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MAY 2014 | BRAVAMAGAZINE.COM 11 CONTRIBUTORS ANNA THOMAS BATES | "TO TASTE THE VINE," P. 40 Anna is a freelance writer, local food advocate and mom of two young boys living in Albany, Wis. She moved to Wisconsin 14 years ago and after visiting the Dane County Farmers' Market and camping at Newport State Park, she's never looked back. If you can't find her weeding the garden or playing bulldozer mechanic in the living room, she's probably in the kitchen baking chocolate chip cookies. KRISTINE HANSEN | "GET PAMPERED," P. 46 Although she's written about and visited exotic places such as Easter Island and Mexico City, Kristine loves to unearth gems in the Midwest, whether it's a roadside café or a quaint B&B. Her travel stories have appeared in TIME Magazine, on, American Airlines' inflight magazine and Wine Enthusiast. RACHEL WERNER | "SAY OM," P. 44 Rachel is a fitness instructor, freelance writer and blogger. Her passionate commitment to holistic wellness and sustainable agriculture makes Dane County a wonderful place for her family to call home. Although she has lived in five countries and traveled to numerous others, her most valuable education continues to be motherhood every day. LAURA J. GALLAGHER | "NEXT ACT," P. 52 In her professional life, Laura's run the gamut from interviewing (and partying with) rock stars and ghost-writing for CEOs to translating corporate financial information into actual English and making the utility industry sound sexy. She lives in Middleton with her husband, Pat, and your basic domestic menagerie. In their free time they enjoy cheering on the Badgers, Packers, Brewers, and Liverpool; traveling and keeping a house constructed by drunken monkeys from collapsing around them. TAKEYLA BENTON | "MUSE," P. 32 Takeyla is a buttoned-down banker by day and busy supermom and manic writer by night. Between saving the day with her mommy super powers she studies all things poetry and storytelling and is currently working on two novels and her blog. Her novels, a women's drama/ suspense and a young-adult supernatural thriller, allow her to creatively expand on some of the wilder facets of her poetry. She lives in Madison with the love of her life and her two amazing kids. OTHER CONTRIBUTORS: WRITERS | Teri Barr, Kathy Brozyna, Megan Cain, Corey Dane, Leigh Mills, Kristi Thom, Karin Wolf PHOTOGRAPHERS | Kaia Calhoun, David King, Shanna Wolf 1 ½ ounces Prairie Organic Vodka ½ ounce lime cordial 3 fresh mint leaves Top with soda water Pour vodka and lime cordial into a lowball glass filled with ice. Top with soda water and garnish with mint. PRAIRIE ORGANIC BOOTLEGGER E N J OY I N M O D E R AT I O N © 2 0 1 4 P ra i r i e O r g a n i c Vo d ka , 4 0 % a l c . / v o l . ( 8 0 p r o o f ) , P ra i r i e O r g a n i c G i n , 4 0 % a l c . / v o l . ( 8 0 p r o o f ) , P ra i r i e C u c u m b e r F l a v o r e d O r g a n i c Vo d ka , 3 5% a l c . / v o l . ( 7 0 p r o o f ) . D i s t i l l e d i n B e n s o n , M N . B o t t l e d b y E d P h i l l i p s & S o n s , P r i n c e t o n , M N U S A .

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