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Get a taste of the Milverine.
Get a taste of the Milverine.

Smear some Milverine on your mouth

A few weeks ago, I reported on a new local business, Moonshine Bath and Body, started by Whitefish Bay’s Rebecca Carriere.

Last week, Moonshine introduced a new lip balm, Milverine, named for the ubiquitous-around-town, fast-walking, often shirtless man.

"Milverine" – whose real name is John Hamann – got his nickname because of his resemblance to the character Wolverine. He walks briskly and with purpose two or three hours every night of the week around Milwaukee and always has a determined, intense look on his face.

There is a Facebook page with more than 6,500 likers where Milverine fans post photos of him in full stride.

When I heard about Moonshine’s new, all natural Milverine lip balm, I was immediately curious and a little scared. What would it smell like? Would it be earthy? Musky?

Turns out, it’s smooth and fruity. Not the immediate scent that comes to mind when I think of the uber-athletic, scantily-dressed Milverine, but certainly way better than a lip balm that smells like denim and sweat.

Oak & Loc: yay or nay?
Oak & Loc: yay or nay?

A new neighborhood nickname

I'm all for language changing over time. I encourage it, in fact. Even though I'm a word nerd, you won't ever hear me complaining about "kids today" and their abbreviated texting language.

And yet, it bugs me when neighborhoods get new nicknames. I don't know why, but it really does. To me, the north end of Walker's Point will never be the Fifth Ward. And a few years ago, some Riverwesters tried to get "NoLo" – standing for "North Of Locust" – to catch on.

Luckily it didn't.

Somewhat recently, I was going to Clark Graphics, and I noticed new yellow banners stretched on poles near the intersection at Oakland and Locust suggesting the area is now nicknamed "Oak & Loc" (pronounced with a long o, as in the rapping wild thing, Tone-Loc).

Is this really going to catch on?

Michelle shocked fans on Sunday.
Michelle shocked fans on Sunday. (Photo:

Homophobic Shocked still scheduled to play Madison

After singer Michelle Shocked went on an anti-gay tirade during a show in San Francisco on Sunday, almost every venue canceled her tour dates – including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

The Harmony Bar & Grill in Madison is the only venue that has not canceled on Shocked.

I called tonight and asked an employee if The Harmony was planning to cancel Shocked’s show, scheduled for May 4.

"The owner is out of the country. He has no idea what’s going on. I really think he’ll cancel the show, but it’s not my place to make the call until he returns," he says.

Some of what Shocked said has been taken out of context by the media, perhaps, but it is undeniably homophobic.

"I was at a prayer meeting yesterday, and you gotta appreciate how scared folks on that side of the equation are. I mean, from their vantage point, and I really shouldn't say 'their' because it's mine too, we are nearly at the end of time. And from our vantage point we're gonna be, uh … once Prop 8 gets instated, and once preachers are held at gunpoint and forced to marry the homosexuals, then I'm pretty sure that will be the signal for Jesus to come on back."

She later told a perplexingly offensive story about a trip to Guatemala.

C’mon, Harmony. Track down the owner. Pull the plug on Shocked.

Shh, parents. Don't say it.
Shh, parents. Don't say it. (Photo:

Three things to never say as a parent

I made a terrible mistake recently and broke one of the karmic codes of parenting by "bragging" about something. I know better than to say these things aloud; they always bite me in the non-mom-jean-wearing butt.

And yet, I can't seem to keep my big mom mouth zipped.

Here's a description of my mama no-no, along with a couple more things you'll never hear me say. Of course there are way more than three things a parent should never say, so feel free to add more via the Talkback feature.

1. A couple weeks ago, I actually told a friend how lucky my family has been in avoiding sickness. I even went so far to say it had been over a year since the yucks struck. And I did not knock on wood. Or acknowledge my boldness to the universe. I just kept rollin' along for a few days and then blammo. We all got sick as goats (I thought I'd leave dogs out of this expression for once) and have remained fevery / sneezy / pukey ever since.

2. I used to say how my kids would eat "anything." And it was true: from seaweed to salmon to sauerkraut, they ravenously consumed whatever I plopped on their dumb little penguin plates. And then, around six or seven, they became super picky.  Like "I really only want juice and noodles" picky. We are slowly working our way back from the depths of insane food scrutiny, but I often chortle sinisterly at the memory of my former food statements.

3. We don't have a TV or video games in our house and even though here I am telling all of you in Blogland, you will never hear me say these words aloud. Ever. Because no matter how I say it, it makes other parents really uncomfortable. They feel the need to say things like, "Well we barely watch any TV..." and I totally understand why they go there. But the fact is, I made this choice for me. It has nothing to do with thinking my kids are going to achieve world peace and your kids are going to work in a pickle factory, it's a complicated, personal choice that doesn't work for everyone. But I promise, I'll …