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It’s About More Than Rides to the Polls

It’s the time on Election Day, every year, where I am reading with a smile about everyone getting out and voting and I stumble across the inevitable question: “How can I give people rides to the polls?” As a former political field organizer, I cringe at this question.

When I was a political field organizer, come Election Day, I was inundated with well-meaning civic-minded citizens wanting to give people rides the polls. The Capraesque feeling that must come from giving an octogenarian, slow moving but quick-witted, a ride to the polls so they can exercise their duty to help choose our elected officials as a member of our representative democracy must be a high akin to heroin. Everyone wants a taste.

I wouldn’t know. I have never given rides to the polls as I was busy working to win the election. […]

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Searching Through Smoke: A New Wisconsinite’s Observations of His Adopted State

Moving to a new state means experiencing a new local culture.  I expected, as a new Wisconsinite, I would have fewer culture shocks than being a new resident of, say, Alabama or Hawaii as I moved from another, similar, Midwestern state.  Similar is not the same, however, and, despite Wisconsin’s statewide smoking ban, I ended up searching through smoke for a bar to watch sports.  Smoking is still a problem in Wisconsin.

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In Defense of Vaccination #TBT

Vaccines

Whenever anyone says they are anti-vaccination the first image I think of is this one:

The photo is reductionist, of course, but it’s also powerful.  Powerful because it encapsulates the current anti-vaccine debate: Vaccines cure and prevent deadly and debilitating diseases and yet are viewed as an olde tymey relic.  For pro-vaccine advocates vaccination’s benefits are established history and to argue otherwise is as incomprehensible as arguing against the Holocaust.  For anti-vaccine advocates there’s a mountain of “evidence” and the wisdom of mothers and fathers with first-hand “experience” and “logical” caution.

I use quotation marks, because I am pro-vaccination; this post is in defense of vaccination: a scientific, humanitarian, and moral position. […]

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Playing With WordPress (Publishing a Website Part 2)

(Part 2 of the series: Publishing a Website. Read Part 1.)

Playing with WordPress

In Part 1, I had decided on the purpose for my website (professional web presence, blog, and acting repository), had chosen a web publishing platform (WordPress), and picked a web hosting service (1&1). I had not yet purchased a domain name through the web hosting service. I knew the path I wanted to take, however, I had not yet paid to drive on it.

My path to publishing a website stopped prior to purchasing so I could play with WordPress. I wanted to learn the user interface, test out the features, and ultimately see if I could actually use WordPress as a publishing platform before I paid someone to host my website. How to do that for free? […]

Domains, Platforms, and Hosting Services (Publishing a Website Part 1)

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Elevated Advice

My new website – matthewcollie.com – is up!  Please comment with feedback.

I hope, like this gate I saw in southern California, that this website displays well, hinders none and is a place to refresh and rest before traveling on.  Let me know if I fail to live up to that.

Yet, I have lived 33 years without a personal website so that begs the question:

Why a personal website? […]

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Evaluating the DMV: A New Wisconsinite’s Observations of His Adopted State

DMV.  Pop culture equates D-M-V as a four-letter word, though my past and recent experiences would argue unfairly.  What did I discover on my interaction with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Department of Motor Vehicles?

  1. I over prepared.
  2. A Stage 2 Culture (Character Study!)
  3. Unexpected Emissions Tests

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A New Wisconsinite’s Observations of His Adopted State

I’m documenting the new things I’m seeing and doing as a conscious-life long Minnesotan who is a new resident of Wisconsin and, specifically, Milwaukee. I’ll be sharing those thoughts periodically as long as people seem to favorably respond to them.

A new Wisconsinite’s observations of his adopted state.

I’ll start with three main points.

  1. Wisconsin Roads suck
  2. Wisconsinites love to tailgate, to their own peril
  3. Milwaukee is full of characters – like everywhere else

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