A Lake Michigan Snapshot at Dusk

A view of Lake Michigan as the sun goes down behind me in Milwaukee. I enjoyed how this one tree on the right was getting a last sliver of light. It’s a ok picture, fine for a phone. I’ve got a DSLR I’ve really got to learn how to use properly. I think that’s something I’m going to focus on this summer while I’ve got access to Lynda.com through school.

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Thoughts on Poetry, Writing, and the Trades

Poetry. Sometimes I admire carpenters (for example). People sit within their work, share dinner on their tables, sleep inside of their houses. Imagine being a plumber and someday knowing that thousands of people can bathe or brush their teeth or cook pasta because of your work. That’s noble; changes lives. I wonder if that’s a satisfying thought. Ever heard of a poetry outage? “The poetry is backing up – better call a type writer?” Do people worry? Does it make people evaluate their survival skills? Question their gardening abilities? Nah. I admire the trades, their necessity. Poetry is like garbage collection – apparent sometimes only in its stinking absence.

Beach Glass Along the Lake Michigan Shore

A stunning beach glass haul (sunglasses included – that was a first!) during a lunchtime stroll today at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. All kinds of treasures wash up along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Milwaukee. Check out my new article about beach glass on the Schlitz Audubon Blog.

The Iron Angels Complete Their Flat Track Race Motorcycle

Here the @theironangels are putting the final touches on their race bike before the first race this Saturday. They are the first all-female race team to participate in the @buildmoto motorcycle racing program. Logo design by @caro74happy . The tires even have a little bit of practice dirt between the treads. This bike will be raced on a flat dirt track against the other Build Milwaukee bikes for the first time this Saturday. Their garage space is at Harley Davidson University, and the teams currently use Honda CL160 or CL175 bikes. This is the first year that Build is racing flat track instead of road racing. Click the image to see other pictures. Complete story to come…

Interviewing Great Lakes Author Dan Egan this Thursday

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This Thursday, May 17 I have the pleasure of interviewing Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Great Lakes Reporter, and author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. Egan will read excerpts from his book, participate in a discussion, and take questions from the audience. The event takes place at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, complete details here.

Vintage Pantera Muscle Car Waiting to be Driven

I stumbled on a Pantera that somebody had evidently driven to work. Panteras were built using Ford engines with the intent that people could drive a flashy exotic looking muscle car but still take it to any garage for regular service, keeping ownership and maintenance costs low. They were even sold in Ford dealerships when they were first produced. Neat car – glad to see it’s being driven! Click the arrows to see other angles of this fantastic classic.

Honda Valve Adjusting With the Iron Angels Race Team

I had a great time last night working on a print piece about the Iron Angels Build Moto Team. The project is one in which mentors help high school students in the Milwaukee area build a flat track race motorcycle. The Iron Angels are the first team of all female students and mentors. It’s pretty neat documenting their progress and process. I got a kick out of this view of the Honda engine with the valve covers removed. It looks like a Star Wars character, or maybe a mastodon. Their first race is May 19!