Writers Unite!

Writing is a solitary experience. You never heard Judy Garland and Micky Rooney saying “Hey kids, let’s all get together in the dad’s barn and sit alone writing in our notebooks!” If they did, it would be a pretty dull movie. That’s why it has been so delightful to meet other writers here at the…

The Soul of a Poet

  Poetry gets a bad rap. Some of us see it as tortured word/drivel whose sole focus is to make more complicated the simple and common aspects of our lives. Others see it as the height of expression; the using of imagery and spoken language which illuminates the hidden chambers of our minds and hearts….

Do you sing?

Are you a singer? Most of us would answer “No!” with a shake of the head and a shudder. Have you sung? The answer to this is usually affirmative because who hasn’t joined in a rousing version of the “Happy Birthday” song when the cake comes out shining with candles. Some of us have a…

Arts-ing Around Town

Last night it was my joy to attend the ArtRoots Arts Mixer at The Branch on Washington Avenue in Uptown Racine. This eclectic and exciting event showcased some of the many artists and arts groups that work so hard in our area bringing culture, beauty and music to Southeastern Wisconsin. Nick Ramsey of Family Power…

Sports & Art

So I am not much of a sports fan. I grew up in Wisconsin though, so Green Bay Packers football is as much a part of my history as beer, cheese, and beer cheese. I do enjoy live theater though, so I found myself in the audience of “Lombardi” presented by the Racine Theater Guild…

Artsy-Fartsy

I always wanted to be an artist. To me, art referred only to the visual arts; painting, drawing, sculpting. I would sit breathlessly in art classes in grade school and high school and imagine being overcome by inspiration. As if suddenly, I would be given the talent to put my personal vision on paper in…

BONK Me!

That sounds kinda dirty, doesn’t it? I lost my BONK! virginity last week when I shared a piece of original poetry at BONK! 118 here in Racine. This celebration of writing and music is held monthly (for around the last 118 months!) at various locations around town. The theme was social justice and the variety…

Ask a Mortician

Thank you so much to those folks who attended the obituary writing workshops. Great information and wonderful personal stories made it an event to remember. Part of being a funeral director is the ability to disseminate information in a way that is direct, honest and without judgement. My next workshops, offered on October 19th and…

Obit Workshop

If you missed the obituary writing workshop, here are the notes from the presentation for your perusing pleasure! Obituary Writing For Beginners ¬†¬†Patti Fitchett Racine Arts Council Writer-In-Residence ¬†pattipotterfitchett@gmail.com Writing an obituary can be a daunting challenge. Whether you are writing one for a loved one at the time of death, preparing for the death…

6th Street Love

I love hanging out on 6th street. Even though I am a Kenosha girl, born and raised, I have found a second home on 6th street in downtown Racine. First there are my beloved Over Our Head Players. This group and the crazy kind, ever expanding group of folks who work there came to me…