Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth Photography
Photo by Andrew Roth Photography

When is it too late to throw yourself into what you love? Do we cross a moment in adulthood when we put aside our longings for the long haul? Do we have to? In the early 2000s, Andrew Roth was working full-time as a product development engineer in Milwaukee. He had established a practice of sequestering all his vacation days and taking an extended trip once a year. “I would come up with the craziest trip I could. It wasn’t like going to Cancun kind of trips. I was just trying to go off into the weird, remote, quiet places and see the way the world really works,” Andrew recalls. “I could walk up to somebody and hear what their story is. The camera gives you that pass. So I just fell in love with not only traveling but then really meeting people on some intimate level even if it’s just a little conversation you have with somebody.”

After Should

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Welcome back! If you’ve been following along, in 2018 you read about how I lived a life of should—I should be this, I should do that. I was miserable being what others wanted me to be and decided to come out of the closet of should. For 2019, I’m going to talk about how I left a life of should and what lessons I learned to free myself. These learning lessons were earth-shattering ideas for me and changed my entire life. Hopefully, you aren’t stuck in a life of should, but whether you are or not, I bet you can learn something from these lessons. Buckle up and come along for the ride!

An Honest View—Mary Landry

Mary Landry
Photo by Share the Health

Normalcy is the projection of a person’s story onto the world around them. It’s a state of being loaded with acceptance of a familiar reality. Wherever you grew up, however you grew up, you probably look back on your childhood and think, overall, things were pretty normal. Then we build up these subconscious blinders, which may lead to looking at things as you want to remember them and not as they truly are. When Mary Landry took an honest look at Madison, past the celebrated university, the communal nature of area farmers’ markets, and the egalitarian efforts of local businesses and organizations, she saw a need in women’s health that had become so normal for Madison, nobody really wanted to talk about it.

Privacy, Technology, and Liberty

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“The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought.” —U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in Riley v. California (2014)

Blue Agave Restaurant and Lounge: Authentic Mexican Food the Way it was Intended

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Photo by Eric Tadsen

Traditional Mexican food has never been more popular in Wisconsin than it is now. It’s easy to fall in love with a cuisine when the dishes are authentically prepared. If you love a taste of Mexico, you’ll find it at Blue Agave Restaurant and Lounge on Butler Street in downtown Madison.

From the Editor

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I’m writing during January’s snowstorms and record cold snap, which have led to a common satirical theme in communication exchanges: why do we live in Wisconsin? While I’m not a fan of shoveling, dangerous roads, and life-threatening air temperatures, I never doubt that Wisconsin is where I will live my best life because of the passion I’ve been able to share with others regarding where and how we live.

Tax Strategies For Retirees

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By formulating a tax-efficient investment and distribution strategy, retirees may keep more of their hard-earned assets for themselves and their heirs. Here are a few suggestions for effective money management during your later years.

If They Build It, We Should Go

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Photo by Octopi Brewing

Parties, classes, concerts, and town hall meetings all have something in common. They need space. In the not-too-distant past, churches played probably the largest role in providing space for people with common interests to come together and work, plan, discuss, or play. Studies and surveys from Pew Research Center suggest church participation is way down from where it was 50 to 70 years ago. So all these shared beliefs and systemic understandings become more compartmentalized, even diametrically opposed, and in the age of the internet, the ability to escape to whatever cubby we feel comfortable in is maybe a bit too easy.

Livable Landscapes

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Photo by ZDA, Inc.

Urban landscapes are an intrinsic part of human and planetary health and well-being. The ability plants have to capture and convert light into energy is fundamental to the food and fuel on which the earth depends. Additionally, plants within our landscapes have the potential to improve air quality, reduce urban heat islands, purify wastewater, limit runoff, and reduce stress. As communities and individuals, incorporating green infrastructure into our urban landscapes will make our cities more livable, resilient, and healthful.

Milwaukee Road Depot

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Photo by Motorless Motion Bicycles

Studies have shown that regular cycling can contribute to one’s well-being by cutting the risk of heart disease, by holding back the effects of aging, and by rejuvenating the immune system. It’s fitting, then, that a bicycle shop should be located in a historic building whose renovation has contributed to the well-being of its community.

Breathe For Change

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Photo by Breathe For Change

Educators have one of the most important jobs in our country—shaping the next generation. Yet teaching can be an incredibly stressful profession. Between the increasing pressure on students’ performances on standardized tests, decreasing teacher prep time and funding for schools, and never-ending lists of priorities, educators often stretch themselves too thin going the extra mile for their students. Not to mention the secondary traumatic stress that takes a toll on them while meeting the needs of their students who have experienced trauma. Too often the well-being of educators falls to the wayside.

Anal Glands

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Make a circle with your left thumb and forefinger. Take your right thumb and forefinger and place the tips on either side of the circle you made—at about the four o’clock and eight o’clock position. Now have someone lift up your dog or cat’s tail and put your circle over the anus. The anal glands (or more precisely, anal sacs) are approximately where your right thumb and fore-finger point.

Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic—Defining Excellence in Patient Care

Dr. Lori Scarlett, DVM
Photo by Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic

While Dr. Lori Scarlett, DVM, started out wanting to be a human doctor, she says, “I didn’t like the guys in my class, so I went into research and received a master’s in genetics. But I missed people contact when I worked in a lab. Then when my fiancé got me a cat—which I never had growing up and always wanted, but my parents weren’t pet people—I thought to myself, ‘I can work with pets for the rest of my life.’”

Community Pharmacy—Community Wellness Shop

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Photo by Eric Tadsen

Across the country, from one town to the next, local pharmacies have become a dying breed, seemingly crowded out by a small group of national chains. But at 47 years of age, Community Pharmacy is bucking the trend as a locally rooted, independent store with a range of offerings for the mind, body, and spirit.

Get Outside and Play!

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Photo by City of Madison Parks

There are many reasons to play outside, including that on their own being outside and playing have demonstrated positive impacts on people’s lives both physically and emotionally. Dedicating time to outside play each week helps you reap the health benefits in addition to creating opportunities to spend time with family members and friends, and potentially making new friends.

Finding Balance

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Photo by Kyle Jacobson

When I was the younger version of myself, I watched a lot of action movies. The explosions and over-the-top car chases of the ‘80s and early ‘90s went well with my Captain Crunch breakfasts and Kraft dinners. The muscle-stacked heroes not only saved the day through physics-defying theatrics, but they also shaped my perception of what it was to be fit. On the VHS edition of Terminator 2: Judgement Day , before the movie started, Arnold Schwarzenegger told me “Fitness is Feeling Great.” That’s a really fine message—the problem is I attached it to having a sculpted physique. Wellness and overall health didn’t come into the equation, and young me thought people using those words were talking about being ripped.

Isthmus Wellness

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Photo by Isthmus Wellness

A walk into Isthmus Wellness’ facility within an office complex on Madison’s west side quickly sets a zen tone. Gentle music, soft aesthetics, dim lighting, and fragrant aroma provide the backdrop for a center designed to be a welcome, safe, and soothing space of sanctuary.

Mental Health In The Current Political Climate

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Regardless of where you stand, the current political environment has been stressful. We are feeling divisions between family and friends, and within and between communities. These kinds of divisions can cause stress, anxiety, fear, and sadness.

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