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We, the insiders, we must live in paranoia.

The villagers.

Yesterday, I passed by and saw it again. The remainder of the book store sign was being removed and fixtures were being carried out.


 

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The question of honesty.

Honesty and humanity.

The question of honesty.


 

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Tough Times, Tough Decisions

When I started teaching in Shorewood fifteen years ago I was absolutely astounded at the working conditions for teachers. The copy machine was there for all to use whenever we wanted. There was shelf after shelf of construction paper in unlocked cabinets. There was some planning time every day because there were specials every day. Coming from a situation where specials meant half an hour of p.e. and music, adding computer lab, guidance, library and Spanish instruction to that was simply extravagant. I didn’t understand the complaints some teachers voiced about not having enough time; it was incomprehensible to me that they couldn’t get things done with the prep time they had every day.

The things that came up at meetings were about the hallways looking messy and undusted window sills. Those of us who came via MPS rolled our eyes when someone started off on a streak about how the coats hanging in the hall make it look untidy, or the taped up student work was pulling paint off the walls. We thought to ourselves that teachers in MPS would love to have those problems.

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DOES MY LEFT BRAIN KNOW WHAT MY RIGHT BRAIN'S DOING?

Musicians, art, creativity, environment, events, exhibits, performance

Our family has two events this weekend, and in a funny way they're related. They're both rooted in the basic human instinct of creative play. The event on May 8th, which I wrote about in my last blog (and which I'll update here) is a display of creativity in several of its many forms, dance, music, acrobatics, and visual art. The second event, on May 10th, is a discussion of the process of creating by Adolph and me at the Urban Ecology Center. The title is "Does my left brain know what my right brain's doing?" And a follow-up question might be: Do I WANT it to know?

Adolph and I have different approaches to talking about creativity, though basically our process is the same. I can't merely say to my left brain, "Stop monitoring, let the dream side take over." It might not cooperate! So I'll discuss how I go about getting into the creative flow. And how that flow has gone about changing me.

Adolph, on the other hand, who's always right-brained, in fact was born that way, will talk about what his thoughts are when he works. He's focused on what is happening, about his relationship to his subject. Whether it's a person, a house, a tree, or a cow, he wants to capture its spirit.

Of course we are all born to play and to create, but what happens on the way to adulthood? Most parents and teachers squelch these instincts and overload kids with rules. School systems all over the country, including here in Shorewood, have cut back on the arts, have forgotten that creative play is the best learning tool.

None of us who set the date noticed that May 10th is Mothers Day, but mothers and children are welcome! Here are the details: URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER, 1500 E. Park Place, Sunday, MAY 10, 1:30-3:00 PM, creativity presentation by Adolph & me in conjunction with our show, "Treescapes, Seascapes, Lagoons, Lake," which will be on display until the end of June.

And here are additional details for the May 8th Dragonwood Benefit: On Friday, May 8th, 6 PM-1 AM, the entire building at 181 North Broadway will come alive. Featured acts are:
7:15 Chinese acrobatic dancers
8:15 Tibetan dancers
9:15 Fashion Show
Featured animals are Moo-Shu the endangered Chinese alligator (who, by the way, does NOT live in Milwaukee) and two rare Tibetan temple dogs
Musicians are Sling and Ken Grant on his electric violin.
Visionaries are Lina Letendre, palmist, and Barbara Kruck, animal totem reader.
Food and beverages are donated by Bella's, Soup's On, The Palms, and Pizza Shuttle.

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ALIVE AND CONNECTING

Community in the making.

ALIVE AND CONNECTING.


 

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Shorewood still connecting

Neighborhood groups.

 Shorewood still connecting. 

Shorewood Connects is looking forward to an evolution of neighborhood watch groups into neighborhood care groups

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Part 2 I'm Thinking As Fast As I Can!

Whoa, looks like we have to do a little more cutting in the budget for the next school year. I've already brought a couple ideas to the table but there are more things we can look at. First of all, since test scores have apparently not lost their credibility, we can (with a clear conscious) get rid of some of the more time consuming school traditions and programs that aren't absolutely necessary to score increase and maintenance.

Considering we have made cuts in music already, we need to take a look at other things, like the art programs. Really, with today's economic heartbeat so muffled under the weight, are things like still-life and sketch technique worth the time and money they require? It's more likely that children will need to know how to create braid rag rugs or mattresses out of old sweaters and duct tape. If not that, a more green art road must be laid. Children need to learn how to create useful and low cost items that better coincide with the lifestyle downsize that is bubbling. For example, students should learn to make paint from natural pigments found in plants and flowers; or how to use sand, branches, stones and vines to bring out the art the earth already holds.

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What about it?

Intergenerational education.

What about it?


 

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Part 3 Please Pass the Part Time

So if cutting expenses in music, art, student importation, and physical education doesn't save enough money then we have to go after other high price items in the budget. Cuts in administration is one we haven’t heard much about yet. Granted, a district can’t go without administrators completely, but there could be some full time positions downsized to part time. This would save the district money in wages, space and healthcare costs since there is a point at part time where healthcare is not included.

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I've been fond of saying that a committee does not have a brain.

Committees and concensus

 


 

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These terrible years.

Elderly and loneliness.

 


 

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Even the ancients designed their temples.

Planning for a village.

 


 

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Butterflies in Flight: A Process Blog!

SHS Alumni Association, Shorewood High School, Butterfly, Art Exhibit Shorewood

Butterflies in Flight: A Process Blog!

Watch it unfold here!

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LONGEVITY AND RETIREMENT.

Longevity and retirement.

 


 

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SHOREWOOD CONNECTS is a special interest group. Its special interest is the ELDER CITIZENS OF SHORWOOD.

Older citizens and community.

 


 

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I SAID NICE FIELD, HEY????

I was filling the car at the BP over on Morris and Oakland yesterday and heard a voice booming through the neighborhood. It was a female voice, very nice but as loud as a conscience. It was wafting from the new field at the high school. The voice was so loud and so clear I must say they got someone’s monies worth out of the electronics but holy cow, how do people who live around there put up with that? I’m feeling for residents of the apartments to the east and south and in homes to the west. I’m wondering how they would ever sell their houses living next to the great and powerful oz. I wonder how the person in the massage chair there at the corner spa is enjoying the track meet mixed in with Enya.

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Honourable Opposition, friendy or unfriendly sarcasm?

Govenment and opposition

 


 

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To subsidize or not to subsidize?

Local subsidies.

 


 

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THURSDAY: PARTLY SUNNY.

World situation is local.

 


 

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MY LETTUCE GROWS LATER

Estabrook, philosophy, Shorewood, time

Three words in a book I read over fifty years ago have followed me around ever since: “vivre ou raconter” from Sartre’s LA NAUSEE, “live or tell stories.” I wasn’t a writer in 1957, was spending my junior year at London School of Economics and was more into the vivre than the raconter.

In a sense, my life hasn’t changed. Then I traveled, sometimes alone, in Europe and North Africa.
These days I travel through Shorewood, Milwaukee, New York City, occasionally further. Wherever it is, it’s an adventure, and I’m still more interested in vivre, though I do a lot of raconte. Sartre’s dart hit the heart of the matter. The more I do, the less time I have to write about it, and ideas depart, or scatter, never to come back together.

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