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Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Friday Morning Music

Friday Morning Music, Alex Chilton, The Replacements

Been awhile.

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Friday Morning Music

Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Ain't Living Long Like This, Perfectly Good Guitar

Start of the weekend readers.

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Salsa!

Backyard Homesteading, Canning Your Own Food, Gardening, Salsa, Superstition

It is said that the origins of salsa dancing can be traced to its spicy roots and probably earned the name because salsa dancing, like sauce (salsa) from Latin America, is a mixture of different and spicy ingredients.

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Friday Morning Music

Friday Morning Music, Eilen Jewell, Shakn' All Over

A little rockabilly to start your weekend.

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Kermis

Backyard Homesteading, Canning Your Own Food, Hunter-Gatherer, Kermis, Life is Good

Kermis or Kermesse is a Belgian term derived from 'kerk' (church) and 'mis' (mass).  With its origins in a mass said upon a parish's anniversary the Walloon Belgians of southern Door County also celebrate a Kermis during the late summer harvest season.  It's a festival with music and dance accompanied with ethnic food.  Nowadays only the food is ethnic.  Some of my readers might not know that the largest concentration of Belgians of Walloonian descent (outside of Belgium) can only be found in Brown, Kewaunee and Door Counties. I'm not making that up.  Only in northeast Wisconsin.  Kermis is a time to celebrate with both prayer and festivities to give thanks for the bounty of the harvest.

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