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October 18th, 2012

Planting Dandelions at Milwaukee’s Lynden Sculpture Garden

If you are younger than 40, you probably don’t recognize the opening lines of the Laverne and Shirley theme song. I had all but forgotten them myself, until I got an invitation a few months ago to visit Milwaukee. Everything I knew about Milwaukee, I learned from that show, and from Happy Days: namely, Milwaukee is where beer comes from, and the fifties happened there.

I knew I wouldn’t be reading at a brewery or drive-in, but those were the images I had in mind as I flew to Wisconsin on Tuesday. They fell and drifted away as my host, Margy, drove me along the lakeshore and through gorgeously wooded neighborhoods to the Lynden Sculpture Garden, where I read and signed books for a fabulous group of thoroughly modern women. No beer was served, but there was wine and an extremely tasty array of Wisconsin cheese. I don’t remember Laverne or Shirley ever sitting down to a plate of artisanal grass-fed gouda, do you?

It was a wonderful evening. I love to read, and it’s rare that I am alloted enough time to read a chapter in its entirety. I chose D-I-Y Spells DIE, and talked a little bit about the importance of embracing life’s less Pinteresting moments. It was past ten o’clock before the last book was signed, so I came back to the Lynden the next morning to see the sculpture garden by day.

Did you know Wisconsin was so pretty?

And so cultured?

And so modern?

I didn’t. But from what I could tell during my brief visit…

…it seems like my kind of place.

With my host, Margy Stratton, of Milwaukee Reads.

Thanks for having me, Milwaukee Reads! 

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2 Responses to “Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated.”

  1. Bev says:

    If only you had time to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum. The building was renovated and expanded a few years ago and is now one of the most beautiful buildings anywhere. The sculptured halls on each side are indescribable in their glorious simplicity and form. We live near Chicago and travel extensively around the country visiting art museums and other architectural gems whenever we can but this one…oh my. And their collection…oh my.

  2. In Wisconsin, I’ve only ever been to Madison, which is cultured and so pretty – and described as 25 square miles surrounded by reality, similar to how Boulder is described in Colorado. If Milwaukee is at all similar to Madison, though, then it’s a great place to visit.

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