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Both Sides of the Fence

A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!

When do we get to be grown-ups?

Walker's top 10 list, tweeting while in public employment, adulthood

Page 3 is the most prominant spot in the newpaper weekly magazine. You open the cover, and there it is, whatever it is.

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Holidays, shopping, not shopping

The Thanksgiving paper arrived, big as a Norman Rockwell turkey and like a modern grocery store turkey, neatly wrapped in plastic. I pulled and tossed the ads stuffing the slim news as I would the bag of gravy that adds weight to so many frozen birds.

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School versus school: how we think about things

Forest Exploration Center, Wauwatosa Public Schools, charter schools

We are so invested in wanting to see things black or white, this or that, populated by good guys or bad guys. But real life is usually more complicated than that.

In the question of whether the Forest Exploration Center should create a charter school in Wauwatosa, I don't see any bad guys at all. There's a lot of solidified disagreement. We know what people think, but without knowing how they arrived at their conclusions, we can't sift through to discern the better of two goods.

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Independent charter school in Tosa? A real both sides of the fence issue

Forest Exploration Center, University Lab School, independent charter school, Wauwatosa Public Schools

Three points to begin:

1.    I’ve been excited by the Forest Exploration Center’s plans to open an intriguing school and at the same time preserve the Eschweiler Buildings on the County Grounds (I still can't bear to call it "Innovation Campus.")

2.    I believe that decent public schools, well supported, are the cornerstone of American democracy. It’s our duty and obligation to strengthen them.

3.    No children (or adults) should be left indoors: learning and living in the natural world is part of what will save us.

So I’m having a little trouble sorting out this story.

First is the swift objection by Wauwatosa school district leaders to the independent charter school proposal on what appears to be mainly “this’ll cost us revenue” issues.

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Wig shops and North Avenue

North Avenue, wigs, wig shops

As the wig fitter prepares to slip on the wig, I close my eyes and take a deep breath. She stops and gently strokes my head, not minding the hairs that come off in her hand. "There, there. It's not so bad." And I am soothed. But this morning, hair comes out by the handful in the shower. It sticks to itself, and I cannot peel it from my hands, my shoulders, wherever it lands. I keep stroking my head as long as there is hot water. Thank goodness the mirror is steamed. I can't look at myself quite yet. Maybe when I do the tears will come at last.

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