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Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Cult of Polka

My husband, Mike, and I have been dancing for forty-two years, but until recently had never met anyone in the CULT OF POLKA.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Stuck in the 60s: The Fugitive and Me

David Janssen as the fugitive, or "fyooge," as we called him
 I have become a fan of black and white TV shows from my youth, thanks to "Me-TV". This old-time network first took me to "Twilight Zone," then to "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," and finally to "The Fugitive," my love from high school years.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hosting a Successful Book Launch Party

at my book launch at Ally's Bistro, May 1, 2014
(photo by Nicole Fischer,

This is for my writing friends. So many of us are publishing books these days that there's a lot of curiosity about hosting a "book launch" - a term representing your very first public party celebrating the publishing of your new book.

Since 2011, I've published three books and hosted three book launch signings. The one that I hosted on May 1 was by far the most successful. It took me three tries to get it right. Here's what I learned the hard way:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Farewell to Wick Place – A Story of Family and Healing

6710 W. Wick Place, Milwaukee

A house holds the soul of the family who lives there…or so it feels to some of us. And thus it has seemed at 6710 W. Wick place, a white and blue Cape Cod house on a tiny city lot near 67th and Lincoln Streets in Milwaukee. This is the place called “home” to my husband’s family since 1953.