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Thu
22
Oct

These terms are like annoying or whatever

I hereby call to order another meeting of the Word Crimes Tribunal.

Just as perpetrators of crimes against humanity are tried at The Hague, here we mete out justice to those who abuse our language. Only here, nobody wears wooden shoes.

Fri
16
Oct

The wrath of buckthorn

Summer, sadly, is over. The change in seasons means I don't have to fight off pesky mosquitoes or spiders anymore, but there is a whole new nuisance to deal with in fall.

Wed
14
Oct

Don't forget your cowboy hat

There haven't been many times in my life when I've felt overdressed wearing jeans, a t-shirt, a baseball cap and sporting a three-day beard. But this was the case a few weeks ago when I attended a small community festival with my parents.

Tue
13
Oct

Great Decisions - foreign policy series

Great Decisions is a series of lectures and discussions on foreign policy topics. This will be an intergenerational session with the Fairview Alternative High School students and older adults. Optional briefing books are available for $17. Registration deadline is two days prior to the session.

Sun
11
Oct

Tracing 200 years of pollution on the Mississippi River

If you're going to listen to National Park Service historian John Anfinson speak about pollution in the Mississippi River, you might want to skip your lunch that day.

Tue
06
Oct

Emerging contaminants for rivers, lakes and oceans

Last weekend, my normally healthy mom called from a hospital in Milwaukee to tell me she had come down with a deadly strain of pneumonia.

Mon
21
Sep

Daddy's little Mini-Me

There are many proud moments in a father's life.

Tue
15
Sep

Children should be heard outdoors

Open your front door, lean out to listen and you'll hear two things: First, the sound of your electric bill tripling as you let conditioned air escape your home. And second, the silence of children not at play outdoors.

Mon
31
Aug

Mark my words, freshmen

It's nearly September, and soon freshmen will be getting lost in their high schools, making ill-fated wrong turns that land them outside the boys' locker room before football practice.

Mon
01
Dec

Thanks, kids, for annoying me

Veteran parents tell me I should be thankful, because soon I'll miss all of this.

The incessant questions. The toy-littered floors. The mealtime tradition we call the Spilling of the Beverages.

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