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Patricia McConnell! Dogs Have Owners but Cats Have Staff...

Dogs Have Owners but Cats Have Staff

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Jon Katz book reading and signing to benefit Wisc Humane Society

Jon Katz Reading and Book Signing

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

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Help Children Make the First Five Count

Autism, Early Intervention, Birth to Three

This is a guest blog created by Robert Glowacki, CEO Easter Seals Southeast WI

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2011 Fall Yard Waste Collection

yard waste, leaf collection

Residents may place yard waste materials such as flowers, vines, weeds, thatch, garden debris and leaves into the curb line of the street for collection from Sunday, September 18, through Sunday, November 13, 2011.  Do not place materials in the curb line at any other time. 

·      Do not place materials for collection in drainage ditches, alleys, refuse containers, ash boxes or piles in your yard or driveway.  Rake them into the street along the curb line forming a windrow (long low pile).

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Donors: Be Careful in Wake of 9/11 Anniversary

September_11, 9/11, charity, scams

Sunday’s anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks is sure to evoke memories, emotion and, for some, philanthropy. The BBB wants to remind people that scammers may take advantage of the anniversary, and that donors should carefully research a charity before they give.

A recent Associated Press investigation found that many 9/11 charities “failed miserably” in serving victims, their families and their memories, yet continue to collect donations. This past week, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs warned that a scammer was calling residents in Northeast Wisconsin fraudulently soliciting donations for a veterans’ clinic in Green Bay.

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This and that

Bowling, Catholic church, Cooking, Football, Free market, Green Bay Packers, James family, Las Vegas, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Wave, MISL, My-Sugar-Na, NFL, Patriotism, Religion, Soccer, Television, Weather, West Allis

I have been trying to find time to post a new blog entry, but sometimes that is in short supply.  However, as time goes on, the number of brilliant nuggets keeps increasing.

  • I love the weather this time of year.  I am not a fan of warm summer days, and though I prefer frigid days to humid ones, I'm not an advocate of those, either.  But 65, sunny with a breeze?  Wheelhouse!  Now if we could just get rid of the sun angle which is blinding when you drive into it at rush hour.
  • Last NFL season, when the Packers were 8-6 after losing to Detroit 7-3, then not having Aaron Rodgers and losing to New England, I thought there was no way that the Packers would make the playoffs.  Then when they did, I was pessimistic about each playoff game.  And then there was that 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl.  In hind sight, I absolutely hated football over that stretch and therefore didn't enjoy it.  Not this year.  In a reversal of mindset, I knew - I was absolutely certain - that New Orleans wouldn't score a tying touchdown, and I feel richly rewarded for my faith this morning.
  • Speaking of rewarded for my faith, a couple of Sundays ago, I Godfathered Mr. Uncie's and Knobbleknees' third child, Bonobo at his Christening. 
  • And you C & E Catholics out there... the words to the Confiteor, Doxology, Nicene Creed and Holy Holy are changing.  Better get to Mass while they are getting their trial runs before you go on Christmas Morning and are more lost than you usually are.
  • Have you been watching the Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network?  Kind of like a hybrid between the Amazing Race and Chopped.  I am amazed at the food that some of these food trucks can turn out with a limited budget and space, but I am starting to think it might be rigged.  To be assigned to get to Manhattan, KS and not allowed to park on the Kansas State University campus, but instead roll into a park that has 500 people waiting for them?  The contestants are allowed to use Facebook and Twitter to advertise locations, but it seems like way too many people are already at the locations in which the food trucks park.
  • One team that I am glad has been eliminated is the Seabirds.  You know how I know they were a vegan truck?  Because they used that word twice (or more) in every cutaway.  "I think vegan food will be a hit in (insert city) because the vegan community is looking for vegan options and our vegan truck will show that vegan food is Vegan-tastic and even non-vegans will enjoy the vegan options that our vegans can produce on our vegan truck."
  • Regarding Hell's Kitchen, Elise is still there.  Proof that it isn't a "reality" show, and that Lord Ratings is more important than integrity.  In a way, Hell's Kitchen is like that train wreck show The Killing... I get tired of it about 20 minutes into each episode, but I keep watching to see the result.
  • Which we didn't get from The Killing, and which I don't care if I ever do.
  • I disdain Obama-care, in favor of a free market solution.  However, I am not convinced the free market sees a problem.  Last week, My-Sugar-Na went to an Urgent Care facility and in less than one hour from the time she set foot in the building, they had examined her and suggested she go to the ER.  And when she got there, we waited in the waiting room for FOUR HOURS.  I get the triage system, but if you are at intake and see that you are running out of chairs in the waiting room, couldn't a few phone calls me made to other hospitals in the area to check on wait times, and when some are found, announce that if you can get there, other hospitals could see you sooner?
  • And while I reflect on those four long hours, I looked at the numerous sick/injured/visitors and realized that whatever the affliction, those chairs were NOT the most conducive to a four hour wait.  Think about it... I've been in bed for three days and I'm getting sicker.  Or what started as a sore back has gotten to where the pain is searing.  So to solve the problem, I need to sit in a glorified folding chair for hours on end.
  • I made a goal for this bowling season to only miss one single pin during league all season.  I bowl two leagues, at 33 weeks each, 3 games a week... that is 198 games right there, now figure I will bowl as a substitute maybe a dozen times, so add another 36 games for a total of 234 games this league season.  Unfortunately, I didn't even make it out of August.  I am perfect in two league sessions in September, though.  I have 222 games to go, and I can't miss another one.
  • I don't know (but can guess) why there is 8% to 10% unemployment.  We have had job postings on for various positions for the better part of a month, and just can't find any decent candidates.  I am looking for a clerk with minimal requirements (some purchasing experience in a manufacturing setting and some clerical experience).  The job had been posted for 28 days and we've only had 11 resumes worth even looking at.
  • There is a such thing as too many Coach bags.
  • If you are on the freeway and in the left lane, you'd better be going fast.  I've gotten into too many almost-accidents by trying to go around putterers that are clogging the left lane.  Scenic drivers have their very own lane.
  • At work, we had a luncheon to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and we took a moment of silence.  During that time, the recurring vision that I had was of (Sponsor's Name Here)'s then 3-1/2 year old Official Daughter, Gooey, wondering why I turned off Barney to watch about That Big Fire all day.
  • But leave it to the government.  10 years later, there is still no memorial on the site.  And you trust them to create jobs?
  • Five weeks from today.
  • Six weeks from today.
  • Last week's white supremacist rally in downtown West Allis went off without a hitch (for the most part).  It would have been a lot more fun, though, if Scott Walker was holding a fund raiser at Steak House 100 concurrently.
  • Since their 22-3 streak ended on August 21st, the Brewers have followed that up with a 9-8 stretch.  Not bad by any means, but I am hoping that they didn't peak too early.  If they keep middling, then Arizona will catch them for the second best record in the National League.  That is huge, because the Phillies will play the team with the third best record while the team with the second best record will play at home against Atlanta.  Though certainly you have to beat whomever you are playing against, I would prefer they start against Atlanta and work themselves up to Philadelphia.
  • The MISL released the 2011-12 schedule for the Milwaukee Wave.  This year the MISL will contain eight teams (up from five last year).  Out of the league is Omaha, new cities are Rochester, Syracuse, Norfolk, Wichita and the Chicago team has new owners and a new name. For us indoor soccer geeks, each the season is up to 24 games.  Time for your 2011 WORLD CHAMPION MILWAUKEE WAVE to repeat.  Five championships are nice, but the Joy of Six would be even better!


 Over this past week, I've watched television newscasts and read articles about the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 that is coming up.  I'm overcome with emotion.  We ALL have been affected in some way by what happened on that day.  Our lives have changed.  We are not and never will be completely safe ever again.  There will be more wars, more fighting and more terrorist attacks.  There will be heroes, as always, who do their best to keep us safe and there will be times when they will fail.

On the day of the attacks, two of my friends from our old neighborhood in West Allis called and told me to get out of the building I was working in - I work in a 19-story office building.  I felt safe and none of us left work at first; we were glued to the various television sets that were set up in conference rooms.  No one got any work done that day.

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Neo Nazi Rally

I can't explain the reason why.  Whether it be curiousity of the unknown or a chance opportunity, I went. 

I am hoping to take pictures of the event.  Pictures of people, emotions, law enforcement, buildngs, a sight rarely seen in West Allis.  Which may never been seen again.

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The Star-Spangled Banner is still NOT a love song

Blogger's Clip Show, Football, Fox 6, Milwaukee Brewers, Miller Park, MLB, New York, NFL, One Idiot is Offended, Patriotism, PBA Tour, Star-Spangled Banner, Television, YouTube

You know, the internet is an amazing thing.  4-1/2 years ago, I started this blog and I didn't know what it would become.  Something I certainly didn't believe is that some of my entries would be so good that I would wish to refer to them repeatedly.  But I am proud of my work, and I am not ashamed of it.  Turns out, there are lots of posts I read and re-read.

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Be a Smart Renter

BBB, Better_Business_Bureau, renting, apartment, scam

There is a good chance you or a family member is a renter – or will be.

Since the housing market bust, nearly 3 million households have become renters, with another 3 million expected by 2015, according to census data analyzed by Harvard’s Joint Center for House Studies and The Associated Press. Thirty-eight million now rent apartments or houses.

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My Wish For You, Baby Girl

To her step-daughter:

I wish you could see the sunlight when it hits his face.
I wish you could see the lines as a smile comes across his face.
I wish you would know the man who gave you first love.
I wish you could see his heart and all its love.
I wish for you all your dreams to come true.
I wish you the stars and the moon and sun from above.
They hold countless moments, memories, and energies of his love.
I wish you could see the glimmer in his eye, when he thinks he just passed you by.
I wish you truth in what you say, because he only speaks of you that way.
I wish you could see through your own eyes, he is the one who has been here for you with no lies.
I wish you knew how proud he is to have a daughter he calls his.
Even though you may feel you are worlds apart, all you have to do is look into your heart.
He knows the unjust you have brought to his name, yet he carries his head without any shame.
There is a special place you will always have in his heart.
Regardless of what your mind may say, he is here for you come what may.
There may be shadowed words from the past - remember they were all said in love, which forever will last.
I wish for you to one day understand, no matter what happens, he will always be here to hold your hand.
You may have thought I tried to step in your way, my goodness honey, I only tried to pave the way.
I wished for you from day one, your heart would never feel what it was like to be without someone.
I wished upon many stars, you would never stray so far out of reach.
Most of all I wished you would never have to compete.
There is no competition when it comes to a father's love.
God gave it to us from above.
I may have made some mistakes in your eyes, yet its my tears for you I cry.
I know what it is like not to have that one, who when you were little rose with the sun.
I wish you will come to understand, it is you he holds in his heart.
It may be a concept you will never comprehend.
Daddy's wear invisible strings on their fingers.
To remind them every day how precious you are.
You may push him away...he will never be far.
Unconditional is the love his blue eyes always bring.
Especially when he speaks of you and all of your childhood dreams.
Baby girl, I wish for you one final thing, don't let anyone get in the way of knowing a sure, pure, and unique kind of love...
Your Daddy loves you, the rest of are just material things.
I will always love you, care what happens to you, and be here for you. I don't know anything different, nor do I want to.
Forever in my heart, you will always be my daughter.
May God guide you, and his angels protect you.
Always in my heart and thoughts you will be.

Easter Seals' 3rd Annual Thought Leader Luncheon featuring Leslie Crutchfield

Easter Seals, Leslie Crutchfield, FSG, Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, Do More than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World, social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, nonprofit leadership,

Join Easter Seals of Southeast Wisconsin on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at Potawatomi Bingo Casino, for its 3rd Annual Thought Leaders Luncheon, presented by the Biz Times Media.  This thought-provoking afternoon will feature keynote speaker, Leslie Crutchfield with a presentation titled, “So, You Want to Change the World?”

Leslie Crutchfield is the co-author of the book Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, and a leading authority on effective philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and nonprofit leadership and management. She also serves as a senior advisor at FSG, a global nonprofit strategy consulting firm.
Lunch reservations are $50 for an individual or $1000 for a corporate sponsor.  For more information or to register, please visit or contact Chris Cornolo at 414-449-4444 x254.

More about Featured Guest speaker, Leslie Crutchfield

Leslie Crutchfield is an author, social entrepreneur and a renowned expert on philanthropy and nonprofits. Her book Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits was named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Economist. She released a follow-up book in March of 2011, Do More than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World. Hear Ms. Crutchfield speak more about the book at

Ms. Crutchfield is a seasoned philanthropy advisor and nonprofit leader who has launched, led, funded, and advised top nonprofit and philanthropic groups. She was recently recognized by Newsweek as a Top Leader Under 40 for her experience directing millions in investments to entrepreneurial nonprofits.

21st Annual Downtown West Allis Classic Car Show

You are invited to Downtown West Allis for the 21st Annual Downtown West Allis Classic Car Show on Sunday, October 2nd from 10am to 3pm.  Greenfield Avenue between 70th and 76th Streets will be closed to traffic for the safety of our visitors and to accommodate additional classic cars and show activities.  We will feature over 400 car exhibitors and thousands of spectators!

Free admission and parking!  Music, games, food and great family fun!

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Stein Gardens & Gifts - Plant Finder

Fall, garden, landscape, perennial, plant, yard, transplant


"Find the ideal plants for your landscape and garden projects by searching through the many trees, shrubs, roses, vines and perennials we carry. Create your own plant list, then bring it into the store and let our nursery experts show you the plants you have selected!"

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Once Upon A Time....

There was a little girl; she was raised in a home to be “morally correct”, to smile and say hi and to be agreeable more often than not.  Move over Mrs. Butterworth, we are no longer having pancakes for breakfast.  I’ll take a Bloody, thank you very much.

Why do I write?  Well, number one, because I can and number two, let’s just say I’m way too busy to figure it out.   I wasn’t blessed with a singing voice, nor athletic ability.  I can dance a bit, but not enough to win Dancing With the Anythings.  One thing I know for sure is this.  I have enough experience to know better.  Whether I do better is scrutinized by many, yet, over all, I like me.

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tax, taxes, politics, political

– By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

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"Monday Always Leads to Murder"

Board member Mary Beth Topf, the director of our fall show, takes over our blog this week.

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A Family Gardening Hobby Becomes A Career

community, education, garden, identify, outdoor activity, parks, wisconsin, yard, biodiversity, protect

One of the things I'm most proud of is the fact that my son got hooked on plant biology because of my interest in landscaping and gardening.  He didn't like it originally, because when he was young I made him help me in the garden.  Because some can look almost identical, I showed him the difference between weed seedlings and non-weed seedlings, just like my father showed me.  I taught him the value of deadheading, dividing, right plant right place, fertilzing and watering needs, invasive and non-invasive plants, the list goes on and on.  The most important thing I taught him was the responsibility we have to be stewards of our domains and that what we do can either help or hurt the ecosystems that we control - right in our own backyards.  Erosion  and watershed control, protecting natural areas from invasive plants and careless people, providing food and shelter for birds, insects and animals...all these things he took from me and made them his passion.  He has turned his interest into a career - one with many options and opportunities.

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It’s my turn.  Yes it is.  I am going there.  I am going to cover internet dating, cheating, sex, relationships and love.  No need to agree or disagree.  Sit back, relax and drink something strong.  Things are about to get uncomfortable around here. 

Alright, 4 scores and 7 years ago, I dove into the deep end of online dating.  I currently have two dating profiles, Myspace, Facebook and probably a yahoo or two.  Let’s just say I am out there.  

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