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Madison is undergoing a Renaissance of sorts in its grocery options. Madison's grocery store market is thriving, so much so that folks in these parts shop around - perhaps buying staples at one store, produce somewhere else and specialty items or to-go dinners at a third location. Local stores, mindful that competition is hot and options abundant, are trying to stand out from the crowd. What are the differences, after all? >More
 The Edge of Homelessness

Nathaniel Godfrey has on numerous occasions over the last five years narrowly avoided becoming homeless. Depression, anxiety, alcoholism and bad luck have conspired to ruin his credit, employment and rental histories. Though his fortunes have rebounded in recent months, his situation remains precarious. A single incident could unravel his hard-won gains. >More
 Isthmus Book of Love: Valentine's Day, 2008

 Be the Decider

To hear some pundits tell it, the races to pick the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees will be over next week, after the ballot bonanza known as Super (Duper) Tuesday. But these are the same folks who wanted the process to be over before the first vote was cast, and then after each state's outcome. >More
 How we sound

Judging from the bands I've seen so far, the local music scene doesn't have much sex appeal. But Madison is hardly unique in that regard. From Perth to Glasgow, young pop musicians who wouldn't think twice about eating musicians' spaghetti to afford an amplifier that will make them sound about a tenth of an iota better wouldn't dream of spending a few bucks on something snazzy to wear on stage. >More
 The wounds of war

Scott Kruchten says the day that changed his life forever was, for Iraq, pretty average. "At some point in time," he deadpans, "someone decided to make it non-average." >More
 Wedding ache

I pulled my car into a vast parking lot on Madison's far west side and prepared nervously for battle. It was a warm afternoon in late September. The sun was shining, the world was still green. My last fall semester at the university had just begun, and sheer, invincible happiness was in the air. >More
 High Hopes

New year, new hope. What changes do you want to see in 2008? We put that question to a cross-section of Madisonians to see what reflections and resolutions they would offer. Their answers were sometimes funny, sometimes profound. Here's what we learned. >More
 Yet more hopes for 2008

Here are four more of the best wishes for a new year by Madisonians. >More
 Cheap Shots 2007: The end of optimism

Summing up an entire year in a few words is never easy, but it is possible. 2002, for instance, was the same backwards as forwards, which kind of described it: How we stepped forward from the shock of 9/11 only to step back into McCarthyite suspicion and the march to war. 2005 was the year of the disaster, with Katrina ravaging New Orleans and tornados ripping through Wisconsin. And 2006 was marked by outrage, both real and manufactured. Mostly manufactured. >More
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