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  • ‘I Remain as Ever …’ Letters from Bob

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on ‘I Remain as Ever …’ Letters from BobRead More »

    Transcribed by Markoff Chaney Lake Creek Saratoga, Wyo. June 11, 1920 Dear Sister: I am home now; and I get hear all write. How are you and the other sisters now? The Wind is blowing out hear now. I am sick with the mumps now. Robert said hollow to you. I here is snow on the mountains now. I here is a lot of snow in the river now. I get home safe now. The dog is asleep now. ***** Academy H.C. J. Cheyenne, Wyo. [UNDATED] Dear Robert Hello, Robert, how are you making out this year? We are having a fine lot of fun, I tell you. We had a School Holiday on Friday and we went out to the prairie right after our breakfast and we had all kinds of sports until about twelve o’clock and then we had our dinner, sandwiches and coffee in the park. All of the day Scholars were up for the sports, too, and the Sisters came up to the field in automobiles and they watched the races. After the sack race, and the three-legged race, and the five-legged race, Reverend Mother gave a prize to each of the winners. Joe Hoeriskey got a box of chocolate candy and the other boys and girls got good prizes, too. I cannot tell you all the fun we have this year. You would like to

  • By torchlight: Introducing … Freefire Glass

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Matt Faulkner, artist and owner of Freefire Glass. Contact him at FreefireGlass@Gmail.Com or at 928-235-7910.] How did you get started doing glasswork? The long version is that I was going to school at Louisiana State University, it was my freshman year, and I was in a dorm. The dorm sucked, so I found someone to rent an apartment that was in a ghetto outside of the LSU campus. It was super shady, but one of the neighbors told us they knew someone who wanted to set up their glass torch in a room nearby. We had a kitchen we weren’t really using, so we said sure, why not. I watched him and, in retrospect, this guy had no idea what he was doing and was just basically learning himself, but I was 19 years old, had never seen that before, and was really into it. We weren’t using eye protection, which is a big no-no, and after watching the torch for something like eight hours straight, I my vision was black and white. Luckily the color came back, eventually, and after that I freaked out and got the proper glasses. … I wanted to learn more, so I saved up and after a few years was able to buy my first set up with

  • Weather or whether?: Fleeing the tornado

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell I’d been photographing electricity-generating windmills in Oregon, Washington, and Montana and was on my way to North Dakota. Things were not going well. After spending the night in Glasgow, Mont., it was about a 110-mile drive to the North Dakota state line. It would be an easy drive on the nearly arrow-straight State Highway 2. Commercial-free jazz played on the XM satellite radio and the cruise control was set at the speed limit of 70 mph. The weather had been bad for the past few days. Storms chased me across northern Washington and late May snows in central Oregon called for a mid-trip course correction, so I was in Montana sooner than I’d planned. As I drove, I scanned the skies. Although it was partly sunny on the high flat plains of eastern Montana, I could see a thunderstorm off to the north and two more in the southeastern distance. So far it was dry, but I wondered if I’d be driving into heavy weather. As a guy who watches The Weather Channel and as a child lived in Kansas for a while, I know what tornado skies look like; the distant skies were angry. As fate would have it, it wasn’t long before I drove right into a major storm. I don’t know if the road took me to the storm or the storm came to

  • On the campaign trail: Introducing Ecosa’s ‘Forever Dells’ initiative

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on On the campaign trail: Introducing Ecosa’s ‘Forever Dells’ initiativeRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Jessica Hernreich, executive director of the Ecosa Institute. Find out more about the Ecosa Institute and its “Forever Dells” campaign at Ecosa.Org/donate and GoFundMe.Com/forever-dells.] What is the Ecosa Institute and what do you do? Ecosa is an ecological design school here in Prescott. Our mission is protect and preserve the natural environment and, thus, the human environment, through education in design. We take 15 students from different backgrounds from all over the world and take them through our 15-week full immersion program that crosses multiple disciplines including graphic design, product design, architectures, landscape, and more. … We’ve been in Prescott since 2000. Our founder, Tony Brown, has been a longtime resident of Prescott and an English transplant. As an architect, he’s worked all over the country and found his way to the Southwest via Arcosanti and Paolo Soleri. Recently, you’ve been promoting your “Forever Dells” campaign. What is that? Ecosa currently owns beautiful and ecologically diverse lands in the Dells, which, if you don’t know, are north of Willow Lake. We want to establish a conservation easement from those 47 acres. Our mission is to preserve the natural environment and thus the human environment through education in design, and we believe that putting that land up as a conservation easement is very much not

  • Play Dead: Celebrate Día de los Muertos at The Smoki

    Oct 5, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Cindy Gresser, executive director of Smoki Museum. The Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., 928-445-1230, SmokiMuseum.Org.] What is Día de los Muertos? Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is one of the fastest growing celebrations in the United States, but it’s roots are in Mexico. Our mission, for our area here at the Smoki, is one that has no international boundary or border. The indigenous people who live in southern Arizona also lived in northern Mexico. We were given the opportunity to bring Day of the Dead to the museum several years ago and we seized it. Since that time, this has become one of our most popular events at the Smoki. Everyone from little kids to elderly people can enjoy painting their faces and dressing up and celebrating the lives of the people they love, even if they’re gone. So what does that look like? Well, we have Ballet Folklorico, we have mariachi, we have children from La Tierra performing, and we have dancing, and the Why Not? Bellydance troupe. There’s food and drinks and crafts for the kids. There are sugar skulls and vendors. The highlight of the day is the procession we

  • Spooky is as spooky does

    Oct 5, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Markoff Chaney From the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, USPTO.Gov/terms-use-uspto-websites: Patent Information Patents are published as part of the terms of granting the patent to the inventor. Subject to limited exceptions reflected in 37 CFR 1.71(d) & (e) and 1.84(s), the text and drawings of a patent are typically not subject to copyright restrictions. The inventors’ rights to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States for a limited time is not compromised by the publication of the description of the invention. In other words, the fact that a patent’s description may have been published without copyright restrictions does not give you permission to manufacture or use the invention without permission from the inventor during the active life of the patent. See MPEP § 600 – 608.01(v) regarding the right to include a copyright or mask work notice in patents. ***** Markoff Chaney is an Earth-based whodunit pundit and (Fnord) Discordian Pope. He has lotsa bills and no sense. Contact him at NoisyNoiseIsNoisome@Gmail.Com

  • On the Stage: ‘The Laramie Project’ with all-teen cast comes to Prescott stage

    Oct 5, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Jarvell Williams, director of “The Laramie Project,” and Robert Zinni, social studies teacher at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy and production education coordinator. “The Laramie Project,” via 4AM Productions, is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3 at Yavapai College, 1100 Sheldon St., 928-776-2000, $15 online, $20 door, student discounts available.] Jarvell Williams, director of “The Laramie Project” So what is “The Laramie Project”? It’s a production created in 2000 by Tectonic Theater Project that was a response to the 1998 death of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old openly gay college student in Laramie, Wyoming. It’s a collection of verbatim interviews from select residents of Laramie put together as a series of short scenes. … The story is about letting people talk about their experiences and how they feel in the aftermath of his death. There’s a lot about who he was as a person and how people view homosexuality in the town. There’s also some scenes about the trial of the two young men who attacked him and tied him to a fence. There’s also a portrayal of someone reflecting on that trial and how the town has just tried to move on and, more importantly, how it affected the entire country. That’s some pretty heavy stuff. It’s important to note that this was the

  • Arizona District 4: Introducing … Dr. David Brill, Prescott Candidate for Congress

    Oct 5, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Dr. David Brill, Democratic candidate for Arizona Congressional District 4. Find out more about his campaign at BrillForCongress.Com.] How did you end up in Prescott? My family came as caregivers for my mother-in-law. She was a social worker at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was a strong woman and, after her husband died, she decided to move to Prescott so she wouldn’t constantly be babysitting grandchildren. Fast-forward 20 years and each of the six kids is flying out for a week or two every year to take care of mom because her health is failing. At the time I was working at the VA in New York, so I was pretty much free to move around the country in the VA system. The roots came up from the ground for all three of my kids and my wife, so it was kind of miraculous. I took a position in Telehealth for the Hopi and Navajo Nations from the Prescott VA. We came out in 2010. For two years I built up that telemedicine program and, finally, for all of the Southwest from Arizona to western Texas. Did your perception of Prescott match what you experienced when you first moved here? Before I came, I got rid of all my gardening tools and tree-pruning

  • Meeting Nice People in the Middle of the Night: The community of night photographers

    Oct 5, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell If you think rock stars have big egos, you might be right. But rock music isn’t the sole domain of the big ego. There is at least one group of people who can rival the inflated ego of the rock star: photographers. There are a lot of egotistical photographers who act like they invented light or something. They’re really annoying. But there’s one sub-group of photographers who don’t have giant egos, will actually help out another photographer, and are hardly recognizable in the daylight. They are the night photographers, and in my experience they’re a community of friendly folk. I first encountered the community of night photographers while shooting (at night, of course) at Mono Lake, Calif. It’s about a mile’s walk from the parking area to the famous surrealistic tufa spires, and just as I’d located the first place I wanted to photograph a light flashed in my eyes. “Is that another photographer?” I called out into the darkness. “Yeah, over here,” A man’s voice replied. “OK,” I called back, “I’m gonna be over here, opposite where you are, shooting to the northwest. I don’t want to screw up your exposures, so give me a heads-up if my light gets in your shot.” And so it went for the rest of the night. We were respectful of each other and didn’t get in each other’s way

  • Going Places: Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour returns

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Cindi Shaffer, participating artist and executive member of the Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour, and Johanna Shipley, first-time participating artist on the tour. The 11th Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7. The opening gala is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St. Visit PrescottStudioTour.Com for a complete list of participants and more.] Cindy Shaffer, Astral Glass Studio, 697 Sixth St. Suite 106, AstralGlassStudio.Com, AstralGlassStudio@Gmail.Com. What is the Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour and how does it work? You visit artists in their studios and actually get to see how they work. With my own medium, people often don’t understand that I start off with sheets of glass and stack them and fire the piece multiple times. The studio tour allows you a different way of looking at mediums and interacting with artists and finding out more about what you’re looking at. A lot of us do demos, and that education piece is a big part of this. … I think the more the public realizes how much time you put into the process, the more people appreciate the final result. Also, the demos help expose the kids and the big kids to more parts of the

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