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Tony Robbins' new film is worth the watch on Netflix.
Tony Robbins' new film is worth the watch on Netflix. (Photo: Tonyrobbins.com)

He's "not your guru," but he's well worth your time

You’ll be skeptical. We all are. Yet we all need improvement. Lord knows I do. 

You’ll probably go into it already having an opinion about "self help" books and movies. You’ll mock it and him, I’m sure. And, yes, you will be disappointed if you want compelling journalistic insight into Tony Robbins’ personal life or peers in his industry. 

But who cares?

You will be highly entertained and enlightened by the new Netflix documentary about Tony Robbins’ "Date with Destiny" seminars. Titled "Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru," it’s an amazing look at the motivational speaker and his team as they hold one of his marquee events in Boca Raton, Fla.  

Directed by Joe Berlinger – who produced great documentaries on Metallica, the infamous gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, Paul Simon’s "Graceland" album and others – the new Netflix film lets you get out of it what you want while telling riveting stories about many of the event attendees and also offering insight into how Robbins’ seminars are produced and managed.   

During the event, in case you didn’t know, Robbins encourages attendees to confront their various issues and take charge of their lives. The doc and Robbins’ teachings, of course, work because we all have something that can be changed in our lives. 

If you’re a "self-help" skeptic, you’ll probably think it watches like a hyped-up infomercial.  That’s your choice. I’ve always been a fan of Robbins’ and a consumer of his messages for 20-plus years. His "Unlimited Power" is one of the better books on the subject, and I’ve seen him live twice, so I can more than vouch for his presence, capacity to inspire and real motivation to help others lead more full, actualized lives. I take nuggets from him daily via his books and Twitter and access his content via his app regularly.

I need constant reminders of how to live and in my own ways am always looking to improve. Thus, I loved this film and highly recommend it. 

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Northwestern Mutual continues to rise here in Milwaukee and across the country. Its annual convention opens this week.
Northwestern Mutual continues to rise here in Milwaukee and across the country. Its annual convention opens this week.

Welcome, Northwestern Mutual

We trumpet Harley-Davison's anniversaries, as we should.  But, Northwestern Mutual has a track record that goes back 159 years in Milwaukee.  Yep, next year marks 160! 

Today the company is a worldwide brand and this week it opens its annual "Meeting of the Association of Agents."

That's right, 159 years in business and 136 years of annual meetings. Indeed, Northwestern Mutual will hold its 136th Annual Meeting of the Association of Network Representatives in Milwaukee, July 23-27. 

The event should draw nearly 10,000 people from across the country, comprising members of Northwestern Mutual and their families. The company’s annual meeting will have an estimated economic impact of approximately $12.9 million for the local economy and guests will fill about 13,800 hotel room nights.   

New this year, and to help welcome the NM family from all over the country, VISIT Milwaukee will move its new interactive art piece, the six-foot "Me in MKE" statue, to the outside front entrance of the Wisconsin Center on 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

The statue invites visitors to stand in and form the letter "K" and is part of a new hands-on component to help increase engagement and awareness of VISIT Milwaukee's mission to both locals and visitors. Lines could be seen for the photo op with the statue at Summerfest, with users tagging their photos with the hashtag #MeInMKE.

"We are thrilled to welcome Northwestern Mutual back to Milwaukee once again," said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. "Northwestern Mutual represents the largest convention of our year and has a tremendous impact on our area's economy. We look forward to welcoming the thousands of attendees to Milwaukee and creating great experiences for them while they're here."

Agents and their families flock to Milwaukee every year, and each year I love the buzz that's created by adding nearly 10,000 visitors to Downtown Milwaukee.

As part of the annual meeting, some agent offices are rais…

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A trail of bagels on Mason Street in Downtown Milwaukee on July 14 at 7:45 a.m.
A trail of bagels on Mason Street in Downtown Milwaukee on July 14 at 7:45 a.m. (Photo: OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers)

Downtown's trails of bagels bewilder

Is it a creative, artistic expression?

An innovative way to feed the seagulls?

Maybe even a small way to assist those who are hungry?

Heck, maybe it’s just littering. Simply garbage and an easy, lazy way to discard last night’s bakery?

No matter what, Downtown Milwaukee has a steady stream of bagel and breadcrumb drops. Several residents in the neighborhood tell me that streets and bridges are regularly laced with bakery items several times a week. And it’s been happening for months.

One resident told me that the trails of bagels "go in spurts." Sometimes every other day, then nothing for a couple weeks.

Bread or bagels often line Mason Street, the Wisconsin Avenue bridge, the Wells Street bridge and many parts of the Riverwalk.

"They always look fresh," added the resident who didn't want to be named.

What’s up with this, Milwaukee? Is it a coordinated, ongoing effort?

Curious minds want to know.

Summerfest shined bright this year.
Summerfest shined bright this year.

I miss you already, Summerfest

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There’s something missing this week in Wisconsin. 

You guessed it: the energy, buzz and excitement that only Summerfest brings. As the state’s economic and entertainment center, Milwaukee gets most of the Big Gig rewards and love – as it should. But with healthy arteries and strong suburbs, everyone wins when Milwaukee’s Summerfest shines.

And shine it did this year. Wow. Near-perfect weather. An amazing line up and new stuff galore to entice us all.

At OnMilwaukee, we’re honored to support, sponsor, cover and partner with Summerfest.  It’s a civic responsibility, quite frankly, and this season, we stepped it up with Summerfest emojis, sponsorship at the BMO Harris Pavilion and unsurpassed team coverage.


I love Summerfest and always have. There’s nothing like it and nothing else that can draw nearly 100,000 additional people daily to our Downtown for 11 straight days. 

The festival creates jobs, civic pride and increased connections to other parts of the city. It’s a beacon that brings people together.  

A few of my highlights this year?

  • The daily traffic jams in Downtown. I always love this. We need it, and it helps showcase how all types of transit make our city go. It also forces us all to slow down. 
  • Speaking of transit types, Bublr was a highlight this year. Discovery World helped with a new station, and while I would rather see a station closer to the main gate, it was great to have this option – especially for quick lunch trips to the fest.
  • Going without an agenda. For the final Saturday, we went without a specific "who to see" plan. It was great. Highly recommended.
  • Taking the kids. Still not a big fan of kids after 7:30 p.m. or so, but if you have little ones in your life, Summerfest is a bla…
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