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Aug.24.2008
The photography assignment, to capture the spirit and activity of Milwaukee’s annual German Fest, wasn’t as easy as it might sound. Lederhosen and dirndls were relatively rare. Beer drinkers were cradling plastic cups, not steins. Dusk was approaching, and out of the huge Sprecher Oktoberfest tent...
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Aug.18.2008
Two reminders: What you see in the mirror is a distortion of reality, and growing up doesn’t mean throwing away the past. Milwaukee this month adds an iconic structure to its downtown – an $85,000 bronze, life-sized statue of “Happy Days” television character Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli, better known...
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Aug.10.2008
One of the great things about group travel – when done well – is that strangers sometimes become friends. Fond memories of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, when shared by a cluster of people, tend to stay vivid longer. This is what happened during my introduction to Asia five years ago, as a...
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Jul.27.2008
The handwritten sign says “Rock Island Café,” and the only thing on the menu is fresh berries during this time of year. The sequence begins with strawberries in early July, then raspberries and thimbleberries. As summer inches into fall, blackberries ripen. You won’t see an actual restaurant, and...
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Jul.14.2008
The 80-foot towers look like stereo speakers on growth hormones; they are monstrous structures of exposed galvanized steel. A sense of supremacy reigns everywhere, even in bathrooms, where automatic hand dryers command attention. “Feel the power,” little signs say. The blasts of hot air are quick,...
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Jul.14.2008
Wisconsin is not known for its blueberry production, which means you’re in for a sweet surprise when discovering a patch. Before this month ends, cars will clog the pathways of Cain’s Orchard, which also grows grapes and at least two dozen varieties of apples. Up to 3,000 people travel from as far...