Archive for August, 2015

  • Bigger than life: Donna Bobadilla follows her muses, whims

    Aug 7, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio5,466 CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood Pull a handful of biographies off the shelves, tear out a dozen pages from each, shuffle them, then rebind the results. Donna Bobadilla’s life story reads something like that. In one episode, she’s a hippie momma driving a converted school bus across the country. In another, she’s running retail boutiques in upstate New York until a dream involving black beans convinces her to move to Sedona. In another, she’s jamming her foot into people’s doors and selling thousands of dollars of ads a month to support her family in Denver. And, in yet another, she’s a real estate agent whose client dinners prove so popular she quits and opens a restaurant in Tucson. “I’ve always minded my own intuitive perceptions about, well, everything,” Bobadilla says with a laugh. “It’s gotten me into some interesting situations.” About eight years ago, Bobadilla, Andrea Barattini (her daughter), and Gregory Swigut (her son-in-law), bought Papa’s Italian Restaurant back when it was on White Spar Road. Three years ago, they moved it to Cortez Street. Inside, Papa’s décor is decidedly intimate. Soft lighting lends an air of romance to proceedings. But this isn’t a story about a restaurant; it’s a story about what’s on the walls. Look around. Paintings abound. Bright and flashy. Emotive and playful. Art Deco meets psychedelia. A harem of bold colors and textures flit frame to frame. These

  • A great escape: Weighing the pros at cons

    Aug 7, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's Perceivings5,340 CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster A few weekends ago, I had to go to the San Diego Comic Con (also known as the SDCC) for a day. While I realize that the “had to” might provoke a few sneers among those for whom attending the SDCC remains yet a dream, I assure you that my visit was all business, to promote the forthcoming book version of “The Force Awakens.” I did not get to the beach, the zoo, Balboa Park, or even Seaport Village, which lies next to the convention center. I signed books and was on panels. It might have been fun if I had not chosen to drive. 371 miles each way. Drive a day, day at the con, drive home. A bit too much. The highlight of this toasty commute was the train siding at Glamis, on Highway 78 between El Centro and Quartzite, which was occupied by an idling freight train when I and a couple of dozen other vehicles found ourselves trapped in a landscape resembling an outtake from “Lawrence of Arabia.” It seems some pinhead of a railroad engineer thought it would be a good idea to place the siding, where one train waits for another to pass, directly athwart the highway. Not to the east of it nor to the west — where an idling train wouldn’t block traffic — but directly across it

  • News from the Wilds: August 2015

    Aug 7, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, News6,398 CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris August ushers in a susurration of storm and shower interwoven with the cacophony of resonant thunder and the assonance of cicada song. In the high heat of summer, the monsoon rains turn the land to emerald, and it seems as though living things are everywhere. Many mammals are teaching their young to forage in this time of plenty, while young birds are on longer and longer forays away from their parents. Ectothermic animals, such as lizards and snakes, whose body temperatures are tied closely to ambient temperatures, are at their most active now, chasing insect and rodent prey, while insects, from the minute leafhoppers to the massive saturn moths, enter their time of greatest abundance. The majority of woody plants bear their seeds during this season including Coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica), Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), Apache Plume (Fallugia paradoxa), and all seven of our oak species. Many herbaceous (non-woody) plants are growing and flowering now, most of which are specialist monsoon plants and did not appear in the spring. This is the time of plenty for many birds and mammals, as insects of all types proliferate, from giant moths to enormous strange and beautiful beetles, to dragonflies, who reach their peak now, while alien-like cicadas measure the day’s heat with their shrill cries. This second flowering brings with it a glut of insect prey, which sends a wave of

  • Oddly Enough: August 2015

    Aug 7, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly Enough5,449 CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller Alien Hand Syndrome is a rare and unusual phenomena of the human brain. Generally brought on by injury or disease, it was first named and recorded by Dr. Goldstein of Germany in 1908. This ailment causes the hand to work independently of its owners mind. The hand may prevent the owner from eating or close doors immediately after the owner opens them. The hand behaves unpredictably and often contrary to its owner ‘s wishes. Some victims of this affliction have considered their hands to be possessed by a demon. ODDLY ENOUGH … There are documented cases where the hand has actually tried to kill its owner. ***** Milton Reeves built this car in 1911 and called it the Octo-Auto. His reasoning, per the extra wheels —  like the eight wheels on a railroad car — would produce a smoother ride. It was heavy and underpowered, but it provided a comfortable ride providing the road surface was flat, smooth, and straight. Unfortunately, in 1911 few roads were paved, though. On rough roads, this one-car parade had a tendency to create a series of harmonic vibrations throughout its extreme frame that made it uncontrollable and very dangerous. It failed. In 1912, Reeves introduced the Sexto-Auto, which had six wheels. It had many of the same problems as the previous model as well as some new design flaws. Plus it

  • Amid the mid-: A middle-of-the-road guide to middle-of-the century antiques

    Aug 7, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Jacy Lee As time goes on, the broad spectrum of antiques and collectibles continuously expands. The furniture made in the 1920s and ’30s was obviously not considered antique when it was made, but now abounds in antique shops. Likewise, when I started in this business in the 1970s, items from the ’50s and ’60s were either dumped or donated. Now, they’re a hot, trendy genre known as mid-century. What exactly is mid-century? To define it by style is insufficient. It’s an enigma unto itself — plain, clean lines on the furniture offset by splashes of bright upholstery and avant-garde wall art. Therefore, it’s best to define it by its era. Its earliest start is probably post-World War II and stretches into the 1970s. It can almost be equated to the Baby Boomer generation, but the real heart of it is the 1950’s and ’60s. The overall look of home furnishing was somewhat sparse and uncluttered during this era, but styles for each room could be quite varied. Mid-century seemed to affect every room in the house, whereas some genres of antiques, such as Victorian, were light on the dining room and kitchen. Bedrooms and dining rooms abounded with the clean, unadorned, straight lines of such makers as Heywood-Wakefield and Conant Ball. Complete matching sets were the order of the day and often included chairs and mirrors for the bedroom

  • Wisdom through stillness: Carla Woody integrates indigenous ideas in art, life

    Aug 7, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature6,329 CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté “Set your intent and let it go. Your intent is your beginning. Worrying about the details detracts from the intent . . . the attraction will take care of the details.” Thus — in her “The Lifepath Dialogues” blog — Prescott artist Carla Woody imparts the first of many lessons in a way of living. Artwork and writing are two of the primary ways she’s integrated her far flung experiences circumscribing a circuitous path around the globe. “I was fortunate to spend a significant portion of my 1960s childhood living in a suburb of Paris influenced by French culture where the arts are valued,” Woody writes on her website. “We traveled all over Europe. I remember spending a lot of time in art museums and exploring narrow cobblestone streets with my parents.” With her childhood mercifully free of the influence of organized religion, Woody was primed to encounter mystic traditions whenever they showed themselves. First, though, came a potential — perhaps vital — obstacle: her service in the military as a consultant in leadership development. Perhaps full immersion in her culture created the momentum to fling her so energetically toward subsequent events. “Over the last 20-plus years, I’ve been privileged to have ongoing experiences with traditional indigenous spiritual leaders and healers who serve their communities,” Woody writes on her website. “My main involvement has been with Quechua

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: August 2015

    Aug 7, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Company5,003 CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. staff “H is for Hawk” By Helen MacDonald MacDonald combines her training of a goshawk, her wild grief after her father’s death, and a meditation on T.H. White’s pained memoir “The Goshawk” into a story of knots and strings, trust and loss, death and fear and letting go. She spits forth short shining sentences like a hawk tearing feathers from a pheasant’s breast; what emerges is a visceral exploration of the fraught, rich bonds between animal and human, and the presence of death that defines the lives of both. — Reva “Magonia” By Maria Dahvana Headley With great attention and respect to mythological detail, Headley has created a world in the clouds that promises a feathery adventure that is just as sweet as it is temerarious. — Sarah “Here” By Wislawa Szymborska Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996, Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska considers life on earth through her poems. Wislawa is witty, smart, and one tough woman, characteristics that not only describe her but her work as well. Her poems begin a certain way, but somehow Wislawa is able to utilize the space between and morph her poem into something completely different by the time you finish it. — Lacey “Sailing Alone Around the Room” By Billy Collins Collins published this beautifully succinct collection during his time as the Poet Laureate of the United

  • Tech cons: When social engineering is, well, kinda anti-social

    By Paolo Chlebecek Picture this: You’re in the lending industry. You get an email from your boss and he says to send one of your accounts a respectably sized loan as it’s gone through approval. As a good employee, you do as you’re told and send off the money through your normal routine of channels. Once the money has been sent and confirmed, you find out it wasn’t your boss but someone who has used an email with only one letter different. The deed is done and the money is gone. What can you do? Sadly this is no longer an uncommon event. This is usually the work of clever hackers or criminal organizations that target certain companies or individuals. After getting in your email — whether directly through your computer, hacking or even guessing password to the server where your e-mail is stored — they read your email and wait. A carefully formulated scam takes some time, but these evil folks are experts in this field. They have lots of experience and are very adept at trickery. How can the average person protect themselves? No amount of anti-anything software can keep this away. One term for this exploitation is “social engineering,” i.e. psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. It’s the old con game gone digital. It’s been around for a while and will keep

  • Cliff-rose

    Aug 7, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Plant of the Month6,714 CommentsRead More »

    By Sue Smith It’s the middle of May in Prescott and you may find yourself walking along a path lined with shrubs whose stems are covered in 1-inch white to cream-colored flowers. It is almost as if the branches were covered in snow. It’s a warm sunny day and the air is filled with a lovely fragrance. You are experiencing Purshia stansburiana, a species of flowering shrub in the rose family. One characteristic of the shrub is that large stands burst into flower all at one time. Its beauty continues when the flowers are replaced by intricate masses of fruit tops with white 2-inch feathery tails that glow when backlit by the sun. This freely branching shrub is commonly known as Cliff-rose or Quinine Bush because of its bitter-tasting foliage. Its bark is reddish and peeling and its leaves leathery and resinous. Cliff-rose is native to the southwestern U.S. True to its name, it is found on cliffs. It’s also found on hillsides, mesas and washes on dry south and west aspects, at elevations from 2,500 to 8,500 feet. It commonly occurs on limestone, but also occurs on other sedimentary substrates and also on igneous formations. Very large specimens can be found on the Kaibab limestone of the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Cliff-rose reproduces from seed, rarely from sprouting. Its seedlings can colonize open, disturbed sites such as

  • Zucchini

    By Kathleen Yetman One of summer’s prime crops is available in abundance. Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo), a summer squash, can be found in grocery stores, gardens, at roadside stands, and farmers markets. In the kitchen, zucchini is treated as a vegetable, but botanically, zucchini and its squash relatives are actually fruits. All varieties of squash originated in the Americas, however the varieties we now call “zucchini” were developed in Italy in the late 19th century. Zucchini is an excellent, economical crop for the beginning gardener. It can be planted by seed outside after the last frost, or started indoors several weeks before being transplanted outside when the danger of frost is over. Zucchini loves warm weather and can tolerate hot temperatures, making it an ideal summer crop here in Yavapai County. Once they begin to produce fruit, zucchini plants are prolific. Often the biggest challenge of growing them is finding enough recipes to use them (or neighbors and friends to take them!). Local farmers and gardeners do, however, have to compete with squash bugs, which can decimate a squash plant within a few days if left unchecked. Zucchini contains good amounts of folate, potassium and vitamin A. Zucchini is best picked when it’s young, anywhere from six to 12 inches in length. Larger fruits tend to have less flavor and mature seeds. Zucchini is extremely versatile when it comes to preparation

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