September 2018


Deb Gottschalk

Photo by Deb Gottschalk

If you keep going down the end of Sherman, theres a nice park with good walking trails. Theres actually three parks around here. Theres canoe-putting off of Wheeler that you can put in to Cherokee Lake and go up the Yahara. Its a really nice place to canoe. You go just a little bit up the river, but theres no houses. You dont feel like youre in the city anymore.

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Drawn to Art? Visit Woodland Studios

Photo by Eric Tadsen

Woodland Studios is a boutique art gallery with artisan printing and framing. Its best described as part store and part gallery for one-of-a-kind types of art. Prices range from $20 to collectible price points for a variety of art mediums appealing to all types of customers. Its also the place to bring a treasured family photograph to have it printed and made into something special, or to have a custom-framed job designed and completed.

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Ho-Chunk Nation: The Spirit of Madison

Photo by Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison

Since the hunter-and-gatherer days of our tribe, we of the Ho-Chunk Nation, formerly known as Winnebago, have strongly believed in connection. Our ancestors inhabited the Madison area around 11,000 years ago, holding it for safekeeping as stewards of the land to take from it only as needed. Though the connection we have to the land still very much exists, the connection we have to the people of Madison has grown alongside the city itself.

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No More!

Throughout this series, Ive shared my personal journey of leaving behind a life of should to find happiness and fulfillment as my authentic self. Its an ongoing process, and I recently made a startling discovery about a powerful should that Ive harbored unwittingly for years. Previously, I wrote about how I was vulnerable to rape at a young age because of my belief that I should do whatever men expect of me. With this segment, I want to shatter another should and talk about being in an emotionally abusive marriage. I got out and never discussed the abuse in my first marriage. The should kept me silent, and Ive protected my ex all these years. Worse yet, the same sense of should extended well beyond my ex to other peopleespecially menwho mistreated me.

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Self-Improv-ment: Level Three

Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. Atlas Improv Co.s level three class is the end of my formal educational journey with improvisational theatre. Having spent a school years worth of Wednesday nights in the confines of the theatre space, I think about the growth and change Ive experienced. Everyone knows stories are only good if the protagonist grows or learns something.

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Stoughton Opera House: Independent Theatre Enriching Community Involvement

Photo by Tim Erickson Photography

Over a century ago, the city council of Stoughton looked to make a statement to the importance of the city and have it stand out. Their plan: have a theatre in the upstairs of the Stoughton City Hall with city offices downstairs. It would make everyone happy, establish a community center, and provide profits to afford the building.

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Athens Grill: Mediterranean Comfort Food for Everyone!

Photo by Eric Tadsen

Athens Grill, a new Mediterranean restaurant on the north edge of Madison in Westport, opened in December 2017 with its farm-to-table menu. The vision to bring delicious and nutritious Mediterranean food to the general populace at affordable prices has culminated in a restaurant that offers a variety of dining options in a new, spacious, freestanding building next to where it all began as Athens Gyrosin a Shell gas station.

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From the Editor

Photo by REACH-A-Child

Its our first Community and Culture issue, which is the theme that best represents the essence of Madison Essentials. Its about who we are and where we live.

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Youth & Money

Face it, most adults dont like discussing money. We all use it, but most stop there. I would venture to say its an attitude our culture has embraced to help us deal with the anxiety many feel when the subject of money comes up.

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Chinese Grocery Stores Futher Define Culture in Madison

Photo by Kyle Jacobson

Defining the word culture is rather simple. Generally, its agreed that the art, food, and intellectual pursuits of a community make up part of its culture. But larger cities, like Madison, are difficult to confine to homogony. An effort is made to describe the area as multicultural, but that in itself is only an aspect of a citys culture and not the complete picture.

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Frabjous Hubs of Influence

Photo by Kyle Jacobson

Lewis Carrolls Jabberwocky is a poem known for its utter nonsense. But in the counterintuitive logic of Wonderland, it further illustrates a world full of adventure appropriately laced with confusion. When taking something as all-encompassing as poetry and applying it to Carrolls world, it almost seems Wonderland would be incomplete without it. And, in the end, the poem is understood as a poem.

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Hotel Ruby Marie

Photo by Maureen Cassidy Photography

Railroads were the most important mode of transportation in the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries in Madison. Hotel Ruby Marie, at 524 E. Wilson Street, stands today as a significant example of a building in the commercial area that grew up around two depots constructed to serve the railroads and their customers. In fact, the hotel is one of only four 19th century hotel buildings remaining in Madison and is located in the East Wilson Street Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

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AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin

Photo by ARCW

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the virus that can cause Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). While many advancements have been made in treatment, theres still no cure for HIV/AIDS. However, with proper treatment, people with HIV can live long, healthy lives. Fortunately for Madison-area residents living with HIV, theres a clinic that can meet all of their healthcare and social service needs.

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REACH-A-Child

Photo by REACH-A-Child

The REACH BAG is a durable backpack maintained in the first responder vehicle. Its initially equipped with 10 new, vetted childrens books and 10 drawstring backpacks. The REACH BAGs are refilled every six months or sooner if requested. First responders use the books to comfort children they encounter in crisis situations.

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Diabetes in Cats

When my family and I lived in North Carolina, we had minivacations on the Outer Banks. One night, as we were leaving a restaurant, we saw a little kitten trying to hide under a bush. Of course, we coaxed him out. He was a stray with fleas, ear mites, and a round little belly. He got his first bath in a hotel bathtub and rode the three hours home with nary a peep. We named him Flip because we found him under a restaurant called Flipperz. A week later a hurricane hit that area of the Outer Banks, but thats another story.

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New Glarus

Photo by Sue Moen

Driving through New Glarus on Highway 69, youll notice something immediately. Chalet-styled buildings with sloping roofs and balconies, which are often decorated with colorful flower boxes in the summer. If you think it looks a bit like Switzerland, then the locals got their message across. New Glarus roots and origins are in the canton of Glarus, Switzerland.

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Community Matters When the Goal is Liberation

Photo by DAIS

The shelter at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) is a community comprised of shelter residents, staff, and volunteers. This community is fundamental in providing services to domestic-violence victims and their children while staying in an emergency shelter.

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