From the Editor

Photo by Barbara Wilson

“The best thing to hold on to in life is each other.”

—author unknown

The spirit of this quote seems particularly relevant today as I write just after the El Paso and Dayton shootings. Our publication speaks to community—its strength and importance—made of people from many origins. It’s our differences that make us better because they require us to look outside of ourselves and adjust our thinking as we learn from one another. Differences lead to learning, learning leads to growth, and growth leads to strength. Together we’re stronger, and it’s that strength that helps us conquer those who might try to tear us down.

This is our first Madison Style issue, and although the title might lead you to think “fashion,” that’s actually only a piece of the story. Every city, town, and village in our state has its own style and feeling. Why we choose to live here, in Madison and the surrounding communities, and why others elect to visit are both connected to what is uniquely Madison: a major university, the state capitol, the people, incredible local food and shopping, the arts, sports, community festivals and celebrations, farmers’ markets, and so much more. You will find some fashion sense inside (because we have some), but you’ll also get to read a bit about the essence of who we are—just as you do in every issue of Madison Essentials.

I hope you enjoy the issue, and I also wish for all of us the time to heal and reflect on who we are as a community—to wield the strength to support and build each other up in times of difficulty and the compassion to carry each other into times of celebration.

Amy Johnson