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The Silence Is Deafening

Global Warming, Hot Topics, Politics-National

Don't you hate it when people are slow to pull over when a police car, ambulance or fire truck approaches with it's siren screaming away? Such is how it is with the revelations and questions raised by emails that prove, among other things, that data has been falsified in order to favor those claiming climate change is man-made and can be reversed by expensive changes in energy, industry and transportation.

Now it is revealed that important data that supposedly supported humanity's influence on the climate HAS BEEN DESTROYED! Even the most devoted believer in man-made climate change must wonder why such important data has not been saved. Could it be that the data says otherwise?

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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.

Has anyone done bell ringing before? Advice or suggestions?

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it's hard not to applaud

Carroll, 1) sound of music

Enjoyed Saturday's Christmas at Carroll concert, as I knew I would. Many changes from last year. New faces and pieces, a different program. I again sat in front. Closer to the action. 

One of the most distinguishing features of this concert is that it performs straight through. No intermission. No applause. All Carroll's choirs, wind, brass, handbell and ensembles play one after the other... for the next hour and forty-five minutes. There is a smooth transition, one to the other, and there is a theme: Alleluia!  

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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. 

If he wasn't out walking the neighborhood or to Christina's or church, Roy's the kind of guy you'd usually find helping out his neighbor, helping at church or volunteering countless hours at the St. Vincent Thrift Store repairing donated items, getting them ready for sale. Very handy with tools, he enjoyed woodworking very much in years past. I've called him for advice with repairs on more than one occasion.

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Happy Santa Claus Day!

What's in your stocking? Probably one of two things: your foot or nothing. Not surprising considering St. Nick's Day isn't even marked on any of our three calendars. You have to be reminded when passing pharmacies, "Don't forget St. Nick's", or "Stop here for your St. Nick stocking stuffers".

Maybe someone, or a group of people, years ago thought Santa Claus didn't get enough recognition for his practice of sharing the wealth with poorer people. Somehow, and Coca-Cola ads didn't hurt, Santa's celebration moved over to join Jesus on December 25th. It probably began innocently enough and was likely a good combination. The birth in a stable of someone who would go on to cure the sick and encourage simple living and acts of charity, combined with someone who was born wealthy but also loved children and did his best to take care of the poor.

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Rudolph is behind bars!

Believe it or not Reindeer Games were being played at Pewaukee's Clark House Museum yesterday. With food, music, Santa, silent auction, museum tours, tree lighting... and of course Rudolph, a good time was had by all.

What's Happening: Dec 7 to Dec 14

12/12/09
Holiday Dance

Strict tempo ballroom and Latin dance music. Richfield Chalet; 7:00-11:00 pm; 262-544-6404; www.usadance-southernwi.zoomshare.com

12/12/09
Waukesha Santa Charity Run/Walk presented by Waukesha Downtown Business Association.

Charity Run/Walk to benefit the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, The Salvation Army, the Hebron House of Hospitality. Historic Downtown Waukesha; 9:00 A.M.-12:00 p.m.; 414-736-3267

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The Five Points of Downtown Waukesha

We ended our last blog at the world famous Five Points Intersection in Waukesha, the unofficial “heart” of the downtown. Years ago a gazebo stood in the center of this intersection and caused more than its fair share of traffic issues.

After careful consideration, the city- along with a generous grant from the Huelsman Family- relocated the gazebo to an area more suited for its historic design. It now sets along the shores of the Fox River, just east of Waukesha State Bank. Along with some nice trees and beautiful flowers, it has been the focal point of many a wedding photo and a great place to enjoy a relaxing lunch on a summer afternoon.

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You're Poisoning Me!

Global Warming, Economy, Flora and Fauna, Hot Topics, Obama, Politics-National, Pollution

Since life itself began, there has been a symbiotic relation between animal life and plant life. Animals exhale carbon dioxide and plant life uses it to create and expel oxygen.

In a move inspired by the late Admiral Farragut who said during battle, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!", The Obama administration has found a way to circumvent the legislative process by having the EPA declare carbon dioxide a hazardous material. That means that regulations controlling those that create carbon dioxide emissions can be made without the debate or approval of the Congress. What it means to you is that any business that burns gas, gasoline, oil, coal, ethanol, anything that has carbon in it and thus creating carbon dioxide as a byproduct, will now be able to be regulated in ways that mean increased costs to you and me. We will be powerless to do anything about it, until new elections, maybe.

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What's Happening: Dec 14 to Dec 21

12/16/09
The Caring Place, Inc./ Caregiver Chat Volunteers: The Lifeline of Many

Without Volunteers, where would we be? Come learn about Interfaith Senior Programs, Inc. The Caring Place, 810 N. East Ave; 4-5:30pm; 262-542-6388 or 282-928-2314; www.caringplacewaukesha.org

12/18/09- 12/19/09
Rocco Memorial Gun Show

Waukesha County Expo Center; ; 262-896-8490; www.waukeshacountyexpo.com

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ACORN Isn't So Nuts

Health-care, Politics-National

Someone is looking out for President Obama's old employer, ACORN. You may remember that they were caught, several times, giving tax evasion advice to people. While it wasn't covered well by the mainstream media, it did reach Congress and enraged them enough to cut funding from ACORN. ACORN officials claimed it was unconstitutional and threatened to sue.

ACORN is a charity, probably a 501c3 organization as the Waukesha Dog Parks Organization was. As I did the footwork to gain that tax exempt status for the dog park organization, I'm very familiar with most of the regulations. One of them is to not support any political candidate. This aspect of the IRS requirements was trampled by ACORN during the elections, yet they suffered not so much as a warning letter from the IRS, to my knowledge. Government grants are not a given for such organizations. For Congress to pull funding when such an organization is doing anti-government activities should be no surprise. So, when they said doing such was unconstitutional, most sane people laughed it off.

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Taxes, Politics And A Big Hole In The Ground

Politics-Local

Last night a meeting was made at the parks department which escaped my attention. It was regarding the flooding situation in the Grandview Park area. The proposal was to build a water retention pond on the south side of the park which would capture excess water that has been flooding basements and intersections in the area for many years.

The original plan would have eliminated one of the two baseball diamonds, been dug down to hold the necessary quantity of water which would slowly drain back into the storm sewer system and have fencing and landscaping around it for safety and appearance.

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Waukesha site expanding Early Head Start spots

early education, Head Start, Waukesha County

National Centers for Learning Excellence in Waukesha is increasing the number of spots in its Early Head Start program by 50% thanks to a new federal grant.

The grant, which amounts to nearly $300,000, means that the early childhood program can serve an additional 24 low-income infants, toddlers and pregnant women, the organization announced. The funding was awarded through a national competition.

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What's Happening: Dec 21 to Dec 28

12/21/09- 01/02/10
Country Christmas

Areas largest outdoor Christmas light show. Country Springs Hotel; ; 262-547-0201; www.thecountrychristmas.com

12/24/09
Needed, one more gift

Purloin Studio will be open on Christmas Eve from 10am to 4pm offering you a cup of hot cocoa, treats and free gift wrap. Remember "Make your Christmas an Original". W164 N8859 Mill St. Menonmoee Falls, WI; 10am to 4pm; 262-255-9090; www.purloinstudio.com

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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.

I didn't even want to do Christmas this year because of the expense / economy, but as a family man I found out the hard way that that's not even an option. So we borrowed and went to Walmart. That's going to make some temporarily happy, but what about me? I don't think I'll ever find Christmas at Walmart.

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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.

I wanted to see the other side of Christmas this year, the one that didn't involve a year-long loan for a few moments of joy. I took two weeks off work to be with the family, but how can you wrap that and put it under the tree? I guess it's what you do with the time that matters. When Christmas is over will they remember the toys or the things we did together?

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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.

It was interesting to see Downtown Waukesha wake up Christmas Eve morning. My shift started at 9:00 a.m., but because most stores didn't open till 10:00, I started an hour later. Compared to the night before, the weather was great. Mild temps and little wind. The way I dressed, it could've been a lot colder.

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Waukesha Cheese Sandwich

I just discovered a Waukesha recipe from sixty years ago. A now defunct Milwaukee brewery created a book of sandwiches to complement their beer and to sell more beer to women.  This how-to book was only distributed to certain customers and businesses, so it was scarce -- since it went out-of-print many decades ago, it still is. I imagine it was so obscure, in fact, that even recipe-hound Julia Child was unaware of it -- and the Waukesha Cheese Sandwich on page 73 that honored the 'quality dairy products' our city was once known for.

The Waukesha Cheese Sandwich is one of 300 delicious recipes from around the world featured in "Frederic Girnau's Sandwich Book Of All Nations," a unique 1948 paperback cookbook sponsored by the A. Gettelman Brewing Company, "Milwaukee 8, Wisc." The author is very earnest about the company's passion for good food, and in this case, scrumptious sandwiches, appetizers and canapes. Here's why.

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What's Happening: Dec 28 to Jan 4

12/28/09- 01/02/10
Country Christmas

Areas largest outdoor Christmas light show. Country Springs Hotel; ; 262-547-0201; www.thecountrychristmas.com

01/01/10- 02/16/10
Almont Gallery presents, "Tres Chic”

Wearable & Decorative Art Exhibit. Featured Artists Lynn Gaffey, Katie Holleback along with the art of 17 other artists and artisans. . Almont Gallery- Historic Downtown Waukesha; 262-542-1522; www.almontgallery.org

01/02/10- 01/30/10
Dolls of the World: Customs, Culture & Celebrations

A colorful and rich exploration of world cultures as seen through a wealth of unique ethnic dolls.Featuring dolls from the Toy Museum of New York as well as the museum’s collection. The exhibit includes a hands-on area. Waukesha County Museum; 10:00a.m.- 4:30 p.m.; 262-521-2859; www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

01/03/10
Remote Control Toy Show

Waukesha County Expo Center; ; 262-896-8490; www.waukeshacountyexpo.com

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loss of a friend

Retzer, let us pray, 7) I simply remember, 6) when I'm feeling sad

Remembered Lou at the nature center today. Retzer was a great place to remember a great man who had just passed away a week ago, during the winter solstice.  

      

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