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Sunday, February 24, 2008

A Visit to Cold & Frosty Milwaukee

Last week we took the drive to Milwaukee to visit Jessica, braving the colder temperatures we were expecting to find there. Our daughter is stage managing the season at Next Act Theatre (http://www.nextact.org/) and we wanted to see her and the show she is currently working on, The Faith Healer, the Brian Friel play about a traveling faith healer, his wife and their devoted manager. It is told by lengthy monologues by the three main characters and was spell-binding in it's simplicity and sense of mystery, as the tale unravels. The three actors, Jonathan Smoots, Mary MacDonald Kerr and David Cecsarini give outstanding performances and I would recommend it to anyone in the Milwaukee area.

The weather was less than warm and we arrived to find snow piled up a few feet high on all the local streets, with more on the way. Fortunately it never accumulated much more but the temperatures remained in the single digits throughout most of our stay. We bundled up to stay warm and spent one of our days visiting Milwaukee's Public Museum (http://www.mpm.edu/bodyworlds/). The exhibit "Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS", to quote their website: "features authentic human specimens preserved through a revolutionary process called Plastination. This remarkable preservation technique replaces bodily fluids and fat with reactive plastics, thereby preserving human tissue in its natural state. Visitors who embark on this amazing journey below the skin's surface will view an extensive collection including more than 200 authentic organs, systems and whole-body displays." – This was both creepy and really cool but I suggest you go to their website for the whole story (we have no photos of our own to show you unfortunately, since photograhy was not permitted) – along with a video. Another site you could peruse is (http://www.bodyworlds.com/en.html) – totally fascinating stuff!

Snowy Streets & Icy Windows in Milwaukee

We got home late Thursday and spent Friday lazily at home, doing laundry and hanging out as the early morning snow turned to rain and slush outside.

Yesterday was our 39th wedding anniversary! We celebrated with a walk on the beach, breakfast at Victoria's Restaurant on the boardwalk overlooking Rehoboth Beach. We had a date for a movie and dinner last night and chose "Atonement" one of the Oscar contenders and really enjoyed it. Dinner was nothing fancy but nice, an Italian restaurant near the movie theater called Adriatico and we toasted ourselves with a nice Chianti and talked about our life together. We feel so fortunate to have found each other and made a life together.

Today we're planning a leisurely pancake breakfast and a walk outdoors, maybe to Prime Hook or one of the other Nature Reserves in the area. It's sunny and the temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s. Funny how warm that feels after Milwaukee's 7!

We hope all of you are having a great weekend and would love to hear from you!

Take care,
Rosemary & Bob

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