colorful chairs and rain barrel were right next to our outdoor table. After hearing Jim talk … Continue reading

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Does penmanship matter?

Two handwriting stories. One:  After I got a D in penmanship in third grade, my parents made me sit at our dining room table every night practicing my handwriting. The reason I’d gotten a similarly bad grade in arithmetic was that … Continue reading

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Casey Kasem: Keep reaching for the stars

I was on I-65 driving south from Chicago Sunday when I heard the news that Casey Kasem had died. Because I’d seen recent news stories of family drama pitting Kasem’s wife against the children from his first marriage, Kasem’s death came as … Continue reading

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Canary Yellow

I accidentally took this photo while waiting to pick up my daughter.  I kind of like it :)

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Springtime blossoms

Springtime has finally arrived in Milwaukee.  Just in time for Memorial Day :) Our crab apple tree is blossoming, although the show this year is a little sparse. I’d forgotten that it seems to have an alternating cycle, producing lots … Continue reading

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Three Memorials: The 32nd Infantry, Patrick Lucey, and Dontre Hamilton

On my Starbucks run while taking a break from making up the final exam for my political science class, I was struck by this sight. The granite arrow honors the 32nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army National Guard, made up … Continue reading

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Desire, Believe and Achieve

Originally posted on OdesIsPro:
When you set a goal you can reach a goal.  My only goal was a happy picture.  A picture where the bit of scene made me smile.  I recognize that as of late I can look…

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Wisconsin Road Trips

For today’s post, head over to my Milwaukee School of Engineering blog.  Julie Henning, a graduate of MSOE’s Technical Communication program, is now a travel journalist and entrepreneur.  Last Friday she was a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio talking about … Continue reading

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“This website is something that is required on the web, someone with some originality!”

Uh . . . right.  How dumb do the spammers think we are?  Pretty darn, apparently. I’ll admit to feeling a little rush of happiness when I saw I had a new comment on one of my posts and read these … Continue reading

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O. Winston Link exhibit of steam locomotive photography closes next Sunday

For today’s post, head over to my blog at Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Hub, where I’ve written about the Grohmann Museum’s exhibit of steam locomotive photography by the famed O. Winston Link.  Plus I share a fun background story about … Continue reading

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