When retired Milwaukee Public School teacher Sheila Plotkin joined the Madison chapter of Raging Grannies, where she dressed in crazy hats, aprons and political buttons to sing humorous songs on social issues, she said it was one of her smartest decisions.

As someone who always loved to write, she wrote many of the songs the Raging Grannies sang at invited and uninvited events, libraries and the Dane County Farmers’ Market.