Posted inNeighborhood News, Telling Our Stories

Franklin Pierce Elementary sheds name of pro-slavery president, reinvents itself as Riverwest Elementary

by Melanie Lawder For years, teachers and staff at Franklin Pierce Elementary School had pondered why their school name celebrated an anti-abolitionist president who continually bowed to pro-slavery interests in the years leading up the American Civil War. A one-term Democrat from New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce is often considered to be one of the least […]

Posted inPoetry

Atheist Blows Up Baby Jesus

Walking through sleepy Christmas Eve Milwaukee, Go by house where no one’s home but Outdoor life-size inflatable Nativity Scene is illuminated, Inflated Mary & Joseph, inflated Wise Men and inflated gifts, Inflated shepherds, farm animals and stable, Inflated angels with inflated wings and halos, Inflated Star of Bethlehem, inflated manger But baby Jesus is deflated! […]