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Madison Lanterns for Peace commemorates Nagasaki anniversary

Monday night, on the 65th anniversary of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, a crowd of about 75 adults and children gathered at the Tenney Park shelter to make origami cranes and launch floating lanterns on the lagoon to commemorate the occasion in an event called Lanterns for Peace. >More
 Double blessings: Weddings of two brothers connect modern Madison and traditional Tibet

Wild horses on the Tibetan plains couldn't have kept me away from this double wedding the weekend before last of brothers Namgyal Tsedup (East High class of '01) and Tamdin Thardoe (West High class of '05), who I'd known since they came to Madison in 1998. I'd been an informal sponsor of their mother, Tenzin Kelsang, and had seen how hard she'd worked cleaning hotel rooms days, nights and weekends for three years to bring her husband and four kids to join her. >More
 Riding the ferris wheel at Madison's La FĂȘte de Marquette (video)

As a crowd packed the Fete de Marqutte grounds Saturday night for Marcia Ball's headline performance, we boarded the ferris wheel, a new addition to the annual east side street fair. Laissez les bon temps roullez, as they say. >More
 A summer on Door County's Washington Island

When you think of summer and islands, most people probably don't think of places north of Madison. I set out last summer on the four and half hour drive from Madison to spend my summer on Washington Island at the tip of Door County, not knowing what to expect. While I knew pina coladas and swimming with dolphins were out of the question, Washington Island turned out to be a paradise all its own. >More
 Madison Bike to Work Week 2010: Why we ride the bikes we ride (video)

As Bike to Work Week draws toward its conclusion at Friday's Bike-in Party starting at 4:30 p.m. at Tenney Park, the Crank put the question to bike commuters including retired Madison schoolteacher Dave Medearis (sixth cousin of the dude writing these words), UW-Madison pedestrian-bicycle coordinator Chuck Strawser, Home Savings President Jim Bradley, and photographer Darryl Jordan. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Scenes from Madison's Memorial Day weekend (video)

Miss the holiday weekend already? Enjoy this video postcard that includes USA Ultimate's College Championships, Cancer Stories, the Madison Marathon and Brat Fest. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Gone fishin' (video)

At a Madison fishing spot, we find out what's biting and are introduced to a guy who knows about finding love at a karaoke bar and some real neighborhood secrets. >More
 'You're welcome': A Madison Vietnam vet reflects on a belated welcome home at Lambeau

Last weekend was the long-delayed welcome home for Vietnam veterans held at Lambeau Stadium in Green Bay. Billed as "LZ Lambeau," it was a three-day extravaganza where Vietnam vets could reconnect and receive the thanks from the public they were denied 40 years earlier. I arrived with my wife Judi and my baggage of disillusionment and doubt wearing three hats - Vietnam veteran, peace activist and freelance writer for Isthmus. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: On the Madison Metro, downtown and back (video)

In celebration of Transit Week (according to the mayor), IoI takes a ride down to the Square and back, chatting with Madisonians along the way. >More
 Ancient words at Milwaukee Public Museum's 'Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible' exhibit

Religion aside, it is a miracle that the fabulous Dead Sea Scrolls are on exhibit in Milwaukee. It's also a miracle that you probably haven't heard the priceless antiquities are in the state. Madison needs to pay better attention. To paraphrase the vice president, this is a big freaking deal. >More
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