Sunday, August 16, 2015

Milwaukee Brewers: An All Inclusive Club

David Denson of the Brewers minor leagues
Photo courtesy of Michael Gallacher / Missoulian
'All-inclusive' usually refers to a hotel where you pay one rate to have access to all food, drink and activities, but for MLB it now means being inclusive of all players of any background.

Hopefully these days will be in the past soon,when it is considered 'historic' for a professional athlete to come out as gay. For now though we can celebrate and congratulate when it happens, for it still is a big deal as much as I wish it was old hat by now. For Milwaukee professional baseball team the Brewers, history was made when Davd Denson, minor league player, though not on the Brewers major league roster still an MLB pro with the organization, came out as gay.

The full story, relating how he came out in response to derogatory comments made at and about him can be read at the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel in a great article by Tom Haudricourt. It tells an unfortunately typical tale of locker room shenanigans that use various derogatory terms, and how he overcame them, but what I found most interesting was the support he got from the club and the league.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Make A 'Pit-Stop' For WMSE

Stop by Palomino Bar or Honeypie Cafe until 9/4 to get "The Pit Stop"! $3 from the BBQ sandwich-peach cream pie combo goes to #wmse.

Get it? 'Pit' stop?

Nicknamed “The Pit Stop,” the sandwich is an al-pastor style pork beauty (with a vegetarian option also available) that’s topped with a peach coleslaw and coupled with a peach cream pie that’s so good, it’ll make your mama cry!

Additionally, $3 will go straight to WMSE with each combo sold. You’ll not only be getting some delicious food but you’ll also be supporting musically-delicious radio programming!

Stop into Palomino (2491 S Superior St) or Honey Pie (2643 S Kinnickinnic Ave) to get some pork, pie, and proceeds for WMSE!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Be ReSpectacle - Donate Old Glasses At Colectivo

No, that's not a typo, we did mean to say re-spectacle as in recycle your spectacles or eyeglasses. During the month of May all Colectivo Coffee cafes are accepting donations of used eyeglasses. They will then take the glasses – uncluding reading, distance vision glasses, and even cases and provide them  to homeless individuals along with free eye screenings to match them up with the correct prescription.

This project is run by medical students at the Medical College of Wisconsin through the Homeless Outreach and Medical Education (HOME) Project and Urban and Community Health Scholarly Pathway.

We love recycling, but especially when the practice adds in an extra charitable aspect like giving the items to those in need. Other similar practices include reusing your slightly used suits for jobless (such as returning veterans) to use on interviews or even donating a vehicle to various organizations for them to fundraise with.

This one is easy and a no-brainer. If you are like me you are keeping an old pair around 'just-in-case', but have you ever had to go to the back-up pair? Probably not, so just walk on over to you closest Colectivo and drop them off so someone else can use them.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day & Environmentalism: It's A Wisconsin Idea, Lets Keep It That Way

Wisconsin Senator Gaylor Nelson
created Earth Day back in 1970
On Earth Day - every April 22 - is a day for activism and awareness on environmental issues celebrated worldwide, celebration being the keyword where we observe and honor the earth and the environment in festive ways compared to regular activities that can often be seen as a more serious or even adversarial by the movement.

When we think of the environmental movement and states that are at the forefront we may think of California, Colorado, or even Oregon. But did you know that Earth Day was started by a Wisconsinite: Wisconsin then-Senator and former state Governor Gaylord Nelson? Through the work of Nelson and others, Wisconsin actually has a strong presence in environmentalism and being a leader in the celebration and protection of our world. We usually stay away from politics at Greater Milwaukee Men, honoring all men of all walks of life that are doing great thing, but on this and each Earth Day, we would do well to remember that this now global event had its roots with a son of our state, and the movement in general has been led by other sons of Wisconsin, and speak out against current legislation that seeks to curtail conservation efforts and education in the state.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Repair - The Fourth R Of Environmentalism?

In efforts to reduce our impact on the environment, by using less to make things and discarding less things, we have all become accustomed to the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle" which is sometimes referred to as the three Rs (much like the old "reading, 'rtitng, 'rithmetic of education). It just hit me though that there is another R missing - one for Repair.

I guess semantically repairing could be considered part of Reusing, but to me Repair is a more personal, immediate, and active process than reusing which typically means that someone else is doing the using now instead of you. Reusing usually implies passing the item on so someone else can and will use it versus you re-using it, or using it for a different purpose - what is often called 'upcycling' these days. It could also have been left out of the program because whoever developed it thought it was a common practice, or inherently understood.

But let's take a look at what makes Repair it's own piece of the puzzle an why it should be promoted as much as the other three Rs.