Archive for December, 2013

  • January’s cover unveiled

    Dec 28, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, NewsNo CommentsRead More »

    The January 2014 issue of 5enses features a story about Big Picture Video Production penned by longtime contributor, first-time cover-story writer Jill Craig. The cover, based on a photo by Zack Drake was illustrated and designed by 5enses’ own Jimmy Polinori, creative director and Brain Food columnist. Pick up the new issue of 5enses at more than 225 locations in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Dewey-Humboldt on Friday, Jan.

  • If it ain’t chickens, it’s feathers: The Jerome Welna mysteries

    Dec 6, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio4,288 CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon His training should’ve ruled it out. Contemporary veterinary science, too. But, like any good detective, Jerome Welna followed the clues — even when they led to impossible conclusions. “When I put together the case history with the test results, it all made sense,” Welna said, pausing for effect as he paced the office of his Prescott home on the cusp of November. “Then all hell broke loose.” A decorated World War II vet who took part in D-Day, Welna has plenty of war stories — he’s even self-published a book of them — but this particular tale comes from his civilian days in the commercial poultry industry. Specifically, he was talking about the time he helped diagnose and treat a mysterious illness among turkeys on a commercial farm in southeastern Minnesota circa 1960. Probably 1962. “I got hate mail from all over the country after that,” Welna continued as he loosened his deadpan visage into a Cheshire grin. “It took 10 years for science to catch up with industry on that one.” “That one” is the pathogenic categorization of Esherichia coli, better known as E. coli — or simply “coli” as Welna and his colleagues called it — which, until the 1970s, was thought of as a secondary, opportunistic bacteria. “Back then, people didn’t think of it as a primary pathogen as we see it today,” said

  • Comic art: An oxymoron?

    By Alan Dean Foster I learned how to read from comic books. Back when (enlightened) parents used to buy their kids subscriptions to comic titles, you could get them delivered directly to your house via the mail. This had the dual benefit of ensuring that junior had access to approved titles while preventing him or her from hanging out in disreputable locales like the corner drugstore. My literary mentors were Herman Melville and Carl Barks. If queried, most folks would avow that they’d heard of Melville and that he had something to do with a whale. Barks would elicit considerably less recognition. Carl Barks, or Unca Carl as fans came to know him, created Uncle Scrooge, Duckburg, and a host of other characters, locations, and plot devices from which Disney has reaped millions. As all Disney artists labored anonymously, his work was singled out by his avid readers (including George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, among others) as being by “the good artist.” Interesting that he was recognized first for his art and, to a lesser extent, for his writing. A master draftsman, Barks could get more emotion into his drawings of anthropomorphized ducks than most “fine” artists could from high-priced formal portraits. This is true of all great comic artists because they are required to tell a story with their work and not simply petrify a scene. Comic art, or

  • Winter thyme & holly daze: The science of holidays

    Dec 6, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Guide16 CommentsRead More »

    Excitement and frustration. Happiness and anger. Side-splitting comedy and heart-wrenching drama. Holidays have a habit of provoking extreme reactions and ambient ambivalences. Many variables are outside your purview, but there are several arenas in which you can take charge. Want to rein in the holiday chaos? Science has you covered. The information in this guide was carefully culled from scientific studies and data. Granted, the care with which it was extracted pales in comparison to the care in which the information was derived in the first place. Reading these tidbits is kind of like getting candy via the mail: Some of the contents may’ve broken during shipping, but the flavor remains unaltered. Unless the package spent the night outdoors. And then it snowed. And then a small mammal poked, prodded, and picked at it. And then a large mammal … well, you get the picture. You experience the world through sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. Why not break out your five senses to festoon your holiday festivities?   Taste Are you lusting after visions of sugarplums? If so, you might want to try eating cheese before bedtime. But not just any cheese. Certain kinds of cheese tend to produce certain kinds of dreams, according to a study from the British Cheese Board (no, seriously, the British Cheese Board) released in November. Stilton causes crazy dreams; cheddar instigates celebrity cameos

  • How products get in the way of knowing each other: An open letter for all seasons

    Dec 6, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Column2,900 CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté What is your true nature? Your essence? If this sounds a bit metaphysical, allow that you probably have a fine sense of your inner self and elemental drives, all centered in your intuitive core. We move into the world as social creatures and create our relationships. We seek to be known and to know others, and express parts of ourselves as we do this. Starting with our native language and family traditions, we explore our surroundings. Perhaps as children we learn to play an instrument or join a sports team as means to deepen our communication at the personal and group levels. As we study further in the sciences, philosophies, and humanities we gain knowledge that we use to share our own developing ideas, beliefs, and passions. With each new concept encountered, we are creating an expanded sense of our selves. As with ideas, so too with material things. We gather belongings that reaffirm and reflect our sense of person. Conditions and conditioners exposed With what I wear and drive, listen to and eat, I believe I am revealing something of my self to you — my tastes, attitude, affiliations. Whether it’s PUMA or Chevrolet, Metallica or McDonald’s, it’s identifiers are shorthand clues — these products stand in proxy for you. You intend for them to add elements of identification to your persona so others may “get

  • Whose universe is it?

    By Gene Twaronite Astronomy and astrology are often confused by much of the public. While it is true that both involve the study of stars and planets, the two fields are worlds apart in their views of reality.  Astronomy is the one that constantly reminds us we’re nothing but specks of dust in a vast, lonely universe, whereas astrology insists that this very same universe not only revolves around these specks but will also influence, in some strange way, what happens to them next Friday. Astronomers, as a group, are apt to be far more annoyed by the confusion than astrologers. I’m not sure why. Perhaps astrologers make more money. At one time, however, most (if not all) astronomers were also astrologers, or at least occasional dabblers. This was certainly true of the great Alexandrian astronomer and geographer Ptolemy, for whom an early Earth-centered model of the solar system was named. (The fact that his system was later proved wrong should in no way detract from whatever success he might have had as an astrologer.) Such giants of science as Johannes Kepler and Galileo were also not above writing an occasional horoscope to help pay the bills. Galileo, though, was much better at aiming his telescopes than his horoscopes. He drew up a forecast for a patron, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, which promised him a “good and prosperous life.&#

  • Lessons learned: A pair of art missives

    Dec 6, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Column4,278 CommentsRead More »

    By Debra Jan Owen The art habit “The thought manifests as the word; the word manifests as the deed; the deed develops into habit; and habit hardens into character. As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.” – Guatama Buddha, Dhammapada An artist enters the studio focused and ready to be amazed. Guided by comfort in the art habit, the artist instinctively follows his muse, ready for breakthrough or failure alike. Will the muse lead him astray? This can happen. A painter struggles in his or her studio with a stack of canvasses, tubes of oil paints, and time. It is a romantic vision we all accept. It’s the way great painting takes place. Invested in process, the artist pursues a familiar experience of joy and pride. Art is habit forming for artist and devotee alike. Music and theater, the performing arts — they provide an intoxicating shared euphoria. Visual, decorative, and literary arts are more private. They require looking and contemplation. They require a willingness to see things that might otherwise not be seen. And seeing is a commitment to a personal moment. It is a stretching exercise of self reflection. And, not unlike the physical habit of exercise, the art habit requires reaching beyond one’s capacities. It requires exploration and affords the opportunity for self learning. Art is sensual, intimate, and personal. The artist

  • News from the Wilds: December

    Dec 6, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris The coldest time has come round again, and the wilds have entered the depth of their quiescence. But though the nights are at their longest now — the year’s longest is Dec. 21, the Winter Solstice — the coldest, toughest parts of the winter are still to come. December is slightly warmer and bears less rain and snow than January, when the days will be growing longer again. This lag between the darkest and the coldest times is a result of air masses in the atmosphere that hold their temperature long after incoming solar radiation has declined. That’s why the warmest parts of the summer typically are after the Summer Solstice and that the coldest parts of the winter are after the Winter Solstice. As a result of low temperatures and lack of sunlight, plants and insects now enter the height of their winter diapause, when almost no activity is to be found. These groups are the food sources for almost all of our species, so their somnolence causes extreme hardship for birds and mammals — the two groups that remain most active. Only the resourceful and innovative can find food during this time, and creatures often prove desperate. Predators, such as Cooper’s Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Coyotes and Bobcats, become more daring in their attempts to catch small birds and rodents, and, as a result, prey species

  • A directing duo known to me

    By Helen Stephenson Picture the old Doublemint commercial: “Two, two, two mints in one!” Not a gum person? Try Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: “You got your peanut butter on my chocolate!” “You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!” OK. So, you love movies and you love books, right? What if you could squeeze both of them into the same project? Welcome to the creative world of filmmakers Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm of Mental Slapstick Productions. They’ve embarked on a journey to create an 11-part serial adventure that uses both graphic novels and films to tell the story of Mahoney & Porter, a legendary detective agency circa 1895-1905. At 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Peregrine Book Company, Argy and Boehm unveil the first film in the series, “A Person Known to Me.” They said it’s perfect to have the screening at a bookstore and both are scheduled to attend alongside two actors from the film, Peter and Kaya Wiant. The screening is free, but seating is limited. It’s first come, first seated. This is “one big story, like a serialized Dickens epic,” Argy said. “We’re asking people to follow the story back and forth from books to movies.” Best case scenario, that’s what’ll happen Friday. “We’ve been eager to have conversations with both readers and movie fans to find out ways to make the experience of going back

  • Make your own holiday tree & ornaments

    Dec 6, 13 • ndemarino • 4rt Page, 5ensesNo CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté

Celebrating art and science in Greater Prescott.

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