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.

Love in the New Age: When BFFs are Plentiful and Love is Tossed Around

Family, Reminiscing, Personal, Friends

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Farewell Dad - Goodnight My Angel

Elder Care, Family, Personal, Reminiscing

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Lives Touched - Andrew's Story

Kids, Parenting, Personal, Reminiscing

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Where Were You?


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The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Weekend

Personal, Reminiscing

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This is the oldest I've ever been

Personal, Reminiscing, Things that bug me, Being old

This is the blogpost that I really shouldn’t write. Instead, I should stick to writing about crosswalks or restaurants or something somewhat innocuous. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment because I’m coming right out and saying: “Look at me, I’m 50.” That’s right. On October 15th, I am hitting the big five-oh.

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The Empty Nest - What to Expect When They Leave

Kids, Personal, Reminiscing

“Mom, Mom, MOMMMMMMMMM!!!”

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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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Lent, The A-Word and the Big Smudge

Community, Kids, Religion, Reminiscing

I’m not usually one to wear my religion on my sleeve. However, today, Ash Wednesday, like many others, I’m wearing it on my head. Because of this, I couldn’t resist writing a blogpost with some random faith-based thoughts.


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Mayfair Turns 50

Mayfair, Reminiscing, Tosa Business, Tosa Landmarks

What’s the secret to a successful mall? It’s simple – change or die.


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A sad letter to Drew's

Community, Kids, Neighborhood, Reminiscing, Tosa Business

Dear Drew’s:

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