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Both Sides of the Fence

A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!

What's with the diva thing, anyway?

Wauwatosa, Diva Night, Midwesterners

I missed Wednesday’s Diva Night in the village. Driving home from work, though, I did see some sprightly young girlfriend types entering Sassafras, and a slightly more weathered pair considering their fender-bender behind Robertson’s Hardware store. Everyone seemed distinctly non-diva like: polite and attentive to each other, the first group expecting fun, the second one with the calm courtesy good insurance makes possible. Towanda!

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Tough crowds

Professional development, writing, Governor Scott Walker, politics

Yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting a workshop to my co-workers. I’ve done similar workshops all around the country, from Boston to Seattle (and Toronto). But this was a little different. For one thing, the folks at national professional meetings all have to write abstracts as part of their bread-and-butter getting. My co-workers don’t: it’s a new area for many of them. People don’t always like something new coming down the job pike.

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The last grandma

Love, Children, Mothers, Grandparents, Death

An open letter to my niece and nephew, whose grandmother just died at age 86.

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Congratulations, neighbor. Even if you are an Artificial Person. . .

Corporations, Persons, Wisconsin Hospitality Group

According to WauwatosaNOW, the “Wauwatosa-based Wisconsin Hospitality Group, which owns 38 Applebee's and 82 Pizza Hut restaurants throughout Wisconsin, has been named a Wisconsin finalist for the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Neighbor Award.” 

This particular good neighbor, it seems, lives right down Potter Road. So I thought I’d send a letter of congratulations, take over a plate of cookies, invite them to stop by for iced tea or beer. Show a little neighborly hospitality.

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