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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

4K discussion reveals disturbing trend

4-K, Education, Elmbrook, Family, Homeschooling

I know many parents of 4 year olds and preschoolers are upset that the Elmbrook School District failed to implement a permanent 4K program. I do believe the parents who communicated with the board were sincere in their enthusiasm for the program.

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My dog got mail!

Entrepreneurship, Family, Holidays

My dog just received a Christmas card! He is a popular dog with our local dog sitter. (She was kind enough to also include us.)

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First snow day, ever!

Just for fun!

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,

But to some, it's so delightful.

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Hey Sendik's, where's the Red Kettle?

Charity, Holidays

Want a Red Kettle? Try the Pick 'n Save(See schedule below)

I used to shop at the Elm Grove Sentry store quite a bit--it was an easy place to run into to pick up a few items. Their prices and quality suited me and they had some items that the local Pick 'n Save did not.

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All I want for Christmas is a border fence--act now

Illegal immigration

(This is just a quick post--I am in the midst of cookie baking.)

Remember when our legislators passed the Border Fence bill and we were all so relieved the US was finally going to do something about the open border?

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energy bill

phase out of incandescent light bulbs. seemed like a good ieda at the time. Bleeding, leaches, cupping, purging also seemed good. 4 or 5 scientists now say global warming is bunk. Its not easy going green

Expensive corn price, polution mercury, lead paint seemed good too. 


More blessed to give than receive, so stop shopping

Marth Stewart clip about giving 

More blessed to give than receive, so stop shopping!

Charity, Holidays, Living well on less $

A number of years ago, my family decided to quit giving Christmas presents to each other. As my witty husband said, if I want a personal gift, I will buy it personally.

Seriously though, we decided that we already have so much, what else could we possibly need? It seemed foolish to rack our brains trying to come up with gift lists, so we decided we would no longer exchange Christmas gifts. The time and aggravation saved from eliminating all those frustrating shopping trips is priceless. (You could say that is the best gift ever--not needing to shop!) The money saved can be put to better use: donations to your local church, favorite charities, wounded Vets, or supporting missionaries.

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Good tidings of great joy...for all people


I received this very unique Christmas card and ornament from Papua New Guinea. My cousin Jason and his wife Kellie are missionaries there to the Tobo people. I found Kellie's explanation about the ornament touching.

"One day as I was sitting in a hut with some of the women from the Tobo Church, we got on the subject of traditions. One tradition that they just thought was SO funny was our American tradition of putting a dead tree inside our house at Christmas time and decorating it with "balls" and hanging things.

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