From the Editor

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” –Zig Ziglar

It’s incredible that it’s been 15 years since we set off on this adventure, and the quote above expresses my sentiments perfectly—being grateful leads to more to be grateful for.

Thank you to our readers and sponsors. Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. We also owe a debt of gratitude to all who have contributed over the years—you’ll always be part of the Madison Essentials family.

Finally, my thanks to Sherry E. Towns, who took a chance on letting me run with the idea of creating a true local community magazine. Look how far we’ve come!

To all our editorial contributors over the years:
Abel Contemporary Gallery • Erin Abler • Susie Anderson • Will Anderson • Cathy Bacon • Jennifer Baird • Michael Banas • Joan Bayer • Deb Biechler • Liz Birkhauser • Cassandra Bowers • Jackie Bradley • Rick Brooks • Broyles & Company CPAs • Ellen Carlson • Jill Carlson • Sandy Carlson • Jeanne Carpenter • Uriah Carpenter • Michael Connell • Peggy Considine • Jean Cornelius • The Creative Company • Lori Czajka • Dane County Humane Society • Rosalind Deschane-Reed • Marissa DeGroot • Jennifer Denman • Chelsey Dequaine • Mary Lynn Downey • Nicole Dowland • Sandy Eichel • Peggy Elath • Jeanne Engle • Cara Erickson • Megan Ferra • Yvette Ferris • Judi Ferstl • Dave Fidlin • Rachel Fox • Curt Fuszard • Lynn Geitz • Jacob Grace • Green Concierge Travel • Terri Groves • David Gwidt • Josh Heath • Dave Heide • Barbara Hernandez • Sarah Hill • Kelly Hopkins • Andrea Hughes • John Imes • Kira Jacobson • Kyle Jacobson • Yvette Jones • Shayla Kalish • Sharyl Kato • Asma Kadri Keeler • Bill Keeton • Tara Kindschi • Kimberly Klahn • Debora Knutson • Elissa Koppel • Michael Krakora • Mary Landry • Karen Larson • Lisa Lathrop • Darren LeCount • Lauri Lee • Rose Lee • Ben LeFort • Emily Locke • Cara Lombardo • Lisa Lombardo • Don Luria • Lily Mank • Evelyn Mattison • Lauren Miller • Monique Minkens • Bryant Moroder • Amy Mosher-Garvey • John Motoviloff • Kay Myers • Krystle Engh Naab • Derek Notman • Vivian Obarski • Patrick O’Halloran • MaraLee Olson • Jessica Pastelin • Lillie Perry • Jennifer Phillips • Katy Plantenberg • Eric Redding • Dusty Rogers • Steve Royalton • Lori Scarlett • Amy Lynn Schereck • K.F. Smith • Lauren Smith • Sarah Soldat • Crea Stellmacher • Callie Stefen • Craig Stemen • Hawk Sullivan • Eric Tadsen • Dana Tanyeri • Alyssa Theder • Donna Thompson • Kali Timm • Missy Tracy • Brian Trongaard • Jared Vincent • Molly Wagner • Linda Walker • Andrew Wanek • Liz Wessel • Barbara Wilson • Elizabeth Winston • Trudi Witonsky • Holly Whittlef • Wisconsin Historical Society • Wisconsin Trust for Historical Preservation • Barbara Wright • Gordy Young • ZDA, Inc. • Faye Zemel • Joan Ziegler • Steven Ziegler

…and all those who contributed editorial to represent their businesses and organizations, Thank You. I apologize if I’ve missed anyone or there are any errors.

Amy Johnson