Dakota Mace

Dakota Mace art
Photo by Dakota Mace

“We have been stuck in a period of time where our designs are not created for us anymore. They’re for an outside audience. That’s something I would love to be able to see again.”

Curt Fuszard: Enriched by Practice

REACH-A-Child event
Photo by REACH-A-Child

Isaac Newton once said, “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” The great things he’d accomplished are more a credit to those who came before him than they are to himself. A bit too humble, but the sentiment is there. So where does a giant come from? Better yet, where does the person come from who stands on the shoulders of giants? Genetic dispositions and privileges aside, growth is fostered in the shadows of those we are fortunate to have met and admire.

First, Acknowledge and Accept Your Pain

woman with hand in the air

Last year, I wrote about how I lived a life of should—doing what I should do and being who I should be. Trying to be what other people expected and wanted of me impacted every aspect of my life and made me miserable. When I finally decided to come out of the closet of should to be my true self, my entire life improved tremendously. And it’s still getting better. For 2019, I’m explaining how I did it, and I’ll share the lessons I learned through the process.

Racial Justice


The authors of the Declaration of Independence outlined a bold vision for America: a nation in which there would be equal justice for all. More than 200 years later, it has yet to be achieved. Though generations of civil rights activism have led to important gains in legal, political, social, employment, educational, and other spheres, the forced removal of indigenous peoples and the enslavement of those of African descent marked the beginnings of a system of racial injustice from which our country has yet to break free. From our public schools where students of color are too often confined to racially isolated, underfunded, and inferior programs to our criminal justice system that disproportionately targets and incarcerates people of color and criminalizes poverty to the starkly segregated world of housing, the dream of equal justice remains an elusive one.

Rebirth of the Garver Feed Mill

Garver Feed Mill drawing
Photo by Garver Feed Mill

Early on, I jokingly warned our team about the east side’s reputation for “full-contact democracy.” David Baum repeated it often since, but in fact there turned out to be solid, widespread neighborhood support for this concept for Garver’s rebirth. I’m delighted to see the whole site nearing completion after 20-plus years of neighborhood dreaming and working. –Lou Host-Jablonski, AIA, Design Coalition


downtown Stoughton
Photo by Ann Christianson

Settlers from the eastern seaboard were drawn to the Koshkonong Prairie, a geographic area defined by today’s cities of McFarland, Cottage Grove, Cambridge, Albion, and Stoughton. Koshkonong means “the lake we live by,” and early settlers did just that, putting roots down near the waters. This area’s rolling prairie; hardwood trees; and fresh water in the form of lakes, rivers, and springs made the area ideal for farming. One of these locations was at a bend in the Yahara River with the large Lake Kegonsa nearby, which became Stoughton.

Dorf Haus: Celebrates 60 Years

Knackwurst, Weisswurst, Smoked Pork Hock
Photo by Eric Tadsen

If the walls at Dorf Haus could talk in honor of the supper club and banquet facility’s 60th anniversary, you’d hear stories of how two generations of the Maier family established, grew, and operated the popular restaurant. Located in the Town of Roxbury just outside Sauk City, the setting seems plucked out of Bavaria and resembles a German bierhaus. The extensive display of artwork depicts famous German kings and castles through impressive stained glass, carvings, and antiques.

FreshFin Poké: Spreading the Popular Poké Trend Through the Midwest

Photo by Eric Tadsen

Poké is the trending Hawaiian food that jumped to the mainland of the United States in the last few years and inspired the name and theme of FreshFin Poké, one of Madison’s new fast casual restaurants. The Hawaiian word poké is a two-syllable word, pronounced poh-kay, which simply means cut into chunks. Traditionally, islanders cut up the fresh catch of the day and toss it with sea salt, onions, and sesame seeds. Poké bowls first came to California, where the largest populations of native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders live. It didn’t take long before poké restaurants exploded on the scene in cities across the country.

From the Editor

UW Badgers Rowing Team
Photo by Paul Capobianco

During what continues to be a very volatile time, we can use the encouragement to identify and embrace who we are, and to feel comfortable and safe in our own skin. It’s a process that is both necessary and fragile. And while we are ultimately in control of our own being, it’s also important for us to recognize the need to support each other and to have others to support us on our individual and collective path.

American Players Theatre: Threads of Authenticity

American Players Theatre
Photo by American Players Theatre

The shadow of the hillside stretches over the far-reaching forest. In the distance, a gleam of sunlight brushes with a yellowing light upon green horizon’s fringe. But the reason 1,000 people have gathered this night is for the stage. Out in the open, its grades of platform are not limited to the traditional confines of a theatre. Three 12-foot rings grow layered before floating stairs and a fantastical light shining like a blue and green marble moon onto the actors performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream .

Medium Full City Roast Beer'd not Pressed

beer in coffee beans
Photo by Kyle Jacobson

We live in a multiverse of overlapping perspectives. Each thread of human existence is so tailored to itself that we’re forced to assume experiences of others are likened to our own so that we can discuss them and presume understanding. Where this overlap occurs between myself and Jeff Zimpel, an artist in Cedarburg, is in my microcosm of craft beer and his of artisanal coffees.

Native or Not

Photo by ZDA, Inc.

The benefits of native prairie plants have been highly touted for decades. They can support birds, butterflies, and other pollinators; help with erosion control and water management; and thrive without added water or fertilization. Native prairie plants are an indispensable part of a complex environmental web in which a multitude of species depend on them for food and shelter. Still, bringing them into our home landscapes in a pleasing and low-maintenance fashion may be easier said than done.

Garver Feed Mill: An Industrial Monument with an Uncertain Future (Flashback Article from 2013)

Garver Feed Mill
Photo by Madison Trust for Historic Preservation

Just north of the vibrant Olbrich Botanical Gardens, a stately building threatens to crumble under its own weight. Alternately looming, eerie, inviting, and grand—with over 100 years’ tenure on the spot—the Garver Feed Mill building has seen multiple industries come and go. Today, the untenanted Garver attracts both urban explorers and historians, graffiti artists and professional photographers. What will come of the site is a paradox too, for a building in decay—however historical—is not a site suitable for regular visitors. At heart, the building’s placement is part of its history: a problem that reveals why the Garver building has also been the biggest piece in a land-use puzzle spanning 15 years.

Connecting Worlds Apart

Photo by WESLI

In the middle of downtown Madison is a world with a mix of cultures and languages. The Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI) welcomes both international students from around the world and local students to learn English in an immersive atmosphere.

Indoor Cats Need Vet Care Too!

cat near the window

Do you have a cat at home that hasn’t been to the vet since it was spayed or neutered? Let’s face it, indoor cats get the short end of the stick when it comes to healthcare.

Fair Trade

art from Art Gecko
Photo by Art Gecko

In recent decades, the concept of fair trade has grown in popularity as merchants and consumers alike make more conscientious decisions about how and where products are sourced. At its most basic level, fair trade is about forging business relationships between companies in developed nations and producers in developing parts of the globe. As the term suggests, producers are paid a fair price for the goods they sell to the business. Across the Madison area, a number of businesses sell goods and services around some or all of the principles of fair trade.

Wantoot Gallery

Wantoot Gallery
Photo by Eric Tadsen

Modern American art and craft partners Ried and Kathy Knapp started an online business in lllinois that featured art from only living contemporary American artists, and only with a distinctly modern aesthetic.

UW Badgers Spotlight Rowing

Photo by Paul Capobianco

As a team name, the Wisconsin Badgers are synonymous with such collegiate offerings as football and basketball in Madison. But Wisconsin Athletics offers an array of other sports, all from high-endurance players who wear Badgers uniforms as well.

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