Micro Bruisers - Milwaukee Junior Roller Derby

5 years ago, I played my last Roller Derby bout. It was the first Brewcity Bruisers Midwest Brewhaha at Franklin Sports Complex. I was there when the Milwaukee's Roller Derby league first formed in the winter of 2005/2006. I pretty much credit BCB for keeping me in Milwaukee. It opened me up to all the great things I love about this city. I made lifelong friends and I am guessing I may have never met my husband if I hadn’t joined. I never played many sports as a kid, but it made me wish I had. It gave me the confidence in my physical appearance and abilities. It’s one of the best things I have ever done. In 2011, I got married and began the next chapter in my life starting a family, and I said goodbye to derby. Recently, I wanted to put my skills toward documenting an organization that I love and maybe help them to promote what they are doing. These girls, between the ages of 8-17 are amazing and fierce. I wish I had this when I was their age and grateful that my daughter has the opportunity to play derby if she chooses to. I watched these mighty girls practice, scrimmage, bout and then finally getting their end of season awards. You can visit for more info and to learn more about them.

December 22 and -4 degrees


My alarm woke me up at 6:15 for the sunrise. I wanted to give him something special for Christmas and I was running out of time. I knew I had to take the photo this morning regardless of the below zero temperature. TMJ4 had predicted a clear blue sky. There was a practically a blizzard the week before and the skies had been overcast for days. Half asleep, I put on as many layers as I could and grabbed the watercolor paper on my easel with my message for him written on it. I wasn’t really sure where I was going to go. I knew I wanted to see the steam coming off of the icy lake, blue skies and the sunrise. I parked my car along Lake Drive and drudged through 2 feet of snow to the path. I was disappointed to find that trees blocked the lake view and the slope down looked too dangerous. I walked a bit hoping the trees would clear a little and then I saw some stairs leading down to the beach. Perfect! When I got to the bottom I saw a few tracks in the 2-3 ft snowdrifts! It was hard to see where the lake ended and land began. I looked to my right and I could see the sun peaking through some trees in what looked like a little peninsula. I knew that would be the perfect spot, but the snowdrifts were huge and it was so cold… I took a deep breath and told myself I would be fine. I sort of felt ridiculous. I had to do it, so I did. I got a little scared at one point because I wasn't sure how close I was to the waters edge, even though I was pretty sure the lake was frozen. In one hand I had my camera, the other I had the watercolor paper. I figured I could just stick the message in the snow like it was some kind of a caption/title for the photo. I wanted him to know that I made this picture solely for him. I walked a little further and then began taking photos (quickly) It was so cold I had to keep putting my camera back in the bag when I was scoping out new spots. It took me about 10 minutes before I felt satisfied that I captured the image I wanted. I turned back and realized I had wandered a lot farther than I thought. Oh just great! I laughed at my self for being such a crazy. Merry Christmas.