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vol. 66

essential arts Elyse-Krista Mische.........................44

editor-in-chief Amy S. Johnson ajohnson@madisonessentials.com

publication designer

community Patrick Farabaugh........................36 Rejection........................................48

Jennifer Denman


senior copy editor

Green Owl Café..............................6

Kyle Jacobson

food & beverage

copy editor

Mocktails Nonalcoholic Cocktails.....................................10 Women in Brewing: A Brewmaster By Any Other Name...................52

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sales & marketing director Amy S. Johnson ajohnson@madisonessentials.com

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administration Cathy Bacon, Debora Knutson

contributing writers Sandy Eichel, Jeanne Engle, Dave Fidlin, Kyle Jacobson, Lauri Lee, Lauren Miller, Krystle Engh Naab, Lori Scarlett, DVM, Elizabeth H. Winston, PhD, Joan W. Ziegler


landmark Dane County Department of Human Services Building............32

nonprofit AMIBA Buy-Local Nation...............22 Dane County Humane Society Centennial Celebration: The Introduction.........................18

pets Keeping Puppies and Kittens Healthy............................40

sports & recreation

Eric Tadsen

UW Badgers Women’s Soccer......14

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well-being Gyrotonics......................................28 Food For Thought..........................58 Psychotherapy is Helpful… Except When It Isn’t...................56



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“For everyone, well-being is a journey. The secret is committing to that journey and taking the first steps with hope and belief in yourself.” —Deepak Chopra Over the past couple of years, I’ve referenced the increased building of stressors that many of us experience, particularly within an age of a 24/7 news cycle in a volatile political environment. It doesn’t matter your political affiliation, we’re all affected. Conflict in government on a state or national level and the inability to focus on the best interest of the people rather than the politics varies in impact for each individual, but every one of us confronts immediate and lasting effects, whether through avoidance or direct interactions. Many of us are working more hours, and who doesn’t have some type of stress at work? Deadlines, dealing with a difficult customer, or whatever the case, we experience stress in some form.


We’re caregivers. It’s quite rare these days to only be responsible for yourself. Whether it’s for a spouse, partner, child, parent, sibling, friend, or pet, we’re caring for others as much as, or in many cases more than, ourselves.

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At Madison Essentials, we hope to remind you a bit in each issue, and more pointedly in our Well-Being issue, to take care of yourself. We recognize you have many needs: physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, and more. And because most of us are caretakers in one way or another, it’s also good to get tips on how we might care for others in a way that’s not only better for them, but also for ourselves. I hope you’ll find something in this issue you need today and every day.

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essential dining


Café by Lauri Lee

always find something to enjoy on the menu.

Tempeh, Lettuce, Tomato with Avocado

Green Owl Café has been Madison’s only vegetarian and vegan restaurant since 2009. The café appeals to everyone, including meat eaters and others who want more plant-based food in their diets. Simply put, they provide vegetarian cuisine for people who love food. Popular from the start, Green Owl Café was voted by Isthmus readers in 2010 6 | madison essentials

to be Madison’s Best New Restaurant. In 2017, the café received recognition as Wisconsin’s Best Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant by Food & Wine magazine. Vegetarian and vegan diets are expanding, with a lot of crossover as some people who started as vegetarians move to a vegan lifestyle—omitting any animal products from their diets. As people’s preferences change, they’ll

Since each recipe is created to be the star of the plant-based menu, Green Owl Café rises to the level of beyond the ordinary to be a place where meat eaters and people with many different types of diets enjoy eating together. The interesting and delicious meat-free dishes at Green Owl Café have earned their reputations as vegetarian/vegan comfort food. Even the cinnamon rolls, pastries, and desserts, such as coconut cream pie, cheesecake, and lava cake, are made vegan. Whether it’s on the breakfast, lunch, or dinner menu, the appetizers, entrees, salads, and soup and sandwich menu ingredients are locally sourced to support local farmers and food producers. In 2018, owner Jennie Capellaro announced she planned to sell the café.

She’d owned the popular 2,000-squarefoot, 50-seat café, located at 1970 Atwood Avenue in Schenk’s Corners on Madison’s near-east side, since 2009. She wanted to take a break while she figured out what she wanted to pursue next in life, but wasn’t in a hurry to sell. Since she had gone to school to be a lawyer before opening the café, she had a few stipulations in mind to preserve the restaurant brand she had built from scratch. As part of the sale, the café had to keep the same name, stay a vegetarian restaurant, and the new owner needed to be the right fit. Little did she know she had been training the new owner for years. Longtime employee Erick Fruehling kicked around the opportunity for nearly a year before approaching Jennie with his offer to buy the café. The passion to own Green Owl Café was ignited for Erick when he started working at the café in 2013 while he was a University of Wisconsin–Madison student. “When Jennie announced she wanted to sell the café, it started me

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to think about owning it,” says Erick. “After all, I had done everything else at the café, working my way up from dish washer to prep cook, line cook, and then kitchen manager. I’m a foodie who loves multiple cuisines, going out to eat, and cooking and grilling for family and friends. I’ve played in punk-rock bands around town, and making food to enjoy together was integral before and after shows. I worked at a few other restaurants that broadened my experience and reinforced my interest in continuing to cook great vegetarian and vegan food at Green Owl. Owning it seemed to be just the right fit for me and Jennie.”

Vegan Cheesecake

Jennie accepted Erick’s offer, and since he was a new entrepreneur, she became Pesto Alfredo

his mentor for the next year. He already was a good vegetarian cook, so Jennie worked side by side with him so he could learn the financial aspect of the restaurant, such as bookkeeping, managing costs, and turning a profit. He applied for a loan and then turned to Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) for resources and expert advice to help him manage all aspects of the business and guide the growth of the café. WWBIC provides quality business and financial capability education and one-on-one technical business assistance to entrepreneurs to help them put their dream in motion. Erick signed the papers November 25, 2019, to purchase Green Owl Café. “I love the idea of owning a restaurant with an established brand,” says Erick. “The current staff and former coworkers have been very supportive. They loved Jennie, and are relieved that the new ownership came from one of their own. I’ll be in the kitchen as much as possible, and a former co-worker has come back to manage the kitchen for me. It’s a great team that will keep the restaurant as everyone’s favorite place for great vegetarian and vegan food for a long time to come.” I spoke with Erick the day after he took over ownership and asked what changes he envisioned in the next year. “I’ll continue offering the favorite tried-and-true signature recipes our

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customers have loved for years. I’ve added new seasonal menu options to allow me to try new dishes on a regular basis and keep the menu fresh and interesting for diners. While the café has always sourced food locally, I am looking forward to the opening of the new Madison Public Market near the end of 2021 so I have better Wisconsincold-weather access to fresh produce. It’s very time consuming to source food, so having the market within walking distance to the café could simplify this process for me. “I love the café’s comfortable atmosphere, and anticipate only small changes to the décor that reflect my taste. With my past involvement in Madison’s music scene, I’m excited to see how I can merge my interest in music with the café to bring in local music artists to enhance the dining experience.” To try out the menu and discover your favorite plant-based recipes at Green Owl Café, stop by Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. —until 10:00 p.m. during patio season. Sunday brunch is available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Closed Monday. The café has always enjoyed a robust carryout business for people working at nearby businesses. Delivery is available through DoorDash.



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essential food & beverage

Mocktails Nonalcoholic

Everly Rosemary Hot Toddy

©Food Fight Restaurant Group/Photograph by CC Jacob

Everly Tea Thyme

©Food Fight Restaurant Group/Photograph by CC Jacob


by Kyle Jacobson A cozy winter day inside with close friends and loved ones—Hot Toddy. A summer day at the beach—Bahama Mama. A long day at the office—Long Island Iced Tea. There isn’t a moment in life that can’t be punctuated by the craftmanship of a cocktail, and it seems the imbiber has access to a prevalent culture the abstainer, whether for the night as a designated driver or someone who chooses the sober life, is neglected from. “But wait,” you say. “What about a Shirley Temple? Or how about when I mix orange juice, pineapple juice, pomegranate juice, grape juice, and apple juice?” Number one: gross. And 10 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

number next: there’s a market out there of people who want to enjoy the complexity of a well-thought-out drink but don’t want to have to worry about how they’re going to get home or if they’ll make some decisions only a sadistic bartender would allow. I mean, come on, Kari, you know nobody orders those pickled eggs on purpose. Thanks to some mindful bartenders, nonalcoholic options aren’t the lazy offspring of their 21-and-over counterparts. Some places call them mocktails, but Robert Freeman, bar manager at Bar Corallini, says, “I like to call it a nonalcoholic beverage. I don’t like to think of it as mocking.”

Robert has spent a lot of time perfecting his nonalcoholic options, and the consideration put into some of his creations exceeds the thought put into those expected alcoholic concoctions. Robert’s philosophy on the creation process is to avoid mixing exotic ingredients for the sake of saying you did it. “Pairing flavors by themselves is just hard to do in general.” A strong base of knowledge to work from allows integration of new flavors in a meaningful way. For example, “I always use some sort of raw sugar in some form: honey, demerara, brown sugar. They all have different viscosities and textures to them. Brown sugar kind of replicates

Photograph provided by Bar Corallini

how rum would be in a cocktail, so maybe I would use a brown sugar syrup in a fake Mojito so I could actually give some similar characteristics to the cocktail.” And if the time isn’t taken to really understand those flavor characteristics, as well as how to best utilize them, creating the next cocktail becomes an exercise of meh-risk, meh-reward gambling. Perhaps the person-of-meh might create some good cocktails, but they’ll be hard pressed to create something great. Compare that to the thought Robert put into his winter cocktail. “I combine fresh lemon, honey syrup that’s equal part honey and hot water, dill syrup, muddled fresh ginger for some spice, and top it with seltzer to stretch it

Bar Corallini Dill with It!

Robert Freeman at Bar Corallini

and give it a sparkling aspect. Then I add a lemon wheel and fresh dill for aromatics that are close to your nose when you’re drinking it. It helps connect all the flavors.”

Photograph provided by Bar Corallini

The result is a drink that’s citrus on the nose with a really complex ginger flavor coming in light and finishing sharp. Each subsequent drink further enhances the ginger element until the harmony of the dill gives the drink a sense of completion.


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Everly 12 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

©Food Fight Restaurant Group/Photograph by CC Jacob

The value of presentation is something that Logan is extremely aware of. “I feel like people don’t often garnish mocktails with the same level of intention that they do with cocktails, but I think you

©Food Fight Restaurant Group/Photograph by Timothy Hughes

Bar Corallini

the sense he includes himself in that feeling of wonder.

©Food Fight Restaurant Group/Photograph by Chris Hynes

Sharing Robert’s passion for nonalcoholic cocktails, and showing it in jubilant fashion, is Logan Benson, bar manager at Everly. He talks about how, to a child, what he’s doing behind the bar is magic. During our conversation, he gestures to the rows of colorful bottles and says, “These are all potions.” I get

Everly Hibiscus Kombucha should. That’s part of the experience. You taste with your eyes first.” He also enjoys seeing people snap pictures of his nonalcoholic cocktails before they try them, embracing what he calls the “phones-drink-first movement.” No drink at Everly exemplifies Logan’s excitement in making nonalcoholic cocktails a visual spectacle more than Tea Thyme. “Butterfly pea flower tea is pretty fresh this year, one of the hotter new cocktail ingredients. It’s a little blue flower that brews a very blue tea that doesn’t have a lot of flavor. But it’s a pH indicator, so when it reacts to pH levels, like citrus juice, it turns purple. It will change color based on the pH level that it hits.” For Tea Thyme, “It has to be in this order: strawberry, lemon, straw, ice, soda water, and then the butterfly pea flower tea.” The science experiment happens instantly in a very satisfying way, leaving behind distinct layers: red at the bottom, then purple, and finally a rich blue accented with a lemon wheel. Also important to Logan is the triple pun. It’s butterfly pea flower tea,

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Nonalcoholic cocktails are some of the best tests for the mixologist. Robert and Logan enjoy working with customers that are looking for particular flavors, seeing it as a chance to further challenge themselves. Logan talks about interesting flavors, “like maple, sage, or sometimes people do things that don’t actually go together, like mint and grapefruit. Then we’ll make a grapefruit Mojito out of it.” And Robert remembers how much he hated having to say no to customers looking for something that tasted good and was nonalcoholic. It’s inspired him to be a voice in the nonalcoholic-cocktail movement; his latest endeavor involves working on recipes and photographs for Refresh, a book featuring nonalcoholic cocktails. As society strives for more inclusivity in experiences, nonalcoholic cocktails provide a much-welcome avenue into a healthier bar scene. I think we also end up with a safer bar scene where an increased number of sober eyes make sure everyone gets home without harming themselves, others, or leaving with someone looking to cause harm. More importantly, they’ll be able to spend time with their friends without being relegated to slurping a cola in the corner.

Kyle Jacobson is a copy editor for Madison Essentials, and a writer and beer enthusiast (sometimes all at once) living in Sun Prairie.

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essential sports & recreation

With the trophy after being named Big Ten Conference Women’s Champions this past season.

UW Badgers Spotlight


by Dave Fidlin

When the record books closed on the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s women’s soccer season for 2019, the numbers pointed to a lengthy series of triumphs for a team that ultimately clinched the Big Ten championship crown. Team representatives say the coveted award is an outward sign of years of hard work and collaboration between coaches and players alike. “As a coach, all you want to do is see [the players] achieve things that you know they can do,” says Paula Wilkins, head coach of the Badgers’ women’s soccer team for the past 13 years. The Big Ten championship was an especially sweet reward, and a welcome return to the UW–Madison campus. The last time the Badgers won the title outright was in 1994, though they also secured a share of the 2015 Big Ten championship. 14 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

Speaking to the accomplishments leading up to the Big Ten crown, Paula says, “They did it as a collective group. The team has stayed very cohesive. It’s so exciting to see that dynamic and their success.” When all was said and done, the 30 women soccer players wearing a UW Badgers jersey this past season notched an overall record of 16 wins, 4 losses, and 2 ties in regular and postseason play. In addition to the Big Ten tournament, they also played in the NCAA tournament, where they won two games before losing to UCLA on November 24 in Los Angeles, closing out the season. While the season might not have ended exactly as hoped, Paula says there is much to celebrate as the team looks to the 2020 season to maintain and build on the many high points of this past season. The can-do attitude Paula

says she and the other members of the women’s soccer coaching staff try to instill in players was evident throughout this past season, which began with backto-back exhibition games in mid-August before notching the team’s first win of the season against the University of Central Florida on August 22. Paula says the UW women’s soccer team has consistently demonstrated a desire to train hard and be challenged. “They take care of the details,” she says. “They’re very disciplined in what they do and what we ask them to do. They’re very competitive. They believe they’re going to be successful.” While each player is key to the team’s success, there were several standout players in the 2019 season. Senior forward Dani Rhodes, for instance,

demonstrated her ability to produce goals throughout regular and postseason play. Junior forward Cameron Murtha also netted a number of notable goals from one game to the next. Historically, Paula says many of the UW’s soccer players have hailed from the Midwest—namely Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota— though others had roots in other areas of the United States and even Canada. Regardless of the locale and a player’s specific walk of life, Paula says a culture of camaraderie has been embedded within the team. “I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

Photograph by Tom Lynn

Photograph by Kyle Kelly

Before coming to Madison to helm the women’s soccer team’s 2007 season, Paula built up a coaching resume in her home state of Pennsylvania. She was the head coach of women’s soccer at Penn State University from 2001 to 2006 and an assistant coach at Penn State from 1994 to 2000. Paula says a meeting with coach Barry Alvarez prior to being offered and accepting the job made the


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Celebrating after the team was named to the Big Ten Conference this fall.

prospect of coming to UW–Madison an enticing proposition. “We talked about building teams and making them better,” Paula says. “The allure of building up a team and recognizing the potential that was there was of great interest to me.” Throughout Paula’s time coaching the UW women’s soccer program, the Badgers have achieved a number of titles and accomplishments as preludes to this fall’s award of the Big Ten crown. Other accomplishments within the team’s recent history include back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 2018 16 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

and 2019 and taking part in the second round of NCAA tournaments in 2014, 2016, and 2017. Another high point came in 2014, when Paula, her coaching staff, and the players were credited with having the team’s greatest number of wins in the program’s history. A total of 19 victories were notched that year alongside 3 losses and 2 ties. Consistent, robust fan support on and off the UW–Madison campus is another reason for the Badgers’ ongoing success in the women’s soccer program. Regardless of the time of season, Paula says fans

frequently make their appearances known and cheer the women on from one game to the next. The fan interaction manifests itself in other ways as well, especially when an opportunity to reach out to a young, budding player arises. “Soccer is a pretty popular sport in the United States,” Paula says. “We like to do a lot of community outreach. It’s a huge part of what our players do, actually.” It’s not lost on the coaching staff, players, or fans that the stronger the

relationship between each of them, the louder the support for the program and its impact on the sport as a whole. Going forward, UW–Madison’s women’s soccer will certainly continue finding success in the Greater Madison area, and if Paula and her players keep it up, those successes will translate to a more decorated trophy case. Dave Fidlin is a freelance writer who has a special affinity for Madison. Dave’s career spans nearly 20 years, and he’s grateful for the opportunity to learn something new each day through his professional pursuits.


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essential nonprofit

Dane County Humane Society Centennial Celebration

The Int roduct ion by Jeanne Engle As Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) nears 100 years of providing tools and services for people to help animals in their communities, we look back at the history of the organization—the successes, pitfalls, and dedication it took for them to become a nonprofit shelter providing refuge, healing, and new beginnings to over 9,000 animals every year. This story is the first in a series leading up the DCHS Centennial Celebration in 2021. Long before DCHS was formally incorporated in 1921, late 1880s Madisonians banded together to protect animals, helpless children, and aged people. They were pioneers in the field, and only one of two societies in the state for preventing cruelty to animals. As charitable organizations were created for the welfare of children and adults, and social work advanced as a profession, humane societies turned 18 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

their focus exclusively on preventing cruelty to animals. So when individuals gathered in Dane County in the first decades after the turn of the 20th century, they questioned the practice of vivisection— performing operations on live animals for the purpose of experimentation or scientific research—at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The topic was

discussed into the 1920s, with DCHS going on record to oppose turning over its stray animals for experimentation. In 1949, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted a statute that directed any humane officer, person, or organization who has custody of an unclaimed or unredeemed live dog to give it to UW– Madison or other identified educational institution upon request. The dog had to

be impounded for at least five days to give time to locate an owner. UW–Madison made a request to DCHS in 1950 for unclaimed dogs, and DCHS, by a board vote of 10 to 7, refused to surrender the animals. When UW– Madison sued, DCHS maintained the law was unconstitutional on the grounds that it violated the Society’s 14th Amendment rights, depriving DCHS of their property without due process of law and without compensation. DCHS freely admitted that it had broken the law and sought help to fight the suit from the Wisconsin Humane Society, located in Milwaukee, and the American Humane Society. In 1951, the statute was amended to deny any future public aid to an organization that failed to comply with the law, and in July that year, the Dane County Circuit Court ruled that the law was constitutional and applicable to both UW–Madison and DCHS. DCHS appealed the ruling to Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. In January

1952, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court, noting that DCHS did not have property rights to the dogs just because it had custody of them. Two months later, DCHS Board meeting minutes show that its humane officer was delivering dogs to UW–Madison. A member of the DCHS Board visited in spring 1959 and reported that animals used in research were being fed well and lived in ample air-conditioned quarters. Some at the UW–Madison weren’t satisfied that DCHS was turning over enough dogs. At the DCHS annual meeting in January 1967, as reported by The Capital Times, “Personnel of the UW packed the meeting in an attempt to take over the Society and elected 11 board members of 24. It was felt that this action was precipitated by a desire to control the policy by which stray dogs were turned over to the UW for research purposes. DCHS maintained that stray dogs should be offered for adoption before being sold to the University and that owners of unwanted dogs should

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be permitted to say if they want them used for research. Some University people believe this policy cut down on the number of animals available to the University and hampered research.”

turned over 889 dogs in 1964, 1,215 in 1965, and 791 in 1966. UW–Madison needed more, which were not provided by DCHS, but rather purchased from private dealers.

A UW–Madison zoology professor who was a DCHS member and whose wife was on the DCHS Board was present at the 1967 meeting and wrote a letter to an associate in the UW–Madison medical school, which was then published in The Capital Times. In it, the professor stated, “swamping the annual meeting with a special interest bloc … certainly looked like a cold-blooded attempt to take over DCHS by force and turn it into a society for the procurement of experimental animals for the University. ... While I recognize that the group which perpetrated the invasion [of DCHS] was neither officially recognized nor directed by medical school authorities, it was mainly composed of medical school faculty members and employees, and was, I believe, mainly directed by a professor in the medical school.”

In 1979, the 1949 statute was amended once again to read that a humane society “may” release unclaimed dogs to the UW System or to the Medical College of Wisconsin rather than “shall” release them. While relations between UW– Madison and DCHS may have been contentious in the past, that is absolutely not the case now.

The zoology professor noted that DCHS complied with the law to turn over stray dogs to UW–Madison when the request was made, and records show that DCHS 20 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

DCHS and the Shelter Medicine Program at the UW–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, in particular, share a strong partnership. Together they provide clinical training for UW–Madison Shelter Medicine interns and residents. DCHS also hosts UW students for ambulatory rotations. Programs like these help future veterinarians better understand the medical needs of shelter animals as well as inspire some to become humane society veterinarians themselves. Over the years, the Shelter Medicine Program has consulted with DCHS

on new programs and during times of medical emergencies. In 2017, the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Shelter Medicine Program aided DCHS in containing a contagious canine respiratory disease at the shelter. DCHS’s quick response time and UW’s expertise prevented many more shelter dogs from falling ill. While DCHS continues to take in any stray animals found in Dane County, no animals today are released for experimentation or scientific research. All stray animals are cared for at DCHS for four days to give time to search for an owner before being medically and behaviorally evaluated. The shelter’s adoption guarantee means every healthy or treatable animal can stay at DCHS as long as it takes to find a loving home. The relationship between DCHS and UW–Madison has grown and changed over the past 100 years, as have the communities they serve. Together, they look forward to the next 100 years of making our communities better places for both people and animals. Be sure to read the May/June issue of Madison Essentials, where we will


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highlight the early foremother (and some of the forefathers) of DCHS. Jeanne Engle is a freelance writer.

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Photographs provided by Dane County Humane Society.

DANE COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY 5132 Voges Road Madison, WI 53718 (608) 838-0413 giveshelter.org madisonessentials.com

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essential nonprofit

AMIBA Buy-Local Nation by Kyle Jacobson Buy-local movements play pivotal roles in shaping their communities all across the United States, and for the Greater Madison area, Dane Buy Local (DBL) has been going strong for 15 years. But every buy-local movement has to fit wherever it exists, taking into account socioeconomic, political, and lifestyle factors. To bring all those perspectives into one room, the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) is having its annual member meeting in Madison this April 22 through 25. Even those familiar with Dane County’s buy-local movement may never have heard of AMIBA. President of AMIBA Colin Murray says, “AMIBA is essentially a trade organization of buy-local groups. It’s a way for us to share information, ideas, and have conversations with buy-local groups around the country.” Derek Peebles, director of AMIBA, adds, “The simple mission of AMIBA is really 22 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

just to build that strong local-economy movement by supporting the growth and development of local business alliances and networks.” This includes providing tool kits and knowledge to areas wanting to start their own buy-local movements. Wait a second, wasn’t the buy-local movement something that existed before Amazon really took off and online shopping became king? Are they still really needed? Short answer: yes, this would be a weird article if they weren’t. Colin says, “The point of the buy-local movement is not to put the big-box stores out of business, it’s to remind people that there are plenty of local businesses that are doing great things and offering wonderful products, and we should be supporting them.” A message just as relevant today as it was 15 years ago. “In recent years, the challenge has shifted,” says Colin, “from these big-

box stores to the online stores. Amazon accounts for about 50 percent of all of the total sales and transactions that take place online. Many of the local businesses don’t have the firepower, the ability, to deal with online challenges and offer things that Amazon offers: same-day delivery, a huge inventory selection. The challenge has changed, but it’s definitely still there.” Derek agrees. “A lot of what we focus on and try to highlight are how the effect and the impact of spending dollars locally at these businesses is really the backbone of the local economy.” It’s a message often lost in placing the value of convenience above everything else. Some people feel having to dress up to go shopping on Monroe Street, State Street, or Atwood Avenue is an inconvenience. Big-box stores evolved into a place where you can shop in your pajamas any time of day, necessitating only the

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occasional shower to be tolerable to others. The next step was removing the shower so you can shop at home in your underwear, and the step after that is better left unconsidered. When a buy-local movement is successful, the quality of life for everyone in the community improves. Derek says, “Consumers need to be educated continuously on the impact of what it means to spend dollars locally and to keep dollars circulating within a local economy because that’s what


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creates jobs, sustainable jobs, at the end of the day. It’s what creates community identity.” Local dollars allow greater investment into the things a community values, whether it be parks, events, or youth programs. And it’s not just where the money is being invested that matters, but how it’s being invested. “From an economic perspective,” says Derek, “a lot of cities spend the majority of their dollars and time toward attracting businesses. There’s always been a gap in economic development around the lack of time spent toward retaining and expanding the local businesses that are already there.” This is actually something consumers have a lot of control over. Our dollars are our voices, and when we invest in big box over mom and pop, we’re making a statement. No one is saying you don’t have the right to speak with your money how you want, but rather that we should be aware that we are saying something in the first place. Recognizing our voice is really at the heart of why AMIBA is putting

on the conference. It’s ensuring local businesses have the tools to be places where customers build relationships with store owners and leave satisfied at the end of their shopping experiences. Derek says, “A lot of this conference is really around gathering the local-economy leaders along with independent business owners in Madison, bringing them together. What we eventually want AMIBA to be as an organization, and what it’s been serving for the last 20 years, is to continue to be that clearing house of best practices for our movement.” Members across the nation aren’t just meeting to grow and refine their own movements, but to improve and inspire other buy-local movements. AMIBA put their mission statement into practice when putting together the conference. The hotel for the conference is local. The event space is Harley Davidson. Promega and the Lussier Heritage Center are hosting the evening events. The food is from Bunky’s Catering and Blue Plate Catering. “As 24 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

much as possible,” says Colin,” we’re trying to use our local resources.” From the consumer’s perspective, I will say shopping local isn’t always easy. But there’s a sense of connection when I go out of my way to invest in the things I value. For example, I like beer, so places that specialize in Wisconsin beer and will work to get their hands on something I request are important to me. I also like board games, and many smaller game stores don’t just sell

games, they provide a place to play and meet new people. As I get to know the owners of these businesses, I often learn of their efforts to better our community. Colin says, “Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper and dig a little harder.” No one person can do it all, but they’re not supposed to. The buy-local movement is for everybody, and AMIBA reminds us that we make an impact.

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Discover a New Way to Move by Krystle Engh Naab Gyrotonics was created by Juliu Horvath, a Hungarian born in Romania in 1942. His love of movement, expressed in his childhood through swimming, gymnastics, and rowing, turned into a love of dance. After having much success with the Romanian national ballet and New York City Ballet, his career ended abruptly when he ruptured his Achilles tendon. Juliu began a yoga practice to help heal his injury. Over time, he refined his format so anyone could perform it regardless of age or state of health. He took the principles from yoga, dance, and other movement practices to build new techniques and ways to strengthen 28 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

the core, improve balance, and increase flexibility. This became the Gyrokinesis methodology. Juliu began building the equipment to enhance the Gyrokinesis movements, and developed specialized equipment, referred to as Gyrotonic exercises. Lillian Wilner, owner of Spiralz in Madison, shares Juliu’s passion for dancing. It’s all she ever wanted to do growing up in Savannah, Georgia. And, similar to Juliu, Lillian spent most of her dance career far away from home, but for her it was in Canada at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Montreal through an apprentice program and then in the Alberta Ballet Company.

After her retirement from dancing, Lillian and her husband, who passed away December 2018, moved to the United States for job opportunities in Wisconsin. Her husband was the managing director at American Players Theatre in Spring Green for 18 years, and Lillian still teaches ballet at Madison Professional Dance Center. Becoming a certified trainer in Gyrotonics, which describes itself as “The Art of Exercising and Beyond,” was a natural step for Lillian. The effectiveness of the spiraling movements that are the basis of the practice is something Lillian’s career can attest to. Those movements also give clients the

feeling they can possess the grace and fluidity of a dancer. “There is something about this system that is really different from other regular exercises,” says Lillian. “I’ve been calling it therapeutic exercise because I have so many of my clients coming to me saying, ‘I’ve had [pain from] arthritis in my knees for years, and I don’t have that anymore.’ “I have an 85-year-old woman who has been coming for years. [Gyrotonics] works with the spine, and one of the things about the system is it supports all the movements. The core and decompressing the joints. That’s why it helps with injuries and chronic pain. It helps to loosen and decompress the joints throughout the body and especially the spine. The machine assists to make this happen. ... [Clients] are thanking me, and I’m thinking ‘hey, don’t thank me, thank the system.’ I’m just working you through the system. “Gyrotonics uses the same kind of breathing like in yoga. The breathing


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becomes very specific once people get used to the movements. More of a learning curve to really start to perfect some of it. The practice is movement based, and not everyone will find the movements natural at first—they might feel more comfortable in poses. It’s about using the full range of motion of the body. Hence the spiraling, the arches and curls, it’s all a combination of what the body can do.” The system of Gyrotonics centers around the Pulley Tower Combination Unit. Other machines can be added to the practice, like the JumpingStretching Board, but their uses aren’t intuitive. Lillian feels it takes at least ten sessions before people get the hang of the practice. To help clients get acquainted with the system, Lillian focuses on one-on-one sessions. “There are other studios that are wellestablished with multiple Pulley Towers and Jumping-Stretching Boards; however, people need to take enough one-on-one sessions to be at the same level. ... It’s been slow to get people in, for

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sure. I haven’t done a lot of advertising because the practice is small.” I had an opportunity while visiting with Lillian to try out Gyrotonics on the Pulley Tower and Jumping-Stretching Board. There is definitely an advantage to having an expert set up each pose or movement because the pulley system and straps were daunting at first. And once she got the machine calibrated, her knowledge in the different motions and breathing techniques to get the full benefits from the workout were instrumental to the entire exercise. Juliu is in his late 70s and continues to work with master trainers. He is still creating and changing techniques. Lillian says, “We have to do update courses every two years to keep our license. Part of that is Juliu will tweak, change, or add something. He gets together with the master trainers to make sure they are on top of it all.” Lillian thinks the tight control is important for structure and consistency.


The exercise can feel graceful once in the straps because the machine assists your movements to really work your body deeper into the exercises. More complicated than it looks, but with practice and patience, Gyrotonics is an excellent low-impact workout for the body, beneficial, and did I mention fun? Source: Spiralz. spiralz.biz/history

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“There are not two schools of Gyrotonics, there is one, and that is all there ever will be. There are also specific applications, like for dancers, tennis players, equestrians, swimmers, and golfers and for specific body parts, like shoulders. Physical therapists go through the training and certification for Gyrotonics, and this makes me believe it is starting to become more mainstream.” Gyrotonic machines are only sold to certified trainers or those a trainer grants approval to because of the importance in near-perfect execution.

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Dane County Department of Human Services Building by Jeanne Engle It’s fitting that a building erected to help tuberculosis patients in the early 20th century should house the current Dane County Department of Human Services, whose mission, among others, is to provide effective services that support well-being and community safety. Tuberculosis is a chronic bacterial disease affecting the respiratory system. Though it has stricken people for thousands of years, tuberculosis went on a rampage in the 19th century as the white plague. It claimed more lives than any other disease in the United States and, at the turn of the 20th century, was the leading cause of death in Wisconsin, killing 2,500 people annually. Known as consumption because people were consumed by the disease, tuberculosis was also called the wasting disease. Poor living conditions (especially in urban slums), harsh weather, and lack of sunlight contributed to the spread of tuberculosis, and 32 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

occupations involving heavy labor or dusty conditions had the highest incidence. Questionable early treatments included electric shock and tapeworms. Hermann Brehmer, a German doctor, was diagnosed with tuberculosis when he was a botany student. His doctor advised healthier living, so Brehmer traveled to the Himalayans, where he could continue his studies and try to heal. He recovered and, in 1854, opened a tuberculosis sanatorium in Germany. There, patients were isolated and exposed to ample amounts of fresh air and good nutrition. The first sanatorium in the United States, the Adirondack College Sanitarium in Saranac Lake, New York, was established by Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau in the 1880s. Although deaths from tuberculosis began to decline in the latter part of the 19th century, there were only a few professional and governmental organizations that were specifically

dealing with the disease. The forerunner of today’s American Lung Association began in 1904 as the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis. The American Sanatorium Association was also founded at the same time with only 106 sanatoriums in the United States providing 9,107 beds for tuberculosis patients. During the peak year of 1954, there were 108,457 beds allocated to the disease. In 1903, a Wisconsin act was passed authorizing the governor to appoint three commissioners to investigate tuberculosis and to report on the feasibility of a state sanatorium. As a result of the study, the state sanatorium Statesan was opened in 1907 near Wales in Waukesha County. There were only three state sanatoriums in existence, and none were in the Midwest. Statesan was supported and used for tuberculosis patients until 1957. In 1959, the sanatorium was

converted to the Ethan Allen School for Boys correctional facility for juveniles, which closed in 2011. By 1930, many county sanatoriums were built in Wisconsin, along with several private ones. Dane County had one of the first private sanatoriums— Morningside Sanitarium—which was built in 1918, and is now known as the Tellurian Community. Dane County was slow to construct its own public sanatorium, feeling that the needs were being met by Morningside. However, by the late 1920s, it became clear that it was not fiscally responsible for the county to be sending its tuberculosis patients to other sanatoriums around the state because of its obligation to pay for those patients to reside there. A 1928 study was conducted to determine how many people in Dane County were afflicted by tuberculosis. The results showed that a county sanatorium could be built for a cost of $18 per week per patient rather than the $25 to $30 per week that

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Morningside and other sanatoriums were charging. Also, a single-unit sanatorium, rather than the cottage style of Morningside, was preferred. A site, now 1204 Northport Drive, was chosen for Dane County’s Lake View Sanatorium. The location was high on a hill to receive the fresh Lake Mendota breeze, and was central in the county— close to Madison, where an ample workforce could be found. The facility was ready for occupancy by June 1930. The four-story former sanatorium is rectilinear with a raised basement. For the most part a utilitarian building, it has some subtle Art Deco influences seen in the columns in the front. The exterior walls are red brick with concrete trim, and the first three floors have enclosed porches. The Lake View Sanatorium was listed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places in 1993. According to the National Register nomination. “Its distinctive design characteristics such as: the isolated, hill-top location; landscaped grounds with paths so patients could walk and exercise; ‘germ traps’ [small areas outside patient rooms where medical staff could change into and out of sterilized hospital gowns before and after seeing patients]; and porches for patients to take full advantage of the fresh air, are all typical of the medical establishment’s view of the appropriate method of treatment 34 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

before the discovery and wide use of [penicillin] to cure the disease.” Lake View Sanatorium was the last county tuberculosis sanatorium built in Wisconsin and had the advantage of learning from earlier facilities. Its administration felt it was the most advanced in the state. From the National Register nomination, “Dane County gave its citizens what it believed was the most technically and socially advanced treatment, as manifested in the design of the Lake View Sanatorium complex.” A strong and active community clinic and outreach department were also part of the sanatorium’s services. Thousands of x-rays to screen county residents were taken. Home healthcare programs for those not sick enough for the sanatorium or for those who could

not be admitted because of lack of beds were administered. This was a unique aspect of Lake View Sanatorium—a sanatorium exceptional in its proactive stance toward tuberculosis with a strong emphasis on early detection and treatment. Lake View operated until 1966. “It’s one of the most beautiful sites on the north side of Madison. My father, Wilbert Steimel, spent a year there in 1963-64. He and another man shared a corner room and loved watching and feeding small tree squirrels from their room. The view was so nice and peaceful, a good place to rest and get tuberculosis to become inactive,” says Mary Ace of McFarland. Today, the occurrence of tuberculosis is less than .84 cases per 100,000

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people in Wisconsin, or 49 total in 2018. According to statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, seven of those cases were in Dane County. With a timely diagnosis and treatment with first-line antibiotics for six months, the World Health Organization says most people who develop tuberculosis can be cured and onward transmission of infection curtailed. Lake View Sanatorium stands as testament to the work of its administrators a lifetime ago. Jeanne Engle is a freelance writer.

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Patrick (right) accepting OutReach’s Special Recognition Award alongside his husband, Sedrick (left), and Senator Baldwin (center) in 2017.

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Patrick Farabaugh Learning to Free Fall As a grade schooler outside Gary, Indiana, Patrick Farabaugh noticed he was different. “I started to know who I was. ... What I didn’t know is that there was a word for it, or that there were other people in the world that felt what I was feeling.” This was pre-internet, and there was no easy network for Patrick to connect with to learn about himself. “I really thought I was mentally sick. I thought it was a mental illness, and there was no one else in the world like me.” Frequently throughout Patrick’s middle school years, he would go to his parent’s bedroom in tears, begging them to admit him into the local psychiatric hospital. He needed someone to talk to and was too afraid to tell his parents about what. 36 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

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Years later, he finally did find someone to talk to. “In high school, I had a crush. It surprised me when he actually flirted with me.” For the first time in Patrick’s life, he didn’t feel alone. And for the next couple of months, he had one of the most basic things we all take for granted: someone he could be honest with.

just shocked, like trauma shocked. I got home, went into my room, sunk in a corner, and buried my face in a pillow. I started crying, and I was so scared of anyone hearing me cry because I couldn’t tell anyone what I was crying about. ... I felt I had a very limited window of time before people started finding out about me.”

That ended when the other boy’s parents found out and shipped their son off to a conversion church in the South. Patrick wasn’t told any of this and went to his friend’s house as though nothing had changed. “His mom was yelling at me through the window that she’d lost her son and was going to warn the town and tell my family. ... I remember walking home feeling incredibly numb,

Patrick noticed some magazines, specifically Entertainment Weekly, regularly put eccentric people on the cover. Those people stood out for being different. “Being different where I grew up painted a target on you, and here was a place that celebrated people for it. So I looked up the address of Entertainment Weekly.” He wasn’t prepared for the culture shock, nor was he prepared

for homelessness, but Patrick decided to travel over 750 miles to New York City to find something he desperately needed, uncertain about what exactly that was. Patrick “quickly became one of the lost kids,” a term he uses to describe the marginalized high-risk youth who fall between society’s cracks. His fight against isolation was compounded by relationships that disappeared faster than he could build them. In 1996 New York City, “I had a hard time reconciling being gay.” Aside from effeminate men and masculine women, the rest of the LGBTQ community was invisible to him. “I was always very, very masculine. Guys like me camouflaged into crowds. I didn’t know how to see them.” Photograph by Spencer Micka

Not finding the connections he hoped to make in the city, Patrick did what many lost kids do, and fell into a “loop of transience. ... I ended up living in New Jersey, New York, Boston, Seattle, on a fishing boat in Alaska, and Wisconsin.” After briefly living with a tribe in West

Africa, he moved to the edge of Siberia because he’d fallen for a Russian. “I met the Russian in what I would call neutral countries in Europe—places that neither of us were from.” This was pre-marriage equality, so bringing him to America wasn’t an option. And Russia’s stance on being gay made Patrick unsafe there. But being a stranger in a foreign land offered Patrick an insight into his life he’d have never seen otherwise. “Going to Russia removed everything familiar to me. I was able to quickly see that the person I cared about was like me— also running away.” To confront what he was running away from, Patrick believed he had to return to the part of world he originally left behind, which meant leaving behind his hopes of a relationship.

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Marrying Sedrick Huppert days after Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex was struck down in 2014.

Chicago were too risky for lost kids. He settled on Madison because it was close enough to Indiana for him to rebuild family relationships. Madison also embraces hockey, something that had become a big part of Patrick’s life. The gay hockey league he found in New York helped him cope with the pains of his childhood indoctrination on what constitutes masculinity. Though Madison wasn’t perfect, in 2006, Patrick founded the Madison

Gay Hockey Association (MGHA), which as of 2019 has grown to be the largest LGBTQ hockey association in the world. He also started Our Lives magazine in 2007, which focuses on the lives and advocacy of Madison’s LGBTQ community. Patrick was helping Madison become a little bit more of the progressive city it often promises to be. Throughout Patrick’s struggles, he was successful professionally. He landed an internship at Entertainment Weekly. He

was the assistant art director for Out Magazine, creative director of Seattle magazine, and spent years as a senior designer for Condé Nast Traveler (yes, fans of The Devil Wears Prada—that Condé Nast). Locally, he was a creative director for In Business magazine among other positions at notable organizations. Patrick readily admits there are many people who have it far worse than he did, and he seeks to give those people access to something he didn’t have. His entrepreneurial endeavors are rooted in removing barriers to access. For example, MGHA is free to those who can’t afford equipment and league fees, and it uses gender-inclusive locker rooms, resulting in no one feeling forced to choose a locker room based on their gender identity. Longing for connection has shaped Patrick into a person who wants to ensure that networks are in place for lost kids of all sorts to have opportunities for honest and authentic connection throughout their lives. Madison has become the home that Patrick had hoped for when he first

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left Indiana. The community he’s built through both MGHA and Our Lives has helped him to finally feel rooted somewhere and given him a sense of belonging. He also has someone here to share the rest of his life with, his husband, Sedrick, whose unconditional love is a constant companion on the journeys they have taken and have yet to take together.

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e ssential pets

Keeping Puppies and Kittens by Lori Scarlett, DVM Spring’s a wonderful time at a veterinary clinic—there are more puppy and kitten visits! While we love cuddling them, giving lots of treats so they love coming to us, and cooing over their cuteness, there’s a lot more that we do for them.

The first puppy or kitten visit should ideally take place within a week of adoption. Just like a new baby, you want to make sure they’re healthy. They’ll be checked for fleas, intestinal worms, ear mites, and other parasites. Some puppies


are born with a cleft palate or umbilical hernia. I saw one whose Achilles tendon was damaged during birth, but went unnoticed until she was bigger and trying to run around. Heart murmurs can be heard, which might go away on their own or signal something more serious. A thorough physical exam is important for these little guys. Bring along any paperwork you receive at the adoption to the first vet visit to determine which vaccines might be needed. Puppies and kittens need vaccines until they are at least 16 weeks of age, so even though they may have already received a vaccine, it doesn’t mean they don’t need more. Vaccines are given every three to four weeks because we don’t know just when antibodies from the mother’s milk wear off. Once those antibodies are gone, the puppy or kitten can make their own antibodies to the vaccines. By 12 to 16 weeks of age, all puppies and kittens should be making their own antibodies, so they need their final vaccine at the 4-month mark and then boosters yearly (or less frequently, depending on the vaccine) after that.

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There are a variety of different vaccines that puppies and kittens need, and others given based on their lifestyle (where they play, where they spend time outdoors, etc.). Puppies need distemper and parvovirus vaccines starting by 8 weeks of age. These might be listed on a pet health record as DHPP, DHPPV, DA2PP, or DA2PPV. The D is distemper, a potentially lethal disease affecting the respiratory, digestive, and brain/nervous systems—it has nothing to do with the temperament of the puppy. A2 is adenovirus 2, which causes respiratory illnesses. One P is for parvo, another potentially lethal disease in puppies that causes diarrhea, vomiting, and severe dehydration. The other P is for parainfluenza, which also causes respiratory disease. The V stands for virus, as all of these diseases are viral diseases. Kittens should receive FVRCP (or RCP) vaccines. The FV is feline viral. The R is for rhinotracheitis, a severe upper respiratory infection. C is for calicivirus, another upper respiratory infection that can also cause mouth ulcers and lead to pneumonia and death. Kittens also have a distemper vaccine called


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panleukopenia. It’s more similar to parvo in dogs, causing vomiting, diarrhea, a fever, and death. Other important puppy shots are the Bordetella, leptospirosis, and Lyme vaccines. Bordetella is called kennel cough, which isn’t completely accurate. Kennel cough can be caused by any number of different viruses, much like a cold in humans. Bordetella is a bacteria that can lead to severe respiratory problems like pneumonia. The vaccine helps prevent the more severe secondary infection. Puppies who will go to puppy class, daycare, boarding facilities, dog parks, or are living in areas with other dogs should receive this vaccine. It’s often given as an oral vaccine, which goes down easily with a peanut-butter-coated syringe. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection found in wild-animal urine, and is a potentially fatal liver and/or kidney infection. Lepto is found in the Madison area, and the vaccine should be given to all puppies regardless of their breed or size. Lyme is a bacterial infection spread by ticks, and is prevalent in Wisconsin. Most puppies should be protected with the Lyme vaccine. There’s a puppy shot that includes DHPP, Lepto, and Lyme vaccine all in one, which makes it easier on the puppy and their owner! Feline leukemia (FeLV) is a vaccine recommended for all kittens by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. FeLV infection in cats under one year of age is more likely to cause severe illness, such as cancer, anemia, infections, and oral disease. At the one-year exam, your cat’s lifestyle will determine if the FeLV vaccine needs to continue. If they never spend time outside, there is little risk of them contracting FeLV from a cat bite. Kittens can get Bordetella, but it isn’t common—most vets don’t carry or recommend this vaccine. There are tick-borne diseases in cats, but currently no vaccinations against them. Take a fresh poop sample to your vet when you get a new puppy or kitten. Almost all young animals are born with intestinal worms, and some may also have coccidia or Giardia, all of which can cause diarrhea, which can lead to 42 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

dehydration and other problems. Many vets will send home deworming medication regardless of what is found in the poop, as some parasites are hard to find or not shed in poop all the time. At the first visit, your vet will also discuss heartworm disease and start your puppy, and ideally your kitten, on a heartworm preventative. Flea-and-tick preventative should also be discussed and provided. These are things your pet should get year-round for the rest of its life.


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In addition to vaccines and a physical exam, the new-puppy or -kitten visit is important for talking about behavior, potty training, diet, and socialization. It’s important to treat your new friend with love and positive reinforcement without yelling, hitting, or swatting. They’re just babies and don’t understand punishments. Veterinarians are great resources for potty training, proper diets, and which puppy classes are the best to attend. Socialization is very important, but interactions with people, other animals, and loud noises need to be done with treats and other positive reinforcements. Anything that really scares a pet in the formative months can lead to lifelong fear and anxiety. Playing with little fur balls is certainly a wonderful part of being a vet, but providing them with the best start in life and educating their pet parents about their needs and how to keep them healthy really makes our day. We love answering questions about your new family member, so before you bring home the new bundle of joy, set up that first appointment.

Lori Scarlett, DVM & Charlie

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Lori Scarlett, DVM, is the owner and veterinarian at Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic. For more information, visit fourlakesvet.com.


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by Lauren Miller Birds possess a curious dichotomy. They’ve captivated human imagination for millennia with their ability to fly, coming to symbolize our highest aspirations. Yet their otherworldliness and often mysterious nature lead many cultures to view them as bearers of death, conduits to and from the afterlife, or even as immortal souls.

tives and attitudes toward death through immersive environments and creative play. In a recent project, Mourning Dove & The Forgotten, Elyse-Krista reimagines figures we associate with death, replacing the Grim Reaper with her Mourning Dove character, which gathers flowers for the deceased and lovingly mourns at their graves.

Much of the imagery surrounding death in our western culture lacks optimism and serenity, and is instead represented in sinister, horrifying, and violent imagery. While these characteristics are symptomatic of our own fears and uncertainties, multimedia artist ElyseKrista Mische seeks to shift our perspec-

Growing up in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Elyse-Krista found early inspiration in handicrafts at local craft fairs and rummage sales. There was something magic in the ability to create a work of art out of scraps of nothing. A glass bottle meticulously decorated with hundreds of glittering glass beads, quilts

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depicting elaborate foliage fashioned from scraps of textiles, tiny wooden boxes intricately adorned with winding carvings—for Elyse-Krista, these objects manifested their creator’s careful attention and the expanse of time they took to make, condensing it neatly to fit in one’s hand. The objects then took on a life of their own, gaining a history as they were passed from person to person. Elyse-Krista began to create her own objects of wonder from recycled materials, simple art supplies, and papier-mâché. She fondly remembers crafting forts from refrigerator boxes, marveling in the transformative experience of making a space of one’s own.

Elyse-Krista sees art as a

one which can bring people from different ages and backgrounds together

to be more creative and open minded in their own lives.” Elyse-Krista sees art as a universal language, one which can bring people from different ages and backgrounds together, allowing them to communicate ideas and emotions that they may lack words to express. Though her work deals with monumental themes, such as death and time, it’s incredibly playful and lacks the dark morbidity we too often associate with these notions.

Continuing in her study of art, ElyseKrista earned a BA in fine art in 2011 from Lawrence University in Appleton, where she now resides. Additionally she completed a number of artist residencies across the United States. “Art is

my favorite experience, activity, and object in the world. I’m delighted to call myself an artist because I have the privilege of sharing my creativity and unique perspectives with others and, hopefully by doing so, can inspire them

In The Offering, audiences are invited to approach the work, select a felted flower from the offering basket, then place the flower beneath the altars of the Birdman of Life or the Birdman of Death. Through this playful interaction, ElyseKrista is able to create a multisensorial, holistic connection between viewer and work. “When you engage multiple senses besides just sight, there’s greater potential to not only glimpse the core of a topic, but also space to insert your own imagination, beliefs, and questions. I make interactive work because it allows me to talk about ideas of time, memory, madisonessentials.com

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Elyse-Krista describes herself as primarily an illustrator, seeing her interactive works as

“live drawings.” and mortality with an open-door policy. Interaction invites people to step outside of their comfort zones, to make believe a little, and to feel as though they themselves are part of the project.” Elyse-Krista describes herself as primarily an illustrator, seeing her interactive works as “live drawings.” Simply put, drawing is writing with pictures and can be done in virtually any media. You could draw by pencil, paint, your body, fabric and thread, or virtually anything. For many of us, drawing is the first media we are exposed to, and in many ways, it’s the most accessible mode of communication. Crafts from Elyse-Krista’s youth continue to play a key role in her art practice. “Latch hook, embroidery, papier-mâché, and collage are inviting, tactile mediums that draw people in with whimsy. I choose materials that urge people to touch or get up close and personal to them because this allows for physical, intimate engagement with the art work and associated ideas.” Crafts evoke their maker and other makers, and the possibility of continuing and remaking. Elyse-Krista recently returned from an artist residency with BreckCreate in Breckenridge, Colorado, and currently works two CNA jobs while developing art programming for the elderly through ThedaCare’s assisted-living facility. She 46 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

also has been volunteering with hospice, an activity that neatly fits in with her art. The experience has informed her work and vice versa. “Volunteering in hospice pushes my work to be more selfless; I realize the importance of creating work that preserves a sense of others and captures a more universal audience.” Elyse-Krista is also part of a worldwide death-positive movement, which encourages people to be educated and talk freely about all aspects of death. “Death is a stranger who gives me the creeps and also a lifelong pen pal that I am bound to one day meet.” Currently, “I’m taking a little break from making to research ideas of life and death, and to mingle with my community in creative ways.” Since 2018, Elyse-Krista has been working with the Neighborhood Partners of Goodwill Industries planning community Big Puppet Parades, which invite individuals from all walks of life to come together in their neighborhoods to craft giant puppets. The puppets are then paraded through residential streets. “Although it’s difficult to not be constantly making my own work, it can be beneficial to step away from creating art to help others make, and refill one’s box of inspiration.” Elyse-Krista’s work and videos of interactions with her installations can be found at lifepropaganda.com. Lauren Miller is a historian of art and visual culture, a freelance arts writer, and an associate at Abel Contemporary Gallery. Photographs provided by Elyse-Krista Mische.

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Rejection No matter what you do in life, at some point you will experience rejection. Bummer, right? Not all rejections are created equally, which means our reactions and the side effects can differ greatly. Some rejections we can quickly get over, while others are experienced as deep trauma that can lead to depression and isolation. More traumatic rejections can stick with us for a lifetime and inform our decisions and our life—if we let them.

face is romantic. But some of the most traumatic rejections came from our own family when we were growing up—the lack of love or acceptance from a parent, which is what I relate to. I spent most of my life trying to prove to my father that I was worthy of his love. Despite my efforts, I felt nothing I did was good enough. It seemed that everything else in his life was more important than me, and that I was a burden.

It’s interesting to understand why our brains may be hardwired to experience rejection as pain. Humans have a deep and innate desire to belong. It was crucial for survival to belong to the tribe or a group, and not accepting others was used by our ancestors to curb unwanted behaviors to keep people in line. Those who didn’t find rejection painful were less likely to survive, so we evolved to feel rejection as a painful experience. Fascinating!

As a child, searching for love honed my skills of being what others wanted me to be. If you’ve been following the series, you know that rejecting myself so I could please others led to living a life of should that was completely inauthentic and miserable. Although I experienced other trauma, this was the original trauma of my life, and I’m not alone. Many have had the same experience, leading to a deep fear of being rejected that is carried through their entire lives. Some feel a desperation for affection, which can lead to potentially harmful relationships. For others, the

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by Sandy Eichel fear of being rejected manifests into an inability to build real connections with people—keeping others at arm’s length—and a fear of being vulnerable. You can’t really hurt me because I don’t let you in. I looked for someone who’d make me feel loved, became what I thought they wanted me to be, and neglected the only relationship that might achieve it—the relationship with myself. (deep sigh) Dealing with traumatic rejection, be it from a parent, a romantic partner, or other life situation, takes time. It’s not something we let go of and move on from quickly. The bigger the pain, the longer the healing from it. Awareness and naming of the pain are important steps, which I talked about a few segments ago (go to madisonessentials.com to read “First, Acknowledge and Accept Your Pain”). Pushing away the pain of rejection does not make it better. The longer you ignore it, the bigger it can grow and the more time you spend unconsciously making decisions because of it.

Healing from rejection involves developing love for yourself and allowing yourself to feel the pain. You need to mourn. You may still have the person who caused the pain in your life, but the love you expected or thought you wanted from them will be gone. Coping with that reality means letting yourself feel the pain for a time before it can go. Everyone experiences grief differently, so you’ll need to be patient and compassionate with yourself, which is a struggle for many. Grief can come in waves—you can feel better for a time and then it can come back. That’s normal and okay. Be ready for it. It can be challenging to mourn the loss of something we thought we had. Rejection can really do a number on our hearts. Write about it, talk to a trusted confidant or a therapist, but allow yourself to take the time to mourn and heal. It takes time to realize that the only one that can make you feel secure is you; you’ll never be able to receive love from others if you don’t first love yourself. Sounds like an impossible platitude? Well, it isn’t easy. Learning to love yourself is the most difficult relationship you’ll ever foster, but it’s the most important one you’ll ever have. Realize that you’re the only one that can fill that void. An important part of overcoming rejection is learning to not reject yourself, and to open your arms and let yourself in. Sandy Eichel is a happy ex-should-er.

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Women in Brewing:


By Any Other Name BY K YLE JACOBSON Raise your hand if you ever brewed a beer. Okay, I was just making a point. Put your hand down. Now, if you ever made a homebrew, then you know what I mean when I say brewing a beer is cooking. That’s really it. You follow particular recipes using water, grain, hops, and yeast to create something that’s fundamentally different than those ingredients on their own. Throughout history, women have traditionally played roles in food preparation on every continent. It should come as no surprise that for approximately 6,500 years, women were the predominant brewers of the world. Erica DeAnda, head brewer at Tumbled Rock Brewing, says, “It was kitchen duty back in the day, and this is kitchen duty.” It used to be that taverns and beer halls were run by women, and many women 52 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

had their home recipes as well. But as beer became more commercialized, things changed. Beer guilds were formed, mostly by men, and the women brewers were phased out by the time 18th century industrialization came around. At home, however, the shift wasn’t as immediate. Thomas Jefferson is known for a few things other than serving as the third president of the United States of America, but let’s focus on his beermaking. He was known for brewing a mean Porter, but his wife, Martha, had been brewing for 40 years before Jefferson took on his first beer. No doubt she played a role in his brewing education. I’ve often heard of Jefferson’s beer, but rarely does anyone mention Martha’s. Well, maybe that’s because, for most, history isn’t about reliving the past, but rather an attempt to place the bits and pieces we learn into our contemporary understanding of various subjects. We can’t possibly know what we’re missing

until we stumble upon it, whether it be from television, a magazine article, or a babbling uncle with a knack for trivia. It seems to me that there are a lot of people who struggle to comprehensively shape an era predating their parents, and I’m one of them. So when we talk about men dominating the beer scene for the last, say, 300 years, we’re essentially discussing something that is difficult to imagine any other way. Or it could be that I’m just making excuses for the guy who walks up to a woman’s brewery stand at a local beer fest who asks, “Is the brewmaster here?” rather than, “Are you the brewmaster?” To some, that might be subtle—that guy is certainly playing the odds as roughly 90 percent of brewers today are men—but subtleties are what mess up our psyches. It makes it so an innocent question is second guessed, and then finger pointing commences, and everyone thinks they’re right and that the insults directed at them are being directed at everyone but them. Somewhere in there, we hope progress is made.


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One of those little psyche infiltrations for Erica occasionally takes the form of asking for help. “I still sometimes am like, ‘No, I got it. I got it,’ when I don’t got it.” I’ve done the same when working construction, but the context was different. We’re still living in an age where a woman owning a brewery is considered more exotic than a woman owning a pet store. “Michelle, the owner, was raised in bars and kitchens, so she’s been in this industry her whole life. We started talking about being a woman brewer and people asking, ‘What’s it like?’ And she goes, ‘I don’t understand that question because men ask the same things about women chefs. What do men joke about telling women? Get back in the kitchen. What do you mean what’s it like to be a woman chef? I’m in the place you told me to get into.’ ... What’s it like being a woman brewer? I don’t have a beard.” Most of the stigma surrounding being a female brewer doesn’t come from other brewers. “I’m just another bro,” says Erica. No, the stigma comes on occasion from the consumer end. Little quizzes and questions that aren’t from a place of genuine interest, but a hope to outsmart the brewer. It’s hard not 54 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

to wonder if they’re doing it simply because she’s a woman. Luckily, it sounds like Erica’s negative experiences are few and far between. But perhaps the real difference in being a woman brewer boils down to using equipment made for people who average five inches taller than yourself. “I have a picture of a good friend of mine who used to brew out in Santa Cruz. She’s now an R&D brewer up in Oregon. She’s standing on her mash tun, and

she couldn’t reach these two valves, but she had to turn them together, so she learned how to do it with her foot. She’s extended in this awesome way that she learned how to. It’s just interesting to see the difference in the way men brew versus the way women brew.” To support women feeling confident in approaching process differently, networks exist to encourage more women to join the brewing industry. Erica, herself, is part of the Pink

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Boots Society, a nonprofit organization supporting women working in the beer world. The goal of these sorts of networks isn’t to try to coerce women into becoming brewers, but rather to let women know that owning a brewery and brewing beer is a viable career path for women if they so choose. Being a female brewer in today’s world is certainly a far cry from what it was a few centuries ago, but it’s a place women are reestablishing themselves as a force in the modern era, assuming they haven’t already. It used to be when a reporter asked Erica about being a girl in the industry, her response was a reserved, “It’s been great.” But now, her response is a much more immediate, “It’s badass.” May our hardships be our foundations from which we grow our character. Cheers. Sources: Craftbeer.com. craftbeer.com Thomas Jefferson Foundation. monticello.org

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Psychotherapy is Helpful… Except When It Isn’t by Elizabeth H. Winston, PhD It takes courage to enter into psychotherapy. You’re trusting private thoughts and feelings to someone you don’t know. You expect them to protect your privacy, treat you with respect, and have your best interest in mind. Ordinarily, this is exactly what happens, but sometimes it doesn’t.

What to Expect

At the beginning, a therapist should ask a lot of questions and listen attentively to understand what’s bringing you to them. They should encourage you to share your therapy goals, and you should have a sense that the work you’ll be doing is related to these goals. The focus should be on you and your concerns. A therapist may share something from their personal life if they think it will be helpful. For example, a judicious use of self-disclosure can be helpful. But they should be clear that the sharing is to help you, and then quickly return the focus back to your concerns. You may feel you can be better understood by a therapist with a similar background. A therapist may share their culture, heritage, sexual orientation, ethnic or racial identity, or other characteristics that can inform a possible shared 56 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

understanding or perspective. You may also find it helpful to know that a therapist has had similar lived experience, such as losing a loved one, parenting a child with disabilities, or struggling with infertility. A brief disclosure can be helpful for establishing a therapeutic alliance, which research shows is a large contributor to a good therapy outcome. A therapist, however, should communicate that they don’t assume that their experience means they know exactly how you feel. If your therapist has a different background, you should feel their acceptance, openness, and understanding. Therapists shouldn’t discriminate based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status.

How to Know if a How to Know if a Therapist Therapist is is Working Working Toward Your Best Interest

You should be talking about what you went to therapy to talk about—talking about you, not the therapist or their areas of interest. It’s your agenda. And be open to being challenged by your

therapist once trust is established. If you ever feel like something is inappropriate, talk to a trusted friend or family member about what’s happening to get their perspective. Potentially harmful ethical violations may need to be addressed. A therapist should also be open to discussing the probable duration of the course of therapy, including at what point it will end. Therapy can range from one session to more than a year of every other week, weekly, or twice weekly sessions. If you’re seeking support around a recent stressful event, you may benefit from an hour of careful listening, validation, and support. In contrast, if you’re seeking help in healing from childhood abuse, you may need a few years to work toward healing, personality development, and improvement in multiple areas of life functioning. The APA Ethical Principles state, “Psychologists terminate therapy when it becomes reasonably clear that the client/patient no longer needs the service, is not likely to benefit, or is being harmed by continued service.”

When Things Go Wrong

One of the idiosyncrasies of a therapeutic relationship is that it’s inherently

transactional and unidirectional. A client (or their insurance) pays money to a stranger who listens to their problems and helps find solutions (of course, it’s actually more complicated than that). The unidirectional relationship should remain intact. That is, the therapist is there to support the client, not the other way around. Also, the payment should be for therapy. The APA Ethical Principles state that a psychologist may not engage in any multiple relationships with a client that could “impair the psychologist’s objectivity, competence, or effectiveness in performing functions as a psychologist, or otherwise risks exploitation or harm” to the client. A multiple relationship can be anything from planning a business venture together to seeing your best friend’s brother for therapy to developing a friendship or romantic relationship with one another. Sexual intimacy between a therapist and client is always wrong. There’s an inherent power differential wherein the therapist has more power, making it impossible for the client to provide true consent. Sexual attraction within a therapeutic relationship happens and may or may not be addressed/discussed in the therapy depending on whether it’s clinically useful for the client. It may be useful to discuss if the client has challenges with keeping healthy boundaries or differentiating between appreciation and sexual attraction. A therapist will likely seek consultation or supervision from a colleague should they experience attraction toward a client.

You have the option of reporting your therapist to the state licensing board to investigate your concerns. All mentalhealth professionals are licensed by the state and subject to state regulations and statutes. Healing from harm done by a mentalhealth professional may involve trying again with another therapist. Each therapist will have their own reaction to harm done in the context of a therapeutic relationship. A new therapist may feel anxiety and shame when hearing about the harm done by a fellow mentalhealth professional, and may not know what their responsibility is in terms of reporting the professional. Once the therapist has worked through their own feelings with the assistance of colleagues, they should be able to use their skills to help you. Possible explanations for what happened include that your therapist was untrustworthy, motivated by self-interest, and exploitative. This is terrible and should be reported. Another is that they were experiencing a major stressor or change in cognitive status (i.e. major depression or dementia) that rendered them incapable of providing competent services. In this case, your report could help them get the help they need. For example, a professional I know was engaging in odd behaviors during a couple’s therapy session—repeatedly checking the time and playing with his phone. The couple reported it to his family, and he was soon diagnosed with a degenerative neurological condition.

What should you do if you feel you have been harmed by a therapist? If the harm is relatively minor (i.e. you were hurt by something your therapist said but have otherwise had a trusting and positive experience), you should bring your concern to your therapist. This is a good opportunity to discuss a harm and hopefully have someone you trust respond thoughtfully and respectfully. Give your therapist the opportunity to hear you and apologize or clarify.

Another possibility could be that you’re engaging in such a way that you perceive exploitation or harm when there’s none. This is more likely if you tend to perceive these dynamics in other relationships outside of therapy, if you have certain types of personality disorders, or if you’re very suspicious or paranoid. If any of these describe you, you may want to choose a therapist who comes highly recommended by a trusted source, or bring a friend or family member to therapy with you.

If the harm was big, talk to a trusted friend or family member about what happened so you can have support.

Most mental-health professionals are drawn to the profession because of a deep and abiding sense of wanting to

help others—invested in reducing harm, and healing and helping others live their lives on their terms and to the best of their abilities. As in any profession, there are bad actors out there. Please don’t let these few dissuade you from getting the help you need. Elizabeth H. Winston, PhD, is a licensed Madison psychologist who provides psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and consultation to businesses and organizations. Find her at shorewoodpsychology.com and consultingcollaborative.org.

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Food for


Fresh fruits and vegetables are foundational to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Still, as urban centers expand, the barriers to healthy food become increasingly problematic. Fresh and local is touted across the country, yet the pressures of development make it economically challenging to preserve farmland near cities. What is happening to our farmland, and can we keep food production near our urban centers? Thousands of farms have gone out of business over the last few years. Wisconsin alone lost 560 farms in 2019. According to the American Farmland Trust May 2018 report, Farms Under Threat, almost 31 million acres of agricultural land was irreversibly lost to 58 | m a d i s o n e s s e n t i a l s

development between 1997 and 2012. Even more concerning is that 11 million of these acres were rated as the highestvalue land for intensive food and crop production. Living at the edge of the city and watching this land-use shift has given plenty of food for thought resulting in our barn story, an experimental model for preserving productivity on highly developable land. The experiment began with the purchase of a two-acre split with a house on it from our neighbor’s farm. The thought was to provide land and housing for intensive food production to feed the next generation’s farm-to-table dreams. The reality was not sustainable. Next thought, if labor intensive organic food

by Joan W. Ziegler

production on a microfarm is a bust, is it possible to subsidize a food-pantry garden by turning the home into a vacation rental? This has worked. Over the last five years, the home rental covered the costs, and the land has produced thousands of pounds of food for Middleton Outreach Ministry’s (MOM’s) food pantry in Middleton. But why stop there with most of the land around us at risk for development? The 1914 dairy barn on the farm adjacent to our, ZDA’s, land was slated to be torn down for housing. Saddened to see these iconic symbols of Wisconsin’s dairy land disappearing, we decided, against our better judgement, to do a barn rescue. In the early morning of a chilly March day,

third-generation barn movers lifted the little barn off of its foundation and moved it across the street to its new home. The barn sat up on cribbing for over a year while we thought about how we could make its new life self-sustaining. We gave the barn a new foundation and a new roof to stabilize it for the next 100 years, but what about the land surrounding the barn? With 14 acres and an old barn, we began to think about what would be the best sustainable land use to protect the majority of land’s productivity for the future. We lobbied to keep the land in agricultural zoning and were granted an agricultural entertainment conditional-use permit. This allows the land use to expand from growing field crops and food to agricultural programming, farm-to-table dinners, and events. The hope is that diversity will provide the resiliency and community necessary to preserve the land’s future productivity.

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So is it possible to protect agricultural land on the fringes of our cities from development? The most productive agricultural land is also the most desirable land for housing, transportation, and


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energy production. Long-term planning goals continue to favor residential development of agricultural farmland in many Dane County townships. Our land and the farmland around us are targeted for an airport runway expansion. Thirteen hundred acres of agricultural land in the Driftless region are already being converted into a solar energy farm with another 495 acres approved for conversion. Land is needed to support urban expansion, but thoughtful, comprehensive urban planning should work to protect our best farmland from development. Access to fresh food is fundamental to health and well-being. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts that by 2050 the world will need to increase food production by 70 percent to feed a world of over nine billion people. According to Farms Under Threat, this makes it critical to “balance the demands for energy, housing, transportation, and water to ensure our best agricultural land remains available for food and other crop production.� Technology has made our best farmland

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more productive, but irreversible development of farmland is an unspoken threat that could eat at the very foundation of future food securities for cities. Joan W. Ziegler is a horticulturist and garden designer and winner of the 2015 Perennial Plant Association Merit Award for Residential Landscape at ZDA, Inc. Landscape Architecture, 4797 Capitol View Road, Middleton. Call (608) 831-5098 or visit zdainc.com.

Joan W. Ziegler

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Tadsen Photography...................................... 50

Samba Brazilian Grill....................................... 15

UW Credit Union.............................................. 63

The Side Door Grill and Tap........................... 15 Sugar River Pizza Company........................... 31


Tempest Oyster Bar......................................... 13

Abel Contemporary Gallery................ 27 & 45

Tornado Steak House..................................... 13

Community Pharmacy................................... 27

Vintage Brewing Co. ...................................... 21

Community Wellness Shop............................ 27

Willy Street Co-op........................................... 61

Deconstruction Inc......................................... 41

Wollersheim Winery & Distillery....................... 5

Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier.......................... 27 JNJ Craftworks................................................. 27

entertainment & media

Karen & Co................................................ 5 & 27

After Should Online Video Podcast............. 49

Pieces Unimagined......................................... 27

Back of the House Online Video Series....... 50

Enter by submitting your answer to the above question online at madisonessentials.com or by mail with your name, mailing address, phone number, and email to: Madison Essentials c/o Towns & Associates, Inc. PO Box 174 Baraboo, WI 53913-0174 All entries with the correct answer will be entered into a drawing for one of two $50 gift cards. Contest deadline is March 27, 2020. Gift cards will be honored at all Nitty Gritty locations.

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Winners Thank you to everyone who entered our previous contest. The answer to the question “The building of which establishment once served as a safe house for the underground railroad?” is The Old Feed Mill. A $50 Food Fight® Gift Card was sent to each of our winners, Jane Albert of Madison and Steve Miller of Beaver Dam.

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Madison Essentials March/April 2020  

Madison Essentials is a bimonthly magazine dedicated to promoting the Greater Madison area and its independent businesses and organizations....

Madison Essentials March/April 2020  

Madison Essentials is a bimonthly magazine dedicated to promoting the Greater Madison area and its independent businesses and organizations....