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Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward: An example of rebirth

Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward: An example of rebirth

Editor’s Note: Easter, a spiritual prism refracting light and color, meant to deliver a message of hope through joyful rebirth. Thus inspired, perhaps Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward is a dwarfed, yet useful metaphor: once an underused industrial part of the city, it’s now reborn with a vibrant complexion, hatched from artistic inventiveness as an opportunity for urban revitalization. Bountiful, […]

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Concrete: In the end, it’s our collective humanity that counts

Concrete: In the end, it’s our collective humanity that counts

Editor’s Note: Religious freedom seems of late to be a source of much policy-making and debate. The question: Should one be allowed to refuse service to another on the grounds that the one finds something about the other’s behavior sinful or offensive? Sin comes in many forms and it seems suggested often by those of […]

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Naked in the sun: Whitewater has bones upon which to build

Naked in the sun: Whitewater has bones upon which to build

Editor’s Note: If winter is notorious for laying nature bare, spring is where we see the bones: the structure underlying all that will soon come: leaves, upon trees, flowers upon patios, awnings over doorways, people upon sidewalks. The decor will enhance or hide what we more easily see now: the textures, topography and edifices that […]

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Kenosha-based Apollo Affair brings sanguine and sizzle to Whitewater stage

Kenosha-based Apollo Affair brings sanguine and sizzle to Whitewater stage

By on March 22, 2015 in Music, Video with 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: Kenosha singers/songwriters and engaged couple Megan Mehl and Chris Shanafelt bring banter and personality to the stage, and then they sing. (The duo recently performed in Whitewater.) She’s a sublime vision and vocal powerhouse; he’s percolated energy, metered, but intense, strumming his guitar with effervescent perpetual motion. Their collaboration showcases creative independence while blurring the lines […]

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Pancake Riot: musicians beat a tune and strike a chord, and they don’t make breakfast

Pancake Riot: musicians beat a tune and strike a chord, and they don’t make breakfast

By on March 22, 2015 in Music, Video with 0 Comments

Editor’s Note:Recently, two-thirds of a Janesville trio, an acoustic indy/folk rock group known as Pancake Riot, performed in Whitewater. Two women, Kat Farnsworth and Candace Griffin, strummed guitars and harmonized with soul and sass. Three videos of original works are presented below (many of which can also be found on the group’s EP.)  Band member, Robbie Haas, was unable […]

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Perspective and happiness: The house that Ken and Joy built

Perspective and happiness: The house that Ken and Joy built

By on March 21, 2015 in Pictorial essay with 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: If perspective – ken – influences everything then Joy and Ken Anderson serve as true visionaries. Ken, aptly named, is an artist. Joy is another embodiment of her name: she brings warmth, happiness and charm to a solid, but fluid place. Ken (meaning perspective) creates the architecture where Joy (happiness) can flourish. Among the […]

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Tropical greenery and trees: A visit to Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Domes

Tropical greenery and trees: A visit to Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Domes

Editor’s Note: Most Wisconsinites board a plane to find the tropics, and of that group, many never see a jungle, but even with traces of snow still clinging to the frozen ground, such an experience can be had and all one need do is drive to Milwaukee. It’s a small oasis within an otherwise concrete […]

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Koi and pond: A visit to Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Domes

Koi and pond: A visit to Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Domes

Editor’s Note: While Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park’s Tropical Dome, a glass, seven-story high and 140-foot in diameter edifice, delivers a riveting experience in flora, nestled beneath the leaves, within a quiet basin, one finds aquatic fauna. Large koi, a form of carp, glide between the layers of surface sun and a glimmering array of coins, tokens of wishfulness, […]

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Tropical fruits and flowers: A visit to Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Domes

Tropical fruits and flowers: A visit to Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Domes

Editor’s Note: It’s true, the snow is melting and the air is warming, but if you are just a tad impatient for the oh-so-near commencement of the greening of the land, consider a trip to the Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee. The park includes three domes, however this post will only focus upon one: the Tropical […]

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Adventure bound: 1800s maritime models find port nestled amid the reads

Adventure bound: 1800s maritime models find port nestled amid the reads

By on February 11, 2015 in Pictorial essay, Wisconsin travel with 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: Quietly situated in Price County, the Ogema Public Library (Website here) is a brick-and-mortor timepiece where clutter and noise are suspended and imaginations float. Here we find models of a fictitious, but historically-representative fleet sailing across a landlocked if not continental shelf.  The detailed wooden crafts were made tangible by Larry (deceased) and […]

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