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West Side Stories

A Tosa resident for almost 20 years, Karen is a mom and freelance writer, addicted to playing tennis. When not on the tennis court, she spends the fall and winter in the stands at Green Bay Packer and Marquette basketball games.

Karen is the author of “Grab a Bite,” a dining out column and the former community columnist for the Wauwatosa NOW newspaper.

Politics and Childishness


If you live in Wisconsin, it's been a rough few months in social media. It's been my experience that both sides of our political landscape have been attacking each other with great vigor and very little maturity. You may recall that I'm a frequent Facebook user, but comments that I've seen (again, from BOTH sides) have made Facebook not much fun at all. Twitter isn't much better. I'd like to suggest that everyone be more respectful of each other, listen for a change and stop with the infantile name-calling...but I know that will fall on deaf ears.

Instead, I'm going to share with you a breath of fresh air that puts it all in great perspective for me. Enjoy and don't forget to vote on Tuesday April 5th.

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Confessions of a non-Tiger Mother

Kids, Books, Parenting

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about Amy Chua’s book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” Chua previewed the book in this article in the Wall Street Journal. Suffice it to say, it’s been nothing less than controversial. Basically, Chua’s upbringing taught her to take a VERY tough love approach when raising her own two daughters.

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