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Neighbor Spotlight: Kim Kosmitis

by Lee Gutowski  Technical glitches and computer frustration caused some extra work for our featured neighbor, Kim Kosmitis, and I in making this article a reality. Kim, the founder and executive director of Riverwest Outdoor Educational Adventures (FB @riverwestoutdoors; website riverwestoutdoors.org), cracked me up when he called the computer and phone stuff “the bane of my […]

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TANNENBAUM ARMS -chapter 5, January 1970

A story in serial format by: Darlene Wesenberg Rzezotarski January: Wherein the caretakers of the English basement apartment successfully finish off the semester at UWM, but face ongoing challenges with caretaking, parenting and academics. Jay shares a true Pandora’s Box story from his Ottawa heritage. Frank visits in the night. Jay sells blood. The sea […]

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Tannenbaum Arms – Chapter 4 December 1969

Darlene Wesenberg Rzezotarski Dear Readers,I offer a few thoughts as you embark on Chapter 4 of Tannenbaum Arms.Who among you remembers living through the Draft Lottery ordeal of December 1, 1969? Readers born on September 14 between 1944 and 1950 especially–you might have felt you had lost by winning. To this day, most friends of […]

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Tannenbaum Arms chapter 3 November 1969

November: Wherein Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Davis launch their Civil War of Heat, Apartment 5 has a rodent infestation, Apartment 6 needs a plumbing repair, and Blue Jay is invited to read with the iconic poet, Gary Snyder This small shopping area tucked among staid apartments and duplexes served the needs of an eclectic mix […]

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Chapter 1 – Tannenbaum Arms Sept. 1969 a novel

By Darlene Resenberg Rzezotarski September 1969: Wherein late bloomers Lily Swan and Joshua (Blue Jay) Haakens become caretakers of a six-family apartment building just two blocks from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus where both are students. They decide to inhabit the somewhat musty basement apartment where they can live rent-free in exchange for cleaning the […]