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Ann Levihn

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Madison Area Builders Association

Ah, the 1950s American suburban landscape, where the modern ranch house reigns supreme. With nearly uniform design elements, all of which were deemed "modern," the post-World War II, '50s ranch-style house sprouted up in the cornfields that bordered Madison and presented to the community not only a new form of architecture, but also a new way of living. more

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The odds of actually being required to tread water for 11 minutes in a full jacket-and-pants getup (anyone else attend Camp Phantom Lake?) or start a fire with two twigs these days are slim. But the skills and camaraderie gained at camp last a lifeti more

Isthmus Parents

"My mom was Southern, but that's not why she made shrimp Creole for Christmas. She made it because the sauce could be made the day before, the shrimp could be bought already cooked and de-veined, the whole dish could be quickly heated and served, and more

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Andrew Ravenscroft, a Londoner who now lives in Madison, recalls Boxing Day as a time to get together with family, watch a little football (soccer) and head to the local pub. more

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"Tanyuan brings the whole family together to eat and pray for good fortune in the coming year; the word sound of 'yuan' means 'round and perfect' in Chinese." more

Isthmus Giving

"The story of Hanukkah includes the miracle of the oil in the lamps of the Temple in Jerusalem, which lasted for eight days. It's the oil in which potato latkes are fried that connects it to the holiday." more

Isthmus Giving

During the seven days of Kwanzaa, a table remains set with symbolic foods such as corn, which stands for the next generation, and a major feast takes place on the last day. more

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It's so easy. Instant gratification. In the bakery section of your local grocer's, they line the shelf, stacked high, bearing stickers that claim authenticity as proof: Freshly Baked Apple Pie. It's $5, you can't resist - you buy, you rush home, you unwrap, you snarf. Minutes later, you're left to ponder the sticky residue on your taste buds: Did I just eat half that pie? more

Isthmus Abode

The skin you're in: Not only is it your body's largest organ, it's also your most important accessory. more

Health Beauty Fitness

She's one of those people who ooze talent from their pores. She's the one who said she was going to learn how to sew...and actually did it.And she could, without a doubt, serge circles around any 'Project Runway' wannabe. more

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Whether you're a new mother-to-be or a veteran, it pays to be aware of the options for delivering your baby in the Madison area. more

Isthmus Parents

It's a new year. You begin by denying yourself life's simple pleasures: bad carbs, good beer, the iTunes account. You make your health and your bank statement the utmost priorities. And then you sulk: This sucks. more

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Because with the opening of Chiripa, a new store on Park Street featuring (predominantly) Mexican handicrafts, you can feed your addiction to Day of the Dead figurines while being enlightened by the amazing wares selected and presented by owners Kathryn Leide and Beth Robinson. more

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I'll refrain from being a Mac snob and simply tell you how cool the MacShop and its sister store next door, the iShop, are. more

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There are few real hippies (you know, who actually "grew up in the '60s" and rebelled against the mainstream culture) still hanging around in the spotlight, but the hippie shop phenom lives on. more

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As you embark upon your annual gift-giving brainstorming session for 2006, make a pact with your pocketbook to keep things local. more

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But after one 45-minute discussion with Margie Hamilton of Wild Birds Unlimited, I'm convinced that birding just might become my newest stress-relieving, at-one-with-nature hobby. more

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Many of us wax poetic about our Chuck Taylors, and for good reason. Simply put, they're damn cool. And Jack's Shoes ' a State Street institution ' is as cool a place as any to house one of the Midwest's largest selections of Chucks. more

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Giddy. Punchy. In the mood for Elvis music and a fruity cocktail. If you can't recall a store that made you feel this way about shopping, then you haven't strolled down Parmenter Street in Middleton and into fab store Tickled Pink, where the whimsy factor is always set to high. more

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