Category Archives: Life

Tenacity

I don’t know what kind of tree this is, but I have to admire the tenacity with which it continually regrows branches/suckers that have been cut off. You can see scarred burls from years of pruning all along the length … Continue reading

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Oh dear, more Tosa Turkey drama!

Here in my old-school Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa the turkey drama continues. Now the flocks are dogging delivery trucks and pestering/threatening delivery drivers. I remember watching aggressive peacocks at the zoo about this time of year when my kids were … Continue reading

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I can change my life!

I woke up before my alarm today. With faint morning light warmly hinted at through closed eyelids and still in that drowsy, relaxed process of awakening, I slowly became aware of a thought running through my consciousness. A thought fully … Continue reading

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Charlie Behrens, Midwest Storyteller Extraordinaire

Check it out! Charlie Behrens filmed his “2 Types of People in the Parking Lot” video at the grocery store where I often shop. Did you notice the yellow-green awnings from these photos I took a few months ago. Behrens … Continue reading

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Ice Storm!

I know states to our south frequently get ice storms, but they are rare in Wisconsin. We usually get snow instead. However, we had a significant ice storm this week Monday through Tuesday evenings. Which, ironically, came exactly 100 years … Continue reading

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Purple Swirls

This is what I saw as I was drinking water from a colorful old Tupperware glass in the kitchen one recent night with the light above the sink shining through. This glass was part of a set my kids used … Continue reading

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Self-portrait in red bathrobe among dirty dishes

I’ve been sick the past week and a half with what I assume is Omicron, despite being double-vaxxed, boosted, and perpetually masked. Drugstores have been sold out of Covid tests, and lines at drive-up test sites are several blocks long. … Continue reading

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Remembering “The Day of Ahmed’s Secret”

I’m watching documentaries on PBS tonight about the Great Pyramid of Giza (aka the Pyramid of Khufu, Wikipedia article HERE), and seeing bird’s-eye views of the pyramids situated right next to Cairo reminded me of this heartbreakingly sweet children’s picture … Continue reading

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Cley Advent Windows 2021

These are some of the Advent windows in our village. A total of 45 windows are decorated to make our village look like an oversized Advent calendar. … Cley Advent Windows 2021 What a lovely idea talked about in the … Continue reading

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Remembering the “typewriter era”

Students in my freshman-level technical communication course were intrigued by our discussion today of document design during the “typewriter era.” We were examining some memos from the early Microsoft Windows period, right about the time that people were beginning to … Continue reading

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