Start your weekend with an incredible duet.
Steve Earle with Emmylou Harris. One of my most favorite songs and favorite artists.
If you live in Wisconsin, it's been a rough few months in social media. It's been my experience that both sides of our political landscape have been attacking each other with great vigor and very little maturity. You may recall that I'm a frequent Facebook user, but comments that I've seen (again, from BOTH sides) have made Facebook not much fun at all. Twitter isn't much better. I'd like to suggest that everyone be more respectful of each other, listen for a change and stop with the infantile name-calling...but I know that will fall on deaf ears.
Instead, I'm going to share with you a breath of fresh air that puts it all in great perspective for me. Enjoy and don't forget to vote on Tuesday April 5th.
Sometimes, the only thing you can say is "what she said!"
In looking for a sample ballot for the Tuesday, April 5, election (not so easy to find), I ran across an editorial by Journal Sentinel community columnist and fellow Tosan Annette Mertens. The crux:
If you don't know who's running, don't vote. Don't guess. Don't disrespect the lives of those who fought and died for this privilege by taking voting so lightly as to choose a candidate at random or just because he happens to belong to a certain party.
There are two crucial positions to fill, County Executive and Supreme Court Justice, and we are saturated with misinformation about the candidates, most of it from third party advertisers. If all you know is from ads, sensational chain emails, and robocalls, don't vote.
Oh: and here, in all its badly scanned splendor, is the sample ballot, just in time. That, too, deserves a little more care if this democracy is as important as we say it is.
It seems like it has been raining babies lately.
My business partner and her husband recently welcomed their first child into the world.
Mayfair mall's newest cosmetics store--Bare Escentuals--will open Friday, April 8, on the first floor, across from the Gap.
The company specializes in products made from natural minerals. The brand is available at a number of retailers.
First Drews and now Little Caesars. Is someone trying to erase my childhood?
To me, losing Little Caesars in the village is like losing an old friend.
A couple of weekends ago I was sorting through all manner of stuff I've collected over the years. I like to think of it as my self-treatment plan of my pack rat syndrome. I was determined to finally stow it away properly. Things from the years in Germany in one trunk. Boy Scout and Camp St. Michael stuff in another. Brewers stuff and Packer's stuff in their own bins.
Why is it that we save all of the routine, the collectible and arcane?
I've been going to musicals at Tosa East for about 14 years, and every year I ask myself, Where do all these talented kids come from? The answer came to me during last night's production of Phantom of the Opera: Tosa East surely must have its own opera ghost who is coaching the kids on the sly.
For years there have been rumors of a ghost named Fitz Fitzsimmons living on the all-but-abandoned third floor of the school; he's listed in each production's crew credits for good luck. I'm just beginning to realize his role in vocal coaching. Of course, Director/Producer Tom Thaney and Vocal Musical Director Wendy Traeger deserve some credit for recognizing and nurturing the seemingly endless supply of talent at the school too.
***St. Bernard Parish School will close its doors in June 2011, and a new school (Wauwatosa Catholic), a joint venture between Pius X Parish and St. Bernard Parish will open in Fall of 2011.*** To thank the faculty on April 1, parents and families treated the faculty and staff to luncheon to show their appreciation.
Many other special events will continue to take place as this historic school year winds down & the 100th Anniversary of St. Bernard Parish winds up! Below is a note of thanks published in the April 7 "Eagle Review" Newsletter. STAY TUNED!
It has been hypothesized that there are only six degrees of separation between one of us and everyone else that inhabits our fragile satellite in the vast galaxy of the Milky Way.
A plan to convert warehouses in Wauwatosa's Burleigh Triangle area into new stores won praise from the city Plan Commission Monday night, but also drew concerns over a lack of office space in the development plan.
Chicago-based HSA Commercial Real Estate Inc. is proposing the development, called The Mayfair Collection, for 69 acres east of Highway 45 and north of W. Burleigh St.
I fumbled my way out of bed the other day at 4 AM.
Turning-on the coffee I assembled exactly two peanut butter sandwiches (with lettuce and mayonnaise), one hard-cooked egg, an orange and a bottle of water. Filling a small thermos with steaming joe I stuffed the flask, my breakfast and lunch along with a book into my backpack. Grabbing my trusty Mossberg turkey gun and a couple of shells I headed out in the dark. The previous afternoon I had stashed a duffel with decoys in a blind.
How many of you like palace intrigue as much as I do?
Seems like we have a moat load of it now that this coming Tuesday the Council is going to revisit the ratification of those union contracts they dismissed last month.
Good Morning Friends in Gardening Frugally,
Upside to the snow: I can see the cardinals better from the windows.
On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, the Wauwatosa Common Council will hold a special meeting to decide whether to ratify contracts that the City administration has negotiated with three unions representing City workers.
In ordinary times, this would attract little attention. These are not ordinary times.
It's the start of the weekend and I cannot help but slip comfortably into an old favorite.
From The Lost Performance - Live at Taverne De L'Oympia - Paris.
You can ignore Earle's political commentary. This is a really good cover of a timeless Townes Van Zandt tune...