Category Archives: Nature

“The Shape of Water” is concentric circles

Raindrops on water is one of the loveliest sights I know. Always makes me happy and is something I seek out at the end of a storm, just as I also automatically look for rainbows. Is that something I do … Continue reading

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Visiting Sim – Part One

This past Saturday I went to a lecture/tour at the Milwaukee Public Library marking 90 years since Simba the lion came to live at the Milwaukee Public Museum, which then shared half of the building with the Central Library downtown. … Continue reading

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Sisyphean Snow Day

Any Milwaukee School of Engineering graduate can tell you this: MSOE never closes for winter-related weather issues. I’ve taught there since 1996, and although we closed early a few times (no classes after 3:00 p.m.), the only time I can … Continue reading

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Saving the Environment

Two items seen in my hotel room (I’m attending an academic conference in Chicago). We humans are a remarkably flexible species. To wit: I repeat: So . . . an ethical dilemma. Chicago sits right on Lake Michigan, one of … Continue reading

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Late Bloomer

Found this dandelion among the fallen leaves on Monday. Kind of a cheerful sight, but talk about terrible timing: Milwaukee is predicted to get approximately three inches of snow this morning (Friday, November 9)!

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Top Down

I took this photo of our birch tree this week on a sunny early evening as I arrived home from work. Trees die from the top down, something I learned from the arborist years ago when our birch tree was … Continue reading

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A “Ha-Ha” Aha

In reading a book recently, I came across a reference to something I’d never heard of before: a “ha-ha.” This turned out to be a fun little piece of landscape trivia to learn about. A ha-ha is a feature of … Continue reading

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Milwaukee’s Water Street ladybugs and large veins at City Hall

Yesterday morning I walked over to a foundation’s office to hand-deliver a grant proposal for the daytime homeless sanctuary I volunteer with, Repairers of the Breach. (Website HERE; Facebook page HERE. Check them out if you’re interested in finding a … Continue reading

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The Milwaukee (Library) Lion

In talking about my “Carnage at the old Washington Park Zoo” post over dinner last week with my friend and fellow blogger Karen Spivey, we started to reminisce about Milwaukee and its close relationships with favorite animals. For example, consider Samson … Continue reading

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Carnage at the old Washington Park Zoo

I was doing research on something else today when I came across a Milwaukee Public Library blog post from October 2015 about a whole slew of bear deaths/killings in a mixed species/order exhibit at the old Washington Park Zoo from … Continue reading

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