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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.

Let's make Tosa more "walk-friendly" for pedestrians

Community, Traffic, Tosa Business

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the great Northwest, including Seattle, Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia. It had been years since I had been in Canada. In fact, the last time I stepped foot in “America’s hat,” I was still a teenager and not able to pick up on the subtle differences between our countries.

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This is the oldest I've ever been

Personal, Reminiscing, Things that bug me, Being old

This is the blogpost that I really shouldn’t write. Instead, I should stick to writing about crosswalks or restaurants or something somewhat innocuous. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment because I’m coming right out and saying: “Look at me, I’m 50.” That’s right. On October 15th, I am hitting the big five-oh.

Gulp. I have to admit. That’s tough to say. See, here’s the deep dark secret that you young people don’t realize: “Psssst. We old people still THINK we’re young. We might look old, but this aging thing is totally kicking our butts.”

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Big rally, little point?

Politics, TV

Yesterday I watched the event of the month, The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. If you aren’t familiar with it, it was an actual rally on the National Mall in Washington DC. The organizers were Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, two television hosts from Comedy Central Television. This rally was organized in response to TV commentator Glenn Beck’s Rally to Restore Honor back in August.

I’ve always been a big fan of Jon Stewart. Although I may not always agree with his politics, I generally think that he asks good questions and does a decent job of poking fun at both the right AND the left.

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