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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!

Lovescaping the Eschweilers: a Valentine for what you love

Eschweiler buildings, Milwaukee County Grounds, Valentines

In Wheeling, Ohio, young preservationists are showing their love for old buildings by adorning them with Valentine's hearts and messages of love.

"The heart-makers hope that other members of the community will view their handiwork, think about the significance of the structures and formulate ways to rescue endangered or unappreciated buildings."

What a great idea. And while it's late for an organized effort, what about a "flash mob" or steady stream of individual action to show love for the Eschweiler buildings? It might be harder to get to them now, as the machines of progress are busy about the land, digging holes behind the meandering ribbons of plastic fence that mark their territory. But where there's a will, there's a way.

Or what about Valentines along the parkways? Love them before they become throughways for powerlines.

Sometimes, random acts of beauty or frivolity feel like all that's left to us.

Of course, because we are good midwesterners and citizens, we should be prepared come back in a few days to retrieve our handiwork. Love doesn't lead to desecration or even  litter.

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