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Takin' the Blog for a Walk

Join Waukesha resident Brien Lee and his blog, Sir Fido, as they explore the city and report on the interesting things they find.

Email Brien at howlinblog@yahoo.com.

vacation?

bailey, Christmas, helping, Salvation Army, Woodman's

How would you spend an unexpected vacation? I had off Friday, but ended up doing a double shift anyway . . . bell ringing next to Salvation Army Kettles!

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Something to Fall Back On

helping, Salvation Army

"Time" to look to the future as we set our clocks back.

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summer's last blast

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, helping, nature, Retzer

This is the final week of summer and it feels like it. It was very cool, and extremely foggy in spots, early Saturday morning and a chilly rain all day today. I'll take that any day over last year's hot, dry summer though.

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I wasn't kidding, and here's proof

helping, Retzer

I wan't the only one noticing the mess on Madison.

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Doing The Most Good

helping, Salvation Army

Just realized we're in the middle of the 60th Annual Salvation Army Week as proclaimed by President Eisenhower in 1954.  I'd like to thank you for your donation last Saturday to the National Letter Carrier "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive which greatly helps Salvation Army's and Waukesha's food pantries, among others.

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Spring Cleaning

Retzer, helping

Earth Day 2013 is starting out pretty nice. It's in the low 40s here this morning.

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now that Christmas is over...

helping, ODW Logistics

Little hard to tell when Christmas ended. There were probably many who thought is was over the night of the 25th. Not only is there a song about the 12 days of Christmas, but there are 12 days of Christmas!

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there's ringing in my ears

Christmas, helping, Salvation Army, Thanksgiving

Sally bells ring, are you listening?

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walk a mile in my shoes

Friends of the Poor, helping, St. Vincent, St. William

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SuperCincoSaturday

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, art, Frame Park, GuitarTown, helping, Moxie, ODW Logistics, Riverwalk, Waukesha Tattoo, YouTube

Not much going on to celebrate the Cinco-Sesqui, it's the 150th anniversary of the Mexican Army conquering French in the Battle of Puebla 5/5/1862, but lots going on here anyway.

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Nothing great really happened

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, art, GuitarTown, Hope Center, helping, let us pray, snow job, St. Vincent, St. William, Waukesha County Fair, YouTube

Suffering from a touch of blogarrhea. This could get messy.

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Dinner's Over, Meals Continue

helping, Hope Center, Country Springs

HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner  has been served, it was last Thursday night, but still there's still some leftovers to digest.

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Another Apple Fest Has Fallen From The Tree

Retzer, helping, art

Retzer Nature Center's annual Apple Harvest Festival was last Saturday. I've previously always mentioned it ahead of time to let readers know about it but didn't this year. That's how busy I've been. Fourteen hours of overtime last week with a chance to work Saturday too, but I was previously committed.

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untitled, part I

7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, art, 1) sound of music, full of hot air, helping, Les is more, let us pray

Titles are often the hardest part. It doesn't help when the one I want to use is taken. I was going to call this one blogstipation to reflect the two weeks I haven't written but someone had already thought of it first. I've been busy with work and play and regret not blogging more frequently, mainly because now there's almost too much to write about.

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You too can be a Friend of the Poor

7) I simply remember, helping, St. Vincent, St. William, Waukesha Food Pantry, Friends of the Poor

I'm not the only one who thinks the annual St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk should be renamed The Roy Thater Memorial Walk for the Poor. Not only was Roy known to put on many miles walking the neighborhoods, to church and Christina's, but there's nothing Roy wouldn't have done for the poor, or for any neighbor for that matter. Roy was a huge inspiration with his dedication to the poor through volunteering at the St. Vincent store and his many years of service to the needy through the St. William conference of St. Vincent.

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4th on the 4th

8) my favorite things, full of hot air, YouTube, 7) I simply remember, 2) raindrops on roses, 1) sound of music, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, art, bailey, Carroll, Christmas Clearing Council, Clinton Street Gallery, contest, counting cranes, Culver's, Dad, diggin' dirt, dripping blood, festival, Frame Park, Freeman, Friday Night Live, helping, Hope Center, Janboree, John Schoenknecht, J-S, Les is more, let us pray, Moxie, National Night Out, politics, Race for the Cure, Retzer, Ride of Silence, Salvation Army, say uncle, Spring City Grass, Sprizzo, St. Patrick, St. Vincent, St. William, Tim, UWW, water, Waukesha County Museum, Waukesha Food Pantry, Waukesha North, Waukesha Tattoo, Workforce

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Found: Weapons of Mass Distraction

Race for the Cure, helping

I got up early Saturday to drive to Madison for theSusan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I was to set up the RE/MAX cold air inflatable, a little advertising for a national sponsor of the race. As long as I drove all that way and had to be there I might as well volunteer my time... and get the free volunteer t-shirt.

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going postal

Salvation Army, Waukesha Food Pantry, helping

"Going postal" is a pejorative term. What does it really mean?

    All of the these (Checking to see if an elderly customer is ok., Collecting food for the needy., Paying postage due out of pocket to avoid a late charge on someone's bill.). The term "going postal" gained notoriety in the 1980s and 1990s, when some postal workers committed homicide inside the post office. The term has bad connotations, and postal workers are sick and tired of these connotations. The real meaning of "going postal" is going above and beyond what postal workers normally do. Why not thank them for the good deeds they do day in and day out?

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Where to begin?

art, helping, St. Vincent, Waukesha Food Pantry

So much to blog about don't know where to start. Such a busy Saturday I had to write it down to keep track. Waukesha Farmers' Market opened at 8:00 and the bank at 8:30. Grand opening of the new St. Vincent store on Sunset at 9:00 and the Waukesha County Food Pantry where I was helping opens at 9:30. Worked till 11:30 at the Pantry and a birthday party for my young niece and nephew was at noon. Art Crawl started at 4:00 but I had time for a nap before heading down around 7:00.

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"Spit in your shoe."

Clinton Street Gallery, Frame Park, helping, Moxie, politics, Retzer, St. Vincent, St. William, Waukesha Food Pantry, Waukesha Tattoo

It was Mom's answer to "What can I do" when I was a young lad. I often asked the question when no brothers were around to play with. I thought she was a little strange. It shut me up. Didn't realize until years later she was just messing with me by rhyming.

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Toy Joy

helping, St. William, Christmas Clearing Council

Had to get out of the house. Took a walk even though the weather was cold and some sidewalks dangerous with ice. Knew something big was going on at St. William so that would be my destination. Maybe take some pictures.

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Shelter Open House

Salvation Army, helping, Hope Center

Waukesha's newest winter overflow shelter held it's open house yesterday. It wasn't what I expected. I expected a little tour, maybe some refreshments and an opportunity to talk to someone with the shelter. What I found was a gym set up with cots and lots of neighbors complaining about property values and lack of notice. Not everyone was against a shelter in the neighborhood, but enough barbs were exchanged, enough tension flared.

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Sally bells ring, are you listening?

Salvation Army, helping

Took another turn with Salvation Army bell ringing yesterday after my niece called and practically begged to do it with me. Of course I was more than happy to have her and her brother help, again at Pick 'N Save Silvernail. Even though there was snow the traffic was heavier than the day after Thanksgiving. It also helped that we picked a time when more people would be shopping.

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If a bell rings in the store when no one's around . . .

helping, Carroll, Salvation Army

I had plenty of practice time on the bells, four hours, but won't come close to the wonderful sounds of bells ringing in the season a week from today at Carroll University's Christmas at Carroll. 

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giving thanks for Thanksgiving

Waukesha Tattoo, helping, Carroll, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things

Hope everyone had at least as good a Thanksgiving as us. Enjoyed the succulent Butterball we received free from Pick 'N Save by redeeming our Turkey Perks. Family were here to share it with us. It was a good day. 

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101 Parade Memories

helping, festival, YouTube, Waukesha Tattoo, 8) my favorite things, art

The weather was great for Waukesha's 48th annual Christmas Parade. As a matter of fact everything was great. It was well worth missing a Packer / Viking game. It was only yesterday I signed up to wear a costume in the parade. Good thing too, may have chickened out if I had too much time to think it over. 

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12th annual HOPE Dinner a huge success

helping, Hope Center

I had an interesting day Thursday. The fundraising dinner I'm on the committee for had been toward the top of my priority list for the last several weeks after months of meetings. I once again prepared the live auction display ahead of time and felt ready to go. I worked nine hour days this week so I could take the afternoon off Thursday to set up my table. 

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HOPE you can make it

helping, Hope Center

The twelvth annual HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner and Auction is a week and a half away; the week before Thanksgiving on Thursday the 18th. The dinner will again be held at Country Springs Hotel and is sure to be a fun time.

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If you saw us on 12

helping, politics

A camera crew from 12 News showed up at Waukesha's District One poll station at the Elk's Lodge on Springdale at some point in the morning. If you happened to watch, (First District is in the slideshow on their site starting with first photo - I'm pictured in slide 12) it was nothing compared to just a few hours later.

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Apple Fest A Peeling

festival, 2) raindrops on roses, 5) when the bee stings, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, helping, Retzer

I thought the morning's rain and cooler temps may keep away more than just the wasps. After years of good weather for Retzer's Apple Harvest Festival I wondered if this would be the one time few would show up. Fortunately word has gotten around in the last 24 years of the festival and they came. They came before it officially opened. They came while it was still raining and, long after the parking field was muddy, they came. They brought cloth bags and picked up free recycling bins to carry their fresh apples home in.

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"You can't complain if you don't vote."

politics, helping

My friend Rod was quoted in today's Freeman speaking yesterday at his polling station. It's funny because I said the same thing. I worked the polls 16 hours yesterday. Huge turnout. Nearly 40 percent. The great weather helped, but 40 percent? I had the feeling more people are paying attention and interested in politics. 

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Where Art Thou Art?

helping, festival, Clinton Street Gallery, art, 1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things

I saw many familiar faces while manning the WPR booth at Waukesha Art Fest yesterday. I greeted them at the booth or spotted them from a distance. The clouds parted, the sun came out, had as much fun as last year. 

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working it off

1) sound of music, art, 8) my favorite things, contest, festival, helping, J-S, Retzer, St. Patrick

When I can save money, even if it means working it off . . .

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Craic

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, helping, St. Patrick, YouTube

There was plenty of good craic going on last Sunday in the Cultural Tent at Irish Fest. It was the 30th anniversary of Irish Fest so I thought I'd help out for once. I volunteered four hours at the Shamrock Club's table signing up new members and selling Shamrock Club 50th Anniversary pins.

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to busy working to work

helping, St. Vincent, St. William, Waukesha Food Pantry

It was one of those days where I wouldn't have had time to work even if I wanted to. Fortunately everything went well and nothing was forgotten.

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Life, Liberty and the pursuit of big explosions

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, art, Carroll, Clinton Street Gallery, counting cranes, Culver's, Dad, festival, Freeman, full of hot air, helping, John Schoenknecht, J-S, Les is more, let us pray, Moxie, politics, Retzer, say uncle, Sprizzo, St. Patrick, St. Vincent, St. William, Tim, Waukesha Food Pantry, Waukesha Tattoo, Workforce

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crew times two

helping, full of hot air, St. William, St. Vincent, Waukesha Food Pantry

Being unemployed has kept me pretty busy. I helped with two hot air flights yesterday, Friday. The morning flight was the couple's 22nd wedding anniversary. Great timing for a great time. So happy to have shared the occasion with them.

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I had a hammer

helping

It's been a while, at least it seems that way. I'm still without a computer and write whenever I can borrow one, as long as it's not in the middle of the night. I bought a used one cheap to have as a spare and had to put it into service two weeks later when the mother board or whatever went on the one we've had nothing but trouble with. For a while I was very happy with the used machine. It was at the start of my job search and had all the office programs and a nice printer with it. But it lasted only two weeks and can't be fixed. It was homemade and had no Microsoft license but did have 6 hard drives! It was probably the mother board too, but it just wasn't worth the expense to find out without the license. North American Computer once again took very good care of me even though I'm still computerless.

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I don't know

Retzer, helping, J-S, Dad, counting cranes, 8) my favorite things

I don't know why someone would choose opening day of the Brewer game over his job, but a guy from work did just that. He'd purchased the ticket but didn't adhere to the conditions to get the day off. He had a choice to keep his job. He chose the game. What I didn't know is he had to sell his ticket because he needed the money. Ironic.

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"I LUV U"

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, art, Carroll, counting cranes, Culver's, Dad, dripping blood, festival, Freeman, full of hot air, helping, J-S, Les is more, let us pray, politics, Retzer, say uncle, Sprizzo, St. Patrick, St. Vincent, St. William, Tim, UWW, YouTube

It's not that I don't love each one of you, it's just that I wouldn't come right out and say it like this. By using quotation marks in the title I'm able to avoid any emotional connection.

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Welcome, Archbishop Listecki

St. William, helping

On the tenth day of Christmas, tomorrow the fourth, somewhere ten lords will be leaping, I'll be going back to work, and Most Rev. Jerome Listecki will be installed as the eleventh Archbishop of Milwaukee. It will be the first time I've worked in two weeks, and the first time in 166 years we've had a Polish archbishop in Milwaukee. Another words, we've never had a Polish archbishop.

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I got rhythm... I got ten dollar hugs.

helping

During my second stint volunteering for Salvation Army, positioned outside Martha Merrell's and Cuddles, I discovered learning to play bells is easier than imagined. Just takes practice.

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taking turns with Sally

Dad, helping

If you were one of the many I didn't buy for this year, I hope you appreciate the gift I didn't get you.

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hint: you won't find it at the mall

let us pray, St. Vincent, St. William, helping, Carroll, 8) my favorite things, 1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember

Been searching for the true meaning of Christmas.

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in honor of an old man

St. Vincent, St. William, helping, 6) when I'm feeling sad

 I'm about to lose an old friend. 

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ringing in the season

helping

Been thinking about just standing at busy locations smiling and wishing all a Merry Christmas. It would be a great way to meet lots of friendly people I think. And as long as I'm there, I might as well also thank people for their generosity. I love saying hi to nice people. As long as I'm greeting people and thanking them for their generosity I may as well also ring a bell. Besides, I heard Salvation Army could use a little more help this season where the need for their services is greater than ever.

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Hope Center

helping

Thursday's HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner and Auction at Country Springs went very well. Was well attended. Raised a lot of money for Hope Center, the new name for Cooperating Congregations, and it's various programs, especially the meal program.

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not able to communicate

St. Vincent, dripping blood, St. William, helping

I'm fine, but my computer got hijacked. A hand-me-down from wife, she got it back when hers went down... again. It's the second time this year we sent it in under warranty for the hard drive. Hopefully I'll be back blogging soon.

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a grand view of recycling

helping, St. Vincent

It's often hard to keep the appliances functioning around here with the amount of use some of them get. We have two clothes driers because the one that was too new to toss can still be used for parts. It seems every drier we've owned has eventually squeeked and shrieked. I try to fix it temporarily with lithium grease on the roller axles. It works for a while, but I'd begun checking store bulletin boards and thrift stores for a replacement.

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sweet weekends (are made of this)

Retzer, let us pray, helping, full of hot air, festival, 8) my favorite things

And I thought last weekend was sweet. Just one summer weekend to go and it keeps getting better and better.

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third year's a charm

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, counting cranes, Dad, dripping blood, festival, Freeman, full of hot air, helping, J-S, Les is more, let us pray, politics, Retzer, say uncle, Sprizzo, St. William, Tim, UWW

It's been three years since the beginning of WaukeshaNOW and this blog. There's still plenty going on to share. The enjoyment I get from writing hasn't receeded, and as long the computer is working, and I still have the time, I'd like to continue.

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almost heaven

8) my favorite things, counting cranes, full of hot air, helping, Retzer

There's three things I look forward to at 5:00 in the morning, but it's rare I'm given the choice of all three at once.

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giving snow the boot

helping, St. William

About three weeks ago I found the perfect pair of boots at Farm & Fleet, but they were out of my size. 

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Saturday night, special

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, helping

My confirmation group and I helped out with a Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at AMF Lanes on Northview Rd. in Waukesha Saturday. I'd never helped with this annual event before but people in our group had. They said what a great time it is and how much fun we'd have. But I really didn't expect it to be as much fun as it was.

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if the only prayer you say is "thank you" ...

8) my favorite things, helping, let us pray, St. William

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'thank you,' it will be enough." Meister Eckhart.

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a golden delicious Saturday for Retzer's festival

8) my favorite things, festival, helping, Retzer

The weather was Prima. Thousands of happy people came to Retzer Nature Center to celebrate the apple harvest with a Royal Gala... or a Honey Crisp, Cortland or Molly's Delicious.

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defending your right to make a difference

helping, politics

I spent 16 hours in a library a week ago and didn't pick up a single book... For you.

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apple pie anyone?

festival, helping, Retzer

I'll be selling apple pie slices from 9:00 to noon next Saturday the 20th at Retzer Nature Center's 22nd Annual Apple Harvest Festival, and you're invited to buy some. Keep me busy.

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a series of fortunate events

helping

It gave me a warm fuzzy feeling so I'll tell the story.

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pedalling to the beat of a different drummer

1) sound of music, helping

I blogged about a similar topic in November, but this week's event promised to benefit the earth and fellow man. I was able to catch the last half hour of a pedal-powered concert in Wales on calm Tuesday night. Because the event was affiliated with the MS150 bike tour, it raised both awareness of wasteful energy practices and funds to help battle multiple sclerosis.

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a bad day crane counting. . .

2) raindrops on roses, 8) my favorite things, counting cranes, helping, J-S, Retzer

I have to compare yesterday's crane count to fishing. Sometimes you don't see any, but the day is never wasted. Plus, a bad day of crane counting is still better than a good day at work.

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schmocents

helping

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Matzah & Messiah

1) sound of music, 3) whiskers on kittens, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, helping, let us pray, St. William, UWW

I share this machine with two teenagers and a cat, so that could explain why I haven't been doing a lot of writing lately. Fortunately, Pepi just stays put where it's warm atop the monitor, or I'd still be waiting. Now that I have the time though, thought I'd talk about what I did last weekend.

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swearing to uphold the Constitution on President's Day

helping, politics

Monday I was sworn in as a poll worker. Tuesday I spent 16 hours at Hawthorne School initialling and handing out ballots and helping make sure things ran smoothly at the polling station for Aldermanic District 4. Four of the seven workers, myself included, were first time workers. I think we handled the crowd pretty well.

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lost blog

helping, Retzer

Dug the cross country skis out to get a better look at the hoarfrost, or whatever it is, that covered every needle and twig today. Had such a good time at Retzer yesterday that I decided to do it again. I covered the same territory and trails as yesterday but had even more fun on skis.

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Peace, Justice and a gift for the hard to buy for.

8) my favorite things, full of hot air, helping

One of my favorite stores is one that everyone in Waukesha should be aware of. Plowshare Gifts, at the corner of Grand Ave. and Main in Downtown Waukesha, is a fair trade gift shop. Everything in the store is made by craftsmen in developing countries. People normally paid pennies for their labor are guaranteed a living wage and access to health care and education through the fair trade program.

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snow job

helping

It was much easier to criticize the job others did in cleaning up after last week's heavy ice and snow storm than it was to clean it up. I usually keep my mouth shut and if you could see my walk and driveway you'd know why. Most everyone with snowblowers out last weekend were struggling with clogs. Many shovellers, including me, were seen bent by the weight of the normally fluffy snow.

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Week in Review

helping, politics

hug an alderman

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a weekend so hot it's cool

full of hot air, helping

Oddly enough, the shrill beep of the smoke alarm this morning coincided with the start of fire prevention week. All the fire-related events this weekend made me think about the two out of three alarms we have without batteries. I put a used 9 volt in one of them after it tested OK, but it must not have been strong enough and set the alarm off.

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Christ at 10:00, Packers at noon.

helping, let us pray, St. William

There's always something happening at St. William's, my home parish at 440 N. Moreland. Last weekend was the rummage sale. Today we hosted the St. Matthias meal for the needy and tomorrow is blessing of animals in observance of the Feast Day of St. Francis. This Sat. at 6:00 p.m. is wine and cheese and Sunday is a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to noon -- both in the Parish Hall, and both a fundraiser for Cooperating Congregations of Waukesha County's new kitchen.

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