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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.

There's got to be a morning after - the Facebook chronicles.

Politics, Packers

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Do What Vince Lombardi Wouldn't Do

Personal, Packers

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Rock to the Big Game!

Packers, Personal

My friend Randy, born and bred in Green Bay, and now raising his own family up there, has written a song to cheer the Packers on in the Super Bowl. It's called Rock to the Big Game and it's a cute little ditty! He also created a Packers' fan video to go along with it. You can see the video here:

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Super Bowl Memories and Respecting the Dream

Packers, Personal

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A Packer Fan's Insane Dance with Superstition

Packers, Personal

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Growing Old with Brett Favre

Packers, Personal, Fun

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Another Letter to Brett Favre

Packers

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Dear Brett Favre,

Packers

Dear Brett Favre,
It’s been a while since I’ve written to you. Last time was several years ago and it was an unabashed fan letter. You see, I have this thing I try to do – when I think something nice about somebody, I try to make it a point to tell them. Because, really, what’s the point of thinking it if you don’t share it with that person? Back then, I often thought: “Gee, that Brett Favre seems like a good guy – honest, hard-working, unselfish – total team player both on and off the field.” So I wrote that. I think it was over a year later, you sent me a cheesy mass-produced postcard with a picture of your family and something printed on it. Gee, thanks. But no big deal – I expected less.

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The Perfect Last-Minute Packer Gift

Mayfair, Packers, Tosa Business

Down and Out

Brewers, Packers, Sports

Man, what a bummer. We Wisconsinites have just experienced the ultimate trifecta of sports downers – losses by the Badgers, Packers and, of course, the playoff loss by the Brewers. And, to add insult to injury, our local marathon was won by a guy from Illinois. Nothing like kicking us while we’re down.

 

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Shot Through the Heart - Musings of a Dejected Fan

Packers, Weather

I was one of the 72,000+ who stood outside Sunday night and had their heart broken.

 

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Our Unexpected Angel

Packers, Personal

Saturday night, as I stood there at Lambeau Field and watched a magical, mythical snowstorm swirl while an unlikely Packer team came from behind to destroy their opponent, I had one thought: “Thank you, Andrew. This was so much fun.”

 

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Playoff Fever Inspires Song

Packers

Like many people throughout Wisconsin, we’ve definitely got Packer playoff fever in our house. It’s been a few years since we’ve even wanted to think about NFL football in January. (On a side note, thankfully, the NFL hasn’t yet ruled that thinking about football requires a license, although, in his defense, Roger Goodell is just getting started at his commissioner job. Give him time to figure that out.)

 

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