Category Archives: History

A little baseball trivia?

My husband and I were talking in passing about the World Series last night. Although I no longer really follow baseball, I was a big fan as a kid. When I noticed the game on TV, I wondered aloud if … Continue reading

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Functionality in search of purpose

Although I’ve noticed this item in the corner of a classroom I teach in this quarter, I never looked closely at it until today, when it was in a slightly different location. I almost didn’t recognize what it was. That’s … Continue reading

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Remember the Berlin Airlift? Why can’t we do that for Puerto Rico?

I know it’s probably naive and presumptuous of me to assume that America’s leaders haven’t thought of this already and dismissed it for good reason. But why haven’t we done something like the Berlin Airlift for Puerto Rico? We kept … Continue reading

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Knot Art – How one artist developed a daily creative practice

I love this article in today’s Co. Design, “How An Apple Alum Found Her True Calling–In Knots.” Windy Chien, a former producer at Apple’s iTunes, is now an artist who creates hanging textile art, jewelry and lights from complex macrame … Continue reading

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A Downton Abbey Anachronism?

My daughter and I both had projects to work on last night and, wanting some familiar, companionable television in the background, decided to put on Season One of Downton Abbey. (Love that show 🙂 ) Around about the third episode, … Continue reading

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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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A Tale of Two Tennis Courts

This is a tale of two tennis courts in Milwaukee’s Washington Park. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park fame (see a nice NY Times article about his Midwestern parks here), Washington Park was once home to the Milwaukee … Continue reading

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