Learning how to understand and love your body image is often challenging. Dale Decker offers solutions that promote better acceptance. I'm sure you have the same urge I do when a beautiful person exclaims, "I'm so fat!" Thankfully, my aversion to pain is greater than my instinct to punch. A... More »
Celebrating Madison's LGBT & Allied Community
“Connections are made slowly, sometimes they grow underground. You cannot tell always by looking what is happening. More than half a tree is spread out in the soil under your feet. … Weave real connections, create real nodes, build real houses … ” These excerpts of Marge Piercy’s poem “Connections... More »
High school is where emerging adults learn about their world, their peers, and themselves. It's a place where it should be safe to delve into learning and feel secure in expressing and exploring identity. Unfortunately, for some, the experience of attending high school proves contrary. This is experienced by an... More »
I am Vered Meltzer, Alderperson of District 2 in Appleton, Wisconsin. I’m also a writer, painter, and avid gardener. I’ve been living here since the fall of 2000 when I started at Lawrence University. Prior to that I lived in Stevens Point. Before that I spent a number of years... More »
The evening after the first new player clinic I went to IHOP and ate two entrees, then went home and watched six hours of hockey games on YouTube. It was my first hockey season, despite first pulling on skates at age three. I’ve played competitive sports since age five, and... More »
A trip to their birthplace in Hawaii helped Marcelle Richards find a more whole self, and to at last feel at home in their surroundingsStoryteller
Isthmus editor Judith Davidoff takes the not-so-straight-and-narrow path to journalism.Conscious Caffeination
It’s all in the family, as Vivienne Andersen profiles the new Café Social and its owners Omar Lopez and Doug Swenson, who strive to bring Madison a truly sublime
cup of joe.
Historian Dick Wagner looks at the early history of HIV/AIDS in Wisconsin and some of the people who sounded the early alarm about its deadly reachFrom Dream to Reality
Marge Anderson tracks her upbringing during the heyday of Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry to her current work in sustainability, and how she sees hope for a better world even amid life’s many ups and downs.Legacy House
Renee L. Herber & Tamara B. Packard on preserving the history of their east side home and renovating with community support and outreach in mind.A Different American Dream
Rodney Lucas, aka F. Stokes, talks about his new documentary Ain’t No Babies in the City and why he felt compelled to tell the story of his sister and her partner’s decision to start a family in the face of massive societal prejudice.Universal Dance
Madison’s first queer tango community aims to bring a timeless tradition to new heights and a more supportive space.Ride for Life
Simone Justice found her life’s drive in cycling and is determined to see the sport better reflect and reach out to minority communities.