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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Sunday, April 20, 2014

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1. Get out your crystals and buckle your celestial seatbelts
The nighttime sky will reveal the "blood moon" or orange "pink full moon" on April 15. This visual phenomenon can be attributed to the beginning of a series of eclipses, each six months apart that will go on through 2015.
2. 7 things I can't wait for this Milwaukee summer
Oh, Milwaukee summer... it seems like forever since we last saw you, and it was an especially harsh winter. Will you ever get here? Here are seven things I just can't wait to do!
3. Don't send me that in a text
Shirtless? Sexy. Full frontal? I'll pass.
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4. Signs point to colder than normal spring for Wisconsin
Temperatures have averaged below normal for each of the last several months. Here's the latest outlook for what temperatures are expected to be like this spring.
5. Wisconsin's winter was much different than most of the rest of the world's
While we shivered through our coldest winter in many years, much of the rest of the world had one of its warmest on record.
6. Summer started early in Milwaukee in 2012
It was early March when summer began in 2012. Milwaukee reached its warmest March temperature on record. Do you remember?
7. Reflections on my role as The Pfister Narrator
The role of The Pfister Narrator is to spend time in the hotel, talking to guests about what brings them to the hotel and documenting their stories via The Pfister's blog. But it included much more than that, too.
8. Love, porn, women and the Internet
Whoever came up with the saying, "You can never have too much of a good thing," obviously had never been on the Internet. In all of its glory, the Web has many addictive qualities to it. From its anonymity and endless outlets for just about any and every fantasy and desire known, its alluring appeal can be difficult to ignore.
9. Temperature outlook for March is probably not what you're hoping for
Milwaukee-area temperatures averaged well-below normal during December, January and February. Is it time for a turnaround?
10. Kiplinger: Milwaukee's a top 10 "city for singles"
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, of course. And, if you're still looking for love in Milwaukee, you might take heart in this bit of news that we got from Kiplinger today.
11. Free skating today at Red Arrow Park
The Milwaukee County Parks Department hosts "Appreciation Day for Park Patrons," Wednesday, Feb. 12, offering free skate rentals and soft drinks at A Slice of Ice in Red Arrow Park, 920 N. Water St., Downtown.
12. State mining law is moot
When the Wisconsin State Legislature convened in early 2013, the Republican majority made Senate Bill 1 to streamline the state's mining regulations a top priority. Nearly a year later, the bottom has fallen out of the mining industry, and the bill is being exposed for what it was: a law written by proponents of the mining industry that was not tenable with federal environmental standards.
13. Heroin is hell
I really hate heroin. I do. There is no other way to say it. And the vendetta is personal.
14. Driver announces the winners of the Driven to Achieve Awards
Former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Donald Driver announced the first-ever class of Driven to Achieve Award winners. The awards were created to recognize the achievements of charities, companies, community leaders and celebrities on both the national and local level that have made a remarkable difference.
15. Milwaukee's 14th coldest winter on record ... so far
With one month to go, this winter has been in the coldest top 10 percent of winters in Milwaukee.
16. Don't fall for the "One Ring" cell phone scam
Word to the wise: If your cell phone receives a one-ring phone call from a number you do not recognize, do NOT call the number back to inquire about whom was calling you.
17. Fitness and my Fitbit Flex
During Healthy Living Week I'm here to tell you that I shouldn't have waited so long to get a Fitbit Flex. I love the thing, and think you will too.
18. The accidental fundraiser
Patrick Reilly has been "around" in Milwaukee. He was a staple on the East Side bar scene for years, helming and indulging in the wildest party spots on hot blocks like North Avenue. And then, he decided to get sober.
19. Doing good makes you feel good, too
It seems obvious, at least to someone with zero medical qualifications like me, that doing good makes you feel good, which ought to have some health benefits.
20. Love your liver
Here are some easy ways to take better care of your liver. Don't worry, alcohol abstinence is not one of them.
21. Winter is half over: How do you feel about that?
Are you happy to learn winter is half-way over or disappointed to learn we have another half to go?
22. Everybody is a bigot
2013 was the year of the bigot. There were many examples of alleged media fueled bigotry. The most famous were from celebrities such as Paula Deen, Alec Baldwin and Phil Robertson. However, there were millions and millions of less publicized examples throughout the country last year.
23. Purple House razed but not forgotten
Last summer, OnMilwaukee.com reported on the "purple house," a controversial residential home located on 43rd and Howard that was both loved and hated for its bright purple exterior. The house was razed but the former owners had one small request.
24. A toast to Toastmasters
I wouldn't say that I have glossophobia (I'm admittedly not overly familiar with all of the "phobias" of the world, but thanks to a recent commercial for the Nexus 7, I know that one), but public speaking has never much appealed to me. When I began my current job last April, however, I was approached by two co-workers about joining a local Toastmasters club. I ended up attending a meeting, and I was hooked.
25. Learn another language with 4 easy apps
There is a belief that making small, incremental changes is the best way to go about changing your life. This is why big goals like exercising and eating right fail so often. While always a good idea they're just too disruptive to handle with ease. But what about learning a new language? That may also sound like "too disruptive" of an idea. Learning a language is complex, time-consuming, and getting the right software is expensive, but in the past few years a solid group of apps have risen to the challenge of making language learning easy, fun and for the most part, free.