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See "And Then There Were None"

Enjoy Agatha Christie's classic, "And Then There Were None" at the Wilson Center this weekend - or next.  The play is brought to us by the Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa and the Brookfield Players. Director Laura LaPinske and cast are thrilled to bring this performance to life. 

Performance times are:

  • September 7 at 8 pm
  • September 8 at 2:30 pm and 8 pm
  • September 14 at 8 pm
  • September 15 at 2:30 pm and 8 pm

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Hey, I've been censored!

I don't generally write blogs that contain objectionable content, so imagine my surprise last night to find out that one of my blogs had been censored!

I had some time on my hands last night and was experimenting with features on our new blogging tool.  I was using an option where I was able to scroll through and view past blogs.  As I was scrolling down, I noticed a bunch of asterisks in one of my blogs.  It was about the importance of getting an annual mammogram, and my own experience this past spring.  ("Say It Isn't So/ May 16, 2007)

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State Legislatures - Hate Crime - and the NEA

In 1866 Fyodor Dostoevsky published his immortal work Crime and Punishment.


Today one wishes for a novelist of equal caliber to rebut the chorus-line of State politicians and social activists who are steamed up over the issue of hate-motivated crime.  Now even the National Education Association is getting on board that train.


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A Train's Coming to Brookfield

Dousman Stagecoach Inn

It's been some time since a train stopped in Brookfield.

This one arrives Sunday, October 7, at the Dousman Stagecoach Inn. For railroad affectionados, the train is a G-scale model and it will wind its way across the length of historic inn's ballroom, courtesy of the Wisconsin Garden Railroad Society. 

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New Stores


My daughter is attending a different school this year. Her new schedule is killing me. Ok, so I'm being a little dramatic, but it's been really busy since school started. So, this blog is about some new stores that I've seen on the fly (mostly as I'm shuttling to different school events).


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Appliance Love


If it is actually possible to be in love with a kitchen appliance, I LOVE my new dishwasher.

When we bought our model house, it came with kitchen appliances.  Although most of them are still holding steady, our old dishwasher was the bane of my existence from almost the very beginning.  First, it was so loud that trying to hold a conversation in the kitchen was like trying to talk while in the near vicinity of a freight train.  Second, the door to the dishwasher kept breaking down every so often.  Pieces of plastic would break off the vent mounted on the door.  The hinge would break.  The screws holding the inside of the door to the outer frame would pop out.  You get the picture.

Finally, after yet another screw popped out, we broke down and decided to get a new one.

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When did Canada move?

Children, Fluff, Stores

Seen at Grasch's today...

The produce sign says "Gourmet EUROPEAN Seedless Cucumbers". 

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And now a word from our sponsors...


My daughters are what you might call "easy marks" when it comes to television advertising.  The preschooler, when watching the Disney channel, is enthralled by anything "princess" related.  The teenager, when she was just about the age of the preschooler, saw a commercial for Aquafresh and insisted we buy it because it was "the best" toothpaste.  (In fact, that is still the brand she prefers.)

In addition to some shows on the Disney channel, I let the younger one watch the shows on PBS Kids, a cable network that runs shows like Curious George, Clifford, and of course Sesame Street (Ernie and Bert, you gotta love 'em even after all these years!).  

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Boiling the Frog

In October of last year I made my first post to this site.  It was about a riot on an NCAA football field, and in it I noted that the descent into our current cultural state has occurred in small steps, over long periods of time.  And like the proverbial frog in the slowly heated pot of water, we have become insensitive to our cultural water temperature.

The recent discussion on the topic of oral sex, in curriculum intended for eleven year-old students, is representative of this. 

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Elm Grove Perk and Pub

restaurants, Stores

I love to indulge in a cafe mocha, even though it is bad for my reflux and my tooth enamel.  I justify it by saying that there are studies that say coffee is chock full of antioxidants.  Although I am a fan of Starbucks, I had an opportunity to go to the Elm Grove Perk and Pub (when using this link, scroll down to "Perks and Pubs").  I probably had the smoothest cafe mocha there that I have ever had.

I take my daughter to get her haircut at Whimsikidz, a kids' boutique, in Elm Grove, owned by a Brookfield Central graduate.  Right down the sidewalk is the Elm Grove Perk and Pub.  Both stores are located in the Autumn Grove Plaza complex, slightly east of the intersection of Bluemound and Elm Grove Roads.  Because I was feeling the need for some caffeine this morning, I dropped by the Perk and Pub for the first time.  As the name implies, it is a place for both coffee and something a little harder, the bar opening later in the evening.

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Life Is Like Dodgeball...

Children, Quotes, Writers/Books

"It comes at you quickly; it requires alertness and skill; the outcome is unpredictable; the weak can sometimes overcome the strong; it involves elimination and has both winners and losers." (Rule 10)

The above quote is an excerpt from the book, 50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School (Real World Antidotes to Feel-Good Education), by Charles J. Sykes.  On Monday, September 17, 2007, Mr. Sykes will be appearing at the Harry W. Schwartz Bookstore in Brookfield to promote and speak about his book.  The event begins at 7:00 p.m.

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Bluemound Road


It started as a deer path and then became an Indian trail through the forest.

In 1836 it became a “military road” to move military supplies and soldiers between forts and outposts.

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Picking up the Pieces

Two years ago this Saturday I drove to Pine, Louisiana with a group of fifteen people from our Church.  Located about ninety miles north of the Gulf Coast, it was just three weeks after Katrina.  We also spent one day in Biloxi, Mississippi located right on the Gulf, and toured the unimaginable devastation there.  I reflected on the trip and the people I came to know in an April 4 article.  The title of that piece was Katrina and Miss Molly, derived from the names of two “women” that I will never forget.


I won’t repeat the things I first wrote of; those were personal reflections.  This article is about pubic policy, and in particular, the nature of government relief efforts related to large-scale natural disasters.


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Fall Upcoming Events

Here are a couple of Fall upcoming events at SJV you won't want to miss:

New Family Social  Thursday, September 20th Two Available times: 9:00-10:30 am or 6:00-7:30 pm

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Fall is here

Dousman Stagecoach Inn, Elmbrook Historical Society

There are many signs of fall.  The school year started, tree leaves are turning color, there are fewer daylight hours, crisper nighttime temperatures and pumpkins. 

Another sure sign is Elmbrook Historical Society's "Days Gone By" on October 7.

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The Big Chili Round-Up

Children, Local Events

I got an email from the co-chairperson of the Big Chili Round-Up, Kerry Wendelburg, reminding me that Brookfield's Fall Festival was coming soon.  So, although you will see an ad for it on BrookfieldNow, I'm putting some of the info in my blog because I want to really get the word out on this great family event.

Date: October 7, 2007

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Remember the Chocolate Swan?


The Chocolate Swan was a bakery in Elm Grove, located on Watertown Plank Road, between Elm Grove Rd. and Legion.  Although a different bakery has taken its place, I still miss the Chocolate Swan, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.  So, I was happily surprised to learn that the Chocolate Swan has an online store

"Mary," the proprietor of the store, was an elegant, friendly lady (I'm sure she still is).  My mom, brother, and I were devoted fans of her shop.  My mom would often stop in to buy chocolate covered strawberries or our family favorite, the strawberry logcake made with fresh whipped cream.  I loved it so much that I had Mary make my wedding cake.  (She also made my brother's.)  From the looks of her picture gallery on the Chocolate Swan's website, it looks like she still is making delicious and creative desserts.

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New Around Town


Earlier this week, the Town of Brookfield announced development plans for the area near Goerke's Corners.

The timing is right.  The Marcus Theater complex is vacant, and the Menards complex will soon become vacant.

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