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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.

Me and the Cubs' Fan - Tales from a Poor Sport

Sports, Things that bug me

Next time, I think we’ll just do lunch.


It all started about a year ago. My grade school friend, Margie, and I were trading e-mails at the end of the 2007 baseball season.


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Divas Storm the Village

Community, Fun, Tosa Business


Who says Brett Favre is the only Diva in town these days?!


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Being Early Makes Me Surly

Halloween, Things that bug me, Tosa Business

I’m sorry, but it’s just too early. I don’t care what you is.


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Trash Talk

City services, Kids


The other day was garbage day. I went through my usual routine – picking up garbage throughout the house and bringing it out to our garbage can. And then, because it was recycling week, I made extra sure to find all of the used magazines and papers and cans and bottles that needed to be recycled.


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Hurdling the Olympic Coverage

Sports, Things that bug me

It seems like everyone I know has Olympic fever. They’re watching and talking about the Olympics more than ever before. And how could you not watch them non-stop? They’re everywhere. I mean, really. They’re on NBC, USA Network, Oxygen, MSNBC, Universal HD and of course, online all the time.


Count me among the folks that are just a little bit befuddled by this Olympic experience. I think the problem is that I missed the opening ceremonies, a.k.a. the gateway to Olympic addiction. I was out that night and forgot to record it. I tuned in as the guy lighting the torch was walking along the top of the Bird’s Nest. Let me tell you, Peter Pan’s got nothing on that guy.


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Extreme Little Red Makeover

Community, Tosa Business, Tosa Landmarks

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Attention Hog

Community, Fun

I’m not usually one to stand out in a crowd. Although I enjoy attention, I don’t go out of my way to get it, especially with my clothing choices.


Friday, on the lakefront, I stood out like a sore thumb. Me, with my Bermuda shorts, plain t-shirt and boring sandals. You’d think I was walking around naked. Seriously, people stared. Why? Well, I guess because I wasn’t wearing the requisite leather vest and tattoos.


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