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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.

How I Gave Up Twitter for Lent

The Online World, Technology

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My Own Little Catfish Story

Blogging, Personal, Technology, The Online World

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In Praise of Paper

Newspapers, Technology, The Online World

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My Big, Fat Weight-Loss Story - Updated

Personal, Technology, Weight Loss

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Hacked Off and the Silver Lining

Technology, The Online World

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Happy Social Media Day!

Social Media, The Online World, Technology

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Simply Stupid

Reminiscing, Technology, Things that bug me

I have, at best, a tumultuous relationship with technology. That could be attributed to the fact that I remember the days B.I. (before the internet.) In the eyes of many, that makes me old. I, however, prefer to think that I have a balanced perspective. I have the ability to look at the old and the new and decide what’s better.

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Melancholy Mom

Reminiscing, Technology, Kids

Today’s new moms have it pretty good. I was at a baby shower recently and was amazed by the incredible new inventions (the Pee-pee Teepee), conveniences (the Diaper Genie) and designer diaper bags. (My diaper bag looked like ugly luggage.) Plus, new moms have the internet and sites like Milwaukee Moms, which I can only assume is a lifesaver when you’re hunkered down alone with a colicky baby.

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The Great, and Now Digital Outdoors

Technology, Traffic, Community

Pardon the pun, but I have a passing fascination with billboards. My husband used to work in the “outdoor industry” and in college, we were taught a bit about how to write a good billboard. (Hint – 7 words, max, something most advertisers ignore.)

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Lamenting land lines lost

Technology, The Online World

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