Archive for January, 2019

  • Artist to Activist & Beyond: Maria Lynam

    Jan 8, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, FeatureComments Off on Artist to Activist & Beyond: Maria LynamRead More »

    By Ed Mickens On January 19, when the Prescott Women’s March gathers for the third year in a row, it will carry a new, more inclusive name, Yavapai County Women March On, but it will still focus attention on the importance of equality, education, healthcare, environment and a thriving community. And in the crowd of women and men will be one of the stalwarts of progressive values in our area: Maria Lynam. Looking back at the first Women’s March in January 2017, Maria recalls, “After the 2016 election I was depressed, and I am not a depressive person, but I was in an emotionally and mentally lethargic state for a few months. Then I happened to see an invitation in the paper to show up at Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist congregation to make posters for a women’s march, so I went. I figured there would be ten or so people. There were 60!”   “Everyone brought their poster supplies, there was no room to work. I didn’t think I would really know anyone, but I seemed connected to everyone there–friends and their friends. That lit the fire under me. I made more than 20 posters for that march.” Maria and her husband, Bill Lynam, had retired to Prescott in 2000. She thought she would devote time to her art, especially her printmaking, and he wanted to focus more on writing

  • Hope. Dream. Believe. No Matter What: Mandy Harvey

    Jan 8, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Hope. Dream. Believe. No Matter What: Mandy HarveyRead More »

    Hope. Dream. Believe. No Matter What. By Kate Howell   Her message is universal: “Hope. Dream. Believe. No matter what.” Mandy Harvey is an award-winning jazz and pop singer-songwriter who turned a pivotal life event into her strongest asset. In 2007 due to a connective tissue disorder she completely lost her residual hearing at the age of eighteen. Mandy made the difficult decision to leave the music program at Colorado State University forfeiting her lifelong dream of becoming a music teacher. Following a subsequent bout of depression, Mandy pursued several career options but returned to her original love —music— in 2008. As fans of TV’s juggernaut America’s Got Talent will recall, Mandy made a tremendous impact in 2017 as a “Golden Buzzer Winner”. Given the opportunity to go directly to the competition’s live rounds, she eventually placed fourth and became the breakout star of the show’s twelfth season. Since then, her career has skyrocketed, and she’s been touring and performing nonstop. “I’ve only been home maybe three days a month. It’s a lot of travel.” Hard of hearing throughout her childhood, Mandy began singing in a local choir at the age of four as a way to express herself. The choir also served as an outlet for her to understand all the words that were being spoken. “I had to get close to the piano to hear the pitch,” she

  • Portrait of Prescott: Framing Ida Kendall

    Jan 8, 19 • ndemarino • 5ensesComments Off on Portrait of Prescott: Framing Ida KendallRead More »

    By Mona Stephens   One emotion no human being can escape is the grief that accompanies a deep loss. The experience can be earth-shattering and set a person’s entire being ablaze. With time the pain lessens and for some, they rise from the ashes of their sorrows like a phoenix. They then step into their full power again and often have a new or a regained sense of purpose. Ida Kendall, a Prescott local, is that phoenix. She’s an inspirational woman from her personal life, to her career, to her philosophies. She’s a woman who “turned a grievous loss into a community building place,” as her friend Jameson Thompson would say. So, who is Ida Kendall? How is she impacting the community as a whole? How did she turn a loss into a living legacy? The answers are guaranteed to pluck at your heartstrings and make you proud to reside in Yavapai County. Here is the story of Ida Kendall, a woman people who know her say is “a lantern in the dark.” Framing Ida Long-standing residents of Yavapai County may know Ida Kendall as a happy-go-lucky artist, filled with passion, who owns The Frame and I and The Art Store in downtown Prescott. Just by stopping into her shop, you get a sense of who she is. She comes across as a gracefully vibrant, calm, and sincere being; but

  • Modern, Fresh, and Local: BiGA

    Jan 8, 19 • ndemarino • 5ensesComments Off on Modern, Fresh, and Local: BiGARead More »

    By Katie Chatham Today we are living in a time when environmental awareness and the efforts towards sustainability are on the rise. To acknowledge and honor these movements, entire communities have taken action by doing things like banning plastic bags and straws, and encouraging everyone to shop and eat locally. The community of Prescott stands alongside many others that encourage these movements. One local eatery stands out when it comes to the efforts taken to realize the ideas of sustainability and sourcing locally. BiGA, a restaurant in the heart of Prescott, has gone to great lengths to ensure that the food served is sourced locally and raised in an environmentally conscious manner. From the structure of the building, to the leftovers, everything has been thought out carefully and has our Earth and our community at heart. Much of the structure of BiGA was built from repurposed wood and metal in an effort toward sustainability. And what about the food you leave on your plate? The servers place it into a receptacle to take back to the chickens at the farms where that very food was grown—it all comes around, full circle. BiGA’s owners, Chef John Panza and Cassandra Hankison, have been working in the industry for years, and came together to start a “pop-up”style dining and catering business called Senses back in July of 2016. At the heart of the

  • Perceivings: Does History Anoint Your Taste? January 2019

    Jan 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    Does History Anoint Your Taste? By Alan Dean Foster Everyone knows the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay, but the fact is that Paris is full of museums: everything from the Dali museum to small museums that focus on the history of the city to collections specific to certain religions. If you can think of it, there’s probably a museum in Paris that is centered on it. It’s a good idea to explore such locales. They often feature special exhibitions that are important but not quite iconic enough to enlist the attention of the larger museums. The Luxembourg museum in Paris currently showcases a wonderful such special exhibition on the master of Art Nouveau, Alphonse Mucha. But what if you don’t have the time? Or if you’re on a package tour that only leaves you something like half a day at the Louvre or d’Orsay? Or more importantly, what if you don’t know much about art? The resultant expedition should be treated like any other excursion. Plan, prepare, and try to maximize your time with respect to how much of it you have available. The trouble is, most travelers do none of that. Instead of focusing on what they like, they let their schedule or their tour guide do their perceiving for them. I hear this all the time. “Oh, I didn’t know that was there”. “What a wonderful piece—why didn’t

  • News From the Wilds: January 2019

    Jan 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris January in the Mogollon Highlands is when the long quiet of winter reaches its coldest and snowiest. Storms bluster and howl, pushing plants and animals to the limits of their endurance. The frigid days, however, are often interspersed with sunny, cold days that skitter with bursts of bird and mammal activity. Every plant and animal has a set of strategies for making it through this time of scant resources and dangerous temperatures—pregnant black bears hibernate in underground dens; bobcats, coyotes, and deer grow thicker coats and subtly reroute blood flow away from their skin and extremities; ground squirrels, chipmunks, and beavers settle into the well-stocked dens that they’ve been provisioning for months. Insects and herbaceous plants have evolved so that only their eggs and seeds overwinter, while trees decrease photosynthesis either by dropping leaves or by insulating them with thicker coatings and alter their chemistry by increasing lipid content and membrane permeability to decrease risk of frost and freeze damage. In many cases these adaptations, both physiological and behavioral, are remarkably complex. But the glimmers of the coming spring continue as well. Some animals are planting their seeds for the coming year, including the black bears and river otters, both of whom give birth this month. Many of our wind-pollinated trees are in flower when the broad leaves of deciduous trees have been dropped, because this allows

  • Awakenings: Danna Templeman January 2019

    Jan 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Danna TemplemanComments Off on Awakenings: Danna Templeman January 2019Read More »

    By Danna Templeman 2019 is coming in hot with all the drama of 2018. Things are feeling tumultuous and uneasy for most of us, from politics to the global crises of pollution and global warming. We seem to have a lot of worries and anxiety at this turn of the calendar. All is not lost. The amazing shifts happening in the community of “woke folks” are simply amazing. This awakening gives us hope for the future. Our sixth sense is opening and blossoming like a beautiful flower. It is happening all around us in all walks of life. The choice is ours to take notice of the gentle cues of awakening. If we allow ourselves to grow and acknowledge the information being given to us, the possibilities open to a new chapter in our lives. It may be as simple as déjà vû: having that familiar feeling of being in this place before, knowing it is a memory or dream we have brought forth from the past. Serendipitous moments are also a sign of awakening. When it seems too perfect, too magical not to notice the situation unfolding in front of you, take a moment or two to appreciate the magic the universe is giving you. Many people are feeling their own empathic abilities heightened. This can be a blessing and a curse. Being empathic opens us up to feeling

  • Oddly Enough: January 2019

    Jan 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller In 1878 a retired Union general, Lew Wallace, arrived in New Mexico as Governor. Determined to restore order to feuding Lincoln County, Wallace, in an unprecedented move, granted amnesty to all outlaws. By corresponding with such “pistoleros” as the infamous Billy the Kid, he managed to convince many to turn state’s evidence against other wrong-doers. Eventually his actions helped re-establish order to the ravaged Lincoln County. Wallace was praised by President Grant in his memoirs, was later appointed U. S. Minister to the Ottoman Empire in 1881, and worked on the side as an inventor. ***** ODDLY ENOUGH – Lew Wallace is NOT know for being a Union general, ambassador, inventor, governor, or socializing with outlaws. Rather, he is best known for his masterful literary work — BEN HUR. ***** Russell Miller is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, bagpiper, motorcycle enthusiast, and former reference librarian. Currently, he illustrates books for Cody Lundin and Bart King

  • Prescott Public House Event: BBQ and Beer Dinner

    Jan 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, Prescott Public HouseComments Off on Prescott Public House Event: BBQ and Beer DinnerRead More »

    MEAT EATERS’ DELIGHT     Join us on Sunday, January 13th from 5-8PM for an exciting evening full of local BBQ, beverages, and good times! The dinner will include: 5 Carnivorous Courses: Pecan Smoked Wings in Road Rash IPA Buffalo Sauce Hickory Smoked Ribs with Strawberry Blonde Ale Glaze Applewood Smoked Bratwurst Bites with Amber Ale Beer Cheese Beef Brisket Sliders with our new House Made BBQ Sauce Caramelized Coffee Porter for dessert Each comes with a perfect beer pairing from THAT Brewery that will make sure you get the most enjoyment out of every bite. Each course will showcase some of Prescott Public House’s best smoked BBQ items and new side dishes, creating amazing flavor profiles that become even better when paired with a carefully selected pairing from THAT Brewery. This will be a family-style dinner served casually, and will definitely not disappoint. A representative from the brewery will be onsite to explain a little bit about the brewing process, and the differences in each unique style of their craft included in the feast. TICKETS | $35 **This is a 21+ event**  Available at Seating will be limited, and this event will sell out, so be sure to hop on and reserve your seats now for the Prescott Public House located 218 W Gurley St. A full bar will be available with libations to enjoy before, during, or after

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Pick: January 2019

    Jan 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard And the Peregrine Book Company Staff   Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones 19-year-old Hana Doda, an Albanian literature student on the verge of adulthood and first love, must relinquish her dreams when her beloved foster parents fall ill. Pulled back to the remote mountain village where she was raised, she is forced to make an impossible decision to preserve her own safety and her family’s honor: marry a man she doesn’t know, or become a man herself. Fourteen years later, Mark Doda accepts a cousin’s invitation to join her family in Washington, D.C. There, for the first time, Mark has the opportunity to become Hana once again. But having never had the chance to be a woman, how will she begin now? Elvira Dones writes with great sensitivity and compassion of this age-old Albanian custom, but furthermore illuminates Hana’s inner world to reveal an extraordinary character, her silence, her relationship with her body, her mind and heart; all of which together make a deeply moving addition to world literature. — Reva   Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like being a bookseller? How about a delightfully unfiltered one doing business in Scotland’s “National Book Town”? This hilarious memoir by the owner of Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop puts you squarely in the front seat. You think you know? Well, you

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