megan in madison

This is my chronicle of being awesome in Madison, Wisconsin Zone 5a. My name's Megan. Often, funny things happen to me in Wisconsin.

I like my garden(s). I really like social media, the Internet and my road bike. And I never want to get diabetes.

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I'm going to turn 30 in 2015 so I only have two years to complete my 30 Under 30. This is what started it all.

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Emily Greenhouse asks: Why do news reports still count the numbers of women and children killed in war zones?

“If we truly wish to identify the most helpless victims, we should count, alongside children, the infirm and the elderly. Instead, we tally the number of women and children killed, reflecting and perpetuating outdated ideas about women’s lives and women’s bodies.”

Photograph by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty


North Korea’s summer camp for kids sounds nice — until you remember the human rights atrocities

North Korea has been running an international summer camp for children and teenagers for almost 30 years. On Tuesday, it opened its doors to nearly 300 new campers.

It was originally intended to the strengthen the bond between North Korea and other communist countries. Now, though, the camp takes kids from everywhere — Ireland, Russia, Tanzania, even the United States. It’s also open to North Korean children who receive particularly good grades.

Kids can swim at the camp’s beaches, tumble down its massive water slides, sleep in air-conditioned rooms, play video games and watch TV. 

What the reality is for most North Korean kids


July 29, 1953: Happy Birthday Ken Burns!

PBS documentary film director and producer Ken Burns turns 61 today! His acclaimed documentaries showcase archival footage and photographs, and offer an unflinching perspective on the most important moments in American history. Ken’s films have earned twelve Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations, and in 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

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pumpkin spice candles soon

pumpkin lattes soon

pumpkin everything



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My only tomato of the year: a dwarf hybrid. #garden #summer #madison

Buzzing happy summer bees. #madison #seenonmyrun

In Jan. 2013, I set out an ambitious list of 30 things I have to do by the time I turn 30 on April 30, 2015.

The list was full of things both expensive and time-consuming, or cheap and simple, that are somehow illustrative of a (still!) young person’s bucket list. 

My plan was to blog through each goal as I nailed it.

I failed at keeping up. I failed at making the goals a priority. Utterly. And I haaaaate failing at things, like when I can’t finish season 2 of House of Cards (why does it suck?) or when I opt for the best and most terrible bed-time snack in the world: chocolate chips on spoonfuls of peanut butter. Failure.

Now, I had an excuse — a really, really good one that I’ve been using as my Ultimate Excuse for All Things: graduate school. When I finished my MLIS in December 2013 (more on that later), I took a big breather from life — I didn’t read, I watched TV, I lost interest in some of my favorite addictions (Twitter, Tumblr, Internet things) and even things that are allegedly good for my sanity like writing, drawing and yoga, or responding to emails within 2-3 business days.

No. More. Excuses. Reboot time.

It’s time to catch up with these 30 Under 30 goals. Time to hold myself accountable. I sort of have to because SHIT, I ONLY HAVE NINE MONTHS LEFT.

So I’m back. Let’s do this. Let’s do this real good now.

first PYO berries of the summer for me. #nofilter #madison (at Appleberry Farm)

I found my happy place in Duluth. (at Fitger Brewing Company)

Wisconsin: where the flannel comes in 6x, too! #mlcvswisco (at Moore’s Army Navy)

A sign of north woods life. #mlcvswisco (at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop)

Cheese propaganda in Benoit, Wisconsin. #wisco #mlcvswisco (at

Wild blueberry harvest from the Chequamegon National Forest. #mlcvswisco