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Animals have always been my therapy INSIDE YOUR FAMILY BY LEE BORKOWSKI
really enjoyed previewing our cover story this month. In a world that seems to be spinning much too quickly, it is interesting to me that integrative therapy – using such tools as art, music, dance and animals – can help us put our world back into focus and balance. Although this trend seems innovative, it occurred to me after reading this story that it’s not so new at its core. In times of stress and sometimes overwhelming challenges, many of us migrate towards those things that move and calm us. Art, music, dance and animals seem to fit this perfectly. Animals have always been my therapists, particularly dogs and horses. Perhaps the best way to explain is by a quote from Canadian
spiritualist and author A.D. Williams that has always resonated with me: “When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.” I really needed this when I was a teenager, as I watched my dad fight an aggressive cancer for three years and eventually lose his battle at the age of 37. While we kids did not get any formal therapy, I had my own “therapy pets” to get me through the hard days then and afterward. They included the family dog – a beautiful Collie named Dawn – my horse, Chad, and my rescue cat, Ralph. Each was there for me, and each had their own way of helping me through.
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Pets have continued to be my therapy, and when my husband and I added a German wirehaired pointer named Gus to our family in 2003, I hoped he would one day be a visiting therapy dog for others. Gus had the most soulful eyes of any pet I’ve ever owned. He was smart, kind, playful and loved people. He also loved to be challenged and learn. We progressed through many training classes, and he did well. I was so excited when the final therapy dog class rolled around, at a local nursing home. Finally, my dog was going to get the opportunity to let others connect with him through those soulful eyes! I imagined many of the men who lived there would appreciate the opportunity to interact with a bird dog. Perhaps it would bring back memories for them of happy times hunting. The class met in the foyer of the home. The residents were in a large day room, and the six of us entered one by one the room through double French doors, introduced ourselves and our pet, then stepped back. As Gus and I stepped forward for our introduction, he stood quietly at my side and slowly gazed around the room. He locked eyes with an elderly gentleman, exactly as I’d hoped would happen. The man smiled. Gus continued to glance from right to left around the room. As his gaze reached the final two people, he honed in on their walkers – the kind with tennis balls attached to the front legs. That made for an awkward night. There was nothing in the world Gus loved more than destroying tennis balls. He pointed, he drooled, and he whined a little. And while he still passed the class, it was evident he would not be a therapy dog in any venue where tennis balls were within eyesight. That was OK. He was my therapy for 15 years, before he died last fall. He was my friend, and through his eyes, I felt his soul. l Lee Borkowski is the general manager of Unified Newspaper Group, which publishes Your Family magazine.
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Occupational therapy assistant Emily Gonzalez, left, and farm and equine caretaker Dana Wagner pose with Mercedes, a trained therapy horse, in front of the Three Gaits Therapeutic Horsemanship Center sign. At Three Gaits, horses like Mercedes are used by physical and occupational therapists to help individuals with disabilities solve specific physical, mental and emotional issues. Like art, dance and music, animals are one of the many effective tools used by traditional and integrative therapists to better address their patients’ needs. In this case, the horse has been desensitized to excessive stimuli through her training, which includes taking her to baseball games so roaring crowds and fireworks don’t bother her.
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5 area theater troupes oﬀer their own twists Story by Scott Girard Photos submitted
he Madison area has plenty of theater. Downtown has one of the best options, with the Overture Center offering a mix of Broadway classics, popular artists and newer shows that can quickly become new favorites. But around Dane County there are many other theater groups performing on much smaller stages, often with familiar faces. Community theater groups are active in many places, but Your Family picked out five that all put their own twist on community theater.
Stoughton Village Players 255 E. Main St., Stoughton 205-8480 Stoughtonvillageplayers.org
The Stoughton Village Players’ Badger Theater is located on a block of historic buildings in downtown Stoughton, near the century-old library and the iconic Stoughton Opera House. Built in 1921 as the city’s first movie theater, it now houses the Players, which were named the “Best of the Burbs Theater Group” in 2016 by Madison Magazine. The cozy theater space hosts three shows per year by the group – one in the early spring, one during Syttende Mai and another in winter – with other performance groups using the space at other times in the year, like the “Clarinet and Friends” show set for Sept. 8. The group formed in 1972 and staged its first production two years later, “Thurber Carnival,” at the Stoughton High School auditorium. By the 1990s, it was performing mostly at the Stoughton Opera House, until that building underwent restoration. The group was temporarily homeless until it was offered the use of the old movie theater at no charge in 1999. Its next show, “Peter and the Star Catcher,” is planned for Nov. 7-10 and 14-16, with auditions in September. For information on the theater or to purchase tickets, visit stoughtonvillageplayers.org. 6 YOUR FAMILY FALL 2019
Are We Delicious? Various performance venues arewedelicious.com
Are We Delicious? is housed at various venues around Madison. And just as you don’t always know where they’ll be performing, you might not be familiar with the show. The group creates “high-energy mini-plays in only seven days,” according to its website. “Are We Delicious? delivers fresh, original and 100% locally grown entertainment,” the website states. The ensemble first gathers a week before opening night, with “the seed of an idea.” It then builds an original show together, with everyone a part of both writing and acting. “Using a recipe of creativity, camaraderie and hard work, Delicious has produced over 200 original short plays, musicals, mysteries, science fiction, drama, comedy, satire, absurdity, it all depends on the inspiration of the writers and talent of the performers as they bring these new stories to life,” the website states. Recent shows include a true crime story, a musical adaptation of a Shakespeare classic and a Three Musketeers Musical adaptation. To find out about upcoming shows and buy tickets, visit arewedelicious.com.
Broom Street Theater 1119 Williamson St., Madison 244-8338 Bstonline.org
Madison’s Broom Street Theater is celebrating its 50th year in 2019 with free admission to all of its shows this season. The group, which recently completed its run of the sixth show of the year, “fosters artistic freedom, growth and expression through non-traditional experimental and/or original artistic forms,” its mission statement reads. It rents its small theater space, purchased in 1977 at 1119 Williamson St., to other groups, as well. As noted on its website, there are always a few seats reserved for walkups, even if presale tickets are sold out. With no lobby, those attending a show queue up outside until about 15 or 20 minutes before the show – and any latecomers may find the doors locked with their show missed. It counts among its alumni the first Native American stand-up comedian to appear on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Charlie Hill, various Broadway actors and directors, and a mix of playwrights and casting directors. Many of its productions are not considered family friendly, so check the website before planning a night with the kids. For a night out among adults, Broom Street Theater can provide an off-the-wall and unexpected evening. One of its most recent shows, “Sister Girl,” told the story of Mary Elizabeth Bowser, a freed slave who attempted to infiltrate the Confederate White House during the Civil War. For information on the theater, including auditions and show synopses, visit bstonline.org.
Verona Area Community Theater 103 Lincoln St., Verona email@example.com vact.org
Approaching its 30 year anniversary, Verona Area Community Theater has grown its annual paid attendance by more than 30 times since its 1992 founding. Along with that growth has come an increase in shows, from eight for several years prior to 11 in 2018, the year after it opened a new building made possible by a few years of community fundraising. The group performs most of its shows at the Verona Area High School performing arts center, but the new facility allows for practice space, summer camps and smaller performances, with its own 150-seat theater. The group’s first show, on July 31, 1992, was “A Typically Atypical Day,” with “A Selection of Show Tunes and a One Act Play” that same evening. Later that fall, the group performed “Angel Street” to round out its first season. Now run by a 12 person board of directors, the company has a mix of shows for children and adults, with well-known classics like “Newsies,” “The Giver,” “The Odd Couple” and “The AristoCats Kids” among the shows already performed in 2019. Upcoming shows include “Young Frankenstein” in October and kids’ shows “We Are Monsters” and “Frozen Jr.” in November. For information on auditions, volunteering or to purchase tickets, visit vact.org.
Oregon Straw Hat Players 201 Market St., Oregon 835-9126 Oshponline.org
The Oregon Straw Hat Players’ first show was “Oklahoma!” in 1982 – but the group had not quite become the Straw Hat Players just yet. That came two years later, when the group was incorporated and took its name from the “straw hat circuit,” according to its website, “a tradition of special summer theatrical productions staged outside the usual urban centers. It’s regularly performed two to three shows each year since 1986, with many well-known shows including “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Aladdin Jr.,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Hello, Dolly!” It typically performs at elementary schools in the Oregon School District or the Oregon High School performing arts center. Its latest show was “Titanic the Musical,” and “Sweeney Todd” is planned for spring 2020. The theater gives out annual “Hats Off!” awards to recognize people who have given time and work to OSHP. “The people honored with these awards have been selected as representatives of the Straw Hat spirit that is in all of us, the spirit of selfless dedication, service to the group as a whole, and the striving for excellence that we all aspire to,” the website states. For information on auditions or tickets, visit oshponline.org. l
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The inner aisles have healthy food, too TO YOUR HEALTH BY KARA HOERR
ost likely, you’ve have heard that you should only “shop the perimeter of the grocery store” – possibly even from a dietitian or health expert. The perimeter of the store is lined with all the fruits and vegetables, lean meat and dairy products, while the inner aisles hold the “bad” foods, like chips, candy and sweets – processed items that are shelf stable and contain no nutritional value. I’m calling this advice out as a diet myth. I’m a practical, real-life dietitian, and this is probably as far from practical as it can get. Who actually only shops the perimeter of a grocery store? I know I don’t. The perimeter of the store is getting too much credit, in my opinion. Just like the inner aisles have some less-thanhealthy food choices, the perimeter has the bakery, the brats, bacon, ice cream and frozen pastries. If we only shopped the perimeter of the store, we’d also be missing out on a lot of nutritious foods that are found only in the inner aisles, such as whole grain bread, beans and lentils, canned tuna or salmon, nut butters, oatmeal, spices, frozen fruit and canned tomatoes. Not only would entire food groups simply not be touched, it’d make for some very bland meals! Let’s not forget that all foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle. The candy aisle isn’t one we need to go down every week, but it doesn’t mean it’s off limits either. Restricting any kind of food (or entire aisles) only leads to larger cravings and a sense of deprivation later. The intent of shopping the perimeter is so we’re less tempted by the processed foods, which often are higher in sodium and sugar. However, processed foods can be anything that has been altered in order to change or preserve it.
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Spiralized zucchini, canned beans and precooked quinoa all are considered processed. The convenience of having the zucchini already spiralized and the beans or quinoa cooked actually helps our busy-selves eat healthier. Processing foods in order to preserve them also helps reduce food waste (those frozen berries keep much longer than the fresh) and allows us to keep pantry items on hand that are just as
nutritious as the items you store in the fridge. In those busy moments during the week, it’s nice to have that jar of pasta sauce and whole grain noodles at the ready. No extra trip to the store and no going out to eat yet again. Rather than avoid part of the grocery store, it’s more helpful to go with a plan and to be a smart shopper. Start by making a list before you go. By doing so, I often unintentionally skip several of the aisles that are filled with the most processed and tempting foods. Then, I can successfully make it home without any impulse buys (or very few, anyway). When you do go down the inner aisles, be smart. For instance, in the cereal aisle, there is likely a fully loaded sugar bomb cereal sitting right next to a box of plain Cheerios or canister of oatmeal. Take a glance at the nutrition facts label to identify the better options. Choose a cereal or granola bar that contains less than five grams of added sugar, look for bread or pasta that has whole grain as the first ingredient and opt for a salad dressing that has a short ingredient list, perhaps one with no preservatives in it. This goes for food items located anywhere in the store – aisle or perimeter. Just because it’s located on the perimeter doesn’t automatically make it healthy, and food on shelves in the middle aisles aren’t necessarily poor choices. Shop every aisle in the grocery store, just be sure you have your grocery list in hand. l Kara Hoerr, MS, RDN, CD, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Kara Hoerr Nutrition. Contact her at karahoerrnutrition.com. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
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Of our many day adventures, one involved a stop to High Rock Cafe, 232 Broadway.
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was soon to embark on a trip to Wisconsin Dells in search of indoor adventures for fall and winter tourists but wasn’t quite sure what I would find. The self-billed “waterpark capital of the world” brings to mind for most people images of the Great Wolf Lodge, Noah’s Ark and the Kalahari. And I’ve spent my fair share of time in my youth there. But there’s more to the Dells than its resorts and its outdoor water fun. And
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it’s easier than you might think to spend a day there without having to spend a fortune. To highlight some of the unsung heroes of Wisconsin Dells tourism, I decided to go with my husband, Mike, as spontaneous tourists, absorbing our surroundings as we sauntered the downtown and visited the locations that tickled our fancy. That’s not our usual approach to travels, so I was truly venturing down
uncomfortable territory, camera around my neck and notepad in hand. We left our Middleton apartment around 10 a.m., grabbed an early lunch and then visited a museum and an escape room, two things the Dells has plenty of. Those managed to keep us there until 6 p.m., when we were ready to travel home, proud of ourselves for stepping out of our comfort zone and having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
High Rock Cafe
One of the most important things I look for when I try new restaurants is whether they make dietary adjustments for individuals of the vegan and vegetarian variety. Since I was inside a Wisconsin Dells cafe, I assumed they made accommodations for people of all diets. High Rock Cafe, 232 Broadway, right in the heart of the hustling and bustling downtown, seemed like one of those joints. We were seated immediately and taken to a table upstairs next to the window. My view was of people walking this way and that, some with ice cream in hand, others with souvenirs from local gift shops. It was a hot day, so were lucky to enjoy some crisp airconditioning. When our server interrupted my session of people watching, I ordered a mocha iced coffee, hoping they’d have almond milk, but with no luck.
Embracing a mostly vegan diet, I was relieved when I saw this gem on the High Rock Cafe menu. I ordered the “Tree Hugger” wrap, which was filled with vegetables and a tangy sauce.
The menu consisted of artisan-style comfort food. It seemed logical to go with those types of menu choices, considering the wide array of customers they entertain. I ordered the “Tree Hugger Wrap” with a side of garlic tater tots, and Mike ordered the “24 Broadway Cajun Chicken Sandwich” with the same side. The tots were delectable and the highlight of the meal. The garlic wasn’t overpowering, and I’m not sure who could reject any variation of the potato. Mike told me his chicken sandwich was on the spicy side, but it still tasted good.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
We briefly drove past the Ripley’s Believe It or Not building, 115 Broadway, when we were driving to find food, so I made a note to make that our next stop. If you consider yourself an oddities Continued on page 12
Ripleys Believe it Or Not, 115 Broadway, was an immersive and educational experience. Mike and I wove through a maze of two-headed animals, shrunken heads, ancient lore and more oddities. FALL 2019 YOUR FAMILY 11
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This was one of my favorite exhibits inside the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not museum. I was enticed by the design of the Mayan calendar, as well as some of the relics that were part of this gallery, of the many me and Mike feasted our eyes upon.
fan, this is definitely the place for you. Although some of the subject matter of the exhibits comprised medieval torture devices or how the ancient Egyptians buried their dead, this selfguided tour seemed to draw visitors of all ages. I saw families with children – both equally curious about two-headed animals, witch lore and shrunken heads. With my inquisitive mind and my husband’s adventurous spirit, we were bound to absorb as much as we could. In total, we perused 11 galleries taking up three floors of space. It was a literal maze of surprises. We started by entering a room made up entirely of duct tape – including a bed frame, a fireplace and chairs. But I spent most of my time in an exhibit that indulged my utter obsession and fascination with ancient cultures like the Egyptians and Mayans. There were dark tunnels, each one siphoning off a different piece of history. The first was King Tut’s “cursed temple.” If you aren’t familiar with Egyptian culture, King Tutankhamun was a pharaoh whose death is shrouded in mystery and has been the subject of debate for quite some time. His tomb in particular is said to hold a curse – anyone who enter it faces an early demise. Another notable gallery was one 12 YOUR FAMILY FALL 2019
ship’s captain – Captain Higgensfield – after missing distress transmissions he sent while we were in cryogenesis, or in suspended animation. System warnings also indicated our ship somehow sustained oxygen tank damage while in cryosleep. We had to recalibrate the wiring before moving on to the task of actually saving the captain. There were clues strewn about the cockpit and cryogenesis pods that lead us to success. The wires were colorcoded and had to be set in a particular pattern to unlock secret chambers holding special cartridges. The cartridges were our key to repairing the oxygen tanks. Once repaired, we had to follow clues leading us to our beloved captain. We almost found him, and our generous game master even gave us two additional minutes to solve the puzzle. We were right on the cusp of escaping, but failed in the end. It was relieving finding on the Dells Escape Rooms website that this room has a 50 percent success rate. l
that contained a replica of the Mayan calendar. I remember being enticed by the sheer intricacy of the calendar’s design. The Gregorian calendar does it no justice, as its circular designs and patterns were able to predict astronomical events. And of course there was a lot of buzz about the calendar’s conclusion in 2012, when everyone thought the world was going to end. The gallery also featured artifacts from Africa, Asia and some Native American relics.
Escaping to space
Our final stop, after browsing various gift shops with Dells trinkets and memorabilia and stopping for fudge at the Candy Corner, 468 Broadway, involved a trip to space. As much as I am an astronomy nerd and would secretly love to travel to Mars, we blasted off a little closer to home – at Dells Escape Rooms, 325 Broadway. Our particular room was a 15-minute affair titled “Mission Control.” I’m not quite claustrophobic, but it was a bit harrowing being locked inside a small chamber, even with the knowledge that the door would open whether or not we solved the puzzle. It was our mission to save our space
Sadly, I couldn’t take photos inside the “Mission Control” escape room at Dells Escape Rooms, 325 Broadway, but this was to show we made it back from space safely.
We made a garden of friendship MY BLOOD TYPE IS COFFEE BY RHONDA MOSSNER
couple of years ago, my husband and I decided it was time to simplify our lives and downsize to a condo. We loved the idea of less yardwork. We’d had our fun over the years mowing the yard in sweltering heat and shoveling snow with our teeth chattering. Our first spring rolled around and found us basking on our deck admiring four beautiful gardens that lined the green space around the buildings of our new neighborhood. It was the first time we had been part of homeowners association, and we were happy to see the flowers were nicely maintained on a regular basis. What we didn’t know then was the caretaker was a fellow member of the association who lived across the street and volunteered her time to make the grounds pretty and save everyone money on landscaping. Then she moved to Florida. Our beautiful gardens turned into jungles full of nettles and poison ivy. Something needed to be done. An email was sent to members of the association asking for ideas on how to respond. No one wanted to increase our fees for a professional. I thought about volunteering, but I knew I was no green thumb. True, I have a collection of planters filled with blooms that look perfect on our deck railing that attracts passersby. But it is an illusion. Look closer and you will discover those are artificial flowers. I can kill a live plant in no time. Give me a week and I’ll have your fern dried up and ready for the curb. My husband has banned unsupervised visits to local greenhouses. Still, those gardens called to me. I asked a neighbor to help me make the gardens bloom again, and before we knew it, we were the new volunteer gardeners for the association. We started with two hand trowels, a kid’s rake, hand trimmers, a plastic
watering can and Radio Flyer wagon. It wasn’t a great collection, but both of us had given away our real garden tools years ago. We spent two weeks in the sun yanking weeds, trimming bushes and hauling endless piles of tree branches to the curb. It was hard work that came with great satisfaction at day’s end. Soon, our condo neighbors either came out to help, offered starter plants, plant food, or weed spray. One man even brought a saw to cut down a stubborn tree we couldn’t dig out by hand. Suddenly, our little condo neighborhood had become a community of gardeners, passionate about their homes and taking pride in the gardens and each other. We now have a sense of pride when we hear how beautiful the gardens are again. Granted, it’s not so nice having to go out and water the plants when the heat index reaches the triple digits, but hopefully, those days are over. And we learned quite a bit. I learned I don’t mind gardening and I can keep petunias alive for more than a week. Plus, lavender oil works on mosquito bites. My neighbor whom I recruited to help learned if a plant looks like poison ivy, it might be poison ivy. Unfortunately, she figured this out after pulling it up with bare hands. The rash spread all over her body, resulting in a lot of pain and several trips to the drug store. So, we’ve had our interesting times, but all in all it’s been fun. The best part is that we started out wanting to grow a few pretty flowers. We ended up with a garden of new friends. l In addition to her blog, TheDanglingThread.blogspot.com, Rhonda Mossner is a professional speaker, quilter and chef.
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‘The perfect blend’ Bennet Bridge, 2, plays the piano on his mother Chelsea’s lap, excitedly singing the lyrics to ‘Wheels on the Bus,’ with the help of music therapist Samantha Sinai.
Integrative therapy allows therapists to do what they love while helping people Story and photos by Mari Devereaux
wice a week, Samantha Sinai wheels her large, merrily decorated music cart through the colorful halls of Madison’s American Family Children’s Hospital, on the lookout for patients who are awake and eager to play some tunes. Sinai began working as a music therapist at the hospital three years ago after moving to Madison to pursue a master’s degree in cello performance. With funding from various philanthropists, the integrative music therapy program and Sinai’s position were born. Many others like Sinai have used their passion as a way to help people. Across the United States, thousands of certified expressive arts therapists are using tools such as music, art, dance and animals to improve their patients’ lives.
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Within the last century, scientists, therapists and researchers of various disciplines have proven that these integrative therapies can be instrumental in providing effective mental and physical health treatment where traditional therapies often don’t. As counseling researcher Samuel Gladding wrote, integrative therapies “stimulate the senses, thereby ‘sensitizing’ individuals to untapped aspects of themselves; facilitating selfdiscovery, change, and reparation.” Integrative therapy is also extremely versatile for those who practice it. Therapists have found that they can continue to pursue outlets they are passionate about while helping others, leading to what neurologic music therapist Jordyn calls “the perfect blend” of a profession. Traditional therapists who practice
mainstream psychological treatment such as one-on-one speech, physical or occupational therapy, often collaborate with integrative therapists on creative treatment plans. Typically, integrative therapies provide those in need with a variety of mental, physical and emotional health benefits in all stages of life, from babies in the neonatal intensive care unit to those in hospice care. Children with developmental disabilities and genetic disorders, people with mood disorders, anxiety, depression and schizophrenia, those in the hospital as well as the elderly with alzheimers and dementia are common recipients of integrative therapy. Even though integrative therapists are board-certified mental health experts and sometimes licensed professional counselors, many
people, including insurance companies, doubt their legitimacy and the effectiveness of their methods. Misconceptions about integrative therapy in particular can play a large role in skepticism surrounding the topic. For those like Sinai who have seen the curative powers of creative therapies firsthand, the validity of such practices seems hard to deny. Sinai told the story of a young boy screaming due to debilitating pain at the beginning of a therapy session. Once Sinai began playing his favorite rap song, the child “suddenly lit up” and soon enough, he was singing along and dancing, completely unaware of the hurt he had felt only moments earlier. Art therapy professor Molly Tomony, who spent 25 years in the field before leaving to teach full-time at Edgewood College, said she has also experienced situations emblematic of her profession’s strength. Tomony recalled a photo drawn by a 5-year-old boy depicting his grandpa with angry red and black marks under his feet. When prompted, the child said they represented his grandpa’s cancer cells falling onto the floor, which is why he always wore shoes to protect himself. With this information, Tomony was then able to properly address the child’s incorrect assumptions about cancer, assuring him it wasn’t contagious and calming his fears. “Art allowed this amazing glimpse into his level of understanding and the gaps in his understanding,” Tomony said. Ann Wingate, a dance/movement therapist at the Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy, said she’s realized the impact of her profession through how movement has helped her clients express themselves in different ways. One boy came to a therapy session after a bad day at school, and simply began throwing a ball at the walls, slowly regulating himself and building a rapport with Wingate after some guidance. “It was a release,” Wingate said. “It was OK for him to have this strong energy that wasn’t OK at school or at home with his parents.” Three Gaits therapeutic horsemanship center executive director Dena Duncan spoke about a time a young girl in a wheelchair used hippotherapy to gain enough core strength to be able to sit up straight and eat during snack time without choking on her food. These stories are just a few out of millions that illustrate the impact and versatility of integrative therapies.
‘Music is Universal’
Long before she chose her “soulmate for a profession” and founded the business Healing Harmonies in 2011, neurologic music therapist Erica Flores had no idea that music therapy existed. Flores has been devoted to music therapy advocacy and educating communities about the intricacies of the field ever since she learned it Continued on page 18
Ella Hunt, 8, listens as music therapist Samantha Sinai plays “Let It Go” from “Frozen” on her guitar in Madison’s American Family Children’s Hospital.
Many diﬀerent types of integrative, expressive and creative therapies that are practiced today, with a few major categories that have been catching on in the past few decades. Art, music, dance and animal therapy are the most popular integrative methods that have gained a signiﬁcant amount of public awareness and acceptance. Many of these therapies began to take hold in the 1980s and ‘90s, when their respective associations developed certiﬁcations. Music therapy, which has been the subject of the most scientiﬁc investigation, is also the largest branch of any integrative therapy with almost 8,000 certiﬁed therapists and 1.6 million people receiving music therapy annually according to the American Music Therapy Association Jordyn Lasowski, who works at Healing Harmonies in Milwaukee, describes music therapy as the practice of “using music to work on nonmusical problems and goals.” Art therapy is also a sizable category with over 5,000 registered and board certiﬁed art therapists who are master’s level clinicians that integrate art and psychology. Kellie Murphy, the interim director of graduate art therapy at Edgewood College, said art therapy is largely client-led, as patients choose what media they want to utilize and the images they want to create. Therapists are there to properly guide people towards their goals and by helping them access their emotional and imaginative processes. Dance/movement therapy helps some clients communicate better than they normally would through speaking, said Ann Wingate, who works at the Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy. “Dance therapy works because our emotions live in our body,” Wingate said. “Simply talking about our feelings doesn’t always provide us the access to express them more fully.” Unlike music, art and dance therapy, animal therapies tend to be tools used by traditional therapists. Dogs and cats, for example, might be brought in to a normal therapy session to help relieve manifestations of patients’ anxiety, depression or trauma. Hippotherapy, where physical and occupational therapists use horses as a part of their medical treatment session, use the movement of the horse to help patients strive for various physical, emotional and mental goals.
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THE PERFECT BLEND Continued from page 17 was possible to combine her passion for music, therapy and biology. For Flores, part of spreading awareness means explaining the substantial differences between music therapy and making a mood music playlist on Spotify. A music therapist, unlike a musicplaying device, is expertly trained on how to tend to the needs of their patients, said Flores. They know how to react immediately when needs or
FAMILYLIFE better mood. For those with high levels of anxiety, Lasowski said an objective might be to elude their fight or flight response by accessing their frontal lobe and engaging in problem solving and decision making. For people with autism, goals could target their communication or impulse control. For those needing to hone fine motor skills, instruments can provide tactile stimulation.
Ella Hunt, 8, touches her finger to the laser-controlled electronic instrument, BEAMZ, to make music during therapist Samantha Sinai’s visit in Madison’s American Family Children’s Hospital.
moods change, and they know how to be flexible when something isn’t working, quickly moving on to a new idea. They are also skilled when it comes to making sessions enjoyable. “Music therapy is manipulative,” Flores said with a laugh. “You think you’re having fun, but really you’re working towards certain goals and objectives while motivating people to get there.” Music therapists can also use something called the iso-principle, a music therapy-specific term used to denote when music therapists match the song or melody to their patients’ moods, gradually altering the music to move people to a desired mental state. For instance, Flores said, a music therapist might choose a song in a minor key if their patient is depressed and slowly modulate it to a major key in an attempt to elevate the person to a 18 YOUR FAMILY FALL 2019
Lasowski said music therapy can also help people with physical injuries or maladies such as Parkinson’s. “We might use the music to provide a strong, steady beat,” Lasowski said. “We’ve found that the rhythm taps into centers in the brain that send information to the rest of your body that it’s time to follow that rhythm or these durations.” At the hospital, Sinai is usually referred to families with “high-need” kids struggling to cope with pain, anxiety and daily life as an inpatient. With one of her patients, 2 year old Bennet Bridge, Sinai helped him play simple renditions of nursery rhymes with instruments he had chosen from her cart. Sinai gave Bennet complete control over how the songs would be played, and when they would be over. She noted that choice and personal preference are
very important for kids in a place where they aren’t given many options. “People know what they need more than I ever will, and I just want to support them,” Sinai said. For 8 year old Ella Hunt, who is bedridden with limited mobility and vocal ability, Sinai sang Ella’s favorite song, “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran while strumming the melody on her guitar. Sinai enlisted the help of family and friends to sing along to Ella’s modified lyrics. Sinai said this kind of passive therapy, which has less patient involvement, can sometimes be useful for people who are not as easily able to participate in the therapy. Sinai also brought out a special instrument for Ella called BEAMZ, which allows people to play almost any instrument with just one finger using laser technology. Ella smiled as her mom helped lift her fingers through the red light, setting off an electronic medley of snare drums, piano keys, trumpets and guitars. Flores said she hopes more people realize the power of music as something universal that everyone can relate to, no matter their background. “It allows people to relate on the same playing field,” said Flores. “People come from different cultures, they speak different languages and they have different political opinions, but they can be on the same level when it comes to music.”
‘Not refrigerator art’
In a building full of standard offices lies the colorful room home to Vesbach Counseling and Art Therapy, decorated from wall to wall with creative works and lights, packed with bins of art supplies and aromatized by essential oils. Two years ago, owner Kristen Vesbach decided to build the practice where she works in addition to her job at an outpatient clinic in Prairie du Sac. Vesbach said establishing a niche space for herself as an art therapist has helped her gain the freedom to reach more people on her own terms. Now Vesbach said she mainly treats patients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma and self esteem issues. ”I’m drawn more to this population because creativity is a way that you can best access those struggles and help to
FAMILYLIFE move through them,” Vesbach said. Vesbach said that a strength of art therapy is how it allows patients to express themselves freely without judgement. This can help adults get back in touch with their childlike creative side while beginning to understand and explore their art. She said art is processed through a sensory area of the brain that is hard to access in verbal communication. This can cause different neural pathways to be opened up, allowing a tangible outlet for people to work through difficult feelings. Edgewood professor Murphy said art therapy is less about teaching patients how to create an aesthetic final product, and more about ensuring their emotional, mental or physical improvement. “It’s not about what our clients create, it’s about what happens to them while they’re creating,” Murphy said. The results of their patients’ sessions can be hard to look at. Tomony said they “aren’t refrigerator art,” and often have very dark, emotional themes that can be very personal and private to the artist. Shannon Juniper Neimeko, who began working at the Center for Community Healing in 2017, said that the LGBT clientele they work with benefit immensely from art therapy. “Art therapy speaks to the queer community in particular because a lot
of times we access art and expression as a way of affirming identities,” Juniper Neimeko said. Tomony said art is a natural, spontaneous method of communication that allows people to survive things that aren’t always comfortable and work through their trauma. “We all have the innate ability to be creative,” Tomony said. Vesbach said through art therapy she helps people use creative materials and prompts them to learn more about the emotional process they’re facing. ”I always meet the client where they’re at,” Vesbach said. “It depends on what they’re drawn to. I’m not interpreting their art. That’s a misconception. They’re gaining insight about themselves.”
Communicating through movement
Movement is a language, and Robyn Lending Halsten is fluent. “I was always a mover and a dancer myself,” Lending Halsten said. Lending Halsten, a movement-based psychotherapist and clinical director of Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy in Madison, said she became aware of the field after writing a paper for class on alternative approaches to psychotherapy. She soon left school to be trained in dance/movement therapy and eventually got her master’s degree Continued on page 20
Kristen Vesbach, the owner of Vesbach Counseling and Art Therapy, paints at her desk, demonstrating the pieces she often creates in her free time.
Restoring faith in humanity
While music therapy is typically used to address physical and mental health issues, its concepts can also be used to heal spiritual and societal pain through conﬂict transformation. That’s the idea behind Common Sounds, a project formed a year ago by music therapists Samantha Sinai and Barbara Dunn. Disheartened by the overwhelming division and sense of hopelessness she saw in society following the 2016 presidential election, Sinai decided to seek a creative solution to address the conﬂict within local communities. Sinai said Common Sounds’ programs and community presentations use Dunn’s experience with mediation training, facilitated conversation and elements of psychotherapy, as well as her own expertise in music therapy to better reach people. At a recent session, Sinai led over 20 people in group meditation using her cello to create various soothing melodies. Next, she engaged participants in rounds of dialogue meant to foster a sense of connection and understanding, taking breaks to teach them the lyrics to short songs about aﬃrmations, emotional vulnerability and love. “It’s strengthening to know you’re not alone,” said ﬁrst-time attendee Chris Page about the program. “It helps lift you up and makes feel a little better about yourself and your day.” Sinai said Common Sounds has a long way to go. It has been extremely hard to get communities at odds in the same room as one another, and the partners are still working as unpaid volunteers while applying for grants and looking for sources of funding. Janice Mettauer, a bona ﬁde “Sam fan” who attended the workshop, said she loved the way that singing was able to bring the group closer together. “Music is poetry; it boils everything down to its essence,” Mettauer said. “I think we were all connecting through the songs.”
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THE PERFECT BLEND Continued from page 19 from Columbia College Chicago, the only school in the Midwest with a dance/movement therapy program. While the field is commonly referred to as “dance therapy”, Lending Halsten said she doesn’t always like to use the word “dance,” as it may carry a stigma and has many specific connotations for different people, religions and cultures. It can also be misleading. Lending Halsten said the term “movement” is a more accurate description to capture the broad and abstract nature of dance/movement therapy. Plus, she said, people have less immediate and strong responses to the word. ”If you’re alive, you’re moving,” Lending Halsten said. “It’s more inclusive than the word ‘dance.’” For kids who are very mobile, Hancock Center therapist Wingate said an exercise might entail physically pressing against the floor and pulling themselves along with their arms, or completing obstacle courses to provide grounding and build regulation skills. Whereas for adults, Wingate said they work with movement involving gestures and postures that are less active,
FAMILYLIFE allowing them to lower their protective barriers and explore their issues in the present moment.
“For most of our riders, being on the back of the horse makes them feel good.” - Dena Duncan Lending Halsten added that dance/ movement therapists allow their clients to have complete control over the set up of the room and their relative location to the therapist in order to establish trust and a sense of security. Some days, Lending Halsten said she has spent entire sessions staring at the wall while clients who can’t bear to feel seen work through personal movement across the studio. She said while dance/movement therapists are trained in movement
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observation and assessment, they don’t interpret client movement. Rather, they prompt clients with questions to help them develop a sense of kinesthesia. “We use movement and the body as a way to help people understand their own systems,” Lending Halsten said. “Whereas with talk therapy, their entry point is through talking. Our entry point is through the body and movement.” Since dance therapists often mirror their patients’ movement, Lending Halsten said they need to have strength and flexibility to conform to the movements of every age group. Understanding varying styles of movement, such as improvisation, tai chi and African and modern dance can help dance/movement therapists accommodate the complex issues faced by people of different religions, races, cultures, sexualities and gender identities. “We have to have a very wide movement vocabulary in our own bodies,” Lending Halsten said. Lending Halsten said dance/ movement therapy is ultimately about helping people find their own original, authentic and internal movement. “Dance is a structure that is put on you,” Lending Halsten said. “Dance therapy comes from the inside out.”
When Dena Duncan first came to Three Gaits in 1990, she was a college student looking for a few volunteer hours. Almost 30 years later, Duncan now serves as executive director of the therapeutic horsemanship center, with a deep love for horses and the people they help. “I never left,” Duncan said with a laugh. Animal assisted therapy, which can involve cats, dogs, horses and a variety of other animals, is commonly used to motivate patients to improve their cognitive, emotional or physical functioning. In contrast to other methods of integrative therapy, most animal assisted therapy involves traditional therapists that use animals in treatment sessions to accomplish specific goals. While animal-assisted therapy addresses mostly mental health challenges, occupational and physical therapists employ the more hands-on hippotherapy — which uses horses, not hippos — to help people with physical and mental disabilities.
Duncan said the main reason Three Gaits’ hippotherapy programs have been so successful is because the horses there are “absolutely amazing creatures.” Horses at Three Gaits can be a variety of breeds for different needs, ranging in their speed and size. Most have had previous jobs working with people. When choosing horses, Duncan said she ensures they have sound temperaments, even movements and no injuries or illnesses to best serve the needs of their riders. Once they arrive at Three Gaits, the horses are given further training to desensitize them to a therapeutic environment of high-stress situations and wheelchairs. Katie Harmelink Roth, a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship certified instructor with Three Gaits, said horses are intuitive with their movements, allowing them to easily pick up on and respond to signals from their riders. “They’re so cued into body language,” Harmelink Roth said. “And it can be very subtle. If you have riders that are really limited in their mobility, even the subtlest movement a horse can feel.” Duncan said that feedback from horses is what motivates riders to
unconsciously change their behavior and slowly make their way toward larger goals. “If you think about someone who has low tone, they tend to slouch,” Duncan said. “So if you put them on a horse that moves faster or picks their feet up a little higher and puts them down harder, that input can actually cause arousal and bring their energy level up, and help them sit up better.” Harmelink Roth said for people in wheelchairs, being able to ride all around a farm is life changing for them as it allows a freeing type of mobility they aren’t used to having. “Our riders get to feel empowered, knowing they have this ability to be in charge of something,” Harmelink Roth said. Duncan said in the past horses have helped people with disabilities through hippotherapy to achieve goals of core and body strength, longer attention spans and lower levels of anxiety. However, she said, horseback riding can be a beneficial experience for everyone, even if they are neurotypical and able-bodied. “For most of our riders, being on the back of the horse makes them feel good,” Duncan said. “Whether it’s physically or emotionally. Just being able to enjoy riding is more positive than negative.” l
Ayden Hollman, 9, sits atop Daisy the therapy horse with a wide grin during a therapeutic riding session at Three Gaits. Volunteers Sonya Loberger (left) and Sarah Stokely (right) helped Ayden navigate the course and follow the instructor’s directions.
In addition to being man’s best friend and cutest companion, dogs can also be eﬀective sources of therapy for those in need. There are over 50,000 therapy dogs in the United States who provide comfort and aﬀection to people in hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other places where people experience signiﬁcant pain, anxiety, depression and stress. Unlike animals used for animal assisted therapy, therapy dogs are generally handled by their owners rather than traditional therapists. Scott Linder, who runs the kennel and therapy dog training center Das Hund Haus in Evansville, said the United States has no actual certiﬁcation for therapy dog trainers, but at his facility, dogs must pass four classes in a 28-week course before they can become certiﬁed. These are basic and environmental obedience, the canine good citizen program and a hands-on program at such locations as the Rock County Juvenile Detention Center, the Stoughton Hospital and the Janesville Care House. The handlers are the dogs’ owners, and Linder pointed out they are volunteering to improve people’s emotional well-being. Linder said dogs unﬁt for therapy are usually weeded out within the ﬁrst two programs and that dog handlers must have a strong understanding of their dog and its needs. “Ninety-ﬁve percent of the people who walk through here don’t know enough about their dogs,” Linder said. Linder, who worked for 22 years as a bomb dog handler before training and certifying therapy dogs with his wife, said he’s witnessed dogs of various abilities have a positive impact on the people. Every dog is treated by its own merit,” Linder said. “It doesn’t matter the breed.”
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Photo by Kimberly Wethal Blueberries grown at a local family-owned farm in Marshall are picked and will later be preserved, both as blueberry jam and individual berries frozen for the winter months.
Cans and jars are keeping traditions, produce from going sour Story by Kimberly Wethal Photos submitted
or Barbara Ingham, cracking open the seal of a canned jar of produce is almost like entering a time machine. Eating food she picked and preserved always takes her back to the warm summer months when she first canned it, the University of WisconsinExtension food safety specialist said. “It’s really fun,” Ingham said. “Food preservation, even though I talk about it every day in my job, is something I plan to do every year, just because I
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enjoy opening a can of tomatoes in the middle of winter and thinking back to summer.” Lodi-based business owner Ann McGrath agrees – she said she loves the idea of getting to enjoy a seasonal food all throughout the year. McGarth runs her own food preservation business, Ann in a Jam, with her husband Brooks (who has coined himself “Man in a Jam”). It allows her to take pride in being able to share her creations with others,
and she finds it an easy way to fund her “canning addiction” and keep her basement from filling up with jars of produce. “There is something about the flavor of a strawberry in February that is just divine,” she wrote in an email. Methods of food preservation, such as canning, drying, curing or freezing, often are family traditions that span back decades or are an option for gardeners and farmers to prevent their food from going bad before they can
“You remember something that you’ve done with your mom or your grandma, or your favorite aunt or uncle, and just want to recapture some of those memories, using food preservation is a great way to do that.”
Barbara Ingham eat through large yields. “You remember something that you’ve done with your mom or your grandma, or your favorite aunt or uncle, and just want to recapture some of those memories,” Ingham said. “Using food preservation is a great way to do that.” Others preserve their own food for dietary reasons, as home food preservation allows a chef to control the amount of sodium or other ingredients placed in the jar, Ingham said. Overall health impacts can vary from person to person, Ingham added, but she noted there’s increasing research that points toward positive mental health benefits from doing food
preservation. Doing food preservation and providing food for people around us that we care about can help someone improve their self-image. McGrath started canning after her husband’s grandmother died, because she wanted to re-create some of the recipes for the family. She said when she can envision that she’s creating goods for someone she cares about, it elevates her work. “Almost every flavor I make, I associate with someone I care about, which makes the entire process more personal,” she said. “ For example, my friend Ashlee loves my Black and Blue Jam, so when I make it, I imagine I am making it for her. It makes the work more meaningful to me.” l
Ann McGrath, owner of Ann in a Jam, preserves rhubarb with flavors of vanilla bean and Earl Grey tea.
How to get started canning In order to get started canning, you might want to invest in a new bible. It’s probably not the one you’re thinking, though. Ann McGrath, owner of Lodibased Ann in a Jam said the holy book you should invest in is “Ball Complete Book of Canning,” which is the ultimate guide for both beginners and seasoned professionals in the food preservation process. McGrath also recommends getting a good canning pot, a jar lifter and a funnel for easy packaging. She also recommends going easy on yourself, and not getting too upset if your work doesn’t turn out just right on the ﬁrst try. “Just have fun with it and don’t sweat it if a batch doesn’t set,” she wrote in an email. “Just call it syrup and put it on pancakes!” FALL 2019 YOUR FAMILY 23
Photo by Justin Nuoffer Madison native Carl Schneider defends Salomon Kalou from Hertha Berlin during a May 24 friendly match at Breese Stevens Field.
Madison’s ‘Mingos New football club gains quick following in first season
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arl Schneider remembers the crowds when he played soccer at Madison’s historic Breese Stevens Field growing up, both as a La Follette Lancer and for the Madison 56ers club team. They were 200 strong at best, Schneider recalled. This summer, the defender and his teammates have been playing in front of more than 4,000 screaming fans for the 24 YOUR FAMILY FALL 2019
inaugural season of Forward Madison Football Club. “It’s exceeded all of my expectations,” Schneider told Your Family. “It was almost a shock to the system.” That’s a common sentiment among many around the team and in the Madison soccer community. The three official “Supporters Groups” for the club are full of energy and passion for the
city’s first professional soccer franchise. “I don’t think any of us expected the level of support to be where it’s at,” said Andrew Schmidt, who leads “The Flock” group. “Now that we’ve seen it, we’re kind of being able to dream a little bit bigger for future seasons.” The United States League 1 level team has punched above its weight at times, too, bringing Major League Soccer club Minnesota United FC and
FAMILYFUN a pair of international clubs in Hertha Berlin and Leones Negros to Breese Stevens Field this summer. Despite those all being Tuesday night contests, the stands were filled with thousands of fans cheering on the ‘Mingos to one win and two losses.
“I want to go support, I want to go chant, I want to go jump, I want to go clap.” - Leo Martinez The team’s performance has been up and down, but it’s recently started a winning streak, and as the calendar turned from July to August, the Mingos were in playoff position in the league. Playoffs are set for mid-October, with five more home matches on the
schedule. With a tight middle of the table, supporters are following the rest of the league closely. On a recent Wednesday, Leo Martinez was tuned into a match between Lansing and Chattanooga, which began a few hours after Madison defeated Toronto 4-1. The eventual Lansing win kept Madison in a playoff position. Martinez, who was born in Honduras and has lived in Madison for 20 years, bought the 27th, 28th and 29th sets of season tickets for “The Flock” section of the stadium. He knew quickly after hearing about the team he wanted to attend every game with his cousin and his son. “I want to go support, I want to go chant, I want to go jump, I want to go clap,” he recalled thinking. “Even without me knowing what was going to happen … I was like, ‘I don’t care.’ I’m still gonna buy my season tickets. It’s going to give me something new to do with my family.” His excitement was quickly
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validated, as he recalled getting goosebumps hearing supporters sing, “Ohhhhhhhh, Madison, Madison, Madison, Madison” during a friendly match against the UW-Madison soccer team – Forward Madison won 2-0 on April 16. The stands soon became a place that “feels like home” for he and his family. “It’s a big family we’ve got going over there,” he said. April Kigeya, whose oldest son Continued on page 26
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Continued from page 25 has played soccer for 14 years, said the supporters section has become “an extension of family” that channels energy into the game. “It’s the atmosphere,” she said. It’s contagious when you’re in the stadium … just to hear the chants, with the drums. The players feed off it.” Virginia native Brandon Eaton, a midfielder, didn’t know much about Madison before he signed with the team – he thought Wisconsin was mostly farmland. Living across from the
stadium near the Capitol and seeing the support from the city has been “a huge privilege,” he said. “I love it here,” Eaton said. “I would be honored to stay as long as I can.” Supporter Chris Fox said the reception of players like Eaton and the “homegrown, grassroots” feel surrounding the team comes from a “pride for the city.” “We hold a very high standard here,” Fox said. “We want to show that we might be considered a college
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A captain in the supporter group waves a Forward Madison FC flag leading the fans in a celebration after a goal in the Aug. 3 win against Tucson FC.
town outside of the state, but there’s much more depth to who we are as Madisonians than just that university.” Whatever the results of the season, Schmidt is excited for what’s ahead, and the early reception has allowed he and others to “dream a little bit bigger for future seasons.” “At the end of the day, I think this season, at least from our perspective, has just been about building something,” Schmidt said. “Building a good foundation, starting some traditions and making it something people can go to and be a real community.” Schneider has high hopes about making that come true, and he compared Forward Madison to a wellknown local baseball franchise that happens to share the same ownership. “The Mallards are our benchmark,” he said with a smile. To get there, Martinez said, they need to continue to fill the stands until there’s no room left. “If everybody brings one more person, there’s going to be a day we won’t fit in there,” he said. “That would be beautiful.” l
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Harvest Beef Stew Makes 6 servings
1 Tbsp. olive oil 1½ lbs. beef for stew 1 quart canned or stewed tomatoes, undrained 6 carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces 3 medium potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces 3 celery stalks, chopped (about 1 cup) 1 medium onion, sliced 1 cup apple juice 2 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes 1 Tbsp. dried basil 2 tsp. salt 1 garlic clove, minced ½ tsp. black pepper 2 bay leaves ¼ cup all-purpose flour (optional) ½ cup warm water (optional) Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Brown stew meat on all sides. Drain excess fat. Placed browned meat and remaining ingredients, except flour and water, in Crock-Pot¨ slow cooker. Mix well. Cover; cook on high for 6-7 hours. Before serving, thicken gravy, if desired. Combine flour and warm water in small bowl, stirring well until all lumps are gone. Add mixture to liquid in Crock-Pot slow cooker; mix well. Cook 10 to 20 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Remove and discard bay leaves before serving.
Guilt-Free Banana Chocolate Smoothie Makes 4 1-cup servings
1½ cups chocolate soy milk 3 ounces chopped dark chocolate 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder 2 Tbsp. bee pollen 2 Tbsp. flaxseed oil 2 cups sliced banana 1 cup chocolate frozen yogurt 2 Tbsp. shaved chocolate for garnish (optional) Combine soy milk, chopped chocolate, cocoa powder, bee pollen, flaxseed oil and banana in a blender or smoothie maker. Blend on high speed for 45 seconds or until mixture is pureed and smooth. Add frozen yogurt, and blend on high speed again until mixture is smooth. Serve immediately, garnished with chocolate shavings, if desired.
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Spinach-Walnut Stuffed Chicken
Cooking spray 1 13.7-ounce package fat-free brownie mix 1 6-ounce carton French vanilla low-fat yogurt 3 Tbsp. finely chopped pecans ¾ cup miniature marshmallows 24 chocolate kiss candies Heat oven to 350o. Place 24 paper miniature muffin cup liners in miniature muffin cups; coat with cooking spray. Prepare brownie mix according to the package directions, using French vanilla yogurt. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle evenly with pecans. Bake at 350o for 19 minutes. Remove cakes from oven. Place 3 marshmallows on top of each baby cake; place 1 chocolate kiss in center of marshmallows. Bake an additional 1 minute. Gently swirl melted chocolate kiss to frost each cake and hold marshmallows in place. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks.
½ cup finely chopped onion ½ cup finely chopped fresh mushrooms ¼ cup finely chopped celery 2 garlic cloves, minced 2½ tsp. olive oil 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry ¼ cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, 6 ounces each ¼ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper 1 egg white ¼ cup ground walnuts In a small skillet, saute the onion, mushrooms, celery and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in spinach and cheese; remove from the heat. Cut a lengthwise slit through the thickest part of each chicken breast; fill with spinach mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the egg white and walnuts in separate shallow bowls. Dip one side of chicken in egg white, then in walnuts. Place in an 11 inch x 7 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 350o for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken juices run clear.
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Health care planning documents are essential for everyone ESTATE PLANNING BY DERA L. JOHNSEN-TRACY
hen people think of “estate planning,” they often consider only what will happen with their assets upon death and, if they have minor children, who will care for them. However, death planning is only one piece of the estate planning puzzle. A comprehensive estate plan should include not only a will or living trust, but also documents that will protect you and provide direction to your loved ones in the event of your mental incapacity. In Wisconsin, there are three essential health care documents you should have in place as part of your estate plan, regardless of your age/ They are a health care power of attorney, a living will and a HIPAA authorization. Your health care power of attorney should not be confused with a financial power of attorney. It authorizes your designated agent to make medical decisions for you. A comprehensive health care power of attorney can avoid the need for a guardianship proceeding (a/k/a “living probate”) in which the court appoints a legal guardian of your person during any
period of mental incapacity. Although the statutory form is effective only upon incapacity, a custom health care power of attorney can become effective immediately, providing greater flexibility when you wish to have a loved one communicate on your behalf even if you are not incapacitated. Your living will (aka “directive to physicians”) states your care wishes about life-support machines or feeding tubes if you become terminally ill or you lapse into a persistent vegetative state (permanent coma). It is important to designate a health care agent who you are confident will honor your wishes as stated in your living will. For example, if you do not wish to be kept alive artificially but you know your mother would keep you alive for years on life support, she might not be the right person to designate as your health care agent. Your HIPAA authorization is also known as an authorization for release of protected health information. It authorizes the release of your health information to designated persons. Without an active HIPAA
authorization in place, even your spouse may be unable to call the hospital to see if you’re there. Although you may have signed HIPAA authorization forms at your doctor’s office, when you read the fine print you will likely find this form authorizes only a single individual to access your information, is valid only within a particular network and will expire after a specified period of time (often after one year). A comprehensive HIPAA authorization can designate several HIPAA authorized recipients, will be valid anywhere in the country and won’t expire until after your death. Remember, estate planning isn’t about you, but rather it’s about making sure your loved ones aren’t left with a mess to clean up after you die or in the event of your mental incapacity. l Attorney Dera L. Johnsen-Tracy is a shareholder and co-founder of Horn & Johnsen SC, a Madison law firm dedicated to estate planning, business law, and real estate.
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Men are at risk for osteoporosis, too SENIOR LIVING BY STEPHEN RUDOLPH
hen my 72 year old sister fell earlier this year, she broke her patella/knee. Her leg had to be immobilized in a brace for six weeks in order to assure proper healing. This was her fourth broken bone in nearly six years. She had earlier broken her ankle, her wrist and collarbone in a variety of falls over that period of time. My sister has osteoporosis, and it manifests itself through broken bones. She is not clumsy at all, but as she has gotten older, falls nearly always breaks a bone. Osteoporosis degenerative disease of the bones that is characterized by a decrease in bone mass density (BMD),
and it is a major clinical problem in both older women and men. Often, there are no warning signs for osteoporosis until a fracture happens. Yet osteoporosis is preventable and treatable. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), about 10 million Americans are living with osteoporosis and another 34 million more are at risk for this disease. About half of all women and a quarter of all men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, according to NOF. The result can be far more severe, as it is estimated that about 20 percent of all seniors who
Although osteoporosis is more common in older women, men also can develop the condition. According to Mayo Clinic physicians, your doctor may recommend a bone density test, regardless of gender or age if you have: Lost height. People who have lost at least 1.6 inches (4 centimeters) in height may have compression fractures in their spines, for which osteoporosis is one of the main causes. Fractured a bone. Fractures occur when a bone becomes so fragile that it breaks much more easily than expected. Fragility fractures can sometimes be caused by a strong cough or sneeze. Taken certain drugs. Long-term use of steroid medications, such as prednisone, interferes with the bone-rebuilding process — which can lead to osteoporosis. Received a transplant. People who have received an organ or bone marrow transplant are at higher risk of osteoporosis, partly because antirejection drugs also interfere with the bone-rebuilding process. Had a drop in hormone levels. In addition to the natural drop in hormones that occurs after menopause, women’s estrogen may also drop during certain cancer treatments. Some treatments for prostate cancer reduce testosterone levels in men. Lowered sex hormone levels weaken bone. According to the University Of Wisconsin School of Medicine there are risk factors that can be changed and risk factors that cannot be changed. 30 YOUR FAMILY FALL 2019
break a hip will die within a year due to complications (pneumonia or blood clots) or from the surgery often needed to repair them. Almost any bone can fracture as a result of the increased bone fragility of osteoporosis. My sister is fortunate she has not had a spinal fracture yet. Because the incidence of fracture increases with advancing age, measures to diagnose and prevent osteoporosis and its complications are a major health concern. These fractures are associated with higher health care costs, physical disability, impaired quality of life and increased mortality. The first step in preventing problems
Risk factors that cannot be changed include:
- Age - Gender - Genetics (family history) - Ethnicity (Caucasian people are at higher risk) - Premature menopause - Medications that may cause bone loss, including corticosteroids, thyroid (excess use), heparin, methotrexate, anticonvulsants - Some surgeries (gastrectomy or intestinal bypass) - Diseases such as hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, Cushing’s, anorexia nervosa and malabsorption
Risk factors that can be changed include:
- A diet low in calcium and/or vitamin D - Too little or too much exercise - Smoking - High caﬀeine intake - Alcohol abuse
FAMILYHEALTH associated with osteoporosis is getting your Bone Mass Density (BMD) measured. This is important for anyone over 50 because, as the National Institute on Aging reports, many spinal fractures don’t have obvious symptoms. People may seek help for back pain or discomfort without recognizing these as warning signs of a possible fracture.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), about 10 million Americans are living with osteoporosis and another 34 million more are at risk for this disease.
Make sure there’s enough light in your home. Remove throw rugs and clutter that you may trip over. Put sturdy handrails on stairs. Try exercises to increase your strength and balance. You might also consider quitting smoking, cutting down on alcohol or caffeine consumption, getting regular exercise, and eating a balanced diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D (Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption). Calcium and Vitamin D supplements are also often encouraged for individuals who have risk factors for osteoporosis. Your body does not absorb more
than 500 mg of calcium at one time, so do not try to get all of your calcium in at one meal. And most importantly, never undertake effort to reduce osteoporosis without first consulting your physician. l Stephen Rudolph is a consultant for Comfort Keepers of South Central Wisconsin, a home care agency that provides skilled nursing and personal care services for aging adults, those with disabilities and others needing assistance.
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According to the NOF, a BMD test is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. One out of every three women will have a vertebral fracture, and one out of every six women will have a hip fracture during her lifetime, according to a 2019 University of Wisconsin study. Men are not exempt. The risk of getting osteoporosis increases with age as bones naturally become thinner, the University Of Michigan School of Public Health website explains. “After age 30, the rate at which your bone tissue dissolves and is absorbed by the body slowly increases, while the rate of bone building decreases,” the report explains. This accelerates after menopause in women and after the production of testosterone slows in men. Because women tend to have smaller, lighter bones, they develop osteoporosis more often. It’s usually not noticeable until people are over 60, the report states, and treatment means stopping bone loss and rebuilding bone to prevent breaks. There are several medicines to consider, as well as lifestyle changes. If you have osteoporosis, it’s important to protect yourself from falling. Reduce your risk of breaking a bone by making your home safer.
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FALL 2019 CALENDAR Aug. 28-Oct. 26
GLEAM: Art in a New Light: Walk through Olbrich Gardens at night decorated with special light displays, Madison, olbrich.org
Aug. 29-Sept. 2
Milwaukee Rally, Milwaukee: A five-day motorcycle celebration, milwaukeerally.com
State Cow Chip Throw, Prairie du Sac: flying cow pies, music, parade, craft fair, wiscowchip.com
Aug. 30- Sept. 1
Wilhelm Tell Festival, New Glarus: Celebrating Swiss independence story with theater, art fair, lantern parade, camping, entertainment, wilhelmtellfestival.org Rock River Thresheree, Edgerton: Parade of Power, rides on the Cannonball Train, steam engines, flea market, food, thresheree.com
Aug. 30-Sept. 2
Brooklyn Labor Day truck and tractor pull, Brooklyn: Four days of festivities at Legion Park, oregonwi.com Taste of Madison, Capitol Square: More than 80 local restaurants will sell food priced between $1 and $5, plus 26 beverage stands and three entertainment stages, tasteofmadison.com Third Ward Art Festival, Milwaukee: Eighth annual festival with more than 140 artists, milwaukee365.com
Rock Aqua Jays waterski show, Janesville, janesvillecvb.com
Labor Fest, Janesville: Rock climbing walls, petting zoo, puppet show, volleyball, live music, beer garden, craft fair and bike show, laborfest.org
Labor Day parade, Janesville, 1-3 p.m., janesvillecvb.com Beatlefest, Spring Green: 14 regional groups play Beatles music, with special menu, local beers, trivia contests, springgreengeneralstore.com
Quilt Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Pro and amateur quilters can learn and draw inspiration from quilting masters, wiquiltexpo.com
Sept. 5-Oct. 27
“The Buddy Holly Story,” Fireside Dinner Theatre, Fort Atkinson, firesidetheatre.com
Volksfest German Ethnic Festival, Waupun: Traditional German food and beverages, live music and dancing, waupunvolksfest.com
Sheep and Wool Festival, Jefferson: Fiber arts classes, sheep and dog demonstrations and workshops, lambing barn, wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com
Yahara Riverfest, DeForest: 5K Trail Tromp, rubber duck race, pumpkin painting, wine and beer tasting, bonfire, yaharariverfest.com Fall Festival, Oconomowoc: Music, games, food and festivities, downtownoconomowoc.org IronKids Triathlon, Madison: Interactive weekend focuses on ages 6-15, fitness, fun, safety, ironkids.com Thunder Bridge Fly Wheelers Antique Tractor and Old Engines Power Show, Argyle: Hit and miss engines, corn shelling, antique vehicles, flea market, co.lafayette.wi.gov Heritage Festival, Beloit: Historical demonstrations, car show, horse drawn wagon rides, kids activities, visitbeloit.com
Miss Wisconsin USA and Miss Wisconsin Teen USA pageants, Fond du Lac: fdl.com Green County “Pickers” Flea and Antique Market, Monroe: Nearly 150 vendors at fairgrounds, greencounty.org
Heritage Fest, Schumacher Farms, Waunakee: Celebrate the rural harvest history - demonstration of antique machinery, crafts, schumacherfarmpark.org Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon, downtown Madison and surrounding areas: Cheer on more than 2,000 athletes as they swim, bike and run, ironmanwisconsin.com Harbor Fest, Milwaukee: A celebration of the improvements in Milwaukee’s harbor, harbordistrict.org Free Fest and car show, New Glarus: Car show, petting zoo, kids games, live music, rides, newglarusfamilyfest.com Puptoberfest, Wisconsin Brewing Company, Verona: dog-friendly event features pet classes, dog games, kids activities, music, food, raffle, veronawi.com Heritage Sunday, Beloit: Mill tours, food, classic cars, visitbeloit.com
Sacred Hearts Fall Festival, Sun Prairie: Food and musical entertainment, sacred-heart-online.org
Hidden History of the Capitol Square Walking Tour, Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison: a tour highlighting the city’s formative years, wisconsinhistory.org
Madison Night Market, downtown Madison: Food, shopping and art, madisonnightmarket.com
Wo Zha Wa Days Fall Fest, Wisconsin Dells, wisdells.com Wauktoberfest, Waunakee: Live music, inflatables, pumpkin decorating, storytellers, beer tasting, frau carry, dachshund dash, limburger cheese-eating contest, movies and games, wauktoberfest.com Gemuetlichkeit Days, Jefferson: Food, fellowship, parade and music, gdays.org
Live on King Street, Madison: Prof performs a free outdoor concert just off Capitol Square, liveonkingstreet.com
Madison World Music Festival, Madison: Music from around the globe, union.wisc.edu
Pepper Festival, Beaver Dam: Eating contests, kids activities, music, food, bdpepperfestival.com Thirsty Troll Brew Fest, Mount Horeb: Unlimited sampling of more than 100 microbrews, live music, food: thirstytrollbrewfest.com Isthmus OktoBEERfest, Madison: 45 Wisconsin-focused brewers at a German-style fest, isthmusoktobeerfest.com Oktoberfest, Madison: Food and drinks, live music and activities and games for kids, essen-haus.com Monroe Street Festival, Madison: Annual street sale with family-friendly entertainment, isthmus.com Mineral Point car show: mineralpoint.com Wiener and Kraut Day, Waterloo: Food, music, games, waterloowichamber.com Folk ’n’ blues festival, Beloit College, visitbeloit.com
Wind Power Championships, Fond du Lac: A regatta with attendance from all over the Midwest, fdl.com Just Between Friends Sale, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Buy gently used clothing items for less-than-retail prices, danecounty.jbfsale.com McFarland Family Festival, McFarland: Parade, carnival, music, car show, mini-triathlon, mcfarlandfamilyfestival.org
Brew-B-Que, Lodi: Block party with barbecue, chili and salsa contests, music, beanbag tournament, raffles, kids activities, lodilakewisconsin.org Fall Fest, Mukwonago: Shopping, vendors, petting zoo, live music, chili cook off, mukwonagochamber.com Black Women’s Wellness Day, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Speakers, workshops and prizes celebrate black women’s wellness, blackwomenswellnessday.org Fall National Tractor Pull, Monroe: Tractor and truck pull, food stands, live music at fairgrounds, greencountyfallnationals.com Craft Beer, Cheese and Chocolate Pairing, East Side Club, Monona: monona.com Taste of Cross Plains and Hill Valley car show: Samples of food plus kids’ boat regatta, fly fishing, guided hike, bike tour, crossplainschamber.net
Sept. 21-Oct. 27 (weekends)
Autumn Adventures, Fort Atkinson: Animals, antique tractors, puppet show, slides, swings, corn maze and pumpkins, busybarnsfarm.com
Oktoberfest, New Glarus: Music, games, rides, food, tractor-drawn wagon rides, historical displays and events, swisstown.com
Verona Fall Fest: Music, beer tent, games, crafts, petting zoo, pumpkin chucking, bobbing for apples, outdoor movie, hayrides, veronawi.com
Madison Classics Fall Car Show and Swap Meet, Jefferson: One of the largest car shows in the Midwest, madisonclassics.com Cornish Festival, Mineral Point: Music, dance, pub night, kids’ activities, cornishfest.org Printmaking retreat, Mineral Point: Workshops on woodcutting, screen printing, shakeragalley.com Cranberry Festival, Warrens: About 10,000 take part in world’s largest, with food, shopping, education, tours, parade, cranfest.com
Oregon Soccer Fall Fury Tournament, Oregon, oregonsc.com
Run From the Cops, Watertown: Donuts and 10K, 5K and kids 1K run supports victims of domestic violence, watertownrunfromthecops.com Brewers mini-marathon, Milwaukee: A 5K, 10K and half-marathon at Miller Park, race-brewers.com Swiss Church Kilby Supper, New Glarus: Family-style meal in the tradition of welcoming church members back from their summer of farming, swisschurch.org Paint the Town Yellow, Janesville: 5K run/walk for suicide awareness and prevention, kids activities, raffles, janesvillecvb.com Smoke in the Valley, Spring Green: Ribs, chicken, appetizer contests, samples, plus beer and wine samples, music, prizes, springgreen.com Fall harvest festival, Janesville: live music, local food vendors and local crafters and small businesses in both indoor and outdoor booths, janesvillecvb.com
Willy Street Fair, Madison: Six music stages, street performances, foods and drinks from across the globe, arts and crafts, parade, raffle, kids’ stage, cwd.org
Dogtoberfest, Capital Brewery, Middleton: Dog-friendly fundraiser for Dane County Humane Society features music, food, capitalbrewery.com Walk for Wishes, Fitchburg: 5K walk, music, prizes, photos, food, walkforwishes.com Beloit Autorama Car Show and Swap Meet, Beloit: More than 1,200 cars on display, beloitautorama.com
Fall Fest at Farmers Market, Fitchburg: Carriage rides, live music, fitchburgchamber.com
Henry Vilas “Zoo Run Wild,” Madison: 13th annual run features a 5K and 10K run, with proceeds going to cover zoo costs, vilaszoo.org
World Dairy Expo, Madison, worlddairyexpo.com
Gallery Night, Madison: Receptions, tours and demonstrations at museums, galleries and businesses throughout the city, mmoca.org
S`mores Fun Trail Run, Baraboo: The first trail run through Mirror Lake State Park, friendsofmirrorlake.org Madison Dryhootch Benefit, Madison: Music and raffles to benefit veterans, facebook.com/events search Madison Dryhootch Benefit 2019 Quivey’s Grove beer fest, Fitchburg: Live music, more than 100 beers to sample, food, games, travelwisconsin.com
Heritage Fest, Mount Horeb: Farmers market, buggy rides, Pumpkins on Parade, crafts, heritage demonstrations, trollway.com
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Talking Spirits Cemetery Day Tours, Madison: 90-minute walking tour at Forest Hill Cemetery, wisvetsmuseum.com Harvest Fest and Soup Contest, Fond du Lac: Games, farm field tours, soup tasting, fdl.com
Wizard World Comic Con, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Celebrating a range of pop culture, wizardworld.com/comiccon/madison Swedish Dance and Music Weekend, Dodgeville: Workshop, meals, dances, folklorevillage.org
Fall Festival of Color, Lake Mills: Outdoor fall festival with arts and crafts, produce, kid events and food vendors, lakemills.org
Oregon Firefighter/EMS Craft Fair, Oregon Middle School, oregonareafireems.org Great Halloween Hunt, Fitchburg: Scavenger hunt, balloon twisting, crafts, games, magic show and a movie, fitchburgwi.gov Downtown Beloit Halloween Costume Parade and Party, Beloit: Children show off their costumes in a parade down Grand Avenue, visitbeloit.com Pumpkin Palooza, Watertown: Zombie fun run, petting zoo, movie, crafts, pumpkin and scarecrow contests, storytime, trick-or-treat, watertownchamber.com
Science to Street Art, Madison: Demonstrations of public art with science themes, sciencetostreetart.illuminatingdiscovery.wisc.edu
UW-Madison homecoming weekend, Madison: Barge races, trivia night, parades, uwalumni.com
Mid-Continent Railway Autumn Color Weekend, North Freedom: Train tours, midcontinent.org One of a Kind Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: A marketplace and classes, stampscrapmadison.com
Fall Fair on the Square, Baraboo: Arts and crafts, farmers market, food court, kids’ entertainment, music, downtownbaraboo.com Durward’s Glen Fall Festival, Baraboo: Guided tractor tours, flea market, vendors and food, durwardsglen.org Civil War and Governor Hoard Day, Fort Atkinson: Reenatctors, panel discussions, hoardmuseum.org Fall Festival in the River Valley, Spring Green: Music, chili cook-off, beer tasting, horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin painting, kids games, springgreen.com
Oktoberfest, Lake Geneva: Music, arts and crafts, kids activities, shopping, visitlakegeneva.com
Swiss Historical Village Harvest Fest, New Glarus: Live music, civil war reenactors, 19th century crafts, swisstown.com New Glarus Car Show: Antique and classic cars in downtown New Glarus, travelwisconsin.com
Wisconsin Science Festival, Madison: Interactive exhibits, workshops and lectures appealing to curious scientists of any age, wisconsinsciencefest.org Wisconsin Book Festival, Madison: Readings, lectures, book discussions, writing workshops, live interviews, children’s events, wisconsinbookfestival.org
Dells on Tap Weekend, Wisconsin Dells: An entire weekend devoted to craft beer. Sample seasonal microbrews at Dells On Tap and the Dells Craft Beer Walk, wiscdells.com
Fall Art Tour: Meet 45 artists and watch them work in self-guided tour through Baraboo, Spring Green, Dodgeville, Mineral Point, fallarttour.com
Bark and Wine, Madison: Event benefits Dane County Humane Society, giveshelter.org Oak Bank’s Great Pumpkin Giveaway, Fitchburg: Free pumpkins (until supply runs out), music, prizes, kids activities, horse and carriage rides, benefit for local charity, oakbankonline.com
Mid-Continent Railway Pumpkin Special, North Freedom: Climb aboard a special train for a trip to a pumpkin patch to bring one back, midcontinent.org Haunted Hustle, Middleton: All-day race expo features bonfire, music, half-marathon, 10K, kids race, hauntedhustlemadison.com Spooktacular Vender and Craft Fair, Alliant Energy Center: Benefit for OccuPaws Guide Dogs, facebook.com/events search Spooktacular Vender and Craft Fair Central Wisconsin Gun Collectors Show, Fond du Lac: Trade show, fdl.com
Halloween at the Zoo, Madison: trick-or-treating and an activity tent, vilaszoo. org
Oct. 31-Nov. 3
Gamehole Con, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Tabletop gaming convention featuring multiple game genres, gameholecon.com Driftless Film Festival, Mineral Point Opera House: mineralpointoperahouse.org
Oct. 31- Dec. 22
“A Christmas Story,” Fireside Dinner Theatre, Fort Atkinson, firesidetheatre.com
Dia De Los Muertos Festival (Day of the Dead), Brodhead: brodheadchamber. com
47th Black Hawk artists show, Fort Atkinson: Art display, artist interactions, baked goods, hoardmuseum.org
Grand Lighted Holiday Parade, Beloit: Lighted parade, visit with Santa, holiday music, visitbeloit.com
Nov. 29 - Dec. 1
German Christmas Market, Oconomowoc: Outdoor vendors, live bands, authentic German cuisine, beer garden and kids activities, germanchristmasmarket.org Holiday Light Show, Janesville: A winter wonderland of 425,000 twinkling lights and family friendly fun, janesvillecvb.com
Nov. 30-Dec. 1; Dec. 7-8
Santa Express, North Freedom: Santa will pay a visit during a train ride, Midcontinent.org
Get Festive With Agora, Fitchburg: Free carriage rides, music, appetizers, luminary lighting, caroling, Santa, laser tag, agorafitchburg.com
Victorian Holiday Weekend, Stoughton: Holiday concerts, carriage rides, parades, shopping, events for the kids, performance of the Nutcracker Suite, arts and crafts fair, stoughtonwi.com
Christmas Parade of Lights, Whitewater: Lighted holiday parade, cookie decorating, whitewaterchamber.com Lighted Christmas Parade, Monroe: Arrival of Santa, mainstreetmonroe.org Holidazzle, Beloit: celebration featuring artists and craftspeople in thirty-plus locations, live music, Santa visits, children’s events and holiday treats, trolley rides,visitbeloit.com
Fire and Ice Festival, Brodhead: Lighted parade, ice sculpture, photos with Santa, car giveaway, brodheadchamber.com
Trainfest, Milwaukee: World’s largest operating model railroad show, trainfest. com Malt and Hops Fest, Milton: tastings of beers, ciders and wines, visitmilton.com
Janesville’s Jolly Jingle, Janesville: tree lighting, theater, holiday market, ice show, reindeer, jansevillecvb.com Cambridge Classic Christmas: Holiday lights display with Santa lighting the tree, hayrides, kids’ activities, fat tire bike ride.
Wisconsin Dog Fair, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Learn about and see a number of dog breeds, badgerkennelclub.com Madison Marathon, Madison: A full and half-marathon, madisonmarathon.org
Holiday Wine Walk, Waunakee: Horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, photo booth, food carts and more than a dozen stops, waunakeechamber.com Parade of Lights, Jefferson: Holiday floats, marching bands, caroling and refreshments, jeffersonchamberwi.com Midnight Magic, Mukwonago: Gingerbread house decorating contest, pictures with Santa, shopping, Christmas parade, mukwonagochamber.org Holiday Tree Lighting, New Glarus: Kinderchoir caroling, alphorns, hot chocolate, swisstown.com Lunch with Santa, New Glarus: Photos with the Big Guy, crafts, a movie, lunch, swisstown.com
Very Merry Holiday Fair, Baraboo: Crafts, books, food, theverymerryholidayfair.com
Art and Gift Fair, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison: Arts and crafts from around the country, local treats and performances, mmoca.org
Christmas Light Parade, Baraboo: downtownbaraboo.com Holiday Light Parade and tree lighting, Sauk Prairie: Homemade and professional floats, choir, bands, dancers, saukprairieriverway.com
Christmas Light Parade, Baraboo: downtownbaraboo.com Holiday Tree Lighting and Fire Truck Parade, Main Street, Sun Prairie, downtownsunprairie.com Holiday Parade of Lights, Watertown: Parade, Santa, watertownchamber.com
Holiday Express, Madison: Model train sets zip through miniature landscapes lined with hundreds of poinsettias at Olbrich Gardens, olbrich.org
Madison Women’s Expo. Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Shop, taste, play and mingle, madisonwomensexpo.com Madison Gem and Mineral Show and Sale, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: More than a dozen vendors present a variety of gems and minerals, madisonrockclub.org Art in the Wright Place, Madison: area artists show their wares at the First Unitarian Society, fusmadison.org
Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day run, Fitchburg: 5K and 10K run/walk, berbeederby.com Madison Turkey Trot 5K, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: A 5K Thanksgiving Day run, wisconsinruns.com/madisonturkeytrot Berbee Derby Thanksgiving Day 5K and 10K, Fitchburg: berbeederby.com
Children’s Holiday Party, Fitchburg: Visit with Santa, face painting, crafts, carriage rides and s’mores, fitchburgwi.gov
Very Merry Holiday Fair, Baraboo: Crafts, books, food, theverymerryholidayfair.com
Madison Symphony Christmas, Overture Center: Classic holiday music performances, madisonsymphony.org
Madrigal dinner, Stoughton: Stoughton High School Madrigal Singers provide entertainment during a multi-course dinner in a medieval atmosphere, stoughton.k12.wi.us l
Native American Artifact Show, Monticello: Badger State Archaeological Society show started in 1983, monticello-wi.com
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Classon turned tragedy to inspiration Blue Yarn by Carrie Classon Black Rose Writing ISBN 978-1-68433-226-7 $19.95 Imagine being in a high-stress job in Lagos, Nigeria, when you learn that your husband wants a divorce. Not only that, at the same time, your employer gives notice that your position has been terminated. Just wait. It gets worse. Your employer puts out a warrant for your arrest. That was the experience of Carrie Classon in her nail-biting memoir, “Blue Yarn,” the story of a Wisconsin woman who loses her marriage and career only to find herself in, of all places – Africa. The title comes from the blue yarn wrapped around the letters she and her husband had written to each other during their courtship. Equally, it relates 34 YOUR FAMILY FALL 2019
to a sad story that turns out not being as sad as one would have expected. When her husband told Classon he no longer loved her, he failed to mention that he once had an affair with a girl in Brazil. When faced with the end of her marriage and job, she turned to her gut instinct. “When I have had to make a lifealtering decision, I have simply ... leapt. Something deep inside me spoke and I obeyed.” After a failed affair, Classon left Nigeria for East Africa, again following her instincts, accompanied by her deaf cat. “I felt myself stepping away from solid ground and any lingering notions I controlled my future. As I waded deeper into Nigeria, I felt myself letting go of all the things I had clung to so tightly to keep myself from sinking. I wanted to know how it felt to go in deeper. I wanted to see if I would float.”
With her heart and her instincts her guide, she relentlessly pursued a lifelong dream – to sail a dhow. “There in the dhow, I found my tranquil sea. In the deep of the ocean, I lost track of time and felt a profound peace. The hull of the dhow held me like a womb, rocked me like a cradle, loosened my grip on notions I didn’t even know I was still holding. I don’t know how a boat carved of mango wood on the East Africa coast was the transport I needed, but on the dhow I was able to let go of the last bonds to the person I had been, the life I had lived, the expectations I had harbored so faithfully for so long.” This is a great read, and could prove an inspiration to anyone else facing similar challenges in life. l Michael Tidemann writes from Estherville, Iowa. His author page is amazon.com/author/michaeltidemann.
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