Death

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I've been dying to tell you this

Published Aug. 26, 2015

It was my birthday and I was rehearsing lines for a play about Oscar Wilde. I got a call from my father saying that my mother had died. He had been worried that she was sleeping late and went into her room to check on her. He said that when he touched her, "she was so cold." She had a smile on her face and an old Violent Femmes T-shirt on. She had the last laugh.

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Koudounaris explores how different cultures honor the dead

Published April 28, 2015

Photographer, writer and historian Paul Koudounaris says he has always gravitated towards macabre art history. His most recent photography book, "Memento Mori: The Dead Among Us," is proof of this fascination. Koudounaris comes to Milwaukee Friday, May 1 to present a free lecture and slide presentation at the Walker's Point Center for the Arts.

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Goodbye, Mr. Morris

Published April 22, 2015

Last Friday, I went to the funeral of the 30-year-old man who was killed in the April 8 hit-and-run accident at 29th and Locust in Milwaukee. The name of the one man who was killed was Orienthian Lee Morris, Sr. He was the father of two kindergarteners at our school, one of whom is my student.

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Do you dead pool?

Published Feb. 4, 2014

The sudden passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday created a certain kind of buzz among groups of friends and on the internet. No, it wasn't "did you hear?" or "how tragic!" It was "did anyone have him?" Have him in what? A dead pool. Did you?

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Is sledding too dangerous?

Published Jan. 2, 2014

Many people agree that sledding is fun, but that it also can be dangerous. But is it too dangerous?

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Milwaukeeans share stories from the day JFK died

Published Nov. 21, 2013

Fifty years ago tomorrow, President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot in Dallas. Here are the memories of numerous Milwaukeeans - including a few OnMilwaukee.com contributors - who are old enough to remember details from one of America's darkest days.