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."

Russia, Syria, Ukraine, and Turkey: And so it begins

I hardly know where to start with this post; so many bits of knowledge are swimming around in my head. First, I think something really significant is happening in the Middle East right now. Lots of pieces that have been … Continue reading

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Little Free Library (#5) – Stained Glass

Milwaukee’s older homes are characterized by beautiful woodwork and built-in cabinetry, often accented with leaded stained-glass windows. This mini-library box mimics what is probably a standard feature in the neighborhood it occupies.  

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Thoughts on Patti Smith

Patti Smith was a little before my time. Definitely WAY outside the bounds of my Midwestern sensibilities by the time I became aware of her during my high school years. Smith was that punk performer, the one in New York who urinated onstage and … Continue reading

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Coffee Break (another “magic of light” post)

Friday was a cloudy, blustery day. Very strange, in fact, to look up and see clouds racing from east to west. Normally our weather moves in the opposite direction. But there’s currently a high-pressure system to our north and east that … Continue reading

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Little Free Library (#4) – Haunted Schoolhouse

This “schoolhouse” mini-library asks that people leave only children’s books for others to borrow. Right now the library box is decorated for Halloween, so you can’t see it very well  beneath the cottony spider webbing—but there’s a school bell up in … Continue reading

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Straight Narrow Way Missionary Bible Church

Pabst, Schlitz, and Blatz—all former local Milwaukee breweries that gave Miller (also a Milwaukee brewery) plenty of competition in their day—once constructed their own saloons/taverns as outlets for selling their beer. You can still find these old taverns scattered around Milwaukee, largely repurposed … Continue reading

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Glorious September Sun and Clouds

Absolutely beautiful sky early this evening. What is it about the changing quality of light this time of year? As usual, getting the photo depended on my being able to whip out my phone. Although I still like it, the … Continue reading

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