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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.

Retail Ruminations

Community, Tosa Business

Now that Spring is officially here, I find myself noticing more things in and around Tosa. Sure, I see the lovely flowers popping out of the ground and a vibrant green abounds in every front yard and treescape.

But what I tend to notice are the empty or underutilized storefronts in our town. I hear rumors of the economy rebounding, so I can't help but think that somebody, anybody should be taking advantage of this and opening a fun new shop where there currently is nothing. Here are some examples and my suggestions for each:

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Bleeding hearts and the obsolescence of motherhood

Personal, Kids

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The College Instruction Manual for High School Graduates

Personal, Kids, School

All across the country, teenagers are graduating from high school. And so it is in our house too. Our daughter, our youngest, graduates from high school this weekend. My feelings are all a-jumble. I’m happy, I’m sad, I’m melancholy….I’m too young for this! Regardless of how I feel, it’s still going to happen.

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