Beers and Freedom

t was twilight, those few moments when it is neither day nor night. Passed the cemeteries on Mineral Point, turned left at Glenway. The parking lot at the Village Bar looked lonely, so I pulled in for the simple pleasure of a cold beer at the end of the day.

Slow Money

alking about getting people to use money differently is hard." Yet that is exactly the task Woody Tasch has taken on. He is the chairman and president of Slow Money, and he was in Madison recently for the fifth in a series of Slow Money Institutes across the country attended by invited guests, farmers, producers, educators, community activists and others involved in building healthy, sustainable food systems.

Time to Hang Up

know I shouldn't do it—and not just because my mom scolds me when I call her during my evening commute home. We all know we shouldn't do it.


f you're like me, you've given some thought to the new hybrid cars on the market. Cleaner, more efficient automobile engines are at the very least one small part of reducing our carbon footprint. But did you know that if you are involved in an accident in a hybrid car, emergency responders need special training to get you out? The "Jaws of Life" don't work the same way with the new hybrid technology and public safety folks need knowledge and experience in how to use this life-saving equipment on the newer cars. And they're getting it … at MATC.

On Wisconsin

For the first time in a long time folks are muttering about the status of a University of Wisconsin football coach.

Slices of Life

People are passionate about their neighborhoods in this city

Down to Business

If you asked chief scientific officers what they needed most to grow their companies, their answers--even before venture capital--were business skills.

Signs of the Times

e had dinner at Lombardino's recently with six old friends, a leisurely meal we had all been eagerly anticipating. That weekend night, the restaurant was busy as usual with a lively and loud crowd that made conversation a challenge. But we were enjoying ourselves. Too much perhaps? Or, rather, too long? Apparently for somebody.

In This Together

n his terrific little book, Make Hope Real, author Rich Harwood, one of this country's foremost authorities on civic engagement and change for the common good, argues that most people see themselves as more than mere isolated consumers making claims on public resources without consideration of the public good. People want to be part of something larger, to connect with one another and make a difference in public life. They want hope. Harwood wants to make that hope real. Like many of you, we too have been talking a lot about the economy and what we as a magazine and as individuals can do to respond to the very important challenges we face as a community.

Cut Hours for Lawmakers

alifornia and Michigan weighed proposals this year to turn their full-time legislatures into part-time ones. The idea is intriguing and, lately, I've become more convinced it's something Wisconsin should consider, too.

Keep Full-Time Legislatures

here is a discussion going on in our newsroomabout a phrase you've been hearing on newscasts all around the country—"tough economic times." We are sick of it. We're tired of hearing it, thinking about it and living it every day. But, like much of America, it's our reality.

Wealth of Health

I'm a colorful character when it comes to my message about the importance of healthy eating. As both a registered and certified dietician, I deal with clients in a variety of situations—some are in preventative care classes, others are clinical or in the hospital and we're working on new diets following surgery; still many are already in the rehabilitation and follow-up portion of their health care. I need to present my ideas and nutrition plans in an open, fun and exciting manner. I find it makes the educational importance of healthy eating easier to "swallow." My interest [in healthy eating] began in high school when I learned I was on the borderline of having an eating disorder. I realized it was important for me to understand the science behind food, and how it impacts and affects the body, before I let food hurt me in a negative way. In the end, my career choice hasn't only allowed me to learn how to practice what I preach in a healthy manner, but it is helping hundreds of others understand nutrition, too. My family knows why we don't eat fast food and how I feel about all of us exercising together. My son realizes if he eats food colored with synthetic dyes he will have an allergic reaction. And whenever I get the chance I work with the media to share my message of health on an even broader scale. It goes back to being that colorful character while talking about why eating your fruits and vegetables is so important! Tammy Fumusa is a registered/certified dietician at St. Mary's Hospital. Look for her blog in the news section at

Stop the Pop

t has no real nutritional value, can be addictive and contributes to one of our nation's biggest health problems. And the governor of New York wants to increase taxes on it to generate much-needed revenue and improve the health of his state.