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."

Drinking the Kool Aid

It still kind of shocks me to read or hear people using that phrase to describe positive buy-in to a new idea. As in, “We’re extremely excited about our company’s new product. Everyone has been drinking the Kool Aid, and … Continue reading

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Umbrella Graveyard

It rained all day long in Milwaukee yesterday—so windy that umbrellas turned inside out or were wrenched away. Lots of people, like me, gave up and decided to brave the elements in raincoats alone. Yes, I felt like an idiot walking down … Continue reading

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A Windy Autumn Day!

I actually prefer some of my other attempts in terms of composition, but in the end I decided to go with this photo because of that lone leaf whirling into the frame at the very moment I snapped the shutter. (Or whatever term is correct … Continue reading

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Texture – Damp Crabapple Bark

First of all, is it “Crabapple,” “Crab Apple,” or “Crab-Apple”? I grew up thinking of it as a one-word tree name, but I see it spelled all three of these ways and could probably find even more variants if I … Continue reading

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Evening Beckons

Seen as I was leaving work last night. This is the changing quality of light that people talk about in northern climes. At least some of what they mean. The light slants from a lower place in the sky as … Continue reading

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Sunlight and the Approaching Storm

Yesterday morning was bright, but by about 10:00 rain was pelting down. You can see the contrast in weather systems, as well as the strange juxtaposition of sunlight and dark skies, in this photo I took around 8:30 or so on … Continue reading

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A Perfect Autumn Leaf

Usually I am looking up and noticing things like clouds and reflections in office windows. But lately I seem to be looking down and noticing things like the sidewalk moss last week and this leaf today. I don’t think there’s … Continue reading

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