Archive | April 2003

Street Cats Don’t Live Happily Ever After

I live on one of those blocks in Riverwest where there seem to be a few cats that roam around outside and hang around a particular house or two. What to do with the strays is a complex issue, especially for those who have a soft spot in their heart for the wandering furry creatures […]

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Wild Lettuce (lactua virosa)

Did you know your dinner salad can calm you down and reduce pain? Wild lettuce, latuca virosa, which is related to most varieties of domesticated lettuce that we commonly eat, has been used traditionally to produce a substance that is used as a cough suppressant, pain reliever, and a hypnotic that promotes relaxation and sleep.

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The Urban Garden: Canyons in the City

March may seem early to think about gardening in Wisconsin, but soon Tulips and Daffodils will be blooming. It is a good time to plan for planting your yard. What follows is a story about an area that most folks do not consider garden space — that unusual space in the city landscape: the canyons […]

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Old Gas Light Piping

Many of the homes in Riverwest were built before electric lighting was common, and people used Kerosene lamps and candles. Then along came manufactured gas, derived from coal. Piping was installed in the homes around the turn of the last century (1900) for gas lighting. At night people would turn a valve at the light […]

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No Future Without Forgiveness

Fact-Finding Missions

by Thomas Durkin In February, the Milwaukee community welcomed a distinguished guest, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a man of great integrity who has worked tirelessly in the name of justice for people throughout the world. Archbishop Tutu, in town to accept an honorary award from Marquette University, spoke before a standing room only crowd at Gesu […]

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