Rabbit pest control? I’m going cwazy!

Effective rabbit pest control — how to keep rabbits out of the garden — is a maddening quest that’s rapidly turning me into a cartoon. Visions of rabbit extermination have started taking over my dreams, and my days are spent shopping for increasingly ridiculous wild rabbit control solutions.

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Trump’s black family on Twitter and alter egos

Grabbing my first cup of coffee this morning, I turned on Milwaukee's NPR station and heard, of course, about Donald Trump and his "Look at my African-American over here!" remark from yesterday. Continuing on to Twitter, I saw that Trump was already beginning to churn...

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Fusion: Kenosha live music, performing arts venue

Live music in Kenosha is nothing new. The city has long supported a roster of bar bands that rock out on a small stage while patrons and bartenders shout over them to converse or place orders. What's new -- over the past year or so -- is a Kenosha venue called Fusion,...

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Cicero, Illinois: Tour of Shirley’s childhood home

Just before this past Christmas, my mom's cousin Wanda died. Back in Cicero, Illinois in the late 1930s, 40s, and early 50s, Wanda was like a big sister to Shirley. My own sister Karen drove us down to attend Wanda's wake and, arriving with plenty of time to spare,...

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Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary & Arboretum

Many people whiz down Green Bay Road between Kenosha and Racine every day, and although they may see the Hawthorn Hollow sign across from Petrifying Springs Park, they may not know about the treasure inside its gates. Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary & Arboretum is a...

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Video: Zoey’s bedtime story gibberish

The date of this video is November 13, 2010. We came across it the other day and decided to put it on YouTube. I hope you enjoy it. Our great niece Zoey and her older sister Nadine were staying with us for a couple of days. It was 9 p.m. and Nadine was done for the...

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Unlocking the smartphone labyrinth: From Sprint to Verizon

Getting decent phone service at a reasonable price has been our elusive goal for years. Now we have ventured deeper into these mysteries, chasing questions like "How the hell do you unlock a Sprint smartphone for use on another carrier?" and "How can a three and a...

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‘The Way’ (2010 movie, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez)

Regular readers may remember the recent review of The Alchemist here, which also touched upon the unique biography of author Paulo Coelho. The book Coelho wrote before The Alchemist was The Pilgrimage, a story about his walking the Camino de Santiago which led him to...

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‘Treme’ (HBO series in New Orleans, 3 1/2 seasons)

Treme is an HBO TV series about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer, who previously collaborated on Homicide: Life on the Street and the masterpiece HBO series The Wire, Treme is named for the New Orleans neighborhood where...

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‘Neil Young Journeys’ (2011 Jonathan Demme movie)

It helps if you're into Neil Young. Back in the mid-1970s there was this guy Brian, who wore his dirty blonde hair down to the shoulders of his Army surplus jacket. He would come around the park across from my house carrying albums, like After the Gold Rush. My mom...

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‘Locke’ (movie by Steven Knight, starring Tom Hardy)

Locke, the 2013 British drama written and directed by Steven Knight, is a movie in which we see just one single actor driving at night from point A to point B down England's M6 motorway. His drive is spent taking and making a series of stressful phone calls....

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How long is a turkey good for?

Forgive me if I pause to discreetly gag while writing this, dear reader, but our house currently smells of roast wet dog. The lesson to be portioned out from this is that the expiration date of a fresh turkey should not be stretched — not even by a couple of days....

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‘Boyhood’ (2014 movie, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke)

Boyhood -- the Richard Linklater movie that won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama on Sunday, and is sure to be among the Oscar nominations this Thursday morning -- at first appears to be an interesting experiment in time-lapse photography, but...

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Messages through the wall, heard on radio

You have probably heard the story of how, as a POW during the Vietnam War, Sen. John McCain tapped messages through his prison wall to his fellow American prisoner, Ernest Brace. The conversation started with McCain tapping out "Shave and a haircut," and Brace...

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Open G guitar tuning: From Keith Richards to Slack Key guitar

Above is a YouTube video Marty Schwartz did for Next Level Guitar demonstrating the Open G guitar tuning. Marty explains how to tune your guitar to Open G, and then shows off some of Open G's advantages. It's an easygoing, relaxed guitar lesson, and he takes his time...

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Christmas with the Pilgrims, America’s earliest Christians

  Pilgrims Going to Church (1867), by George Henry Boughton The Pilgrims considered Christmas an abomination The Pilgrims -- the people we celebrate each Thanksgiving, who came to America on the Mayflower, signed the Mayflower Compact and founded Plymouth Colony --...

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