Monthly Archives: October 2012

If you build it, they will come: the importance of infrastructure for creativity and innovation

Here’s a little factoid I’d forgotten about until my husband and I were discussing the recent Presidential debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney: The famous series of debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were not held during the … Continue reading

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Runner in the night fog

It’s a foggy evening here in Milwaukee.  Only after I’d already taken this photo did I realize that someone was running toward me down the middle of the street.  Kind of an eerie night, but peaceful and quiet.  Nothing except the … Continue reading

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Lynyrd Skynyrd – 35 years later

I just realized that yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the plane crash that killed three members of the Lynyrd Skynyrd band, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, and several members of their crew. High school dances are mostly DJ-powered … Continue reading

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Autumn leaves

  Last week I snapped a photo of a tree with yellow-orange leaves that glowed in the late afternoon sun.  I took that picture Friday as I left my office, and when I got to work again on Monday, that tree’s … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between grammar, punctuation, and mechanics?

The title of today’s post is actually one of my blog’s categories, shown at the lower right-hand side of the screen.  Someone was wondering about the difference, so I thought I’d explain.  What follows here is not dictionary-type definitions, but rather my own … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Rod Temperton!

Today is Rod Temperton’s 65th birthday, according to Wikipedia. For reasons I’m not completely sure of, I’ve always paid attention to songwriting credits.  Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album had three really great songs written by someone named Rod Temperton: “Off … Continue reading

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Sonia – Blues Radio DJ

Last week Friday I was fortunate to spend time in the radio booth with Sonia, who hosts “The Blues Drive” every Friday afternoon on 91.7 WMSE (“Frontier Radio, anti-established in 1981”), a radio station owned and operated by Milwaukee School … Continue reading

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Chasing light – afternoon sun in the city

When I left my office around 5:00 this afternoon, the first thing that caught my eye was this tree’s orange leaves, illuminated by the slanting rays of the sun.  The tree fairly glowed in the shadows of downtown Milwaukee office buildings beneath … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Karen Spivey's World:
Last year I planted Morning Glory seeds in a pot on my patio. I let the sun and the rain tend them, so, on their own they grew up and flowered. It made…

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“Principle” versus “principal”

Because I’m teaching a technical communication course on writing and editing this quarter at MSOE, I’ve had issues of grammar, punctuation, and spelling on my mind more than usual lately.  One common error that came up in class last week … Continue reading

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