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.

Trees Like Cotton

Yesterday’s snow was so pretty, laying itself down thick and heavy on the tree branches. Everything was drenched in white. Then today in the sunshine all that snow started falling off in globs, leaving behind these odd clusters of “cotton” … Continue reading

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Abstraction in Snowy Branches

I guess we’ll be shoveling later tonight, but meanwhile the snow is beautiful ❤️

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Caterpillars Don’t Become Butterflies!

A blogger I follow published a link to this older post today, which he said has become the most-visited/read post on his blog. I can see why. Number one, I’ve never heard this about caterpillars. And number two, the metaphor … Continue reading

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Brutalism Softened

One of the Juneau Village Towers apartment buildings, photographed in the soft haze of our misty “wintry mix” today. With their Brutalist looks, the towers of this apartment complex have always reminded me of the old Soviet Bloc style housing. … Continue reading

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Snow in Repose

Just a photo I took of a bench outside the Starbucks at Red Arrow Park. Winter can be pretty and even peaceful.

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Seen walking back from the dentist

It had been raining on the walk over from my office, but the sun was out by the time I left the dentist to start walking back. It’s only about a 15-minute walk, and I like to swing through Red … Continue reading

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Balanced, calm composition (veering slightly toward hysteria)

I was instantly struck by this four-quadrant checkerboard pattern of vertical and horizontal lines and areas of shadow and light when I walked into my office around 1:00 this afternoon after teaching my freshman report-writing class. I fooled around with … Continue reading

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Castoffs

Photo taken today on the south side of Wisconsin Avenue, somewhere between 35th and 12th Streets; can’t recall exactly where. This struck me as an interesting assortment of “forgotten” things, so I took the picture while stopped at a traffic … Continue reading

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Corner offices, late afternoon in mid-December

We’re getting to that time of year when darkness falls in Milwaukee well before it’s time to leave work for the day. I took this photo yesterday at 4:17 pm. And guess what? Little did I know, that was the … Continue reading

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Inspiring article on Reese Witherspoon to get you unstuck

Truly enjoyed this fascinating and substantial Hollywood Reporter profile of Reese Witherspoon, especially how she took charge of her career when the entertainment industry’s existing system offered limited opportunity. You can find the article here.

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