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Water Rights Stolen in a Budget

Most people have heard about some of the appalling items that were slipped into the Wisconsin budget last week. It’s actually hard to list them all. But of particular concern to me, is the item that was slipped in by … Continue reading

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End-of-Year Charitable Giving

Yesterday I sat down to decide how much to donate to tax-exempt organizations before 2012 ends. Each year I become aware of new organizations that I think are doing important work, but I don’t want to forget the old standbys … Continue reading

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The Season of Giving

That is a loaded phrase. It immediately induces worry, stress, guilt, anticipation, wistfulness and sometimes joy. There really are no guidelines to gift giving, but there are strategies. Below are some that have been tried by my clan. Exchange. This … Continue reading

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Something Sweet to Beat the Heat

Well, ice cream may not beat the heat, but it helps tolerate it. I wouldn’t think of Weary Traveler (1201 Willy Street) for ice cream (love their tom yum soup though), but they have started to serve it. We were … Continue reading

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Weekends are for rejuvenation, riding and rallies

Well, rejuvenation is a nice idea, but rarely happens for me, except that I sleep in. But this weekend, I hope that Madisonians will try to get a little R and R. We have been through a lot these past … Continue reading

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Is Olive Oil Always Best? You Might be Surprised

I was formerly of the opinion that olive oil was the best oil, very good for us, almost a cure all–and that I should use it whenever I was going to use oil. I’ve since learned that it’s not quite … Continue reading

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La Brioche True Food, Truly Good

I had the pleasure of dining at La Brioche, 2662 University Ave, on Friday with my sister and niece. The first thing of note was parking–not good, though we all found a spot. I had to do two tours around before … Continue reading

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Say No to Puppy Mills

A puppy mill is any place that puppies are abused. This can be a breeder who keeps their dogs in cramped cages, unclean conditions and various other abuses. They are usually playing a numbers game, trying to sell lots of … Continue reading

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Violet Art Studio: Accessible Art

I spent a productive afternoon making prints at Violet Art Studio, 223 E. Mifflin St. We bought the class through a groupon a few weeks ago–half off a two-hour printing class. All supplies were there and  you could use anything … Continue reading

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Idiot-proof Way to Get the Money out of Politics

In a word: read. Another word: research. It’s really pretty simple. Money is used politically to win elections. Political campaigns raise money, then spend it on TV and radio spots, direct mail campaigns, email campaigns, twitter, facebook, etc. All those … Continue reading

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