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.

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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Treating your holiday delivery people right

I saw this in my Twitter feed today and thought it was a wonderful idea. Pass it on❤️

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How to write a bestseller #@#%$!!!!!

Who the BLEEP knew?!?!?!? While buying paper towels and other staples at Target last night, I decided to swing past the books and maybe treat myself if anything caught my eye. Well, these did catch my eye, LOL. But they … Continue reading

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A video to prompt playtime memories

WIRED (which styles itself with all capital letters) just posted this 40-minute video on its YouTube channel, featuring commentary from the chief curator at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, about the most popular toys each year … Continue reading

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In honor of Thanksgiving . . .

Here is a great article from Rolling Stone from five years ago (link HERE)  celebrating the 50th anniversary of Arlo Guthrie’s hilarious 18-minute musical saga recounting the consequences of taking out the garbage after Thanksgiving dinner. And here is the … Continue reading

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No one plays here now

Or ever. I pass this abandoned playground frequently, and during the late summer, as weeds grew up around the play equipment, I often thought about stopping to take a photo. Sometimes in slanted morning sunlight, mist hanging in the weeds … Continue reading

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