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.

Creativity and good mental health go hand in hand

Here’s an interview with Hilde Østby, author of a forthcoming book (April) titled The Key to Creativity. What really resonates for me and jibes with my own feelings and intuitive understanding of creativity is the reciprocal positive relationship between creativity … Continue reading

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Snowy branches outside my office window

Just a momentary distraction while pausing during my workday to make a cup of coffee. The snowy contrasts, including the slushy street, were striking enough to prompt a photo. Now back to my slideshow on elections and the Electoral College, … Continue reading

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The Snowy Day

Is it just me, or does this Lands’ End catalog cover remind you of that beautiful childhood picture book classic by Ezra Jack Keats? Something about the bright red coat and stark, crisp, clean blocks of color contrast, I don’t … Continue reading

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Curlicue

I tossed my phone charger aside on the couch after I unplugged it the other day, and this is what I saw😄 Kind of striking, that curl of white against the two jumbled, dark red blankets. So I used the … Continue reading

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500 tabs and counting down (#499 “The Tim Ferriss Show” transcripts)

Author and podcaster Tim Ferriss has amazing guests, and he is always so super prepared as an interviewer that the conversations he has with guests are really substantial. However, I don’t usually like listening to podcasts because doing so is … Continue reading

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Nature vs. Human — Two very different types of lines

No judgment here as far as one type of line being better than the other. They’re just very different. And each beautiful in its own way😀

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Schoonmaker Reef

This is what a Silurian coral reef looks like, 425 million years later. I parked in the back/side lot at my local grocery store this morning while shopping for Thanksgiving. (The main lot gets very crowded on the day before … Continue reading

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The Birds?

There’s a big flock of birds—of starlings, actually. And I guess they’re not called a “flock” of starlings but a “murmuration” of starlings, which I learned from my Twitter friend Keith Freeburn, a photographer in Wales, last time I wrote … Continue reading

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When a picture IS a thousand words

I subscribe to a lot of newsletters. Lots of topics, lots of industries, lots of different treatments. I’m just interested in lots of things 😄 One thing I subscribe to is “e news” from the Newberry Library in Chicago. The … Continue reading

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What a difference different light can make!

This post is a follow up to yesterday’s. I made another coffee run down the hill to Starbucks this morning. I think it was earlier in the day, so the sun was at a different place in the sky and … Continue reading

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