May 2017

May 2017 Issue
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David R. Harper: Confidence and Cowardice

Gallery
Photo by David R. Harper

There can be something poetic about the frailty of human existence. It has been our habit to push against this vulnerable side and try to control our environment. Despite this effort, there is a level of futility in our plan. Something will always be broken. Something will inevitably not fit in the right order. If we look close enough, there is always something unresolved and discordant.

Geoffrey Asmus

Geoffrey Asmus
Photo by Geoffrey Asmus

Being funny is no joke. If you want to make it in comedy, it takes a daunting amount of time, effort, dedication, and sacrifice, not to mention seriously tough skin. Sometimes people will laugh at an off-the-cuff remark you thought was stupid. Other times, the joke you crafted over days at multiple small open mics bombs when it gets to general audiences. It has been said that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything, but the average open mic only allows three minutes of material per comedian.

Bayview Foundation: Community Togetherness and Opportunity at a Time When Needed Most

Kids
Photo by Bayview Foundation

Bayview Foundation Inc.’s guiding purpose is to facilitate families as they meet their needs, realize their dreams, and make contributions to the community. Together, Bayview Foundation and Bayview Townhouse residents have created a people-proven model of successful, dynamic cooperation that works.

Line of Fire: Doing the Math

How many weeks in a year? 52. How many weeks in two years? 104. Easy math, right? So simple a toddler could even do it. You know what else a toddler can do? Pick up a gun and shoot someone. In fact, that’s exactly what happened each week the past two years. Every week, one toddler. Possibly even more disturbing is the fact that this statistic is on the rise—6 percent each year since 2014.

R.P. Adler's: Urban Oasis

BBQ beef brisket sandwich
Photo by Eric Tadsen

R.P. Adler’s stellar sandwiches, seafood, and pasta dishes make it one of the most popular upscale casual restaurants on Madison’s west side. But it’s the locally owned eatery’s chicken strips that keep locals coming back for more. Made to order, never frozen, and hand dipped in beer batter, the deep-fried chicken strips at this urban oasis are second to none.

Simple Perfection: Sardine, Marigold, and Gates & Brovi Deliver on Experience

Citrus, Beet and Endive Salad
Photo by Eric Tadsen

It’s hard to believe, but Madison’s dining scene has a three-flat brownstone apartment near Wrigley Field to thank for three of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants: Sardine on Williamson Street, Marigold Kitchen on Pinckney Street, and Gates & Brovi on Monroe Street.

Doing a Double Take on Blonde Ales

Blonde Ale
Photo by Kyle Jacobson

Every beer drinker has had a Blonde Ale. Heck, odds are it was one of the first beers they ever tasted. But if you ask anyone who drinks a lot of microbrews what their first Blonde Ale was, you’ll most likely receive little more than a shrug. Why? Is the style so bland, so unexciting that it deserves not even the hint of a nod? Perhaps brewers are to blame for treating the style as little more than something for the patron who only drinks Bud or Miller. Or maybe it’s time for the beer drinker to revisit the style.

Metcalfe's

Employees
Photo by Metcalfe's

Metcalfe’s Market has beaten the odds. This family business with two stores in Madison and one in Wauwatosa is celebrating its 100th year in business. According to the Family Firm Institute, about 30 percent of family businesses survive into the second generation, 12 percent remain viable into the third generation, and only about 3 percent of all family businesses operate into the fourth generation and beyond.

The Scent of a Garden

Garden
Photo by ZDA, Inc.

The scent of a garden awakens our awareness, stimulates us to breathe deep, and lifts our heads to seek its source. Without thinking, we are drawn to bury our noses in flowers. Fragrance elicits emotions and evokes memories. Yet, seduced by the visual attributes of many new plant varieties—showy flowers, novel leaves, and tidy habits—we may unwittingly sacrifice the unseen beauty of fragrance. When we follow the traditional wisdom of also selecting plants for their fragrance, we can imbibe nature’s intoxicating perfumes and revitalizing aromatics from spring until fall as we walk through our busy days and relax at the day’s end.

Treasuring Trees: When to Call a Pro for the Health of Your Trees

Tree
Photo by Tree Health Management

Trees add value to the home in a number of different ways. They not only offer a variety of colors and textures throughout the seasons, but they also help to soften lines on built structures. A house without trees can look barren, but add trees and the structure has shadow, dimension, and interest.

Environmental Enrichment

Dog

There are days when I just want to cuddle up in my warm bed or laze on the couch watching Netflix. There are enough things to keep me occupied for days, maybe even a couple weeks, if I didn’t leave my house. But after a weekend, I get stir crazy. Getting outside in the fresh air, seeing new things while driving, meeting and talking to people, and even grocery shopping help alleviate my boredom. Humans are lucky that way—most of the time we are able to do what we want and go where we want. Unfortunately, our pets cannot.

The Wild Side of Dane County Humane Society

Photo by Dane County Human Society

If you wander past the kennels of adoptable dogs and the kittens vying for your attention, you’ll find yourself in a part of Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) few ever see—a wilder side.

Women's Healthcare: A Provider's Perspective

5 Women

At a time when it seems everyone is considering the future of healthcare in the United States—its affordability, quality, and accessibility—I am heartened to have the opportunity to share my perspective as a women’s health provider, along with some useful health information and hope for the future of women’s health as I see it.

Convivio: Discover Beauty Within Reach

Convivio store
Photo by Eric Tadsen

While Convivio owner Mary D’ Alton is from suburban Chicago, she has lived in Spring Green for more than 20 years. “There’s no simple answer for what brought me here,” she says. Mary chose Spring Green to set up shop because of her love for the small town. “I wanted to do something that added to what the village didn’t have.”

When the Circus Comes to Town

Circus wagon
Photo by Green Concierge Travel

What do Delavan, Janesville, Prairie du Chien, Appleton, Baraboo, Evansville, Portage, Whitewater, and Watertown have in common? They all served as home to one or more circus troupes at the end of the 1800s and into the early 1900s. Some famous circus names came out of Wisconsin: W.C. Coup of Delavan first thought up the idea of a three-ring circus, and Colonel George W. Hall started his own show in 1886 based out of Evansville. In the end, over 100 circuses were based in Wisconsin. One of the most famous was the Ringling Bros., who grew up in Baraboo and later made it their winter headquarters.

Cultivating Empathy

Women Talking

Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is an essential part of building and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Empathy has received a lot of press recently, from the psychology researcher Paul Bloom, who argues that empathy is not nearly as important as compassion and behaving morally, to the Harvard Business Review, which has published a top 20 list of the most empathetic companies.

Issues

September 2018

arts
Deb Gottschalk
Woodland Studios
community
Ho-Chunk
No More!
Self-Improv-ment Level Three
Stoughton Opera House
dining
Athens Grill
editor
From the Editor
finance
Youth & Money
food & beverage
Chinese Grocery Stores
Frabjous Hubs of Influence
landmark
Hotel Ruby Marie
nonprofit
ARCW
REACH-A-Child
pets
Diabetes in Cats
travel
New Glarus
well-being
Community Matters When the Goal is Liberation

July 2018

arts
Fine Arts in Fitchburg: Agora Art Fair
Kay Myers
community
Self-Improv-ment: Level Two
Shame
dining
Fuegos
editor
From the Editor
finance
Passive Income
food & beverage
Art of Cafe: Breweries and the Prolific
home
Water Wise Landscapes
landmark
Cambridge Historic School Museum
nonprofit
Madison Reading Project
WWBIC
pets
Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome
travel
Impact of Travel
well-being
Board and Mind Games
Children and Trauma
Tips for Preserving Cognition

May 2018

arts
Jeff Zimpel
community
Chads
Self-Improv-ment
editor
From the Editor
entertainment
Betty Lou Cruises
Ultimate Frisbee
finance
Smart Way to Save for Travel, Vacations, and Kids Activities
food & beverage
See the Beer, Hear the Beer, Taste the Beer
home
Perennial Favorites
landmark
Breese Stevens Field
nonprofit
Engage. Educate. Empower.
pets
A Tick's Story
shopping
Grills, Grills, Grills
Rutabaga Paddlesports
travel
Camping
well-being
Domestic Violence

March 2018

arts
Brian Kluge
community
Atlas Improv Co.
People Pleaser
dining
Off Broadway Drafthouse
editor
From the Editor
finance
Wealthy Living
food & beverage
Is Brewing Now in Session?
Juice Bars
home
Natural Healing
landmark
Quisling Clinic
pets
Inappropriate Urination
shopping
Deconstruction Inc.
well-being
Capital Fitness
Dentists and ER Doctors Work Together to Ease Patients’ Pain While Reducing Opioid Usage
Importance of Sleep
Rainbow Project

January 2018

arts
S.V. Medaris
community
An Introduction: Sandy Eichel
Feeding Our Community
dining
Sugar River Pizza Company
Vintage Brewing Company
editor
From the Editor
finance
Financial Planning for the Finer Things in Life
food & beverage
Bunky's Catering
Chocolate
Conscious Carnivore
Weizening Up, to Wit: Wheat Beers
home
Think Outside the Box
landmark
American Exchange Bank
pets
Dangerous Food for Pets
service
New Tricks for All Dogs at Dane County Humane Society
travel
Turning the Tables: Table to Farm

November 2017

arts
Rachelle Miller
community
Common Wealth
dining
Nick's Restaurant
OM Indian Fusion Cuisine
editor
From the Editor
food & beverage
Fisher King Winery
Gluten-Free Your Mind
home
Fireplace Professionals
Kids Need Nature
landmark
Hoff Mall
pets
Arthritis Pain in Cats and Dogs
service
Building a More Humane Future
Healthcare: It's Complicated
shopping
Monroe Street Framing
travel
Stay Merry with Music

August 2017

arts
Eric Thomas Wolever
community
Millennium Soccer Club
dining
Brickhouse BBQ
Norske Nook
editor
From the Editor
food & beverage
Badgers, Muskies, and Dopplebocks
home
Blind Romance
Take It Outside
landmark
Towns Building
pets
Dog Park Etiquette
service
Deserved Recognition
Maddie's Felines in Treatment
shopping
CLUCK The Chicken Store
Iconi Interiors
travel
Historic Haunts
well-being
An Apple a Day is an Rx Away

May 2017

arts
David R. Harper
Geoffrey Asmus
community
Bayview Foundation
Line of Fire: Doing the Math
dining
R.P. Adler's
Sardine, Marigold, Gates & Brovi
food & beverage
Blonde Ales
Metcalfe's
home
Scent of a Garden
Treasuring Trees
pets
Environmental Enrichment
service
Wild Side of Dane County Humane Society
Women's Healthcare
shopping
Convivio
travel
When the Circus Comes to Town
well-being
Cultivating Empathy



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