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Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

Shaving your face the old-school way

I wanted to shave with the straight razor in my twenties, but life got in the way and I started in my sixties. So it is never too late. All you need is a shave-ready straight razor and a strop, plus plenty of patience and perseverance, because there is a learning curve
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Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

With the right brush and soap, it doesn’t have to be a chore

One thing many men dread—right up there with death and taxes—is shaving. With the hassle of slapping on some canned shave foam and scraping it off with a cartridge razor, it’s about as much to look forward to as a trek through a clump of thorny bushes—never mind the razor burns, nicks and ingrown hairs. But there is a better way. It’s the traditional wet shave...
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Old-school barbershop filled with history

I always considered the old-time barbershop the center of the universe. A haircut and straight razor shave came packaged with world news and commentary. Tales were embellished, jokes looped, advice ready. Pinaud’s Clubman and Lilac Vegetal aftershaves stamped manliness. And a master barber with sure hands and a warm heart captained. Today only a few strays from that old world remain, like tiny islands of nostalgia...
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Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010

Razor aficionados master the craft of the blade

Grandpa most likely went straight every morning. Straight razor, that is. His father before him probably shaved with a straight razor, and so did his father. Long ago it was the way men shaved. They lathered up with the shaving brush and some good-smelling soap, swiped the straight razor multiple times across the hanging leather strop and then...
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Monday, Dec. 31, 2007

Milwaukee Loses WFMR

Icons are born because of the sparks they set off in us, the rich color they dab onto our spirit. They become a part of us, part of our identity. When we lose them, we also lose a part of ourselves. That’s how I view this year’s loss of Milwaukee’s only classical music radio station, WFMR, a true Milwaukee icon. And I know others feel the same. This loss is a sad commentary for a city that is trying to hail its quality of life.

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