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Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.

Iranians like people everywhere

Iran, demonstrations, Journal Sentinel, Crossroads, Islamic Revolution, 1979, neighborly deeds

Opened the Jounal Sentinel "Crossroads" section today to see a piece I had submitted to the opinion editor on Wednesday. Given the events of Friday and Saturday in Iran, I was thinking that perhaps my column had lost some of its timeliness, so was glad the JS editors decided to run it. Even though the demonstrations had met violence in the past couple of days, to me the underlying premise that the majority of Iranians are decent people who, like most people everywhere, want only the best for their families and their country remains true. In case you missed it in the JS, here's the link to the "Crossroads" piece:

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To Smoke or Not to Smoke (Your Cigarettes, Not Mine)

Smoke free, restaurants,

Interesting forum going on over on the site on whether South Milwaukee's restaurants and bars should be smoke free. I started to paste some of the comments in here, but decided to post the link and encourage readers of this blog to weigh in on

One-degree of separation from Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, Rodney King, O.J. Simpson, Tehran, Iran, Islamic Revolution, Chris Brown, Washington D.C., Metrorail Red Line, "Anatomy of a Trial", Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, California, South Milwaukee, Twitter, Facebook, high-profile trial

It's happened again. For the fourth time this week, I have a direct connection to a major news event, making me feel like, instead of 6 degrees of separation, it's more like 1.

I have been watching since last weekend  the demonstrations and violence filling some of the same streets I drove and walked on in Tehran, Iran, where I lived 30 years ago during the run-up to and outbreak of the Islamic Revolution.

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A Good Stop?

police, speeding, stop signs, NASCAR, Daytona, kids, bikes, walking, dogs, wheelchair

I sure hope the reason the police stopped a car out front of the house this morning was for speeding.

People zip up and down the street in the neighborhood going way faster than the 25-mile-an-hour limit. Apparently, two stop signs were installed a couple of blocks apart some time back -- before we moved here. But people complained. Didn't like having to stop at intersections. So the city took them out. According to the neighbors, the people who complained didn't live along the affected stretch. They live somewhere else, no doubt some place where others who don't like to be inconvenienced by having to drive within the speed limit or stop signs to slow them down don't zip up and down their streets.

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Michael Jackson fame transcends So. Milwaukee generations

Michael Jackson, South Milwaukee High School, Parks & Rec Department

Michael Jackson's fame is certainly transcends generations. Seven- and 8-year-old boys at a Parks and Recreaction Department track-and-field day at South Milwaukee High School on Friday excitedly related the news to each other that Michael Jackson had died as if they had just heard it. Then they got into a debate about the exact time of death. Then it was time for their next event -- the soccer-ball kick.

Racial discrimination or illegal construction? That is the question.

Apartments, discrimination, illegally constructed

Here's a lawsuit I didn't know about:

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