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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!

Are implications enough? UWM's Innovation Park

Research Universities, UWM, County Grounds

Those of us who had traditional liberal educations carry a curse. Whenever we see certain lofty vague phrases, red flags pop, bells ring. We begin to look harder to see what kind of clothes the Emperor is wearing.

Take the gravely intoned, "He set UWM on an entrepreneurial path rife with implications for the economic health of the region. . .(and) in a strong position to improve the quality of life in the Milwaukee region, boost economic growth, and create new jobs, in the finest traditions of The Wisconsin Idea."

Those eulogy-like words are the Journal Sentinel editorial board's for the departing chancellor Carlos Santiago and the idea-and-building-generating momentum he began for UWM.

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What makes a place home?

Wauwatosa, Nature

During the past week, my job has taken me to a place I thought I knew. 

But instead of the familiar small houses built after the war and through the 60s on grid-like streets, McMansions have mushroomed on cul de sacs. What a difference 20 years of boom building make.

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