Vol. 8    No. 19
SEPTEMBER 19, 2013

The Capital City Hues
(608) 241-2000

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The Capital City Hues
PO Box 259712
Madison, WI 53725
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Jonathan Gramling
Publisher & Editor

Contributing Writers
Rita Adair, Ike Anyanike, Paul
Barrows, Alfonso Zepeda
Capistran, Theola Carter, Fabu,
Andrew Gramling, Lang Kenneth
Haynes, Rebecca Her, Heidi
Pascual,  & Martinez White

Heidi M. Pascual
Reflections/Jonathan Gramling
                                  Doing it Together
These things come and go down the hills and valleys of human experience. But it seems that during the
past few weeks, I’ve been told that people are amazed that I have been able to publish The Capital City
Hues every other week for the past seven and a half years while writing 8-13 stories each and every
issue. It’s something that I don’t like to reflect on very often because there are times that I get
overwhelmed by it all. I guess I just like to do.

For the past three years, I have been pretty much responsible for all of the newspaper’s functions except
the website and the formatting of our classified ads, which are done by one of The Hues’ partners, Heidi
Manabat Pascual. Heidi is able to do those functions whether she is in Quezon City in The Philippines,
staying with her sister in Houston, Texas or waiting for a flight in the Hong Kong airport. The miracle of
modern communications allows Heidi to stay with The Hues no matter where she is.

One of our other partners who helps out is Tyrone Glenn. Many people know Ty as a volunteer floor
manager at Dane Dances. Ty usually delivers The Hues on the west side, but back in July, Ty had open-
heart surgery and has been rehabbing ever since. I have been doing all of the deliveries for the past two
months. I am wishing Ty a speedy recovery because I care for him and I do await the relief.

So outside of those two folks and the writings of our columnists like Lang Kenneth Haynes — who
incidentally writes his column from Oakland, California  — and the reporting of some interns like Rocio
Miranda-Solis, I have to do the rest for financial reasons and the fact that one thing seems to lead into the
other. And on top of that, I am the accountant for two neighborhood centers and do other assorted odd
jobs like teach in the UW PEOPLE Program during the summer.

So it is a lot, but I guess I have conditioned myself to bear the load over time. You don’t start running a
marathon overnight and you don’t bear this workload on your first day of work. I have always been hyper-
busy since I first started working at the Urban League of Greater Madison back in 1982 and I’ve been on
a mission ever since.

Publishing The Hues the way that I do it does involve sacrifice. At times, I feel like a Chinese artist living
in a one room apartment on a Beijing hutong. It’s a lean, but enriching life. If you desire little, you need
little. And it is the final result, the finished product that keeps me publishing over and over again. There
are times when I don’t feel like publishing the paper and vow it will be my last edition. But then I see The
Hues right after it comes off the press and I say, ‘I can do that again.’

But the reason that I am able to keep up this insane pace year in and year out is because I am carried
away on the wings of the community. I get caught up in the motion of the community and that action just
carries me with it. Time and again, someone will tell me how important The Hues is to them and that
keeps The Hues and me going for it gives the paper — and me — a sense of purpose. I couldn’t do this
paper without so many people in my life offering encouragement along the way. They put wind beneath my

And while I am the visible presence of The Hues, what people don’t see is the hundreds if not thousands
of “editors” giving me story ideas as I travel around the community. If I waited in my office for story ideas
to materialize, The Hues would be filled with advertising, a Happenings section, Global Connections, this
column and the occasional story. And it would be a pretty dull paper with the same occasional story over
and over again.

But I have those Hues “editors” out there whispering into my ear at community functions or talking to me
when I run into them while delivering The Hues across the Madison community. And it is those chance
encounters as well as planned activities that keep The Hues fresh and relevant. It is what keeps the
newspaper alive — and me alive quite frankly.

So while it might appear that I am doing this paper on my own at times, it is actually a community effort.
Without the community’s support, engagement and involvement, The Hues would just be another Shopper

So I am deeply grateful to live in this community and to have the friends and acquaintances that I have.
They are much more valuable than any pieces of gold. I have truly been blessed to have this hutong
existence. Thank you.
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