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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.


Kids, Things that bug me

I’ve finally resigned myself to the fact that the “aught” generation is also the “passive communication” generation. They prefer to interact with each other via digital devices – cell phones, computers, etc. I’m finally getting used to my kids texting their friends to get answers to questions instead of calling them. And I’ll admit, I get more information and less attitude and eye rolling from my kids via text messages. Sigh.

But I’d like to suggest that we add another moniker: The “non-responsive” generation. Kids today (said in a cranky “get off my lawn” voice) neither give nor receive responses. It’s usually noticeable during the holidays – when gifts or cash are sent to out-of-state young relatives and they’re rarely acknowledged. Thank you notes or phone calls are, apparently, extremely painful. Too bad we’re not around to hear the exclamation “COOL!” when our packages/cards are opened. Sigh.

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Fun, Tosans

Need a good laugh? Something fun that won’t empty your wallet? Go see NUNSENSE April 30 – May 2nd at Divine Savior Holy Angels (DSHA) High School.

The DSHA Theatre Department in collaboration with The Angelaires will perform Dan Goggin’s hilarious and zany musical, NUNSENSE. When the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally killed fifty-two residents of the convent by way of botulism, the 19 remaining sisters are forced to put on a variety show to help raise money for the burials. Add in a health inspector, a singing puppet, and a tap dance number and you’ve got full serving of side-splitting jokes with a side of toe-tapping tunes. (The show also features several students from Wauwatosa!)

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