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Things I read for fun and other things I like to read-April 2014

It's probably a good thing I have a NOOK. It's probably a good thing that I have an overused library card and I'm sure its a good thing that I'm a literacy tutor with the Literacy Volunteers of The Chippewa Valley. Read more...

Things I learned on the way to Hawai'i and back

It's amazing what a few days in Paradise (and the trip to and from) will teach you. My first time in Hawai'i and I learned this.. Read more...

More things I learned on the way to something else --In like a LION edition

First Off.. As February becomes March and temps continue to drop into the sub zero range (thank you polar vortex !) let me acknowledge 2 important things--March WILL come in like a lion AND my wife Juli is the # 1 reader of this blog so let me throw in at least one "Hi Honey ! " and then get back to the business of "things I learned on the way to something else " Read more...

Things I learned on the way to something else February 4th Edition

Things I learned on the way to something else FEBRUARY 4th  EDITION Read more...

Things I learned on the way to something else (January edition)

A 2500 mile trip with my best friend of 44 years, West Coast Dan, provided lots of time for stray reading, listening to radio from Des Moines to Wichita to Houston and just about every AM signal we could find along the way, and just plain observation.  Read more...

Things I learned on the way to something else DECEMBER EDITION

As John Lennon once wrote, SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS. Tis the season for all things joyful and sometimes stressful and those two things are not mutually exclusive. Read more...


Things I learned on the way to something else (October Edition)

I like to read. in fact, I guess I LOVE to read--almost as much as I love to YAP, and love to WRITE..So these are a few gems I found along the way when I was no doubt looking for something else. It's much like when you discover the Zebra in the museum instead of the Zoo. Read more...

More Things I learned on the way to somewhere else September 2013

It's back to school time and that means collecting scads of random information that I can share with you and maybe you can use it to win trivia contests at a bar near you or you can impress friends and family (or both)  Read more...

The State Capitol is a Dangerous Place

Considering everything that has happened at our state capitol in the past 2 years let alone the past two weeks, its no wonder I have come to the conclusion that our state capitol is a dangerous place. Not Madison. The capitol itself. From protestors singing off key strange anti-Republican songs and getting arrested, handcuffed in fact, for breaking the rules to that incessant pounding on drums a few months back, the place is bedlam. That isn't even considering the laws our legislators are passing or not passing or budgets our Governor's put into play with the help of legislators. Scary stuff. But even with all of that taken into consideration, thanks to a trip to Wilson Park for Chalkfest I have historical evidence that the state capitol..not this particular one, but one just like it is a DANGEROUS PLACE. Even deadly. It killed a war hero from Wisconsin. A war hero who survived many a battle in war. It was nearly 20 years after the hero's service in America's civil war that this hero died. In our state capitol. Not from any war injury. But from a fire. In 1881. Fire swept through the state capitol. Smoke inhalation killed this war hero. OLD ABE--The American Eagle, mascot for Union troops from Wisconsin in the civil war. Paul Harvey might have said--and NOW you know the rest of the story, but I won't. I'll just say--see, I told you, The State Capitol is a dangerous place. Read more...