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. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.

Two apartment buildings

Just a quick photo today. I liked the lines and colors of these two apartment buildings, which I noticed while daydreaming during an extra long stop at the traffic light facing south at Farwell and Ogden thanks to Milwaukee’s train/shuttle, … Continue reading

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A post for Labor Day

Here’s a Smithsonian article about the Battle of Blair Mountain, a labor uprising from a hundred years ago by coal miners in the hills of West Virginia: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/battle-blair-mountain-largest-labor-uprising-american-history-180978520/ The Battle of Blair Mountain occurred about a year after the Battle … Continue reading

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A September haiku

My slightly melancholy ode to the fleeting season . . . September Swallows gathering Morning fog on the water Summer has ended I was looking for a video of swallows gathering to illustrate and found this one. Yikes! Calling Alfred … Continue reading

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Oh, cruel harbinger!

Yes, I know it’s the end of August. But couldn’t we wait just a little longer for the autumn colors to arrive???

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Cilantro-lime rice, yum!

This is not a food blog, but . . . My daughter just made some fabulous rice that I want to share with you. The recipe only, that is. The rice itself will be long gone before anyone has time … Continue reading

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Lines Crossed

The sky is overcast in Milwaukee this morning. For some reason this bird and all the crisscrossed lines caught my eye when I stepped out onto our back porch with my cup of coffee to supervise our dog. She had … Continue reading

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Writing Exercise – “Looking in the Rearview Mirror”

I wrote this essay as my exercise for this week’s writing group meeting. The prompt was “looking in the rearview mirror.” When I was in high school, one of my friends used to pull out a little compact with a … Continue reading

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Shaded sunlight through slanted blinds

It has been a while since a collection of geometric shapes caught my eye, but I really liked the patterns of light and shadow seen here in the dark vertical, light horizontal, and even-lighter slanted lines created by sunlight filtering … Continue reading

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Some songwriting magic

Have you played the online game of Heardle? It’s obviously similar to the smash hit Wordle in that a new short puzzle appears daily. At some point in the last several months I began playing both of those games plus … Continue reading

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Two lists

Or in plainer text: Diversity = Variety, Biodiversity (including gut/diet), Social diversity, Cultural diversity And is associated with: Resilience, … Two lists I really like this! So many things to think about related to creativity, the environment, social/political contexts, etc. … Continue reading

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