May 2020

Coronavirus and Our Pets

These are certainly wild and wacky times. I haven’t talked with pet owners in person for over a month, and didn’t realize how little I communicate with them by phone until it became a necessity. Thankfully, veterinary clinics are considered essential businesses. I’ve been able to keep my staff employed, but it’s been stressful reworking our business to a drop-off and pick-up service. With this implementation, we’ve noticed some dogs are better behaved without their owners present while others are more anxious. And we’re grateful for those who have made us face masks, sent pastries, or provided clean leggings to wear as we change out of our scrubs.

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Richard Jones: the spaciousness of uncertainty

Photo by Eric Tadsen

Three vinyl reservoirs hang above scorched model cityscapes. Across each pool drifts a single boat, each carrying a white oak seedling. A table and chairs stand behind the futuristic microcosm in a bizarre tableau as another young white oak is seemingly served up to the absent guests beneath a glass bell jar. Around them, dozens of pads of paper decorate the walls, each torn down to the last page, baring a sketch of a unique leaf rendered in pencil. The installation in no. 5 exhibition space at the Abel Contemporary Gallery is the spaciousness of uncertainty, the most recent work by Madison-based artist Richard Jones.

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Carey Gleason: Something About Fairness

Photo by University of Wisconsins School of Medicine and Public Health

Life isn’t fair—often said to explain away a perceived injustice, like when Steve cuts in the cafeteria line and takes the last chocolate muffin. Then there’s the more serious side—tragedy and disease. For Carey Gleason, the question of fairness isn’t answered with acceptance or indifference, but with honesty. Why is this happening? Does it really have to be this way? Am I in a position to do anything, and if not, how do I get there?

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Negative Self-Talk

My biggest enemy, the nastiest one I’ve faced, has been my own mind. My brain allows me to do wonderful things, but my mind has been quite cruel over the years. It has told me that no one will ever love me; that I can’t be successful at anything; that I ruin all I touch; and other dreadful, debilitating thoughts. It has hashed and rehashed every misstep, every situation I didn’t handle perfectly, and written elaborate and horrible stories about what’s to come. And it’s made me second-guess myself too many times to count.

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So You Say You're A Butterfly Farmer

Photo by Olbrich Botanical Gardens

This is the most frequent question Diane and Kevin Wright receive when people find out they are butterfly farmers in Marquette County, located in central Wisconsin. Out of the four suppliers for Olbrich Botanical Garden’s annual Blooming Butterflies exhibit, they’re the only ones located in Wisconsin. This is an inside look at how Wisconsin Butterfly Farm operates and came to be.

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Photo by Eric Tadsen

Paisan’s Italian Restaurant opened in 1950, a time when pizza was new to Madison. Paisan’s has moved four times over the years while maintaining a loyal customer base because of their delicious traditional Italian recipes. A new ingredient was added in 2006 with their move to 131 W. Wilson Street—a view of Lake Monona. Madisonians love open-air eating, especially when it includes a view of the lake.

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From the Editor

Photo by Taliesin Preservation

Sending our love and support to all in our communities.
We’re here for you and appreciate you being there for us.
Wishing you peace, strength, and well-being.
We will get through this together!

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Sideshows in the Limelight

Photo by Delta Beer Lab

Yeast. Barley. Water. Hops. The quadfecta. Why mess with something that’s worked for hundreds of years? Maybe because it’s only been the “in” thing to do for hundreds of years. Go back farther to, say, 12th century Middle Ages, where hops were just becoming the thing all the cool kids were doing. Before then, the quadfecta was more like yeast, barley, water, and spices, so let’s talk about adding spices to hopped beer.

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Hoyt Park

Photo by Madison Parks Department

Madison residents who want to get away from it all don’t have to travel far. Frank W. Hoyt Park, at 3902 Regent Street, occupies 32 acres of woodland surrounded by a residential neighborhood. The park is bounded by Bluff Street on the north and Regent Street on the south. Regent becomes Owen Parkway in the southwest section of the park and ends at Hillcrest Drive. The park sits on top of a glacial drumlin (an elongated hill), one of the highest points in the city. Sunset Point on Owen Parkway offers widespread views of Madison’s west side.

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The Foundation of Taliesin: A Complete Living Unit

Photo by The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Since the 1800s, the Wyoming Valley and surrounding Driftless hills and valleys of southwest Wisconsin have been home to many immigrant farmers and homesteaders seeking land and rich soil to begin their new lives in America. Frank Lloyd Wright’s maternal side of the family, the Lloyd-Joneses, settled into the area in the 1860s and began progressive farming to sustain their families.

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Dane County Humane Society Centennial Celebration: The Beginning

Photo by Wisconsin Historical Society

The success of every organization is the result of great vision and hard work. For Dane County Humane Society (DCHS), the desire to create an organization dedicated to the welfare of animals was strengthened by its president, Ida Kittleson, and her compassion and determination. Kittleson’s vision for DCHS grew out of her good work and the efforts of those who followed in the path of her passion.

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Reactive Dogs

What do you think when you hear the term reactive dog? My editor jokingly asked if I was going to write an article about radioactive dogs—maybe another time, Amy. In the veterinary world, Dr. Karen Overall, an animal behaviorist, defined the term as an animal who responds to normal stimuli with abnormal- or higher-than-normal-level intensity. It’s brought on by something in their environment they perceive as scary, but is usually harmless.

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UW Badgers Spotlight Track & Field

Photo by UW Athletics

With roots going back more than a century and a half, track and field lays claim to being one of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s longest-enduring sports on the Badgers roster of collegiate athletic offerings. “Basically, it ranks right up there with football,” says Diane Nordstrom, communications director, illustrating the program’s longevity. As is the case with anything with a deep and storied history, the program has evolved over the passing decades.

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The Clearing: Slow Down, Renew, and Reconnect

Photo by Chicago Park District

Just outside Ellison Bay, The Clearing rests in 128 acres of woods and meadows bordered by bluffs. Landscape architect Jens Jensen (1860-1951) founded the school on his family’s property, creating a signature project that continues to bring together the core essence of his philosophy: that we’re a product of our environment and that our environment can influence our outlook on life.

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Phenology at Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Photo by Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Today’s world is all about connection. You can take your bytes and bits and upload, download, reload, email, text, stream … ah stream. Connection is a confined thing these days. And if we’re not connected, we’re alone. People need not sever servers and whatever else they’ve jacked into, but perhaps there is a need to reconnect as has always been true. Nature isn’t going to set up a TED Talk on mindfulness. Instead, regardless of your internet plan, it’s giving each one of us 24/7 access to experiences and interactions so amusingly ordinary, every species on earth can tap into them.

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