Tie a yellow ribbon 'round that shy dog's leash
Some dogs are fine when people and other dogs walk, or run, up to them. Some dogs are fine ... as long as they're left alone. The "Yellow Dog Project" is an effort to help those dogs.
Three things to never say as a parent
I made a terrible mistake recently and broke one of the karmic codes of parenting. I bragged.
Area students score high on national German exam
Milwaukee area students are being recognized by the American Association of Teachers of German for its students' outstanding performance on the annual National German Exam.
Dance class for toddlers returns to the ICC
Calling all bambini! If you want your little one to get moving (and maybe even get a little culture, too) during this not-quite-spring season, look no further than Balliamo, Bambini, the Italian Community Center's dance class for toddlers.
MPS school receives national recognition
Milwaukee Public Schools' Frederick J. Gaenslen School, 1250 E. Burleigh St., has received a national award recognizing its pre-engineering program.
Positive training works, negative training doesn't; tell your friends
Sometimes new ideas spread quickly. Sometimes they take forever. Here's one I'd like to speed up. For decades, the accepted approach to training dogs was "dominance theory." But negative training doesn't work for most people; it always makes dogs sad and often makes behavior worse; and it ruins the friendship that was the reason you got a dog in the first place.
Groppi and Nohl get much-deserved bios
Wisconsin Historical Society Press publishes some great Badger State books for adults on everything from bowling alleys to bars, history to nature to sports and more. But, the Madison-based publisher also dishes up new titles each year in its great Badger Biographies series for young readers ages 7 and up. The latest explore the lives and work of artist Mary Nohl and Father James Groppi.
Running Rebels serves at-risk youths from within
Yesterday, I had the chance to sit down and have a cup of coffee with three members of a group I'd never heard of before, but I'm glad I do now. They make up the leadership of Running Rebels, a 32-year-old vision of its founder, Victor Barnett. Along with his co-executive director and wife, Dawn, this publicly and privately funded group has helped thousands of Milwaukee kids at risk of gun violence.
The power of scent
I had one of those moments while on bedtime duty with my 4-year-old daughter tonight. One of those moments in which a simple question led to an answer that surprised even me.
Ruminations on the modern report card
I admit I was kind of excited when my eldest child started getting report cards. I'm pretty sure I wasn't so excited to get my own as a kid and I know for sure I wasn't eager to share my high school reports with my parents.
Donate a jar of peanut butter and get free Disney on Ice tickets
Are your little ones excited to see their favorite princesses and animated characters live on ice this February? Here's a way to get free or discount tickets to "Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic" while helping a great cause.
Every school surrounded by a park
Even a century ago, landscape architect Jens Jensen understood that the schoolyard could be both an area of recreation and exercise and of learning. It could offer an outdoor classroom. Green schoolyards, Jensen said, would improve the lives of more than just the school community. A number of Milwaukee schools are turning Jensen's words into reality all across the city.
Doin' the Daddy/Daughter Dance
It's time for the annual Daddy/Daughter Dance again at North Division. And, once again, the idea makes me go, "awwww."
MSOE student designs educational robot
An MSOE engineering student yesterday unveiled the robot he designed to facilitate interactive learning for students in grades 1-5.
Great Schools rankings may challenge your notions of local choices
Last week, I spied a copy of the new Great Schools school finder which rates all the area public, charter and private schools to help parents make informed choices. But I haven't yet found a copy of my own so that I can really sink my teeth into the scores. Today, a reader and concerned Milwaukee parent shared a little number crunching achieved with the new school finder.
MSOE library houses large light bulb, LEGO stadium
Sure, kids love trips to Disney World and water parks, but the beauty of the little people is they often are just as impressed with the smaller stuff. Like massive light bulbs and a 35,000-piece LEGO sculpture of Miller Park.
Budget surplus should help re-fund public schools
Tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Gov. Scott Walker will give his state of the state address speech for 2013. Certainly, he and I won't agree when it comes to public schools.
Kids From Wisconsin holding open auditions
Kids From Wisconsin is looking for ... well, more kids from Wisconsin. The popular summertime musical troupe currently has 33 open positions for dancers, vocalists and band members, male or female, between the ages of 15 and 20.
Pick yourself up, dust yourself off
So when I told my kids I would take them ice skating during their winter break and realized, last night, that I only had one day left to achieve my promise, I almost regretted my words.
Bucks' Harris donates basketball sets to Penfield Children's Center
Milwaukee Bucks forward Tobias Harris will deliver five new toddler-sized adjustable basketball sets to Penfield Children's Center to benefit children with special needs.
Bingo makes miracles
Potawatomi Bingo Casino's annual fundraiser called Miracle on Canal Street, the casino's signature charitable program, raised $981,273 for 30 Wisconsin-based charities.
Harlem Globetrotter Special K to visit Golda Meir School
Harlem Globetrotter Special K Daley will visit to Golda Meir School, 1555 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., this morning at 10:45 a.m. to speak out against bullying.
Arts@Large and the H-D Museum get "elementary" in new exhibit
The Harley-Davidson Museum and Arts@Large have teamed up to showcase unique student artwork in the museum's latest exhibit, "Industrial Innovation Gets Elementary."
School's dads group lifts off with soaring paper airplanes event
A loop of video showing the Blue Angels soaring through the heavens was projected on a screen above the stage in the gymnateriatorium at Maryland Avenue Montessori. Despite their speed and acrobatics, they couldn't hold a flame - blue or otherwise - to the aircraft soaring around the school's combined gym, cafeteria and auditorium after school on Thursday.
A toy story
My 4-year-old nephew came for a visit recently and helped his uncle rediscover his childhood.