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    Kaszube Park

    Kaszube Park is less of a park and more of a memory forced onto the landscape. Its very existence seems defiant – impossibly placed, microscopic, edged on two sides with barbed wire-topped chain-linked fencing, but it’s there. It will hold it’s position. It will not be scrubbed out. The tiny …


Three Bridges

Standing atop one of Three Bridges’ rolling hills, I can look in any direction and see Milwaukee’s landmarks. To the west, the hunched back of Miller Stadium and behind it the Old Soldier’s Home, rising out of the treeline like a phantasm from another era. Eastward is the boxy white …

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Lapham Park Social Center building. June 2016

Carver Park

“Swimming pool, Bronzeville swimming show, trailer camp (15 trailers), shower facilities, public baptisms”  1950 Milwaukee Park Commission report listing special attractions at Carver Park¹ At Carver Park, the city makes itself known even when you stand in the center of it’s broad grassy fields.  I-43 cuts the northern edge of …

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Cedarburg Bog

“Sandhill Cranes never sleep,” says the UWM Field Station guide leading the twilight nature walk. “I walk my dog at midnight and …

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Holler Park

Two Canadian Geese come in for a landing on the small pond in Holler Park, sending up spray as they skim the …

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Jetty on the beach

Doctor’s Park

For years, Doctor’s Park for me meant the beach, and only the beach. I would park and walk down the steep north …

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Washington Park Island

Washington Park

Washington Park is a shapeshifter, transforming itself every few decades to suit the new needs or new pursuits of leisure of the …

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Feeding on the Nest

The American Robin

The robins that hatched in the nest outside our front door a few weeks ago are monstrous. I peer at them through pane …

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Bridge Overlooking Miller Brewery

Highland Park

On day that rained in fits and starts, when everything seemed to shake awake with the aliveness of spring, I took a …

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