Using regionalism to mask failure
I was intrigued for several reasons by the recent comments from Democratic candidate for governor, Mary Burke. Most surprising was her courage in finally taking a stance on any topic related to Wisconsin politics. However, it was her comments about education, and her trust in mother government, that got my attention.
The death of a funeral: Funeral selfies
If you thought dying was bad, just wait until your crappy relatives take selifes while visiting you for the last time.
Feed Your Soul feeds the hungry
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin will host the 10th annual Feed Your Soul event on Friday, Nov. 8, from 7:30 to 11 p.m., at Flux Design, 811 E. Vienna Ave.
Why do leaves change colors?
Ever wonder why leaves change from green to orange, yellow and red in the fall?
A different way to look at health care
I must make a confession. At the risk of being labeled a RINO, I need to express my support for universal health care. Before being trashed by my fellow fiscal conservatives and being hailed by hapless progressives, let me explain.
Milwaukee makes Top 20 Cities for Trick or Treating list
Milwaukee's a generous city and area, and we also love our traditions. So, it's no surprise that Milwaukee shows up on Zillow's new list of "Top 20 Cities for Trick or Treating."
Milwaukee nails it with sex myths campaign
United Way of Greater Milwaukee, in collaboration with Serve Marketing, has launched a provocative new campaign that sends a strong message to parents of teen and pre-teen children - if you're not talking to teens about sex, someone else is.
No, you may not enter
The Boston bombing incident highlighted a new and disturbing trend in America. As the Boston police searched for the remaining suspect, they proceeded to enter homes in a forceful and right-seizing manner. While many residents willingly allowed heavily armed police to enter their home in the frantic search, others weren't allowed their constitutional rights.
Maher comes to town Saturday after pajama bottom smackdown
On the heels of his impassioned plea to "stop going to Target in pajama bottoms," Bill Maher prepares to bring stage show to Milwaukee on Saturday.
Dustbusters: I ain't 'fraid of no dust
The world is full of minor mysteries and this weekend I stumbled upon an extremely minor one while leading an in-depth Doors Open Milwaukee tour of Maryland Avenue Montessori School.
Only this job could invoke both colonics and heartfelt goodbyes
Here are some of my favorite work-related experiences, from the wacky to the meaningful. Thank you, OnMilwaukee.com.
The ballad of the hotel washcloth
Lindsay was hoping for a relaxing day with her husband in a poolside cabana. What she got instead was a bizarre performance that led her to pose this question: just how much is a decent person supposed to do in a pool shower?
Minneapolis mayor invites Milwaukee gay couples to wed
In Milwaukee today, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak unveiled a new ad campaign at the LGBT Community Center, called "I Want to Marry You in Minneapolis," that invites same-sex couples from Wisconsin to get legally married in Minnesota.
Grief, glee and guilt on the first day of school
Sending your kid off to school for the first time always results in a grab-bag of emotions.
Don't assume her position; women love sex
Over the years I've learned that most people - women and men alike - assume that women aren't supposed to act like they enjoy sex. They tell themselves that only "sluts" and "over-sexed cougars" love sex. Why? Because it scares them to imagine that liking sex, wanting it, even begging for it on our hands and knees, has very real consequences to it. Those consequences are complicated and messy, yet fun to explore if we embrace it.
When does summer really end?
When the kids go back to school and we flip the calendar to September, most write off summer as being over. Not true. Here's why.
Make like a butterfly and change
I've always wanted to be one of those people who don't take everything so seriously; who isn't so affected by what other people do and say; who doesn't feel quite so deeply about everything. I consciously work on building a thicker skin, but alas - some personality traits die hard.
Five reasons I'm ready for fall
If you'd ask me any other year, I'd tell you that I don't want summer to ever end. It always feels way too short, and the prospect of six cold, dark months of winter ahead gives me the shivers before the snow even flies. But this has been a weird summer. Atypical temperature swings, a historical Brewers collapse - I've personally felt a little sluggish and a lot sweaty for a few months now. So, I might regret saying this, but I think I'm ready for fall. Here are five reasons why.
Commitment tattoos instead of rings?
What are your thoughts on getting tattoos to symbolize your commitment to another person? Here are some people who went for it.
Erasing and redrawing the lines of bigotry
The media has spent the last few years doing a great job of redrawing the lines of bigotry. It used to be that action predicated bigotry. Today, simply having a religious belief that opposes gay marriage will brand you as a bigot. This subtle change is no mistake and has been effective in turning the conversation of bigotry from actions to beliefs.
Five reasons Wisconsin is great for writers
Wisconsin is good for more than just beer and brats! Here are five reasons our state is great for writers, courtesy of bestselling novelist and Wisconsin native Jess Riley.
Weiner's sex scandal has nothing to do with mayoral race
A little harmless fun online doesn't seem quite serious enough to derail a political career. If everybody knows what's going on and nobody raises a stink except the media, then I agree with Weiner when he says he thinks New Yorkers will focus more on his message than on this other stuff.
Standing on the shoulders of giants
Late last year when I climbed about as high as one can climb up the City Hall tower, I lifted the metal shades that cover the windows closest to the base of the flagpole. I looked out at the panoramic view of Milwaukee and my mind immediately went to one thing. Well, to one person. I thought about my grandfather, a lifelong Milwaukeean, who passed away six years after I moved here.
I'd never been to Wanderlust, the festival that celebrates the union of yoga, music and nature until this past weekend. I journeyed to Wanderlust California for the fifth anniversary of the festival held at beautiful Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, Calif. (home of the 1960 Winter Olympics), near Lake Tahoe.
Here's to long hellos and goodbyes
Mike Lescarbeau, CEO of Carmichael Lynch, a branding and creative agency in Minneapolis, had a great piece last week on Huffington Post.