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It's time to celebrate the 12 Days of Wishmas

Kim and Jason Kotecki are quite the pair. Seven years ago they started a small business to produce the comic strip originally created by Jason as a way to win over his now-wife, Kim. That comic strip, based on their lives as children and named "Kim and Jason," became the basis for their personal and business philosophy: bring as much childlike wonder into adult life as possible, and help give happy childhoods to those who might otherwise not get the chance. >More
 December arrives with the season's first major winter storm in Madison

The telltale rumble of snowplows scraping the streets is a familiar sound around downtown Madison, as the first major winter storm of the season cuts a swath across much of the Upper Midwest this Saturday evening. A mix of snow, sleet, and ice has glazed over the region through the morning and afternoon hours, and is forecast to continue through the weekend. >More
 Rockettes fever in Chicago

Deep down, I am permanently ten years old. Maybe. It could explain, anyway, why over the weekend I went with great excitement to an afternoon performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It took place outside Chicago in Rosemont, at the hulking Rosemont Theatre. >More
 The third Christmas Craftacular at the High Noon is spectacular

Amid the curious aroma of coffee, beer, winter and hot-glue, people mingled and meandered through the mini-walkways of the third-annual Christmas Craftacular on Saturday morning. Held at the High Noon Saloon and hosted by The Glitter Workshop, Emily Kircher, and orangyporangy, the fair offers a variety of goodies by local crafters and artisans, and remain on display for your purchasing pleasure. >More
 Ropin' up holiday gifts at three Madison fairs

It's gift shopping season again, and I am already suffering the yearly symptoms that come from stressing over what to buy for impossible family members. My conscience is working against me as well, as I have been telling everyone the benefits of supporting fair trade and local business. >More
 Madison gets its first snowy Thanksgiving in a decade

Winter arrived just in time for the holiday season yesterday, as daytime rain and sleet turned into evening snow, falling well into the night in a broad swath across southern Wisconsin. Madison officially received 1.3 in. of snow over the course of Wednesday, with flurries continuing into the early morning hours of Thanksgiving. It was the first measurable snowfall of the winter. >More
 Madison does Thanksgiving

Money, it's a drag. So is tryptophan, but on a whole different level. When it comes down to it, traveling is expensive. And when it comes to sailing the skies around Turkey Day, this fact is inflated like a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. When I looked into going home back east, ticket prices were jacked up more than $200 over the normal price. >More
 She came from another planet at Belleville UFO Day

Belleville has the makings of the perfect podunk town, and I mean that in the kindest way. It is a quaint place set on a pretty lake, its main street nestled next to the water and lined with old-timey buildings. People mingle in front of shops like one big family; hands wave to the neighbor, who is most likely the cousin of a good friend, whose daughter's elementary school teacher is your mom. >More
 Madison mystic Janet Merino mystifies at The Psychic Gallery

The other day, on my way to Urban Outfitters to steal home decorating ideas, I was distracted from my mission by the swankest storefront on the 100 block of State Street. I became really excited for a hot minute. Had some interior designer read my mind and perfectly decked out my dream pad? Then I glimpsed the placard: The Psychic Gallery. >More
 Don't look now, but it's apple season

There I was, out for a run in Law Park near Monona Terrace, where I often trot in the early evening. I was listening to the radio, as I usually do, and dodging bicyclists and anglers on the path, as I usually do. >More
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