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."

Two Steeples

Found this photo just now while cleaning out the “Camera Roll” in my iPhone. I don’t remember taking this picture and have no idea why I did. But I like it, so thought I’d share it with you ūüėĄ

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Road Trip: Seattle

I had a conference to attend in Seattle last week, and since my daughters were able to come along this time, we made a bit of a vacation out of the trip. Some pics: A view of Puget Sound from … Continue reading

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Stream of YouTube Consciousness: Fred Astaire, Bob Hope, and Elmer Bernstein at the 1970 Oscars (plus Ellen DeGeneres’s selfie, Janis Joplin’s “Ball and Chain,” and the themes from “Ironside” and The Magnificent Seven)

I came across this clip of Fred Astaire dancing at the 1970 Academy Awards¬†ceremony the other day‚ÄĒand marveled that one could have watched the Oscars¬†broadcast that year and witnessed such entertainment. (If you want to cut straight to the chase, … Continue reading

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Update on that ship in my last post

After I put up¬†my Saturday photo of Lake Michigan, my friend Jo, who lives on¬†the lakefront downtown, told me that¬†ship in the picture had been anchored there all week. Apparently the¬†ship has been the topic of much conversation¬†the past several … Continue reading

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Lake Michigan, on a blustery end-of-May day

I had lunch today with my writing group at one member’s¬†residence on Prospect Avenue overlooking Lake Michigan. In January I took a photo from the bluff, braving bitterly cold wind without gloves for the few seconds it took to snap … Continue reading

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Tree shadows growing along a wall (√† la Edward Hopper)

Somehow these slanted early-morning shadows remind me of Edward Hopper’s “Early Sunday Morning,” which you can see here in the Whitney Museum of Art collection.¬† That sweep of light washing swiftly down a street, stretching everything in its path into¬†spindly … Continue reading

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Sixth Street Viaduct

I took this photo of the Sixth Street Viaduct over¬†Milwaukee’s¬†Menomonee Valley while waiting¬†to cross the street after dropping my younger daughter off¬†at the train station this morning. ¬†She¬†caught the 8:05 Amtrak¬†Hiawatha for a field trip with her art history classmates … Continue reading

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