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Shouldn't Melissa Agard Sargent be home with the kids?

The Saturday before the Aug. 14 primary elections, Melissa Agard Sargent drove to Milwaukee to help support progressive Democratic candidates running for Assembly. On Sunday, with her youngest son in tow, she talked to constituents at the north-side Ride the Drive. Then she went knocking on doors. >More
 Gene Ferrara's Center for Conscious Living is more than a church

Gene Ferrara doesn't look like your average reverend. He plays congas, often wears Hawaiian shirts and frequently sits in the crowd as others lead a workshop or parts of the Sunday service at the Center for Conscious Living. During his Sunday sermon, he's as likely to talk about the spiritual lessons he drew from watching a football game as he is to discuss current affairs or the esoteric teachings of Jesus, Buddha or Nelson Mandela. >More
 Former Ald. Brenda Konkel remains a force through biting criticism of government and media

Brenda Konkel is a busy woman. Responding to a request for an interview, she writes on a Friday that she has a meeting at 6:30 that night plus four meetings on Saturday and two on Sunday. And so she adds a meeting with a reporter on Saturday evening at the offices of community television station WYOU, where she is a volunteer producer and the chair of the board. Our meeting is suspended for a while when a Spanish-language live show is about to go on the air and its members need help. >More
 Taking on Bishop Morlino

Jim Beyers is a lifelong Catholic and proud of it. He loves his church and what he feels it stands for -- "justice and service to others." He's been active in many parish ministries and was the CEO of a Catholic hospital for 13 years. But there is one thing that Beyers, like some other local Catholics, does not like about his church: its leader, Madison Bishop Robert Morlino. >More
 Sharon Kilfoy's murals unite their communities

It's drizzling on Gallery Night, but a crowd has gathered this May evening outside the Social Justice Center at 1202 Williamson St. U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin speaks, then Ald. Marsha Rummel and the Madison Arts Commission's Karin Wolf. As the rain continues, the crowd listens to Michael Bonesteel, of the Art Institute of Chicago, and to Dan Yopack from Santa Fe, who later identifies himself as a poet and shaman. >More
 Unrepentant Red: Clarence Kailin looks back on a lifetime of fighting the good fight

Clarence Kailin died Sunday, October 25, at the age of 95. The Madisonian was a lifelong socialist, union supporter and activist for peace and social justice. He was also one of the last surviving veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a group of volunteers from the United States who fought with the International Brigades against fascist forces in the Spanish Civil War in the late '30s. >More
 Madison hosts Gaza victim

Ahmed Abu Salama is in a wheelchair, in the basement of Madison's Ronald McDonald House. He and his mother have been here since late May, receiving care from UW Hospital. Their ordeal began a year and a half ago and is continuing. >More
 Drs. Gene and Linda Farley: 'Health care is a right'

Dr. Linda Farley died Tuesday, June 9, at the age of 80. Along with her husband and fellow physician Gene, she was a longtime leading proponent of health care reform and a courageous activist on behalf of the idea that quality medicine is a universal human right. The following cover story by Esty Dinur was published in the November 19, 2004, edition of Isthmus. >More
 The humble ground cherry is easy to grow and fun

Ground cherries look like a cross between cherry tomatoes and tomatillos. Like the latter, they're wrapped in a papery husk. Like the former, they're sweet, though in a different way. Some say they taste like pineapple. Others talk gooseberry. Whatever the case, they can be eaten raw, added to salads or cooked into jams, jellies, salsa, condiments or pies. Easy to grow, they add flavor and color to your summer dishes. >More
 Holy redeemer

Much of what the Rev. Jerry Hancock has to say about the criminal justice system sounds reasonable coming from a clergyman who heads a Madison-based prison ministry program. But when you consider that he's spent more than 30 years as a lawyer in this system, many of them as a prosecutor, his perspective is positively stunning. >More
 How green are my beans

I love green beans. And purple and yellow. I love them in their pods, or, months later, dried and cooked. Beans are easy to grow, and even though the experts will tell you otherwise, you can grow "Southern" beans in the Madison area. Green beans are a good source of carbohydrates, and a moderate source of protein, dietary fiber, vitamin C and beta carotene, with small amounts of calcium and other trace nutrients. Because they fix nitrogen they're good for the soil too. If grown right, they'll yield plenty in a relatively small space. >More
 Remembering the Greenbush

It's Friday, and George Fabian and the guys are hanging out in his shoe store. It's small, green inside and out, busy with customers, phone calls and visitors. "I never know who'll come," says Fabian, wearing an apron. "There's fewer now. Time's been unkind to my old friends." >More
 Are more cops really needed?

I almost didn't go to the meeting. It was touted as a discussion about neighborhood crime -- something I haven't encountered in my three years on Madison's north side. I've seen several instances where people called police on their neighbors for things they probably should have talked about, like roaming cats or a car parked in the wrong place. But crime? Nope. Never. >More
 Pro-Israel, and pro-Armageddon

For the past several months, full-color ads have run in the Madison Jewish News announcing the 'Night to Honor Israel' at the Overture Center. The May 6 event, part of a national campaign by a Zionist group called Christians United for Israel, has drawn a sharply critical response from some local rabbis and progressive Jews. >More
 New greens

I'm a bleeding-heart progressive who has a hard time killing things, so I decided that plants that struggle so hard to stay alive should get a chance. I knew broccoli is a biennial plant, so I didn't expect to see new heads, but who knows? Mystery and anticipation are, after all, the spice of life. >More
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