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reetings Arcadians. I am pleased to offer you the first installment of The Arcadian, a bimonthly publication dedicated to introducing local talent to the community. Each cover will feature a work of art by the issue’s featured artist. The Arcadian exists to support local businesses and to support artists in the area by giving them a quality outlet for their work. Besides art, you can expect a blend of humor, business, fitness, anything other than politics. If you would like to submit any writing or artwork, even a doodle or a sketch that you like, to be considered for publication email: Editor@TheArcadianJournal.com My name is Dan Siegel. Three years ago I opened a personal training studio on 40th St. and Campbell Rd. What a gift to be living and working in Arcadia. I’ve always loved it here, but recently my family and I found out just what a spectacular community Arcadia really is. The gym was doing great, but within nine months of opening I was diagnosed with late stage cancer. I was devastated, but even more daunted by the prospect of leaving behind a wife and two babies. I resolved to get well. I didn’t want to lose my new business either. I was lucky to have recently recruited a likeminded personal trainer, Tony Rice, to work with me at the gym. With his passion for fitness and helping people, his eagerness to learn, and his entrepreneurial spirit, he was the ideal potential business partner. I made the proposal and he accepted, and ran the business well in my absence. Our partnership extends to this publication, with Tony heading the design department. It was a long, hellish battle, but I beat cancer. The first six months of chemo
didn’t work, and I became part of a clinical trial at The City of Hope in Phoenix. The treatments culminated in a stem cell transplant, an amazing procedure which allows the doctors to bring you to the brink of death in order to kill the cancer. Then they literally save your life with stem cells, which engraft back into your bones to create new bone marrow. The procedure required three weeks in the hospital. When I was recovering I got a phone call from a good friend who said, “It’s a second chance at life. Try not to be such a @#!%&* this time.” It was the first time I’d laughed in a while. During the fifteen months of treatments, we relied on help from family and friends, and the support from the community was awesome. I am eternally grateful to the neighbors and families from our daughter’s preschool who stepped up to help us with childcare so my wife could be with me during tests, treatments, and surgeries. Someone anonymously paid for my daughter’s tuition that year. Thank you whoever you are. Tony and some of our clients organized a fundraiser for my family to help us stay afloat while I wasn’t able to work, and many of the contributors were local business owners and people we didn’t even know. The nurses at City of Hope and a group of friends “adopted” us for Christmas, providing gifts for our kids. It’s good to be healthy again, training in the gym, and working on a publication that allows us to give back to the community. I’d also like to volunteer some time at Peak Performance to help any other cancer survivors who want to get back into shape, but don’t know how to get started. Contact me at Editor@ TheArcadianJournal.com -Dan Siegel
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recent bear sighting, your very first, resulted in fully nine-tenths of your brain shutting down (because instead of respecting nature, you chased after it to get a closer look) and calls for revisiting several action plans for unplanned encounters. This is because you got lucky. You weren’t really in any danger but you certainly weren’t thinking when you chased after a bear. It wasn’t ‘til the bear turned around to get a better look at you (most likely because this isn’t the norm) that you realized that you had forgotten whether you’re supposed to make eye contact, avoid eye contact, make yourself look bigger, put your left foot in or stop, drop and roll.
To better avoid these moments of brainlock, let’s review some basic situational responses. Bears - Don’t chase them. If you happen upon a bear, don’t make eye contact. Walk away slowly and empty your pockets of all snack foods. If you come between a sow and her cub, try to hold the cub hostage. Mountain lions - They will most likely see you before you see them but if you happen to run into one and it doesn’t immediately attack, make yourself look bigger. In fact, if you’re going to be in lion country, wear heels with a big hat and a tight sweater vest. Vertical stripes on your trousers can also give the impression that you are taller than you actually are.
Terminators - If you happen to be in a dark alley when a terminator appears from the future, simply hand over your clothing and avoid a painful death. Dancers - Never agree to dance unless a dance floor is already packed. If you are asked to dance in a relatively empty establishment, immediately drop to the floor and grab at your Achilles tendon. Learn where your Achilles tendon is - you never know what kind of medical background a dancer may have. Spiders - Shriek loudly. Repeat until the spider has been destroyed. Shoeshine guy - When the shoeshine guy is pointing at your shoes, point to your ear buds in return. Never give the shoeshine guy the finger. In fact, wear your ear buds at all times on city streets and point to them whenever you’re confronted by pollsters, homeless people, proselytizers and people selling stolen iPods. That thing underneath your bed - Acknowledge the monster that lives under your bed and give it a name. Check carefully before getting out of bed. Speak low, loud and clear when calling out the name of the monster underneath your bed to let it know you don’t fear it. The monster under your bed can smell fear and you should assume that it lives underneath your bed because it has bad self-esteem to begin with and is really only gaining respect from you. There are a lot of beds out there that don’t have monsters underneath them. It’s time for your monster to move on, no matter how difficult
that might seem for a spider whoâ€™s roughly the same size as a German Shepherd. Professional athletes - Always make sure to ask for an autograph. Never jeer a professional athlete as even the lowliest bowler will probably make mincemeat out of your soft decrepitude. The person who issued a restraining order against you - While it may not be your fault, understand that the restraining order can send you right back to jail, no matter the coincidence that you just happened to show up at her yoga class. Avoid eye contact and the perception of anything creepy. If you see her pull out a phone, run and hide.
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th tee, legs tired, water right, wind gusting from the left. Lou’s already in your pocket for $20 and you need your best swing now. CAN YOU PERFORM? I hope so, but if you find yourself lying 3 next to that misted red line beside the lake, here is a golf fitness routine to give you the stamina and focus. Sorry Lou, you’re buying the beers next time. This routine alternates two very effective exercises for golf and general fitness, jump rope and plank holds (I will refer to them as plankertons). As you perform these exercises you’ll notice that your muscles will be working together as one cohesive unit. Now, I’ve seen some pretty ugly swings produce good golf shots, (Vern- how do you hit it straight?), but ideally if you can synch your body you can synch your swing. By alternating these exercises 3 times in progressive intervals, fatigue will set in and focus will be of greater importance. Complete this workout 3 times a week and you will have the stamina to hit your best shots when it counts.
not excessively bending your knees. Rigormortis is never a good thing- Stay loose just like in your golf swing, relax and ALLOW your body to synch, don’t try to force it. Small circles with your hands- Keep your arc consistent. If you flail your arms around you will catch bloody shin-itis. Listen to the rope- On a successful jump you will notice the rope is fairly silent. This is because it is kissing the ground as it passes underneath your feet. If the rope is loud, it is hitting too far out in front of you. This is not good. Not only will you have to jump higher to avoid the flailing rope but you will soon have another case of bloody shin-itis. Have Fun- Everything is better when you have fun.
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Alignment- As you can see in the picture you are holding yourself off the ground with your forearms and toes. Heels are directly over toes, head over hands, and there should be almost a straight line between shoulders, hips and heels. Hips Up- Do not allow your hips to sag. If you feel pressure in your low back lift your hips toward the sky and tighten your abs. Breathe- Make sure you continue to take deep breaths.(Yes Julie & Karla, I’m talking to you)
Here is my challenge to you. As you settle into your plankerton, think of your most feared shot on the golf course, the three foot putt to win the match, the wedge shot off of a thin lie, the tee shot over water. Visualize and feel yourself in that situation, now see yourself execute it properly. Soak in that feeling of joy and victory. You are now mentally prepared to take on the golf course. Jump rope can be much harder than when we were kids so let’s go over a few tips. Keep good posture- Stand tall, engage the core, and jump using mostly your calves
be conquered, throw them into a circuit and they become a noble beast.Here are some tips.
Plankertons are an excellent core exercise that will strengthen even the mind. When performed by themselves they can
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With your heel on the floor, your foot remains flexed: Flex and extend your toes, slowly at first, then faster.
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ook at some of the artistâ€™s paintings and you might think she is a gentle spirit. Look at some others and youâ€™ll see deep contemplation, or a tortured seriousness, or someone vibrant and whimsical like the paintings on these pages. Of course Natasha Matveenkova is all of these things, and more. The reality is that she not only expresses herself through art, but like many prolific artists, Natasha actually recreates herself through it. Indeed the last time I saw her she had undergone an identity transformation that made me feel like I was meeting her for the first time. Her Russian accent and her practical sensibility remain, but her energy and appearance, along with the paintings she is currently producing,
suggest yet another side to Natasha, a harder, edgier side. Natasha is from Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia. She moved to Phoenix on her birthday in 2005 and has recently become an American citizen. I had thought Siberia was all dreariness and permafrost, but southern Siberia is lush and hilly, informing her warm, appealing series of landscape paintings. Natasha is industrious, driven by a passion to create. When I first met her a few years ago, she was driving a sporty hatchback with thirty-three paintings of various sizes fitted in the back. Anyone for Tetris? She has since traded in for a larger vehicle. Inspired by small details in everyday objects that stimulate her imagination,
Natasha possesses a unique approach and style which allows her to create art that is experienced by more than the eyes alone. She has an insatiable curiosity and love for experimentation, using layers of brilliant color and unconventional textures, as well as tools as unlikely as a screwdriver, to make paintings that are dynamic and alive. Natashaâ€™s work transitions from abstract to figurative styles and back again, demonstrating her multidimensional talents and interests. She is already adept in the use of a variety of mediums to capture an eclectic array of subject matter. If I were a betting man, and if there were art bookies, I would wager that Natasha will continue to explore in many different
creative directions. She has said the smiles she witnesses as people view and touch her art is her biggest reward for all the hard work. Natasha has shown in a variety of galleries, exhibits, and events nationwide. Many have sold out. Enchanting viewers with her thought provoking originality, Natasha Matveenkova continues to distinguish herself as a true talent as her art finds its way into numerous collection.
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Whatever your stage in life, here are some keys to successful investing: Diversify. Most investors should consider mutual funds and ETFs instead of trying to pick individual securities. Allocate (stocks, bonds, and cash) your assets according to your own goals and risk tolerance. Day trading is gambling, not investing. Investing is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Keep fees, expenses, and taxes at a minimum. -Richard Siegel Richard Siegel is a founding partner of Siegel/Yocum Asset Management, LLC in Scottsdale and can be reached at 480634-1915 or www.siegel-yocum.com.
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Favorite Omelet - The Jersey Girl Omelet at La Grande Orange. Pastrami, cabbage, and fingerling potato omelet, with a dollop of sour cream. Sounds weird? Tastes good. Substitute turkey for pastrami. It’s great both ways. Eat it - it’s good for you.
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Favorite Egg Sandwich - We have a tie between Bertha’s Café and Acacia Café. Bertha’s sandwich is a square meal with baked eggs, choice of meat, roasted tomato, and (get this), arugula and pesto. Greens on an egg sandwich? Why not? And pesto makes everything better. The Acacia Café sandwich you will love is a classic egg, sausage, and Swiss on a croissant. It’s dense, delicious, and easy to eat in the car. I had one on the way to the golf course a few weeks ago and I shot a pretty good round. Coincidence? I think not. Favorite Mocha - Mama Java. Order a large mocha and it is served in a soup bowl-sized mug with a triple shot of espresso. Artfully prepared with chocolate syrup drizzled over a serious layer of
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Center Dance Ensemble’s 20th AnniversaryGreat Moments Presented by Center Dance Ensemble Stage West Feb 26, 09 - Mar 01, 09 CDE Artistic Director Frances Smith Cohen pays tribute to three of the artistic geniuses of the 20th century: Martha Graham, Igor Stravinsky and Pablo Picasso, in a program of new choreography. A living, moving piece of art, celebrating the spirit of creativity in all of its forms. Ticket prices for each show: $24 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12 for students. Rabbit Hole Presented by Actors Theatre -Stage West Mar 06, 09 - Mar 22, 09 WINNER OF THE 2007 PULITZER PRIZE Written with poignant humor and finely-observed detail, Rabbit Hole was one of last season’s most acclaimed plays. Becca and Howie have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Coping with the distractions of her reckless sister and their opinionated mother, Becca takes solace in an unlikely friendship that may help lead her back from the darkest of places. Note: Mature themes and adult content. Seussical, The Musical Presented by Valley Youth Theatre -Center Stage Mar 06, 09 - Mar 22, 09 Join the Cat in the Hat for this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Based on the beloved characters and stories of Dr. Seuss, Seussical the Musical follows the adventures of Horton, an elephant who one day hears voices coming from a speck of dust. All of your favorite Seuss characters come to life, including Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville. Produced by Valley Youth Theatre, home of Jordin Sparks, Max Crumm, Chelsea Staub and many more rising stars! A Bad Friend Presented by iTheatre Collaborative Performance Outreach Theater Mar 13, 09 - Mar 28, 09 By Jules Feiffer. Set in Brooklyn during the 1950s, A BAD FRIEND brings us into the household of Shelly and Naomi Wallach.This middle-aged couple are fervently opposed to McCarthyism, anti-Semitism and exploitation of the working class and
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