Yoga "teacher training" is big business
Yoga "teachers" do not need to be certified, credentialed or attend any special "training" to instruct yoga. This may come as a surprise even to yoga teachers, who, when looking for a job, may be faced with the stipulation of "must be an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) through the Yoga Alliance."
Why Obama will beat Romney
Let me begin this blog by explaining that I'm not a huge fan of Barack Obama. He's the most mediocre Democratic president since Jimmy Carter and maybe since Lyndon Johnson, and for all the hate directed to him by the right, he's also equally let down the left. Still, he will trounce Mitt Romney on Nov. 5. Here's why.
Farewell to man's best friend
Normally, the copy in this space is devoted to you, readers. But this week, it's all about me. That's because I am not capable at this moment of thinking about anything other than our family dog, Rosie. A few hours ago, we had to put Rosie down.
Cole gets a second swing at a Yount autograph
Chef Jason Cole had the Robin Yount story of a lifetime and the a corresponding heartbreaker. But for their third anniversary, his wife Kim stepped up to the plate with a one-of-a-kind gift.
11 tips that should improve your social media skills
Several people have asked for "social media tips" lately, so I thought I'd blog about the topic and expand upon a few recent presentations that I've done. Enjoy, share and please offer your tips via the talkbacks.
Every day, I drink my coffee at work out of the same mug. It's not fancy; just a plain white mug with teal writing that says, "COIN CASTLE - SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ" and a line-art drawing of some kids playing skee ball. The reason this is significant is because I recently realized that this mug has just turned 20 years old. I keep it as a daily reminder that there are, in fact, no shortcuts in life.
A tiny cemetery between strip malls piqued my interest
Ever notice that tiny cemetery on Port Washington Road near Pier 1? We finally got the scoop on why it's there and, possibly, why it's so small.
Human foosball, anyone?
On Sunday, before the Packers opener, hit Bradford Beach for a preview of the Y's human foosball arena and new adult recreation leagues.
Wild grape wine, anyone?
Have you ever noticed in many area parks, some wooded areas - and even some trees in not so wooded areas - are covered with grape vines?
Lifelong Milwaukeeans sometimes need anonymity
One of the upsides of living in Milwaukee my entire life is that I know so many people and often feel like I live in a small, tight-knit town. This, however, is also one of the downsides of living in Milwaukee my entire life.
Am I too middle class for high-end stores?
I'm a TJ Maxx, Target and Kohl's kind of girl. I love Ralph Lauren, but on a recent trip to Chicago I didn't dare go in the store.
Dreaming of snow
Last night, I had two weird dreams. The first involved a baby bear attacking me in rural Canada. That was pretty scary. The second was of a blizzard in Milwaukee. That wasn't scary, but it was pretty disappointing. After all, it's 90 degrees and humid right now, but in just two months, we'll start to see winter creeping again. That's the blink of an eye.
Fashion Night Out
On Thursday, Sept. 6, Fashions Night Out (FNO) will be in full force. Stores across the world will be finding unique and fun ways to celebrate the industry and its consumers by staying open for the ultimate shopping party. I couldn't be more excited with this years line up in NYC.
Scooter's Garden of Hope brightened my day
I found Scooter's Garden of Hope on accident. I saw the colorful, totem pole-like pillars on Buffum Street and drove toward them, only to find a beautiful garden with handmade peace flags, sculpture, painted benches and an abundant garden.
Color me intimidated
I've never been a runner. However, I've always been stubborn. And now that I've set my sights on - and tamed, if not conquered - various athletic feats of increasing difficulty, it's time I face my nemesis.
The bird catcher
What do you do after the bird you captured in your garage escapes? Why, buy another bird, of course.
What should we do about winter?
You can hardly go a night without some kind of entertainment or recreation or dining beckoning you to step outside and participate. Milwaukee gets summer. Now, what can we do about winter?
Would improved parks really attract more people?
People just don't seem to go to parks as much in Milwaukee as they do in other cities. Maybe it's fear of crime. Maybe it's our less-nature-centered entertainment lives that are more focused on bars and restaurants. In any case, I really wonder what, if anything, would get people to go to the county parks?
Ready to sweat, Brookfield?
On Tuesday, Sept. 4, Bikram Yoga Milwaukee's owner Bron Gacki will open a second location at 17800 W. Bluemound Rd. in Brookfield.
It's so hard to say goodbye
I hate goodbyes. Even when the exit is desired from a specific situation, relationship, job or even a dinner party - uttering the words that traditionally signal "aufedersein" to people that I have a connection with is hard for me.
Remembering Terry today
Today is the one year anniversary of the saddest day of my life. It was one year ago that I learnwd that Terry Evans, a dear, dear friend and a well-known judge on the United States District Court of Appeals was going to die in just a few hours.
No more NRA
The response that you hear coming from Milwaukee and Wisconsin over the shooting in the Sikh temple is just what you would expect. Sorrow. Sympathy. Praise for first responders. Condolences. Questioning why? Wondering about motive. But I want to see anger. I want to see plain, brutal anger.
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center releases statement on shooting
The Board of Directors and staff of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center released this statement today in response to the shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek
Temple tragedy calls for love
Very little is known at this point about what happened this morning at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek. What we do know is that hate is once again the culprit. And although it feels like there is nothing we can do, there is one thing we can do.
Have you noticed a lack of blue mailboxes?
I've noticed a few conversations on Facebook regarding blue corner mailboxes and how they seem to be disappearing. In Riverwest, for example, there are at least two mailboxes I can think of that are no longer in service.