Clay, Glaze and Firing: Michigan

Photo by Lindsey Ann Heiden

Whether we’re talking sculptors, painters, authors, musicians, or any other creative, decade after decade, the Midwest produces some of the most profound artists in the world. In recognition, this year we’re zooming out from Wisconsin to celebrate ceramicists in our neighboring states. Next stop: Michigan.

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Intention vs. Impact

Welcome back to our series the “us” in inclusion, where we talk about how all of us need to take responsibility in the things we do and say every day to make our society a more inclusive place for everyone. We’re in this together, but we all have to do some work individually too. It’s our responsibility, and it will take all of us contributing to make real change.

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Kiva Greater Madison: Dreams are Universal, Opportunity is Not

Photo by Greater Madison at WWBIC

Established as the world’s first personal microlending website, Kiva began lending to a handful of fishmongers in eastern Uganda in 2005. Kiva’s platform enables everyday people to pool lending contributions to provide financial access in the form of crowdsourced loans. Kiva’s model garnered worldwide recognition and accolades. In 2011, The Economist honored Kiva with their Innovation Award.

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Ember Foods: Authentic Indian Street Food

Photo by Eric Tadsen

As a youth, I started out with the daft innocence most of us do, unaware of the cultural origins of even the most basic of foods placed before me. Mom brings home fast-food tacos; okay, that’s tacos. Burns the blood (fine, the myoglobin) out of a burger; okay, that’s a hamburger. Years later, I’m driving a car and doing the Bruce Springsteen thing as a gangly blob of overconfidence happening upon a Mexican food vendor in Longmont, Colorado, and he turns my world of taco upside-down. Then I learn how to make a burger, a real burger, and my food horizon started to look less like a straight line.

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Shorewood Hills: Home to Distinguished Residents

Photo by Daniel Greenspan

Last issue, we featured John C. McKenna Sr., developer of the Village of Shorewood Hills. Building for Shorewood Hills began in College Hills, his first plat, prior to World War I but didn’t take off until the 1930s and again after World War II. Development of the Shorewood plat began later in the mid-1920s. Architects brought an eclectic mix of building styles to Shorewood Hills, designing houses for some of Madison’s most successful individuals.

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JustDane: Runs on Volunteers

Photo by JustDane

This past year, we talked about all the ways our community benefits from JustDane’s programs and efforts. Whether it’s Healing House, Circles of Support, or any other undertaking, Linda Ketchum, executive director at JustDane, makes it known that without volunteers, JustDane couldn’t provide a fraction of the services they currently do. “We have about 250 volunteers in various capacities, and our volunteers provide, on an annual basis, the equivalent of about 10 full-time staff hours,” she says.

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NAMI Dane County

Photo by NAMI Dane County

Beginning in 1977, several mothers, each with a son with schizophrenia, met to discuss the challenges they shared raising a child with serious mental illness. These mothers assembled a group of family members and friends of persons with mental illness who shared similar concerns, forming the Alliance for the Mentally Ill. This name was chosen partly because of its beautiful acronym, AMI, which means “friend” in French. AMI was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in November 1977, with Bev Young serving as the organization’s first board president.

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Not One More Vet

I love being a veterinarian. I love the energy of the new kittens and puppies and the calmer disposition of the older animals. I enjoy the challenge of figuring out what is making an animal not feel good. It’s so satisfying to remove a Cuterebra larva from a small kitten, stones from a bladder, or a rock from a dog’s stomach. But it isn’t all fun, and the days can be long and tiring.

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From the Publisher

I’m not sure if it’s the pandemic or just my getting older, but while 2021 is on the verge of ending, I’m holding a personal to-do list scarce of checkmarks. It feels like I’ve been on a speeding locomotive missing all the stops. Unable to change what has occurred, I hope to slow down enough next year to find time to simply enjoy life. Not something big and splashy, just less demanding.

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Cloth & Metal Boutique: Crafting Art and Consciousness

Photo by Eric Tadsen

After earning her degree in art metals from UW–Oshkosh, Lisa McGuire wanted to make her pieces matter in a space designed for others to appreciate the aesthetic and thought involved in making her crafts and choosing items for her boutique. Before opening Cloth & Metal Boutique, she did a lot of research and used her own closet to decide which brands she wanted. “I’ve always been into fashion and putting looks together, but I also have this artistic side,” says Lisa.

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Uncovering Wisconsin's Hidden Gems: Green Bay

Photo by PC John Oates Photography

The city of Green Bay usually brings one thing to mind: Green Bay Packers. The Packers are still the only publicly owned team in the National Football League. With over a century of history, their team has made Green Bay known throughout the world. However, Green Bay is a phenomenal place to visit regardless of your football loyalties. This winter, consider putting the city by the bay on your list for winter fun and holiday wonderment.

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