Thursday, February 16, 2017

Remembering Milwaukee Icon Al Jarreau

I'll always remember that smile
The days when we are forced to both mourn and celebrate someone's life are always sad. This week we celebrate the life of Al Jarreau, son of Milwaukee, who passed on February 12. Known most for his music, his unique jazz roots that he stretched to pop and other genres, and a master of scat, during his life his roots and love of Milwaukee were less known. Alas as too often happens, much of his greatest work, behind the scenes in the community, is coming to light. And even after his passing, his legacy continues on in our city.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dear Mr. President: That's Not How This Works.

One of these guys needs to drop that line any time now
"That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works..."  It's the punchline of a recent and very funny commercial, but with the POTUS coming to our city this week, it's also a line that could and should be used on 45.

I'll be honest, you can probably guess I have major issues with the policies themselves, but this isn't even about that. I'll let others discuss those on public forums. This isn't so much as what but how. And just as expected, based on his temperament on the election trail and in his business dealings and public persona beforehand, he is not effectively leading our country. Sad.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Let Music Be The Reason For A Smile Fri 1/28

This Saturday, January 28, from 6pm to 11pm at Best Place, you can get out and enjoy great, local, original music and support a great cause at the same time.

Let Musci be the Reason for a Smile is a fundraiser for the Team Bryce Foundation Inc. which helps raise money to assist children with special needs and their families.Proceeds of the vent will also benefit, The Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association (WASA).

Sunday, January 22, 2017

I Marched With Women For Everyone's Rights

I was proud to wear pink to promote
women's rights
On Saturday, January 21, 2017 I walked with dozens, maybe a hundred, thousand women in the Madison, WI Women's March to support their rights, and the rights of all. I walked with my wife, with her (our) friends, and coworkers, and with women and men, girls and boys, people from all over the state, from all walks of life.

Political views on some of the individual 'rights' in question aside, I just don't get  how anyone can think this type of showing of support for fellow human beings is not a noble, righteous, thing. (Such as a conversation I had with someone who claimed that women wouldn't need these rights if they just stayed home like they did in the past.)

While organized by and for women, it was a walk for all, as their Mission/Vision states: "We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country." Thus it was a walk for people of all races, all religions, all classes. As a son, possibly a father, brother, uncle, cousin - OK you get it - we all have family, friends, and other relations of women that deserve equal treatment and our support for them to have it. It was the gentlemanly thing, the right thing, to do.

Brass Rooster Upcycles Military Blankets Into Caps Benefiting Veterans

Brass Rooster Caps photo courtesy of Brass Rooster
Brass Rooster, a local Milwaukee hat store and hat maker whose work we have celebrated before, has come out with new products that have socially responsible aspects to them. They are both recycled products and charitable items.

The new Brass Rooster Caps include big apples, 8/4, ivy & drivers Caps using vintage patterns and all the caps are made from Military blankets. Hand quilted lining, blankets from WWII-current. Brass Rooster will donate 10% to different Veterans foundations.