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Carving Beauty into the Lives of Others
32 Making Waves Through Art and Boards
By Kristin A. Smith
44 The Many Hats of Dave Potter
By Charleen Earley
58 Write On: Joy Colangelo
By Julie Engelhardt
By Kristin A. Smith
By Elizabeth Hermens
72 Inside Our Peninsula
Richard MacDonald loves the human form. So much so, that heâ€™s carved a niche for himself as a world-renowned sculptor.
66 Leader of the Pack
BY Barbra Alexander
53 The Nine Lives of Chaminade
From Catholic boys’ school to one-of-a-kind resort.
BY Michael Cervin
30 Carmel Valley
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Richard MacDonald Reception
Scheid Vineyards Wine Lounge Grand Opening
62 Dynamic Vets’ Mission For Pets The Davis’ private sanctuary proves that their life-saving efforts never cease.
By Andrea Stuart
37 Lenox Hill Fine Furnishings and Design Kelly Morgan’s creations tell a story while paying homage to architectural styles and structures of buildings.
22 Publisher’s Note 24 Contributors 26 Editor’s Note 28 In-Box 80 2009 With Miss Ruth: “I’m Still Here”
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By Richard Medel January is a very special time of year because it represents rebirth and the start of things new. It represents change and taking chances. After all, that’s what New Year’s resolutions are about. Granted, you don’t need January 1st to give you permission to make a resolution to yourself — in fact, some of the most permanent resolutions are made mid-year — but symbolically, January seems to carry magic with it. A certain promise that says, “You can do anything!” That is why we are dedicating this issue to individuals who have taken change to a whole new level. Will Rudolph, the subject of our youth story in this issue, is literally turning adversity into triumph, defeating a medical odyssey by taking the reins to his life, which includes leading a pack of high school basketball players into victory. Occupational therapist, local writer and published author, Joy Colangelo, talks about a life-changing event that made her trade in her car for a bicycle, which was but a precursor to her new calling — writing about the mind-body connection, and doing so in a way that catches more attention than a fisherman’s net catches fish. The multidisciplinary Dave Potter wears so many hats one must wonder where he hangs them all. From serving as Monterey County Supervisor for the fifth district to Chairman of the Transportation Agency of Monterey County, Potter shares how community has always been a part of his life. We also talk with three local mayors who give some insight into some of the major issues facing the peninsula. Bev Sanders explains how making an “irresponsible” decision more than a decade ago transformed her life and the lives of hundreds of others. Plus, we unveil the story behind the Chaminade, a hotel that has transformed from a Catholic boys’ school into a luxurious AAA diamond resort that radiates with history and charm. Finally, our community story introduces you to two unsung heroes who have spent their lives trying to bridge the gap between humans and animals. Together, husband and wife, Ila and Eric Davis, are on a mission for animals of all sizes. It was hard for us not to feel a twinge of inspiration reading these stories. Perhaps you too will find the corners of your mouth turning upwards. And hopefully that smile will light someone else’s, because that’s how we should all start the New Year. By the way: 65° Magazine will feature a new section in the spring issue, Monterey Peninsula to The City, where we’ll explore the lives of San Francisco icons such as the thriving Wilkes Bashford and Mayor Gavin Newsom. °
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I often joke that when the Creator, or whomever, produced me, they did so through abstract art instead of paint-by-numbers. One assessment of my eclectic dress style, penchant for nature, and tendency to speak in metaphor, and it becomes fairly obvious that I’m a little eccentric. My idiosyncrasies go right down to how I eat my French fries (never eat the ends, it’ll bring you bad luck) and the fact that my favorite sound is that of my Dachshund munching on Cheetos. Once upon a time I wanted to change these quirky things about myself. In 2008, I resolved to be more “normal.” I further resolved to find the positive in everything, thinking that perhaps my negativity contributed to my quirk-factor. Although I am still perfecting the art of optimism, I’ve improved. So much so, that I drive my husband crazy with affirmations and the occasional blurting out of “I love you” in attempts to divert arguments. However, it’s pretty safe to say I failed at the former of the two resolutions, proving that the two were not so related after all. But I’m not discouraged. After looking closely at my life and at all of the elements that make up who I am, I have decided to redo my New Year’s resolution for 2009. Rather than concentrating on what I no longer want to be, rather than trying to change something about myself, I resolve to appreciate who I am and to equally embrace the uniqueness of other people. This means I will have to be more honest with myself and with others: Not in terms of truthfulness, since I consider myself to be just about as truthful as a person can be (I was officially diagnosed with chronic foot-in-mouth disease when I was only five… doctors say there is no cure), but in terms of genuineness, and without making apologies for it. I have determined that only by respecting those qualities that make up who I am will I be able to accept the qualities that make up others. And, only when I completely accept others as they are will I truly be able to peer through the looking glass of positivity. My sentimental-quotient seems to have risen this year, that’s for sure. But luckily, so has my ability to laugh. Life is but a series of punch lines in a perpetual joke, and I don’t mind being the subject matter. °
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Sparks of Inspiration To the Publisher of 65° Magazine, I am writing to congratulate you and the rest of the staff on your magazine; editorial, photographs, layout, advertising, for all the hard work you do to have the magazine well-received and
so inspirational for so many people that need encouraging words and to become motivated and follow their dreams.
feel that dreams do come true. Thank you again. Keep up the good work publishing the magazine. You’re a great publisher.
I especially was so thankful for the story, cover, and life of Judy Profeta. She gave me more inspiration to follow my one and only dream to become the artist and painter that is within me, and to continue and achieve the impossible dream that everything is possible. I too find myself helping people like homeless people in need and especially animals. I’m donating money to Animal Friends Rescue Project, helping with St. Jude Hospital for children with cancer, and the Carmelite Sisters of Carmel.
God Bless You Angie Fovalova
Beautiful prayers have been answered through Saint Therese. The Little Flower has sent me roses from Heaven. Roses that have turned to Gold. If I could write a story or have my story written, people would be inspired because we are all gifted in one way or another be it in art, helping in charities, events, or schools helping people when they need our love and support. There are so many people on the peninsula who need help understanding that they can become what they dream to be by working hard and believing in themselves. I really admired the women that shared their stories because all women need to
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Making Waves Through Art and Boards BY Kristin A. Smith PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG HARRIS
“The whole experience absolutely transforms lives,” said Sanders. “We’ve had investment bankers quit their jobs to become writers.” adventures in Carmel. It might seem odd that one company would lead both art and sport adventures, but Sanders says there’s a connection. “Surfing is extremely creative and expressive — it’s a form of art, dance and poetry.” When Sanders asked her surfers to list other things they’d like to learn, painting was at the top of the list. “A lot of surfers are also artists, there’s a crossover,” said Sanders.
Bev Sanders began leading women’s adventure trips at the age of eleven. A faded sepia photograph documents the first safari— nine girls, nine bikes and thirty miles. Bev is in the center, dressed in plaid and straddling a bicycle. There is a faint look of mischief in her eyes. “I was always instigating mutinies, always pushing it,” said Sanders, proudly. “It makes absolute sense that I ended up doing what I do today.” As the founder of Manifesta Safaris, Sanders continues to organize adventure trips for women. While the rusted Schwinn bikes of her childhood have been replaced with sleek surfboards and paint-splattered aprons, the intent is still the same — Have fun! Sanders’ trips range from the seven-day surfing safaris in Mexico to three-day art
It’s the combination of art and adventure that first attracted Sanders to Carmel. She and her husband were living in the East Bay in a comfortable home that they owned. On a weekend trip to Carmel Bev fell in love with the landscape, the surf breaks, and the art scene. “I honestly never came home,” she said, laughing. They sold their house and moved immediately. Sanders concedes that many people would find her decision irresponsible. With Carmel’s high cost of living, they were forced to rent, not own. But Sanders doesn’t see it that way. “I followed my heart and I’m really happy here,” she said. Following your heart is a lesson many Manifesta participants learn on the trips. The leaders (one of whom is a world-champion longboarder) encourage women to let go of responsibility and just enjoy themselves. This kind of release has powerful implications. “The whole experience absolutely transforms lives,” said Sanders. “We’ve had investment bankers quit their jobs to become writers.” While not everyone makes such drastic changes as a result of the trips, Sanders says most people
walk away stronger and more confident than when they arrived. She credits the new found strength to the women-only format. “When you put women in a group together, they’re really supportive of one another,” said Sanders. Manifesta trips are designed for women of all ages; they’ve had 11-year-old girls and 70-year-old women on surf trips. One Mexico adventure had three generations of women learning to ride the glassy waves together. Sanders believes that when women are around men they often doubt their physical abilities. She saw this interchange years ago on the ski slopes. (Bev and her husband Chris owned Avalanche Snowboards, a successful Californiabased snowboard company.) “I’d watch guys lead their girlfriends to the snow like lambs to the slaughter,” she said. She also saw women athletes take a back seat when it came to sponsorship. Bev tried to rectify this gender gap in sports by designing some of the first women’s specific snowboards. Even her reps were afraid to sell the new boards, worried it would taint their image as serious athletes. “I felt like my decisions to bring women into sports were often blocked by others,” said Sanders. So she did something about it. “I had this epiphany about fifteen years ago that if I let women teach women then the blocks would go away.” And they have, for hundreds of women. Sanders has been running Manifesta trips and “making girls out of women” for more than a decade. What began as a childhood mutiny is now a full-fledged movement. °
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architecture throughout Europe and the United States, Kelly Morgan’s projects exude unique vibrations while including styles from a menagerie of influences. In fact, Kelly Morgan has reinvented many design styles. Her projects have enveloped contemporary with a retro twist, modern metropolitan, Mediterranean casual elegance, classic Italian with French influence, as well as other fundamental design concepts. Every design is implemented with respect to scale and with consideration of space conservation for maximum functionality. Color, though it may seem like a benign element, is also a primary feature in developing a design theme and defining a space. Color palettes are created based on a building’s history, modern influences, and the owner’s vision to invoke a variety of feelings, from serenity to excitement. When Kelly Morgan completes a space you can literally feel the energy emitted by the finished project. As seen in her designs, textures, finishes, and colors are sensitively yet boldly utilized in order to develop the character of the space. From the fabrics used in window dressings, furnishings, and floor coverings, to the textures found in the embellishments, to colors present in the palette, Kelly Morgan’s creations tell a story while paying homage to the architectural style and structure of the building and room. Contact Kelly Morgan at 831-393-2700
We pride ourselves on being a local business and member of the community. Opened in July of 2006, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery offers a myriad of plumbing fixtures and faucets, appliances, and lighting. If you are building or remodeling, a visit to Ferguson is a must. Ten thousand square feet of elegance make this showroom the premier showroom on the Monterey Peninsula. Catering to architects, contractors, designers as well as home owners, Ferguson has working kitchens and bathroom vignettes on display. Ferguson’s knowledgeable sales staff will be delighted to help with the selection process and consultation appointments are available for larger jobs. Come see all the newest innovations and the latest products. Experience weekend cooking demos while you browse. Ferguson… “Delivering Your Dream.”
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The Many Hats of Dave Potter BY Julie Engelhardt PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG HARRIS
“I’d watch two flies go up the wall to see which one would get to the top first — it’s true,”
Potter says he’s not certain if it’s genetic — since he was adopted at a very young age and has never had contact with his birth parents — or if it could be something derived from his adoptive parents while growing up in the small town of Hingham, Massachusetts.
His father, John Lee, passed away 28 years ago but his mother Ruth, at age 91, still lives in Hingham.
Dave Potter is a man who is constantly on the move. Not only is he serving his fourth term as Monterey County Supervisor for the fifth district, but he is a member of the California Coastal Commission where he served as vice-chair from 1999 to 2002. Potter is also the Chairman of the Transportation Agency of Monterey County, a member of the Monterey Peninsula Management District, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Natividad Medical Center. But this is only a scant fraction of the committees, agencies, and boards Potter has been involved with since the mid ‘80’s when he first served on the City of Monterey’s Architectural Review Committee. So, where does his unending energy and his interest in community involvement stem from?
“She is inspirational when it comes to being a sort of a role model as to how you stay active in life,” Potter commented. “She’s a Kennedyesque kind of person — you don’t ask what your community can do for you, but what you can do for your community. She’s a huge volunteer — at the library, at the local thrift store, and she does the flowers at the church.” His parents adopted another child, a girl, but she died from leukemia when Potter was seven. “That sort of framed my perspective on life ever since,” he confessed. “I’m a realist, a fatalist, and an optimist. I realize none of us are getting out of here alive, and that we really have such a limited experience here, so we should make the best of it.” Potter attended Holderness Preparatory School in New Hampshire during grades 10 through 12, and one of his favorite pastimes involved playing sports. He played ice hockey, basketball,
baseball, tennis, football, plus he loved to ski and go horseback riding. To this day he still plays ice hockey and is a member of the Senior Sharks, which is affiliated with the San Jose Sharks. He and his wife, Janine Chicourrat, play golf and tennis regularly. Potter readily admits that he has a very competitive side when it comes to sports. “I’d watch two flies go up the wall to see which one would get to the top first — it’s true,” he laughed. Potter’s zest for life and unending drive has enabled him to solve certain problems and to work with a variety of agencies and Central Coast constituents. He knows he has to do things incrementally, step-by-step. “We discussed putting in a freeway, but instead we put in an additional lane of highway up Carmel hill,” he explained. “What used to be a queue on Carmel Valley Road that went well past the middle school, all of a sudden we have a free flow up the hill. Is it the perfect solution? No, but it is a step forward, and a significant step forward at a significant reduction in cost, “he says. “We did the same thing at Ryan Ranch and did a small road project out there, and as we do these small projects they do make a difference and they are deliverable. So if there’s anything I’m relatively good at is it is the ability to bring people together around controversial topics.” °
Carving Beauty into the Lives of Others BY Charleen Earley PHOTOS COURTESY OF RICHARD MACDONALD
Richard MacDonald loves the human form. So much so, that he’s carved a niche for himself in the last 30 years in the art arena as a world-renowned sculptor, whose one-man exhibitions have graced galleries throughout the United States, Europe and the Orient. His pieces, over 100 of them, which are collected by such people as former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, Linda and Stewart Resnick, William Payne, and Leann Rimes, pay tribute to the human figure and human emotions with unrelenting dedication, quality, and integrity. For many people it takes a lifetime to discover their passions in life, but not so with this 62-year-old, Pasadena-born artist who found his true love in art two weeks after he turned 18. It all began at the nudge of his uncle Charles’ Ax, then a leading graphic designer for United Airlines. “My uncle became my surrogate father and I lived with his family in Hollywood, Florida. Since my brother was killed at age 15, I was 18 and didn’t think I’d make it to 21. I was a lost soul for quite a few years and had no interest in anything. He told me, ‘you’ve got two weeks vacation and then you’re mine!’” recalled MacDonald. “He enrolled me in the Art Institute of Miami and said ‘there’s a pad and you can draw, and I’ll be teaching here so I can keep my eyes on you!’” In the middle of the room, MacDonald recalls seeing
a nude woman, something he’d never seen before in real life. “I timidly started drawing,” he said. MacDonald soon joined the Coast Guard; a Special Forces branch started by Kennedy, and served his time. “Everybody had to do six years,” he said. After serving, he moved to California, attended Art Center, College of Design (typically known as Art Center) in Pasadena, California — one of the leading art and design colleges in the world — and graduated magna cum laude on January 19, 1971. He credits his uncle for giving him direction in life and being an immense role model. “It’s about who he was and how he handled himself with great integrity. He worked hard and never would allow anything to be done by him that wasn’t exceptional – no mediocrity,” said MacDonald, who has since been the recipient of many national and international awards for his work in painting, drawing, and sculpting. Unlike his painting and drawing education, sculpting was something the father of two, Michele (40) and Richard Jr. (38), taught himself, and not on purpose either. “I never found any mentors [with sculpting], and I really struggled because some of those around me were famous, but didn’t want to help,” said MacDonald. Given the frustration he felt by those who slighted him, MacDonald decided to do a 180 and become a mentor
“Since my brother was killed at age 15, I was 18 and didn’t think I’d make it to 21. I was a lost soul for quite a few years and had no interest in anything.”
and New York’s “Free Arts for Abused Children.” In jest, MacDonald said his grown kids love his work, “more than they love me!” He said, they not only admire and own his pieces, but “they constantly ask to have more.” His family, he said, is a great deal responsible for his success, and his longtime partner, Julia Cominos, heads up his business development. “She’s phenomenal. She handles my partners (50/50 with Cirque du Soleil) and is working with them to develop another gallery at MGM Mirage’s new CityCenter in Las Vegas,” he said. “It should be completed, we hope, by the end of November, 2009.”
himself, which he does with great pride and satisfaction. When pressed to divulge a name of at least one personal mentor besides his uncle, he credits the greats who have sculpted before him in world history. “I studied art history my entire life. I travel extensively, and wherever I go, I visit museums, so those are my mentors. Reading and history have been my mentors,” he said. In addition to mentoring future artists, MacDonald donates his art and time to hundreds of charitable organizations to include Boys and Girls Club of America, Make a Wish Foundation,
During an uncertain and unstable economy, MacDonald finds financial peace in his work through craftsmanship. “When I’m working on a piece, I put energy into it,” he said. “Nothing is motivated by money, it’s motivated by quality and longevity, and because of that, my business has been up by 35 percent this year.” Beauty, he said, is what his sculptures add not only to his collectors’ lives, but to society as well, thanks to his metamorphosis from a disturbed child into a positive-thinker and secure man. “Before, as a child and young adult, I felt very uneasy, very temporary and didn’t really have thoughts about being a part of what my role would be in society or to my family,” said MacDonald. “But now I feel very comfortable with my family and success, and to change the
lives of people by adding beauty and positive input into their lives. I feel I’m just at the beginning of my life!” MacDonald’s 1996 tour de force piece called, “The Flair,” is a 26-foot gymnast caught in the execution of the maneuver, and transpired from a painting he created for the 1984 Olympics. Another masterpiece is his 15-foot, 15-ton sculpture called, “Momentum,” created in celebration of the 100 th playing of the U.S. Open golf championship at Pebble Beach. “Art grounds you,” said MacDonald, who takes anywhere from six months to 14 years to complete a piece. “In these bad times, I create artwork that is more beautiful than ever before — acts of beauty — and it makes you think these bad times are temporary, but nature is perfect.” An art collector himself of Picasso and works from California impressionists, one of his favorite pieces he created (purchased by the late Luciano Pavarotti), is a two gold medal-winning piece called, “Butterfly.” It’s also a piece that ironically mirrors MacDonald’s life. “It’s about becoming yourself within your lifetime,” said MacDonald. “It’s an allegory piece that is not a metamorphosis — you’re clumsy about yourself growing up. Pavarotti loved that piece!” °
53 STAY General Manager, Norbert Reclecker, is inspired to bring Chaminade out of secrecy.
The Nine Lives of Chaminade BY Michael Cervin COVER PHOTO BY GREG HARRIS
The Chaminade’s interior eminates California missionstyle with an underlying contemporary feel
If a feline typically has nine lives, one could reasonably postulate that a hotel can have as many as well. Tucked into the hills above Santa Cruz is one of the least known resorts in all of the Monterey Bay area. The Chaminade Resort & Spa silently abides on 280 acres of redwoods, eucalyptus and pines, a world away from the din and hectic pace of everyday life. What started out as a Catholic boys’ school from an obscure organization called the Society of Mary has morphed into a one-of-a-kind resort, newly renovated, upping the cool factor and in distinct contrast to the
flip-flops and swim trunks, ‘I don’t wear a watch’ mentality of the Boardwalk. The name Chaminade derives from French priest, Father William Joseph Chaminade, who never set foot in America. Though the history of the property is convoluted (who actually owned what, when, how much, and for how long), a myriad number of owners held title to parts of the property, and even the Mormon Church tried to purchase it but were outmaneuvered by suspicious land owners. Eventually the property was consolidated and sold to the Society of Mary and named Chaminade,
in honor of the man who spent his life in education. The Society built their school, which is now the main building and restaurant, and dedicated it on September 14, 1930. Fast forward to 1985 and the property was sold to the Woodside hotel chain. Perhaps Father Chaminade would be restless in his grave. But then again, given the love and care that’s gone into the property, probably not. Chaminade, a AAA four diamond resort, has undergone extensive interior renovations to the tune of $15 million. The guest rooms and lobby are completed and currently the spa and fitness building will get a $2 million shot in
55 STAY the arm. Plans are also underway to begin winemaker dinners and rotating art exhibits from local artists. As a hotel, Chaminade is an anomaly of sorts. “The property had terrible problems,” said Andrea Dawson Sheehan, principal of Dawson Design and Associates based in Seattle who was tasked with the interior renovation. “Originally you walked into a stairway, there was no lobby. We were going to change a lot of it, redesign the porte-cochere, add wood windows and take out the arch in an attempt to take it back to its original core of mission-style architecture. But Santa Cruz wouldn’t let us.”
It’s a common misunderstanding that any attempt to renovate a property consistent with its design intent would be a simple thing. Cities and counties are burdened with too many diverse commissions and boards with commissioners who believe they know a thing or two about history, architecture or design aesthetics, and not enough about any of them. The owners of Chaminade believed they could fight with the City and win. After nearly a year of lost time and expense they reluctantly realized they would not be able to restore the exterior structure. They were stuck
with what they got, which included the 1970s addition of a vaulted semi-circular glass skylight, an ugly tubular thing, marring the structure from its authenticity. “We wanted to un-do the harm that was done to it,” said Dawson Sheehan. But hamstrung by code, they could only touch the interiors. “The goal was to create the California mission-style interior with a contemporary feel underneath it. You’re tying all these different eras of architecture together and I couldn’t do an authentic mission style because the architecture didn’t support it,” Dawson Sheehan admitted. “We wanted to get to
56 STAY the indigenous roots of the area, a hill country feel, along with the non-formal, laid-back California, Spanish hacienda flavor,” she said. “We used organic dyes, colors like henna and amber, and we tried to stay with a richer more organic palette.” The result is a space that seems to defy a conventional approach to design. The lobby and public areas are punctuated with abstract art on the walls in direct contrast with the casual, hip 1950s vibe that permeates Chaminade and its Spanish architectural heritage. Autumnal colors flood the place creating a mellow mood.
The guest rooms address a defined post World War II design theme, “More fun and retro, like 1950s Big Sur, playful but with a Spanish motif,” as Dawson Sheehan puts it. It feels like a throwback to a place my grandfather would have decorated, if he had taste and money. It’s comfortable but cool, familiar but funky. “The Monterey Peninsula has such a unique personality, very relaxed and low key,” she advised, and this comes through in the podshaped motif on the fabrics and furniture and muted but precise colors of a mid-century modern palette. “We like to do style, but not trendy. We like to introduce a timeless
quality that speaks to the history,” she said. As you meander through the public spaces, as you relax in your own room, there is a sense of nostalgia which reminds you that no matter what, everything will be OK. Certainly in these confusing economic times, travelers seek a hotel not only for value, but for comfort, and that comfort can trump the cost of a night’s stay. “That by itself makes people feel safe, when there is structure, something familiar and more personalized,” Dawson Sheehan noted. The renovations are nearly complete which will enable Chaminade to compete on a broader playing field; if only
Boasting ecological sensability, Chaminade is the first hotel certified by the Monetery Bay Area Green Business Program.
the public knows it’s there. “People tell me this is the best kept secret,” admits Norbert Relecker, General Manager of Chaminade. “That has been my inspiration, to make Chaminade a stronger presence.” He has his work cut out for him. Certainly San Francisco and Monterey are obvious tourist destinations, but Chaminade is raising the bar to become the premiere resort for individuals as well as conferences and weddings. With their recent certification as the first and only hotel certified by the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program, Chaminade is well on its way to living out future lives, now aided
with an ecological sensibility. In addition to the outdoor heated pool, volleyball court (complete with sand), there are 3.5 miles of hiking and walking trails that delve deep into forested groves of moss-covered trees. Chaminade boasts between 60-80 weddings each year and offers 12,000 square feet of meeting space. But beyond that, Chaminade feels like camp for grown ups. There is a palpable civility to the place, restful and quiet, with a refreshingly courteous staff. It’s not trendy, not the place to be seen. It’s designed to be set apart. To that end, Chaminade offers something unusual for corporate
retreats and large gatherings. Boat building, high climbing ropes and treasure hunts are available to build teamwork and a sense of duty to your neighbor. It’s clear that the goal is to engage more people, something Father Chaminade would approve of. “If you want to be in Santa Cruz and you want to enjoy the beach with the other 20,000 tourists, please do so,” advised Relecker. “But if you want serenity, to be surrounded by forests and nature yet be only 10 minutes from the beach, away from the razzle-dazzle, then welcome to Chaminade.” °
Write On: Joy Colangelo BY Kristin A. Smith PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG HARRIS
Columnist Joy Colangelo doesn’t care if you like her. In fact, she would prefer you didn’t. She isn’t in the business of writing to gain your approval; she’s in it to challenge traditional ideas and bring about change. “I feel like if people agreed with me, I’d be on the wrong track,” said the fast-talking, silver-haired Pacific Grove writer. “People have already read all the nice language and I’m not going to be sweet about it anymore.” The “it” she is talking about is living more consciously. Colangelo, an Occupational Therapist for twenty years, uses her column to
“When Colangelo reached what she refers to as her “Fu** It Fifties,” she made some drastic changes: she traded her car for a bike and her traditional hospital job for one that was more holistic. talk about how disconnected many of us are from our bodies, and the effect that this disconnection has on our culture as a whole. “If we lived right and moved right, we wouldn’t need this medical system, this food system and this economy,” she explained. While her bi-monthly pieces in the Monterey County Herald are only 550 words, Colangelo jams as many ideas into the column as possible. A recent article titled, Prisoners Can Teach Us A Lot About Toilets, made connections between excessive water usage, over-incarceration, and the health advantages of squatting versus typical toilet posture. “I have a weird mind and I connect a lot of things together,” she said. This connection between social, environmental and physical aspects is at the center of Colangelo’s world. She’s even written a book about it — Embodied Wisdom: What our anatomy can teach us about the art of living. Like her column, the book is a flurry of ideas. “It’s a dense book and difficult to read, but some minds really get into it,” she said. “It’s sort of three books in one.” It’s not only her writing that incorporates the connection between body and environment; it’s also her life. When Colangelo reached what she refers to as her “Fu** It Fifties,” she made some drastic changes: she traded her car for a bike and her traditional hospital job for one that was more holistic. “I changed everything to make it more meaningful,” said Colangelo. “I wanted everyone on board — brain, heart, and body — the whole thing.”
Walking the walk is what Colangelo says makes her more than just an angry columnist spitting ink onto the page. She says she realized she had to get tough with herself or she would never grow. “I found I wasn’t budging unless I used really strong words with myself.” One of her choice words: Liar. Calling herself a liar is the impetus for much of Colangelo’s action. She says she was lying to herself that she needed the possessions she had and the car that she drove. Once she started being honest with herself, Colangelo says she could face the demons and grow into who she wanted to be. In a recent column, Colangelo addressed the common lies that we tell ourselves. She wrote that we lie to our body when we caffeinate it instead of sleeping and lie to our minds when we subject ourselves to terrifying images while curled up comfortably on the couch. Colangelo says that the biggest lie is that you can’t do what you want. “I don’t ask for permission and you can do that too,” she commanded, adding that you shouldn’t wait for “tumor time” — when the doctor tells you that you have only two months to live — to do what you want. Readers don’t always appreciate Colangelo’s harsh words. Every column is littered with comments from people angry about her tone or questioning of her ideas. But the responses seem to only fuel Colangelo’s fire. “I’ve got a very strong ego,” she said. “And I have something to say.” Colangelo’s work appears on the first and third Sundays of the month. °
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Dynamic Vets’ Mission For Pets BY Andrea Stuart PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG HARRIS In their 19 years together as husband and wife, Ila and Eric Davis have built a family legacy out of saving lives. In addition to serving as Supervising Veterinarian for Monterey County Animal Services, Ila functions as In-House Veterinarian for the City of Salinas Animal Shelter, Volunteer Veterinary Disaster Response Coordinator for Monterey County, as well as Facilitator and Founder of Monterey County Livestock Evacuation Group (aka MoCoLEG). In her spare time she works as a backup veterinarian for the SPCA. To say she is busy a bee is an understatement. While Ila’s jobs with Monterey County and City of Salinas are largely based on ensuring public health and safety, her roles as the Disaster Response Coordinator with the county and Facilitator of MoCoLEG allow her to concentrate on protecting and promoting the humananimal bond. In fact, Ila says that Monterey County is currently looking to set up provisions to ensure animals are cared for during disasters. The provisions would include identifying people in charge and setting guidelines to make sure each animal is properly cared for during an emergency, and then returned home safely. “We need to think outside of traditional boundaries when we think of how animals relate to us,” Ila said. “Legislation is in process that will mandate provisions be made for every county’s disaster plan, including care for animals should something happen to the owners.” During the 2008 Butte County fires rescue workers had 20 minutes to relocate over 500 animals including livestock. Disaster volunteers and staff found themselves faced with the challenge of navigating these animals through precarious, winding terrain. Conditions like this require regional standards and Ila has set out to help make that happen.
Eric Davis takes the “less glamorous” road to animal care. As the Veterinary Director and Founder of the Field Services branch of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA), formerly Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS), he spends much of his time on the road working in remote locations throughout the U.S. and abroad — including Indian reservations — where resources are scarce. Amazingly, during an October trip to Minnesota he completed 90 surgeries in two days. “Eric will tell you that he travels less now than he ever did but I will tell you, because I count the days, that he travels between 14 and 17 weeks per year, 24 hours, non-stop. It’s lucky-if-you-get-a-shower, sleep-on-thefloor, eat-community-food traveling,” Ila chortled. The HSVMA and Eric — Eric earned an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Animal Welfare Award in 1999 for his work in Guatemala with RAVS — are currently trying to develop relationships with veterinary schools across the country. Eric hopes that these schools will commit to providing services to specific reservations or regions so HSVMA can expand its territory. In order to spread the importance of participation in the program, HSVMA trains veterinarians about the need for animal care in impoverished areas. Together, Ila and Eric are on a mission for animals everywhere. With nine rabbits, 23 chickens, four ducks, three sheep, three dogs, two horses, one ox, and a feral cat colony, the Davis’ private sanctuary proves that their rescue efforts never cease. Ila’s voice softened as she concluded, “To know an animal for what they are and not what we want them to be — that’s a true gift.”°
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Leader of the Pack BY Elizabeth Hermens PHOTOGRAPHY BY D.M. Troutman
The strength to try, and try again, while maintaining a positive demeanor, has always marked him as a special person.
Growing up, Will Rudolph seemed just like any other kid, except he lacked the ability to run in a counter-clockwise direction. After being informed by a concerned preschool teacher about this, Will’s parents, Michelle and Dave Rudolph, brought Will to the doctor. Years later, he would finally be diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia, the culmination of a medical odyssey that has lasted most of his life. At first, Will was thought to have a slight case of cerebral palsy. As he developed, and as more symptoms appeared, doctors concluded that Will was afflicted with a rare condition wherein his cerebellum was not developing as quickly as the rest of his brain. The cerebellum, which contains fifty percent of the neurons in the brain but has only ten percent of the volume, controls nerves and coordinates muscles. In Will’s case, this leads to problems with muscular coordination, especially on his left side,
and sometimes with memory. (Though — ever the basketball fan — Will can usually list the top twenty-five NCAA teams in order). When he was younger, Will’s muscles would sometimes shortcircuit, so-to-speak, and he had to learn to take literal falls with grace and good humor.
Will’s passion for the game doesn’t end at the school, however, as he keeps a close eye following the Golden State Warriors. His knowledge of the leagues in general has helped his fantasy teams experience a good season themselves.
“Will has little fear of failure or anything, really. This, with his inner grace, poises him for great success. But do stay clear of his telling candor,” said Will’s dad.
Said the tight-lipped Will of his devotion for basketball, “It’s good to do in your spare time and it’s fun.”
Through various physical, speech, and occupational therapies, including a stint at horse riding, Will has adapted to and learned to live with his condition. Swimming was especially effective, as it requires coordination of one’s entire body. Will swam for some years with the Carmel Valley Swim Team and competed in races. He managed to improve his time every race — a sure sign of his dedication. Love of water also led him to kayak part of the American River once, in which he righted himself coolly after an inevitable inversion. Physical maturing has also helped, as one of his doctors predicted, and he’s made dramatic improvements in just the last few years. Today, at 17 — and a male model waiting to happen according to his father — Will is the student manager of Carmel High’s varsity basketball team. The heady atmosphere of team camaraderie gives him a lift in his step, and he’s grateful for the opportunity. There, Coach Ryan Sanchez says that, “Will is one of the most dedicated kids on the team, always showing up to practice on time and with a great attitude.”
Recently, Will started working as a referee for the local YMCA’s soccer leagues. He doesn’t have plans for the money yet, but, no doubt, his parents would like him to put a little aside for college. Will would like to attend Monterey Peninsula College and works hard at school, maintaining a 3.7 GPA. His favorite (and best) subject is math, and he says that’s due in part to the great teachers he’s had over the years, and to his grandfather, “Boppa,” who tutors him after school each day. He’s always been aware of the impact other people have had on his life, and he wants to have that same effect someday, hopefully as a math teacher. There’s no doubt that he will fulfill his goals as Will inspires people with his perseverance and easy smile. The strength to try, and try again, while maintaining a positive demeanor, has always marked him as a special person. That, more than any proficiency in school, may be Will’s greatest strength and asset. °
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Inside Our Peninsula BY Barbra Alexander PHOTOGRAPHY BY D.M. TROUTMAN
Following the elections Barbra Alexander spoke with the mayors of Carmel, Monterey, and Pacific Grove to find out what’s in store for the Monterey Peninsula in the coming years. After a successful career of 31 years running operations for the Central Intelligence Agency in various parts of the globe, Carmel Mayor Sue McCloud returned to the city of her youth. She saw a way to employ her considerable talents for the betterment of her community and has been in office for 10 years. Having spent her life steeped in the international consensus building — and learning how not to rattle global cages — she didn’t approach her new job as a wide-eyed innocent believer but rather as a competent manager and leader. Alexander: Given today’s tight economic times and the lack of interest in purchasing art, is there an alternative to art galleries for the betterment of Carmel’s economy?
McCloud: Passing the ordinance that limits new galleries to local artists and creating new, more affordable events of interest to both tourists and locals should create a viable alternative. But remember, this started as an artist colony, so the galleries will likely continue to be a permanent part of the city. Alexander: Downtown living is a national trend right now. What is your feeling on the increase in residential living in the downtown core of Carmel? McCloud: To build housing in the main downtown area of such a small city seems disruptive and would probably hurt business instead of adding any value. To be truthful there is nothing we can see to be gained by this.
Alexander: Over 70 percent of homes in Carmel are second homes. What does the high number of properties for sale mean for the residential base of Carmel? Will this bring Carmel a more permanent resident base? McCloud: People from Silicon Valley are moving here with children. They’re able to work from home much of the time through telecommuting. That will eventually create a more permanent resident base. Mayor Chuck Della Sala of Monterey was born and raised in Monterey. His roots run deep and are solidly entwined with his hometown’s heritage. Chuck Della Sala continues to be a working local Realtor ® with his finger on the economic pulse of the area. Alexander: What are your goals for the retail community? What are your goals to revitalize downtown Monterey? Della Sala: Well, I’m looking forward to the development of the burned site at Alvarado. Twenty-one businesses lost their space on Alvarado Street because of the fire. I know that the owners of that property are now looking to have that site redeveloped. And the City’s dream is to have retail stores on the ground floor with housing units on the second and third levels of a new development on that site. What that would do is bring a new vitality, to have people living right there in the middle of downtown Monterey. It brings life. It brings a greater sense of community, in my mind, to that area.
Monterey: What is your vision for wharf two? If not for fish processing, then what? Della Sala: I don’t expect the fishing industry to disappear so there will continue to be fish processing on that wharf for the foreseeable future. Having been a historic developer for 30 years, Pacific Grove Mayor Dan Cort can see what needs to be done to maintain the infrastructure. According to him, “Seeing the whole picture is essential, and many people can’t. If you miss the clues, 10 years from now you could have a ghost town.” These are his thoughts on “America’s Last Home Town.” Alexander: P.G. is a politically hard community, extreme left and extreme right. What are the plans in this new term to heal the divide in the community so it can continue to work together for the betterment of the town? Cort: Through economic consensus building. P.G. is not a place where people are afraid to jump into politics. But if we’re all working toward the same project goal it’s difficult to argue politics. Alexander: Would you agree that it’s about time that mayors stop being PR-oriented and become more job-oriented? Cort: That’s exactly the name of the game. You’re a mayor, with 16,000 people on your board of directors. That’s a strength and it’s also a difficulty. They haven’t been to all the meetings, they haven’t got all the information, and you’re trying to resurrect a city that’s struggling under the burden of a bad economy, and, years of neglect in some of the infrastructure. I’m elected because this is the kind of work I do. °
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2009 With Miss Ruth: “I’m Still Here”
By Sheila Madden I was out of town for my birthday in December and when I returned home I found a birthday card that Ruth, my neighbor, had sent me. I opened it and came face-to-face with the stern face of Andrew Jackson on a crisp new $20 bill. Ruth’s message read, “Happy Birthday Sheila. You and Jackson have fun.” At 107, Ruth can still make me laugh and brighten my day in a way completely unique to her and her world-view. A lot has happened in Ruth’s life since her smiling face captured the hearts of readers in the February 2006 issue of 65 Degrees. She has a new caregiver, Mary, whom she loves, and more importantly, who loves her. Rumor has it that Mary can cook as well as Ruth used to and that is no small feat. Ruth still gets her hair done every Friday, but now it is with Addie, who cherishes Ruth as a customer and as a person. There have been deep sorrows as well. Ruth lost her brother Barney at age 108 and Kaye, her best girlfriend. Change isn’t easy for any of us, but it’s even more difficult when one reaches the age of 107. It’s hard for Ruth to understand some of the things happening in today’s world. If you’ve grown up in a time when your word was your bond and life moved at a pace that lent itself to a certain predictability, it’s hard to not get discouraged with what on some days feels like a horrible void in human decency. The truth is, life requires resilience, more so every day and with every passing year we are blessed to be alive. Ruth’s resilience has been tried and tested, but it is still there and shows itself in her beautiful sense of humor. When I called her to thank her for my birthday gift, she proudly reported that she had already addressed all of her Christmas cards, which she admitted had left her a bit tired. She’d have to rest before writing something inside of each of them, which, of course, she would do. Ruth cannot understand the point of sending a Christmas card without a hand written message. “I can’t write too much though, it takes too much out of me.” Then, with a soft laugh that comes from earning life’s wisdom she said, “I think I’ll just say, ‘I’m still here.’” ° Scott Salyer with his King Charles Spaniel, Louie.