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!

For auld lang syne

New Year's Eve, Balistreri's Italian Ristorante

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Just be nice

Resolutions, New Year

That's what came to mind when I heard about the three-word New Year's resolution challenge: just be nice.  Of course, someone else beat me to the punch on that one.

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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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