Carpinteria Magazine - Summer 2017

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Whether you’re buying, selling or vacationing in the Carpinteria or Santa Barbara area, Gary Goldberg will provide you with in-depth assistance for all your real estate needs. Locally owned and operated, Gary’s brokerage, Coastal Properties, has been assisting sellers, buyers and vacationers for 22 years. His team of experienced and knowledgeable agents specialize in all aspects of real estate, including residential, commercial, land development, property management, long and short term leasing, and vacation rentals. We invite you to stop in to our office and experience the friendly, professional and confidential service Coastal Properties provides.

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Local and Organic Offerings, Handcrafted Pastries, Gourmet Salad Bar, Craft Beer and Wine. We have expanded to create a destination. The perfect lunch location to sit, sip, and eat... or take back to the beach. 1033 Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria 805.200.3030

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Snow Much To Do Where the Heart Is Think Green Carpinteria In Bloom Celebrate Art Artist Studio Tour Sounds of Summer Surf ’s Up America the Beautiful

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Art & Art-niture Chalk the Walk/ Celebrate Education California Avocado Festival Fall Harvest Light Up the Season

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THE CASTRO HOUSE Welcome Home to The Castro House, Your Home Away from Home in the Beautiful Beach Town of Carpinteria, California. Just blocks from the “World’s Safest Beach.’ Experience the Magic and Understated elegance of this 115 year old treasure in the heart of downtown Carpinteria. The Castro House can provide you with a choice between a casual large upstairs 1 bedroom unit that will sleep 6 or the renovated downstairs 2 bedroom with loads of old world charm, spacious living room, a cooks kitchen and a huge outdoor deck with hot tub, bar and BBQ Grill.


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People are flocking from all over for a chance to work at Procore, the construction management software company headquartered on Carpinteria Avenue, and there are many reasons why.


The Nugget was famous with locals long before then-newly elected President Bill Clinton put it into the national spotlight. Now, there are four.


Books in the cutest little handmade libraries are lining Carpinteria streets.


Pronunciation of the band’s name isn’t important . Nor is the spelling. It’s the music.

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Michael Bayouth is the man behind Carpinteria’s most recognizable logos: Rincon Brewery’s surfboard, Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital’s dog and cat silhouette, and many more.


A primer on the most common seashells making their homes on Carpinteria shores.


Meet a few fellow commuters who opt for a healthier and more economically sound alternative to traffic jams and road rage – the bicycle.


Artist turned activist Arturo Tello discusses his life with a paintbrush and protecting Carpinteria’s open spaces.


Recipes for summer-inspired meal and beer pairing suggestions from local breweries. 16

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DIVIDING LAND AND SEA Winter’s much needed and long anticipated wet weather added a deep shade of green to the landscape and stepped up the wave action along the beach. Photo by Glenn Dubock.


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IN A CARPINTERIA STATE OF MIND Welcome to the 22nd issue of Carpinteria Magazine. Thank you, readers, for your continued support of our advertisers; they make this project possible. What a wonderful lesson in micro-economics our community is! Readers have been asking, “Who let the dogs out?” Apparently Carpinteria Magazine did. Our winter cover featuring the gorgeous dog sans leash had some readers howling. We’re lucky to live in a community that cares so much about the safety and comfort of dogs. If the cover left you a little confused about some beach rules, such as are dogs allowed or not, we’ve got you covered in our Chatterbox KARLSSON section. Look for The Beach Rules piece. You can put your mind to rest regarding all the talk and speculation about Carpinteria’s newest and biggest business at the east end of Carpinteria Avenue. Procore is one of the most innovative, pro-employee, and community friendly tech companies in the nation. You’ll learn more about this cloud-based software company and its beautiful campus. Summertime is the perfect time for bike riding. Some of your neighbors think any time is the perfect time for riding their bike to work – rain or shine, hot or cold. They find commuting on two wheels to be environmentally and economically friendly along with a great way to clear their minds before and after office hours. It wouldn’t be summer without a picnic, and it wouldn’t be Carpinteria Magazine without beer. For efficiency (no sense burning the summer daylight), we added beer pairing suggestions from local brewers to accompany the best-of-the-season recipes by Pascale Beale. And speaking of efficiency, in case you haven’t met this band of musicians, may we present Afishnsea the Moon. While enjoying a summer beer in the still of the late afternoon, you just might hear them playing somewhere in town. Make a point to check them out. You’ll be glad you did. For our Photo Essay: Knit One, Journal Two, photographer and fiber artist Lori Graham showcases the beauty of Carpinteria, a few of her international travel destinations, and (because we begged her) some of her amazing pieces of yarn work. Palm Loft neighbors and fellow artists Arturo Tello and Michael Bayouth are so distinct in style we gave each of them their own feature. Arturo is synonymous with the Carpinteria Bluffs and landscape oils. Michael is the man behind the new logos local businesses have been sporting. If you’re looking for some fiction, check out “Dance with Me” by Fran Davis, a longtime contributor to Carpinteria Magazine and sister publication Coastal View News. In fact, Fran’s column, The Summerland Shore, appeared in the first edition of the Coastal View News in October 1994. There’s lots more packed into this issue , but I’m running out of room. So, you’ll have to start turning the pages. And watch for our next issue in November 2017.

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CARPINTERIA MAGAZINE SUMMER2017 EDITOR Amy Marie Orozco PRODUCTION & DESIGN Kristyn Whittenton WRITERS Pascale Beale Christian Beamish Lea Boyd Fran Davis Peter Dugré Ted Mills Alonzo Orozco Amy Marie Orozco PHOTOGRAPHERS Joshua Curry Glenn Dubock Peter Dugré Lori Graham Brian Hopkins Robin Karlsson Michael Kwiecinski Marco Medina Kristyn Whittenton CONTRIBUTORS Leanne Roth, Park Interpretive Specialist, Carpinteria State Beach PRODUCTION SUPPORT Rockwell Printing SALES Dan Terry (805) 684-4428 ON THE WEB Facebook All articles, photographs and artwork appearing in this publication are the copyrighted intellectual property of RMG Ventures, LLC. RMG Ventures, LLC aggressively protects its intellectual property rights. No part of this publication may be reproduced or copied in any form without the express written permission of the publisher. ©2017 RMG Ventures, LLC.

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The Carpinteria Arts center welcomes you! Whether you’re an artist or a lover of the arts, we are YOUR community arts center. Whether you’re a master or a student, the Carpinteria Arts Center has something for you. Exhibit your work. Learn a new art form. Write a poem. Watch a film. Tour a private art collection. Play an instrument. Send a kid to arts camp. Or just come enjoy live music, films about art, art exhibitions, or the monthly Artists Marketplace. Come share your hopes, dreams, wishes, or regrets at our 2017 Summer Art Installation, Tying Us Together, from June through August. However you choose to enjoy the arts, the Carpinteria Arts Center is here for YOU. We hope you will support us as we continue to grow and build a home for the arts in Carpinteria!

Go to our website, and click on the membership button to get started. Gallery Hours: Thursday - Monday, 10am - 4pm 855 Linden Avenue Downtown Carpinteria 805.684.7789


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Chatter Box Here’s the Story at the Library

Jena Jenkins’ job at the library has made her a celebrity among a growing number of Carpinteria’s preschoolers. When they see her around town they call out, “Story time Jena!” In a deadpan Jenkins explains, “They think I live at the library.” Each Thursday morning at 10:30 she leads story time, organized around a theme, bringing characters to life and connecting with her young audience by including activities between each book. The themes are as varied as hair, vegetables, pirates, pizza, and penguins. With the same opening and closing songs, the 20 to 30 children who regularly come to Thursday morning story time have a routine they can count on. The activities between readings follow the weekly theme, so “Pirate Week,” naturally, included a cutout of a ship. But do preschoolers understand the significance of a skull and crossbones flag? How does one explain the historical context? “It’s not really an issue with the little ones,” Jenkins says. But she does enjoy sliding in some humor for the parents—such as when she reads a story about sneakers and tells the group about “carbon footprints.” Jenkins brings a stage presence to her readings while focusing on language so that her young students can practice letter recognition. Still, she’s a big personality for her audiences of little ones and parents. “I’m quirky and animated,” Jenkins explains, adding that she’s also “a little strange.” But talking with her, the impression one gets is not so much of strangeness but warmth and a kidlike silliness that belies her commitment to literacy and community development. It can be difficult for small children to have the confidence to say their name aloud in a group setting, but each week Jenkins has the story time crew sing a song that

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begins with the words “Rum sum sum,” and ends with each child shouting out his or her name, which, in the framework of the song, seems to work. Jenkins took over the story time responsibility a couple of years ago and clearly loves the work. With a bachelor ’s degree in social work and a master ’s in counseling psychology “Storytime Jena” has also worked in curriculum development and is involved in community outreach with the initiative Librarians Transforming Communities, which seeks to make libraries centers of community dialogue in these times of political division. She says, “I like empowering young women,” and she starts in with the youngest of them each Thursday morning at 10:30.


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As for connecting with kids, Jenkins says, “the more I let my freak flag fly, the more the kids love it.” She waits a beat and adds, “It’s a kind of freedom.” – Christian Beamish

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The aroma of freshly brewed coffee dances in the air, the exuberant shout of “Bingo!” rings throughout the auditorium, and coins clink as they are dropped into a plastic cup. It’s all part of a scene that plays out every Monday and Thursday afternoon at the Veterans Memorial Building on Walnut Avenue, where a group of about a dozen or so regulars come to play bingo. How this group got its start is not certain. “I started coming here in 1991, and they were already established,” says Lupe Padilla, who splits duty as bingo caller with Geraldine “Geri” Ortega.

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“As far as I know, I think it’s the seniors … they used to have like a senior club,” Padilla explains the origin of the bingo gang, which may have been an offshoot of the senior nutrition program in the same the building sponsored by the Community Action Commission. Although the participants are primarily senior ladies, anyone of legal age is welcome to come and play a variety of the bingo games that are conducted from 1 to 3 p.m.

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C hatter Box At 5 cents per card, a pocketful of change can buy some cheap entertainment for the afternoon. The group provides the coffee, and often popcorn and other treats are brought in by the members. “If you [a player] win three bingos, people will donate what they have, like cookies. You don’t have to, you do it if you want to,” says Ortega. Ordinarily, the winning pot is no more than $4, but a side pool where players put in quarters, instead of the usual nickel, to bet on what’s called a “sock” number has helped to elevate the stakes to a coin prize of approximately $29. There are other options locally that can help pay higher dividends, such as bingo games in Ventura, where pots get as high as $1,000 according to Padilla. But, for the group of regulars that meet twice a week, it’s not about the money. It makes people happy, and they don’t have anything else to do. It kind of gives them a goal, notes Ortega, who has been playing for nine years. Some of the participants come from a nearby manufactured home park, as well as from the Shepard Place Apartments just a block and a half away. Back in the 1990s, as many as 300 bingo enthusiasts would pack the venue and locals as young as age 25 would join in the festivities. However, for now, the same informal members will continue the weekly tradition. “Just hoping to get more people with an interest to want to come,” says Ortega. – Alonzo orozco

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Sewing Circle, Quilting Bee, Social Hive

If you’re a quilter, you know all about Roxanne’s, a Wish and a Dream, the homey quilter ’s paradise at 919 Maple Ave. If you’re not a quilter or fan of fashioning fabric into homemade clothing or other useful projects, then entering Roxanne’s is opening a door to a world fixated on patterns, designs, and stitching. It’s a glimpse into a culture and a superbly appointed shop that attracts followers from all over the country while maintaining a local tight-knit community. “We’re known for having a great collection,” says Roxanne Barbieri, proprietor and namesake. “A busload of people is visiting from Arizona this week.”

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It happens regularly. Groups of quilters and craftspeople make a pilgrimage to Roxanne’s. For one, she carries the largest inventory of Kaffe Fassett fabrics in the United States. Fassett is internationally known for vibrant printed fabrics that among other things make the ambiance at Roxanne’s glow in kaleidoscopic pastels and intricate patterns. Another big draw is the collection of fully restored and shimmering Singer Featherweight sewing machines manufactured from 1932 through 1968. The antique machines have all the trappings of pre-Walmart craftsmanship. They’re solid in structure and function, made from sturdy metals and are carefully designed with detailed ornamentation, less mass-produced appliance than heirloom keepsake. They command anywhere from $500 to $2,500 depending on level of detailed embellishment and rarity. Barbieri says the phone rings regularly with orders for antique Singers, and she has them shipped to the store from everywhere. The convenient and highly functional oldies are then restored over a six-month period and shipped away to points as far as Alaska and Hawaii. Five different artists decorate the old-fashioned machines with stylized craftsmanship. Beyond the unique inventory, obsessively sourced and stocked, Roxanne’s is a place of community. There are knitting groups, classes for quilters who complete a project on the spot to take home, and overall a growing community of Do-It-Yourselfers.


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C hatter Box Barbieri says resurgence in the popularity of the homemade has boosted business. “I think with Pinterest, people have this realization and say, ‘I could make that.’” The shop has thrived for 35 years, with a shortlived retirement for Barbieri from Treasure Hunt, the original name, and she has not hemorrhaged an ounce of enthusiasm. Fingers still run along fabrics. She greets the customer who brings in an old Singer hoping to have it restored and beholds the old sewing machine in awe. She designs her own fabrics, adapts to the times. “We’re no longer talking about your grandma’s quilts. This is a whole new art form,” she says. “I just love being around inspirational, creative people. It makes you want to be like them.” – Peter Dugré

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The Beach Rules

Here’s a little known or largely ignored fact: Unleashed dogs are not allowed on the beach in Carpinteria. Any beach, anytime. No dogs – leashed or unleashed – are allowed on the city beach or the state park beach. Confusion may arise because leashed dogs are allowed on the county beach but not unleashed dogs, according to Sherman Hansen, Park Operations Manager of Santa Barbara County Parks Division. Generally, the city, county, and state beaches follow the same rules. No fires, no alcohol, no glass, no smoking, and no littering. The county beach runs from Ash Avenue through Summerland. The city’s beach boundaries are from Linden Avenue west to Ash Avenue and east of the state beach. The state beach runs in front of the campground. The rules of the beach are intended for keeping the beach clean and safe, notes Matt Roberts, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Carpinteria. Do not disturb wildlife, especially marine mammals. There’s no collecting sea stars or any other wildlife from the tide pools, though some exceptions may apply, best to check the fishing regulations, reports Leanne Roth, Park Interpretive Specialist, Carpinteria State Beach. As seashells are part of the marine habitat and some organisms use them for shelter, it’s best to leave them be.

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“Take nothing but pictures,” suggests Roberts, who is amazed at the amount of litter people leave behind. Gum, sunflower seeds, buried diapers, glass shards, embers from an illegal fire, and other assorted rubbish. City lifeguards routinely patrol for trash using “dip nets” to ferret out safety hazards and other unwanted items from the sand. Embers aren’t the only negative leftover from a campfire. Wood with hazardous sharp nails is left behind; charcoal pollutes the sand for years or is used to deface walls and lifeguard towers. If you’d like to do a bit of fishing, be sure to get a license. Thinking of clamming or some lobster trapping? Pay attention to official season dates and size requirements, otherwise you may be facing poaching charges. And remember, the Seal Sanctuary, east of Tar Pits Park, is closed from Dec. 1 through May 31 for pupping season. Is riding watercraft more your style? Then you’ll want to take your surfboard, paddle board, and kayak to Ash Beach, or in front of the state park lifeguard headquarters during the summer months, for launching. Be sure to stay out of the swim area defined by the seasonal buoys bobbing about 300 feet from shore. The consequences for breaking beach rules run from jail time and a hefty fine to a ticket for a wayward canine. “The dog enforcement rule is likely the number one city beach infraction,” says Roberts. “Lifeguards receive complaints regularly about dogs on the beach. Not everyone likes them there.” ♦ – Amy OrOzcO


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PROCORE has its head in the clouds S T ORY BY PE T E R DUGRÉ PH OT OS BY JOS H UA CURRY

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Stylish and minimalist by design.

The interior has simple elements like wood, concrete, and metal.

The reception area.

Wildflowers frame a busy walking trail tracing the edge of the Carpinteria bluff top marked by young professionals in pairs, business casual in appearance. Eyes tilt toward the Pacific, a view Procore executives call a magnet for recruiting talent and an inspiration for workforce productivity. Tobi Wankenobi, 24-year-old customer service representative, says “Once you’ve seen the Promised Land, you can’t unknow what you know.” He flew out from Missouri for an interview and was so taken by the campus he nearly staged a sit-in to land a job. He passed the one-year mark of employment in the spring and still exudes enthusiasm. Procore relocated from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria in late 2013, its staff numbering 70. The cloud-based software company that has reimagined construction industry work flow and connectivity had hoped to lease one floor of a building to lay roots in Carpinteria, but it struck a deal with property owner Paul Orfalea on two buildings. Skip to the present and the Carpinteria headquarters employs more than 500, and worldwide the number has climbed to more than 750. The company with a snowball’s appetite for expansion even leapt the freeway to the mountainside. Its campus now stretches to nearly 10 acres and five buildings and is still growing.


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Walls and doors are few at Procore.

Shiplap in an exterior space gives an interior room feel.

Every day is bring your dog to work day at Procore.

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Breakout spaces dot the interior campus. Employees get subsidized lunches and are encouraged to get off campus and down the hill to Carpinteria.

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The front door is open at P2, a shiny two-story office building 100 feet from the ocean. (Each Procore building is a P#.) The floor is concrete and walls are mostly glass, when there are walls. Everything is open, transparent, and the feng shui courses freely. Track lighting gives the appearance of exposed, almost unfinished in bareness; the bustling company has redesigned its home base to maximize the asset of the ocean view. It’s like a glass bubble containing the machinery of a global tech company has touched down on the bluffs. The futuristic vessel landed in an ideal spot and chose to stay while directing a growing empire that has offices in Austin, New York, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, and Willmar, Minnesota International outposts are Vancouver, BC and Sydney, Australia. According to Suzanne Mayeur, Vice President of Special Projects, “This is

Open to its core: open floor plan, open door, open ceiling, open concept.

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always going to be our mothership. You’ll see more and more expansion in Carpinteria.” The majority of Research & Development and Executive staff members of the company are stationed here. Despite the preferences for openness, there are doors on campus, offices, meeting rooms, but hardly a spot exists where eyes can’t gravitate toward outdoors. Long desks of open workstations populate larger rooms of sales, marketing and customer service departments. Employees tend to tasks, and dogs wag along the floors. Around a bend in a circular hallway, the snack nook can’t be missed. Refreshments are on tap and there’s beer visible behind a glass-faced fridge, an after-hours perk that if nothing else loudly projects freedom. Mayeur says, “People get fired-up here. They’ve never had a job where they can’t wait to get to work and don’t want to go home.” Employees can join softball teams, boot camps and salsa dancing to name a few extra-curriculars on or off campus.

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Mark Lyons, Vice President of Industry and Marketing, says he has it easy. Procore customers are the company’s best sales reps. The construction industry needed the cloud-based software to erase inefficiencies, to get the whole team, from developer to architect to subcontractor, on the same page in real time. “When everyone’s working off the same sheet of music, it’s much easier to dance,” Lyons says. One strength of Procore’s software is its adaptability to clients’ needs across the industry. Founder Tooey Courtemanche started the company in 2000 when constructing a home in Montecito while still living in Silicon Valley. He had a tech background and wondered why he couldn’t easily track progress from afar. Communication back and forth through the chain was clumsy, and it was time for an upgrade. Procore began with fewer than 10 people in a small

A meeting nook inspires teamwork. office and focused on luxury homes. The same software translates across the industry, to bridge, skyscraper, and stadium construction. Now, after over a decade of progress, such transformation that it elicits an exhale and eye roll from Lyons, the company’s third employee, when trying to illustrate just how far they’ve come, Hudson Yards, a massive project in New York City, uses Procore. Lyons says the key to growth has been working with clients in the company’s Innovation Lab. Customers are invited to work with software engineers and continuously refine the product. “We’ve been able to streamline communication from the design team all the way down to maintenance,” he says. As Procore expands, the company plans to keep growing in Carpinteria. “The industry has a huge appetite for our product,” Mayeur says. ♦


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Empowering a personal best B y Lea B oyD Emlynn Iannelli’s alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m. The parking lot at her gym, Empower Fitness, is dark and empty when she pulls in around 5:15 a.m. and starts flipping on lights. A door swings open and a body still fuzzy with drowsiness shuffles through, then a few more, setting down water bottles, croaking greetings, until by 5:25 a.m., about 10 people have gathered on the gym’s springy floor. These early bird boot campers didn’t abandon their warm beds because Iannellli can hoist 175 pounds over her head (she can) or because she runs a 5-kilometer race in under 21 minutes (she does). They chose Empower over another hour of sleep because improving their fitness means something to them and also means something to Iannelli. Their goals are her goals–and Iannelli achieves her goals. Sports entered Iannelli’s life before diapers exited. Under the tutelage of athletic parents, she started skiing and swimming at age 2. At 5, she was a competitive swimmer, and by 10 she’d added club soccer to her schedule. “It was just part of my everyday life,” she says. After graduating from Carpinteria High School in 2004, Iannelli rode a swim scholarship to a kinesiology degree at Arizona State University, a Division 1 Pac 10 school. She set out on physical therapy and school counseling paths, but personal training and fitness coaching discovered her along the way.

Now, at 32, Iannelli has a 1-year-old gym and a 2-yearold baby. They both need a lot of attention, and she provides it with calm warmth, as if juggling motherhood and business ownership comes as naturally to her as the backstroke. Between her 5:15 a.m. arrival and her 7 p.m. gym lockup, Iannelli squeezes in multiple classes, training sessions, and the occasional lull for her own workout. Her daughter, Sadie, spends time at the gym with a babysitter while Ianelli works with clients. During a midday break, Iannelli goes home to feed Sadie lunch and then “We both do nap time,” she says. Empower picks up again in the afternoon, and Iannelli typically leads classes and training through the evening. The over-3,000-square-foot gym is clean and spare. Exercise machines and weight sets line the edges of a wide-open central space. There is a small room with six cycles for spin classes, as well as a kids room where childcare is provided during certain classes. It’s a point of pride for Ianelli to be very good at a very diverse set of physical activities. Before she had her daughter, she finished the Carpinteria Triathlon in 1 hour, 2 minutes; when Sadie was 6 months old, she shaved over a minute off that time. “I am not the best or the number one athlete of one athletic event–and I probably will never be,” she says. “But being above average and versatile as an athlete in any event that is thrown my way, is what I am most proud of.”


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A mind for mindfulness B Y LEA B OYD

It’s the golden rule. It’s karma. And it’s neuroscience. When Dave Mochel describes mindfulness in these terms, it’s impossible to steer the conversation away from a coaching session and toward an interview. So, say, I have a tendency to procrastinate and might put off writing a story longer than I should...? Mochel grabs the notepad sitting on the cafe table and scrawls the following instructions: Notice the nature of the sensation and thought. Accept it. Let go of the struggle. Do the smallest next thing. This is Mochel’s relationship to his job. He loves it. He carries it everywhere because the power of the practice fuels him. The simple, common sense approach (“It’s not a big deal. It’s like brushing your teeth,” he says) changes lives, and he thrives on connecting people with wellbeing. Mochel himself is a mindfulness success story. Suffering from debilitating anxiety in his 20s, he began searching for ways to cope. He discovered mindfulness and the nascent field of positive psychology. “At that point science wasn’t yet asking the question, ‘What is happiness?’” he says. Now science is asking loads of questions about happiness and unfurling the mysteries of joy, satisfaction, fulfillment. Mochel has incorporated that emerging knowledge into a highly successful practice. He splits his time between individual and organizational coaching, jetting off to make presentations to Fortune 500 companies, and Skyping with clients around the world from his Carpinteria home. “Next week I’ll be in Baltimore,” he says. “Last week I was in Kansas City.”

Though Mochel demonstrates a passion typically reserved for the spiritual, it’s the scientific that drives his approach. Neuroscience research has confirmed that elements of traditions taught for thousands of years– Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism–are best practices for the brain. By systematically cultivating awareness, humans can self regulate and make choices based on goals, values, principles, commitments, and relationships. Until about a decade ago, mindfulness was still the stuff of incense-burning, long-bearded gurus. As more and more research supported its efficacy, however, it rocketed from commune culture to mainstream America. Now Mochel flies to Tokyo to teach at a leadership academy and Yamato Transport. And 350,000 viewers have watched Mochel in his button-down, khakis, and headset present a Tedx Talk. There is a meditation element to the practice, which Mochel achieves by “sitting in silence” for 20 minutes each day. He doesn’t prescribe one-size-fits-all meditation though. His wife accomplishes the same focus with her running routine, he says, and his two teenage sons quiet their minds with nature and music. Mochel’s coaching may seek a similar destination to counseling, but the paths don’t overlap. Mindfulness relies on neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to form new connections. People condition themselves to react certain ways, Mochel explains, but with work we can rewire our minds to drive positive reactions and promote wellbeing. Rewiring takes practice, and it doesn’t come easily. Still, here it is, a week before this story is due, and it all started by doing the smallest thing. SUMMER2017 43

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Big Results by Amy OrO zcO Mary Gonzalez lives in the Carpinteria backcountry and calls a 22-foot trailer home. A chef by education and trade, she is on the forefront of the tiny kitchen movement – how to cook in a tiny kitchen, how to host in a tiny kitchen, how to have a guest in a tiny kitchen. “There really is no limit if your kitchen is small,” says the born and raised Carpinterian. And she ought to know, working in a space the same size as a standard kitchen sink. Her tiny kitchen lifestyle is a philosophical choice more than a necessity. Less is more, she contends. Two years ago, Gonzalez and two like-minded friends, started “The Tiny Mess,” a cookbook project featuring a variety of people and the delicious meals coming out of their tiny kitchens. There’s fresh pasta in a bus, preparing seaweed on a sailboat, the refrigerator of dumpster-diving urban freegans, cactus and rabbit tacos, abalone dishes, foraging recipes from off-the-grid mountain cabins, and more. “It’s whatever they cook the most. The recipes are all over the board,” says Gonzalez of the chefs who dot the West Coast from Washington’s San Juan Islands to Southern California. Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, “The Tiny Mess” is due out this summer. Gonzalez describes it “like a coffee table book” adding,

“something tangible is really important these days.” Gonzalez follows a plant-based diet and her cooking style is farm to table. Cultivating her own food or getting it at the Farmers Market, where she has a part-time job, she continues to eat a lot of the rice and beans of the Mexican food she was raised on. The Carpinteria High School graduate finished the culinary program at Santa Barbara City College, with an emphasis in baking, and an internship at Babycakes, the vegan-allergen friendly bakery in Los Angeles, followed. Then it was a U-turn back home with a stint at The Sojourner in Santa Barbara, baking vegan wedding cakes on the side, and hosting pop-up shops selling a mix of her homemade treats, such as brownies, pumpkin squash loaves, and cherimoya and avocado popsicles. “Keeping it clear” is rule number one for working in a tiny kitchen, says Gonzalez. Her must-have tools include a cast iron skillet, a good knife, Mason jars, and large bowls for storage and for use as a basin. Now that her kitchen has electricity, she has added a mini-food processor as a basic. Having lived out of a cooler for 1.5 years she really appreciates her refrigerator, too. A partial list of her staple ingredients includes grains, legumes, fresh herbs, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil, along with warming spices such as curry, chipotle, cumin, and paprika. She prepares three meals a day in her trailer ’s kitchen, frequently using the crockpot stationed near her bed, creating a lot of dressings, and making different pesto dishes, such as from sunflower seeds. From Gonzalez’ tiny kitchen have come big things and more are sure to follow. There may be another book. Or not. But there will be food.


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Meditating on the Journey by Ch ristian b eami s h Robert Lehmann and Anne Fraser first met briefly in Chicago in 1981 when they were both attending a week-long meditation retreat at a hotel where Tibetan meditation master Chogyan Trungpa was teaching. “I just saw her eyes,” Lehmann says, clearly still smitten these many years later. “I suppose I did notice him,” Fraser admits. The patio at the Lucky Llama Coffeehouse, where it seems all the important business in Carpinteria gets done, is the perfect place to talk about the long road—spiritual and otherwise—the two have been on together. They lead a meditation group at the Carpinteria Woman’s Club in a beautiful room with wood floors and heavy beams that speak of old California. A white banner adorned with the golden sun of the Shambhala meditation organization is set in front of a simple stage with an orchid and a bronze pot on a small stand. Lehmann lightly strikes the pot to begin the meditation with a resonant tone, the eight to 10 attendees become quiet and seek that most basic but difficult-toachieve place of stillness in their hearts and minds. The Shambhala tradition, sometimes called “secular enlightenment,” came to North America in the early 1970s when Chogyan Trungpa came from India where he

had been living in exile from Tibet. Like the Dali Lama, Trungpa was identified as a re-incarnated holy man by Tibetan elders. “I was born as a pauper,” Trungpa once explained of his upbringing in a poor family in the high mountains of Tibet, “raised as prince,” once he’d been recognized as a holy man, “and here I am.” Informed by Buddhism, Shambhala seeks to end suffering in the world through mediation and compassion for all sentient beings. “It is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence,” the organization states on its website. “…The journey of becoming fully human means seeing through fear and egotism, and waking up to our natural intelligence. It takes kindness—to ourselves and others—and courage, to wake up in this world.” For Lehmann and Fraser, the journey has led from practice in the Shambhala tradition independently in their respective adopted home towns of Lexington, Kentucky and Chicago, Illinois, to getting married and raising a family together– Fraser’s son from her first marriage, and a son and daughter together–in Chicago, and eventually moving when their youngest son went off to college. After two years of free ranging across America in their Airstream campervan, visiting Shambhala centers up and down the West Coast, the couple found that they kept returning to Carpinteria. They moved into an apartment on Holly Lane in 2010, and have led their meditation program since 2011. “What you see,” Fraser says of people who begin the mediation practice, “is incredible bravery and tenderness.” Lehmann and Fraser lead Shambhala meditations every Wednesday morning at the Carpinteria Woman’s Club, 1059 Vallecito Road.


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Big city planner turns small town volunteer b y Peter Du gré Jane Benefield, once hippie and longtime Los Angeles city planner, decided upon retirement from her desk job that clown school would be an opportunity for personal growth. “It turns out being a clown isn’t easy,” she says from a recliner in her Salt Marsh-bordering mobile home, which was featured on the 2016 Carpinteria Beautiful Home & Garden Tour. She shares a photo of herself with red nose affixed between the ambivalently sad eye makeup on the white face landscape. The clown shtick didn’t stick, but she recalls the episode–maybe misguided–with a shrug and healthy, reflective attitude about experiences and a sense that being bold, decisive, and opinionated are the holy trinity of a productive life, the tire tread on a well-worn path. Her 31-year career highlights as an L.A. city planner include being project manager for the LAX master plan and being part of the rebuilding following the 1992 riots. After settling in Carpinteria in the early 2000s, Benefield put her big city planning expertise to work as a Carpinteria Planning Commissioner. Colorful and outspoken, she has been a strong opponent of the proliferation of vacation rentals while at the same time championing the related cause of affordable housing. Her position is that both vacation rentals and long-term rentals draw from the same housing stock, so allotting too many roofs to visitors upsets the balance by subtracting availability from long term residents. This hurts the community by driving up prices and demand for limited long-term housing. She’s not the creator of the philosophy but doesn’t back away from a cause she believes in, either. Talk to Benefield for a few minutes, and it’s easy to see there’s rhyme to her reasoning. She bounced around as a child following her stepdad’s work on the Apollo Project. She then joined the military and was stationed in South Carolina during Vietnam, a location that gave her a front row seat to the Civil Rights Movement and horrific Southern racial relations. Add to that her relocation to California and the hippie years, a few stints of rehabilitation from addiction, and the 70-year-old fulltime volunteer and liberal thinker has few spaces left on her page to color in. “Volunteerism is the way to go because you can really make a difference if you show up and do a good job,” she says. ♦ SUMMER2017 47

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Summerland’s most famous eatery.

It was the 70-cent burger at the Nugget that sold my husband on Summerland as the place to live. Big, juicy and good. That meal has receded down the misty halls of time, but the Summerland Nugget has remained a mainstay, serving up down-home, reasonably priced meals for half a century. “The Nugget’s a true original,” a steady patron states, “one of those places you happen into and never forget.” The popular eatery attracts a fleet of regulars, ranging from celebs to families to tourists stopping in on their way through town. The restaurant’s enduring popularity can be traced to three big draws: food, atmosphere and friendliness. Manager Jemal James describes the Nugget as a “neighborhood joint serving American fare.” The menu is extensive, ranging from burgers and sandwiches to steaks, salads, seafood and pasta. Some regulars have been coming so long they’ve had menu items named after them. There’s the crunch burger, served on an English muffin, and named for the bandleader of Captain Crunch and his Deep Cross Cowboys. There’s Dr. T’s Center Cut Sirloin named for Dr. Tanner, a regular who always kept an unlit cigar clamped between his teeth. Burgers remain highly popular, with the Ortega burger topping the list. A sign posted out front claims “Under One Billion Sold,” a slight exaggeration, according to owner Bob Montgomery, who took over ownership of the restaurant in 2008. Eighty thousand per year is more accurate, he says, and that’s for all four Nugget restaurants. Following the Summerland model, he’s opened three other Nuggets in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, and Goleta.

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Burgers are very popular, with the Ortega Burger topping the list. Then newly-elected President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton visit The Nugget in 1992.

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Antlered animals keep watch over the Summerland Nugget. The one billion sign is a left-over from former owners Doug and Sally Taylor, who operated the Summerland Nugget for 25 years, a time still referred to by regulars as the “glory days.” During their tenure, the Taylors created and enlarged the Nugget’s knock-out interior. Long-time bartender Marie Ise describes how newcomers stumble in and “do a lap,” weaving among tables to gawk at the decor. Densely covered walls display old license plates, menus, and dozens of photos of people and places, all interwoven with colored lights. Looming over diners’ tables are the antlered heads of more than a dozen animals, elk, deer, moose and big horned sheep, along with a wild boar, coyote and a genuine “jackalope.” Owner Bob Montgomery likes his venues to convey a sense of local history, so photos of old Summerland depicting its Spiritualist beginnings and its beach covered with oil well piers are prominent. “You’ve got to go to every booth to see it all,” he says. One “can’t-miss” curiosity—a framed bullet hole in the ceiling of the kitchen area. A brass label identifies the “presidential booth,” where both presidents Reagan and Clinton once sat. Photos of Reagan and his entourage decorate the back wall, and a saxophone played by President Clinton hangs off to the side. Montgomery recounts how Lillie Avenue was blocked off during the Clinton visit in 1992, with Secret Service men stationed on the roof.

The Nugget’s decor serves as a history lesson on Summerland.

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The Nugget is big on tradition, and the friendly, welcoming atmosphere established by the Taylors persists today. Bartender Carter Hines (“the Duke”) tended bar through all the Taylor years, and still comes in once a week to work with Marie Ise who trained under him. Both are well known and beloved by loyal regulars. “The Nugget folks become part of people’s families,” Ise says. Proof of that is the tale of Kevin Harder, a Nugget regular for whom the place was a second home. In 2004, he won the lottery with a jackpot of $64 million and shared some of his good fortune with his Nugget family, gifting staff with cars, vacations, and generous tips. The Summerland Nugget enjoys a storied history, well documented by the Azar family, which has owned the property since 1931. The first restaurant, built in 1960, was the Sea Breeze. It was soon replaced by the Shanty, next door to the White Owl surf shop. The original Nugget opened in 1970, with the Taylors taking over in 1976. The Summerland Nugget has witnessed its share of ups and downs, economic highs and lows, bar fights and happy reunions and visits by the rich and famous, some of whom still drop in. It’s a place that wears its history on the walls for all to see. But much of that may go unnoticed by the hungry families and tourists attracted to the restaurant for its atmosphere, friendly vibe and hearty portions of food and drink. ♦

The interior of downtown Carpinteria’s Nugget.

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Sharing the love of reading on Ocean Avenue.

The library near Heath Park Ranch resembles a doll house.

Concha Loma neighbors sing, “Let’s go reading now, everybody’s sharing now, come on and library with me.”

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McCann is vocalist and on guitar. Camardella is in back.

Campbell is lead guitarist.

At an outside table at Lama Dog in Santa Barbara, four-fifths of the band Afishnsea the Moon are trying to remember their first official gig. They are Johnny McCann (guitar and vocals), Javier Morales (rhythm guitar), Lauren Luther Campbell aka “Lorbo” (lead guitar), and Christopher Riley (bass). Not present is Adam Camardella (drums). “Maybe Giovanni’s?” says one. “Brewhouse?” offers another. “Maybe it was Cabo’s,” offers McCann. “I sat in with you on guitar.” “Yes, but that was before you were official,” says Riley. The Brewhouse gig might be the answer. Riley might be the most authoritative-sounding member of the band, but he isn’t an expert on dates. The band is too organic and, well, chill for that. They’ve been rocking out for five years, and with hundreds of gigs under their belt, they just released their first album. “Distant Dream” features 11 songs, all sharing Morales’ funky rhythm guitar, McCann and Lorbo’s wailing solos, deft interplay between Riley and Camardella, tastefully placed interjections from guest Noah Thompson’s trumpet, and McCann’s plaintive vocals that make even his declarations of love sound doomed from the start. The shadow of the Doors hangs over the band, along with Cream and Pink Floyd, but they also count Mars Volta and Grayson Capps as influences. “We had organically evolved enough that it was that time. People were asking for our music and we were like, I guess it’s time to record,” says Riley. They self-funded the album, and recorded at Santa Barbara Sound, run by Dom Camardella, drummer Adam’s dad. McCann says that in 12 hours they had put down the basic tracks, and the band recorded together, not separately, to try to get that live feeling. “I feel the album made us a lot better of a band and

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Morales on rhythm guitar.

Riley, left, on bass.

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Performing in Ventura in the spring.

gave us the official stamp of approval,” says Riley. “But we’re much more exciting live than on the record,” insists McCann, because they can stretch the jam sections of songs. Locals will have seen the band anywhere there’s a chance to play live, including the annual Surf ’n’ Suds Beer Festival, at Rincon Brewery and Island Brewing Company. The music is designed to make people dance. “The first people to dance are the girls who do that hippie dance,” says McCann. “And once the girls come out, then the guys follow.” Their fans, Morales says, are “all types of people who are willing to let go and have fun with the music.” However, a lot of venues don’t allow dancing. Some only want acoustic music. And bars need special permits if people decide to shake a tail feather. “The music scene’s a bit bougie in these parts,” says Riley. “You can quote me on that.” That all came as a surprise to McCann, who moved from Alabama in 2009 to surf. He had been in bands, and his tales of non-stop dance parties lasting until 4

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Brew by the beach…

private party room availaBle For eveNtS And Noah Thomas on trumpet. in the morning have resulted in the band getting on the road for a southern tour. For three years after moving to Carpinteria, McCann found it hard to find musicians who really wanted to commit to forming a band. “They were doing the Santa Barbara thing, one foot in, one foot out.” The guys met McCann surfing. The southern boy was shredding, and nobody disputes that the Alabama transplant is the best surfer out of the band. “I wanted it more,” McCann says. “You guys take it for granted!” McCann had found a group with a ritual, practicing every Tuesday at “Lorbo’s Lounge,” the guitarist’s garage. Lorbo’s Carpinteria roots run the deepest out of the band. His grandfather ran Kilovac on Linden Avenue, his grandmother helped start Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, and his dad is a Rincon legend. The four guys already had Jalapeño Power, “rocking out and drinking beers and going for it,” said Riley. McCann’s first impression of their sound was “very stoney, dubby, mid-tempo, kinda funky, just constantly rolling funk-reggae-rock.” What they didn’t have were songs. McCann did. “It was like metamorphic rock,” says Riley about McCann joining. “It was like heat and pressure together, we molded into one.” He brought the “southern, weird, reggae vibes” and changed the sound enough to warrant the name change. Rincon is key to Afishnsea. They’ve met members of the surf band The Rincons. Plus, they’ve met The Upbeat, Pleasure, and pro-surfer and musician Conner Coffin at Rincon (the place). “Rincon is an awesome wave that attracts a lot of awesome people,” says McCann. “If you can get in with the right crowd down there and start talking ... it’s like a cohesion of the whole community, especially for how small Carp is.” Riley agrees, “The people who have that connection with Mother Nature, I think music goes hand in hand with that.” ♦

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Knit One, Journal Two photos By Lori Gra h a m At age 17 and about to embark on a 2-month family road trip across the United States and Canada, Lori Graham’s parents gave her an SLR camera and a blank book. They had appointed her the trip documentarian. Not realizing it then, Graham had found a lifelong passion: travel, photography, journaling, and handwork. Knitting, hand sewing, and drawing are the foundations of the creative part of her heart. She’s grateful for each and for how well they go together, always allowing her to travel with a camera, journal, wool, and needles. Fast forward to 2017 and you’ll find Graham teaching journaling workshops at The New England Fiber Art Summit in Vermont and the Squam Art Workshop in New Hampshire, being asked to collaborate with noted fiber artist Madeline Tosh in creating a pattern, and having been invited to contribute to Making magazine and the Japanese publication Amirisu. Graham shoots digital, film, and progressively more images with an iPhone. She has close to 26,000 followers on Instagram, @loritimesfive. Graham often knits with “place-based” yarn and a destination in mind, photographing her finished works in the Carpinteria Valley. Her work also has been featured in Lonely Planet Traveller, Photograher’s Forum books, and Sherman’s Travel, among others.

Favorite Things is the pattern name.

Carpinteria Salt Marsh

Leaves of Grass (pattern name) shawl made with Aran weight 100 percent Fishermen’s Wool.

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Celebration space and organic farm on the outskirts of town off the 150.

Traditional Icelandic shoe insert from Einband Icelandic lace weight wool.


The mirage of a mineral bath on the winter beach.

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Cross stitch canvas journal cover based on an ancient Icelandic pattern.

Little houses on the marsh from Croft House Wool from Shetland, Scotland.

Sorting, organizing and cataloging shades of LĂŠttlopi, an Icelandic worsted weight wool.

A storm approaching Santa Claus Lane.

Leaf journal and woodland shawl of hand-dyed silk and merino wool.

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Iceland Isle of Skye Carrizo Plain Scotland

Graham’s workshop

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Some of Bayouth’s logo creations have been for the Castro House, Montecito Community Foundation, Magic Castle Cabaret, and Pacific Crest Hotel, among others.

Branding carpinteria S t ory by t e d M i l l S Ph ot oS by JoS h ua Curry You might not know Michael Bayouth if you passed him in the street, but you definitely have seen his work. You might even be wearing one of his logos: the vintage surfboard of Rincon Brewery, the splash-filled lettering of Esau’s Café, the dog and cat rip curl of the Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital. All speak to the safe and laid-back Carp vibe, and Bayouth branded them. “I see folks around town and I’m like, wow, that guy’s wearing my logo!” he says. “I love it. I like to see people excited about their own businesses.” Bayouth is talking at Palm Lofts, a place for artists to

live and work and occasionally be rattled by the train that passes less than 20 feet from his window. He shares the place with his girlfriend and frequent collaborator Kim Klein, who occasionally chimes in to make sure he hasn’t forgotten to mention one of his 20 or so concurrent projects. Bayouth started Bayouth Branding, which he says is dedicated to “helping businesses find out who they are, who their clients are, what their product really is and defining that.” There’s “instant validation” in branding, when done correctly, he says. It’s what makes people


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Some tools of the trade.

Add book illustrator to the artist’s talent resume. Bayouth and Kim Klein, his girlfriend and frequent collaborator.

choose products based on trust, and good brand design conveys that trust. We all do it when shopping, even those of us who read ingredient labels. In his branding rollout, he’s hoping that businesses will see that branding “will take them to a whole new level. It’s not just choosing a nice font and a graphic. They’ll see that there’s so much more that will inspire confidence in their customers. And we’ll talk. I’ll get to know them and the product, and their hopes , dreams and aspirations, and then I go in and start the creative process.” If he speaks with revitalized energy of man rethinking his career arc, that’s because Bayouth recently got a second chance in life. Last year he went through open chest surgery, which removed a cancerous tumor the size of his heart and only discovered on a routine checkup. “It gives you a lot of perspective,” he says. “A lot of the stuff you procrastinate on, you don’t anymore once you go through something like that.” While recovering he set up his branding Web site and wrote a children’s book. He’s written scripts and books with Klein. But all this is building on past careers, too. Bayouth was born in Oklahoma, moving with his family to Los Angeles when he was 6 months old. His mother was a fashion illustrator for Gimbels department stores and his dad was a stuntman. In high school he was interested in art and was the go-to illustrator for pep rally posters and such, and it was the father of a cheerleader who gave him his first job right out of high school, working at NBC studios for the summer. “I learned all these different mediums,” he recalls. “I did a bit of typography, a bit of illustration. It was the greatest education I could have hoped for.” In his 20s and 30s he worked for both Marvel and


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A day at the office.

A day at the office. Preparing a voiceover, another talent in the Bayouth quiver.

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Storyboards for a television show.

Three-dimensional images serve as models for storyboarding.

Disney, illustrating and producing packaging and the collateral that goes with retail releases of videos and DVDs. He shifted from being a company man to going freelance. At the same time, he started working as a storyboard artist, which he continues to do, for such shows as “Queen of the South” and “Orville.” Bayouth moved from the San Fernando Valley to Carpinteria four years ago to join Klein, who was moving from Santa Barbara. The two had met online. “On the first date we realized we clicked,” he says. Soon they were writing together, and their loft is both home and office. “They say it takes about five years to become a [Carpinteria] regular,” he says. “I love that it’s small. You drive somewhere and park. People talk to you in line at the market. It’s small-town friendly, and I was needing some of that after living in the valley for so many years. We love the weather here, and we enjoy ourselves.” You can find Bayouth around town, maybe wearing one of his logos. Rincon Brewery’s branding has turned into a profit center for merchandising, he notes, adding they often sell 30 hats in a day. “It’s a great feeling to know the beer is good and they’re buying the products.” And it all comes from the years in entertainment, whether it’s a handcrafted font or an illustration created from scratch. “All that stuff paid off,” he says. ♦ 72

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Scallops, Sand Dollars, and Clams – Oh My!

California Venus clam:

The California Venus clam is a common species in Chumash shell middens and is still eaten today. Common in bays and estuaries, this clam likely washes out from the Salt Marsh.

RESEARCH B Y LEA B OYD The Carpinteria residents with the best beachfront location are seashells. They are a diverse group of citizens adding depth, color, and excitement to the community. Open and hospitable, seashells entertain thousands of guests in their homes every year. The one thing they ask is that visitors only take photographs and leave footprints. Let the shells be!

Kellet’s whelk:

Wavy turban snail:

Kellet’s whelks are often discovered by the dozen in lobster traps where the fish bait has provided a meal for the seafloor scavenger.

These large snails have a separate shell, called an operculum, that serves as a trap door and protects the animal’s soft body from drying out at low tide.

Cowry: Cowries are a type of sea snail. Their shells were used as currency by native people around the world.


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California mussel: Sea stars are the mussel’s main predator. Using their tiny tube feet, sea stars locate open mussels, then insert their stomachs between the shells and digest the soft body.

Sand dollar:

Sand dollars are flattened, burrowing sea urchins. In New Zealand, they’re called sea cookies or snapper biscuits.

Barnacle: Barnacles cement their heads to rocks and unfurl feathery limbs from their shells to filter feed on plankton.


Scallops are salt water clams. These animals have 10 to 100 tiny eyes that protrude from the opening between shells to scan the water for movement of predators.

Volcano limpet: Limpets move around rock surfaces with their strong muscular foot. They graze on algae.

Black turban snails: These snails are abundant in local tidepools. If they can avoid predation by sea stars, anemones and crabs, they can live up to 20 or 30 years.

Bent-nosed Macoma clam:

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TwoWheeling to Work S t ory by L e a bo yd Ph ot oS by M i ch a eL KwiecinSKi & M a rco Med ina

Doug Norton passes through Padaro Lane on his daily commute from his central Carpinteria home to QAD, atop Ortega Hill overlooking the Carpinteria Valley.

Picture this: You’re sitting in a hot, idling car on Carpinteria Avenue with dozens more ahead of you and dozens more behind you, while a stoplight hundreds of yards away glares at you with its red eye. Then, swoosh, a blur of bright metal and spinning wheels streaks past, and you realize that guy made the wiser transportation choice for more reasons than cars in this line. Bikes don’t pollute the air. They improve personal health. They are cheaper to buy and free to fuel. They don’t rely on oil drilling, nor do they require many natural resources to build. But there’s another reason that lots of Carpinterians choose to ride instead of drive. It’s really fun. “You feel like a kid,” says avid cyclist Chris Sobell. “It brings back that joy when you have the wind in your face.” According to the most recent U.S. Census data, 473 people who live in Carpinteria and Summerland commute to work by bicycle. Nationwide, bike commuter numbers increased roughly 60 percent from 2000 to 2012. Carpinteria is a cycler ’s paradise. The city lies between the ocean and the foothills in terrain that couldn’t be much flatter if it were ironed. “The overpasses are the biggest hills,” says Joaquin Gonzalez, owner of Gonzo Cycles, the newest of Carpinteria’s three bike shops. The weather is right for two-wheeling too. Carpinteria gets an average of 25 days a year with rain, compared to a national average of 102. Gonzalez considers the climate a luxury. Before moving to Carpinteria six years ago, he lived in Tahoe, where he says, “I was the only clown in town on a bike in the winter.” He pulled his young son Joaquin to school on a sled behind his bike through the snow. SUMMER2017 77

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Sobell rides to her job at Carpinteria Children’s Project rain or shine. A heavy storm may force her into a car, but for light rain, she sticks to pedaling: “I’m not going to melt,” she tells naysayers. While Gonzalez can be found casually zipping around town with a coffee mug in one hand, Sobell takes bicycle safety very seriously. She wears reflectors and a bright vest for her short commute. She completed bike instructor training at Bici Centro and conducted bike safety courses for Carpinteria Middle School students for a couple years. She agrees that Carpinteria is ideal for cycling, but thinks that signage could be improved and green lanes added to make drivers more aware of their more vulnerable companions on the road. Doug Norton works at QAD, a company located at the top of Ortega Hill on the west end of Summerland, about a 30-minute bike ride from his Carpinteria home. For safety, the longtime cyclist wears a bright jacket and has lights on the front and back of his ride, a 20-speed Kestrel 200 EMS older carbon fiber road bike. “Traffic no longer is much of challenge for me,” he says. “I’ve developed safer habits, such as, when approaching an intersection,

Norton arrives at work.

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Chris Sobell commutes by bicycle rain or shine.

Bicycling safety is first with Sobell.

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Joaquin Gonzalez takes his son to school every morning.

Gonzalez owns Gonzo Cycles, the newest of Carpinteria’s three bike shops.

looking into the eyes of nearby drivers, so I know they know I’m nearby.” During the winter months, Norton cycles in the dark to and from work–a routine that adds some personal risk but is rewarded with spectacular scenes. “When riding early or late, shooting stars and a gigantic full moon rising over Rincon Mountain are fun to see. In November and December, we get some pretty nice sunrise and sunset shows,” he notes. In recent months, construction work to widen the Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road overpasses has eroded Carpinteria’s bicycle friendliness. Lanes are narrowed and rearranged to allow for heavy equipment movement. The routes may be harrowing now, but Matt Roberts, City of Carpinteria Director of Parks and Recreation, notes that the payoff ultimately will be two highway bridges with wide bike lanes incorporated into the design–not added as an afterthought like the overpasses Carpinteria cyclists white knuckled for the last half century. Carpinteria’s bright biking future also includes construction of the Rincon Trail, a path that will connect the east end of Carpinteria Avenue with Rincon County Park and, beyond that, to the new bike lane along Highway 101 between Rincon and Mussel Shoals. The trail’s estimated $8 million cost will be covered in large part by a grant, and the trail is scheduled for construction in 2019 to 2020. On the opposite end of town, a path between Carpinteria Avenue and Santa Claus Lane is in preliminary design phase and should be completed within a couple years of the Rincon Trail. The new trails in and out of Carpinteria may motivate cyclists to make the longer commutes to or from Santa Barbara or Ventura. Workplaces are co-evolving with bike culture. Newer companies to town, like LinkedIn and Procore, pride themselves on keeping staff happy by promoting health and providing shower rooms for employees who workout during the day or commute by bike. QAD also offers flexible schedules and showers at work, which helps to make the bike commute possible for Norton and a few others. “Anyone who rides a bike knows that it resets you,” affirms Gonzalez. “You just show up to work happier.” ♦


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Arturo Tello I n t e rvIe w by Pe t e r Dugré Ph ot os by M I ch a e l K w Ie cI n s K I

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Arturo Tello, director of the Palm Loft Gallery, is a uniquely equipped soldier in the battle to beat back development plans threatening Carpinteria’s open spaces. The artist-turned-activist has dedicated decades to the cause of preserving the Carpinteria bluffs. The slopes and contours lay bare before him, shadows and delicate traces of light speak to him, and through his paintbrush onto indefatigable canvases he summonses the voice of nature, its elegant power to ground us. His paintings have become as much about what’s not on the bluffs as the unblemished character of the land. Absent are homes, restaurants, hotels, and oil refineries. He uses the touch of an artist, the language of the heart, to pierce through tangibles like money, big business, and city planning, and to imbue the debate with imagination

and uninhibited innocence. Passion pours out of him in conversation. Whether in private or behind a podium, he repeats words like “love” and “soul” when describing this place, and the weight of his words never diminishes. It’s hard to find fault with or retaliate against his argument that permanent beauty and open space endure over individually owned buildings and bank accounts.

As A l oc Al Ar t i st And g A lle ry d ire cto r, cA n y ou r At e t he ov e rAll he A lth o f c Ar pi nt eri A’ s Art sc ene?

I think our resources are pretty good, with the Carpinteria Arts Center and the other two galleries. I think we provide a great space for a lot of artists who are not showing in other galleries. I like to hang a show for

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seven weeks and then change it. I treat the gallery space like a canvas, so that the whole show has a composition. We charge no entry fees. People show here for free. Also we have concerts and a lot of music provided here. I do think people could use the gallery more, and appreciate it, like an art museum.

Artist on a mission ... ... to paint a landscape ...

You’re involved in fundraising for the Bluffs iii propertY purchase. that effort seemed to come up overnight in 2016, was there a lot going on Behind the scenes?

Chet Work [Executive Director] of Santa Barbara Land Trust came and talked to us. We had a couple of meetings at Susan Allen’s house, and he was saying there was this opportunity, this interest, from one of the initial major donors of the acquisition. He wanted to see how the community felt about it, if we’d be in favor of supporting it, and we all were very excited and said “Yes!” Pretty soon after, they formalized the whole thing and made it public.

have You Been involved with citizens for the Bluffs since its Beginning?

Several people who were members of Carpinteria Valley Association [CVA], when the opportunity came to buy the Bluffs [II], we had to leave that organization and start another one [circa 1998]. We had the background of fighting development for a long time. ... of the area he helps to protect.


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The Acknowledgement Marker near the Bailard Avenue entrance.

W h a t do yo u s a y t o s omeone Who’ s i n f a vo r o f de ve l o p m e n t a s a Way t o c reat e j o b s a n d b r in g e co n o m i c oppor t u ni t i es?

Development has happened in Carpinteria over the past 20 years, and hopefully it has happened in a sustainable and not over the top big unsustainable kind of way. As far as I know, every proposal that came forward for the bluffs was one of those proposals that had way too many impacts on the community, traffic-wise and in many ways they were just trying to put in too much development in their envelope. It’s been proven that new development doesn’t really pay for itself. Carpinteria has a good program to get impact fees back from developers, but this one [Bluffs III] where it leapfrogs out from the community, would have bigger impacts and the community would have paid the price. I just feel that Carpinteria is blessed with this beauty and open space, now with Franklin Trail in conjunction with the bluffs. I think that in some ways that we are kind of paying for it now. It’s costly to live here. But I think what we are paying for is that access to open area. Many communities that let go of their beautiful open spaces, they’ve really lost something precious. There are a lot of examples of places that have just become a mess, as you go toward Los Angeles. Carpinteria could have gone that way, where every wonderful place, there’s a plan for it and it becomes developed. Carpinteria, as a community, we’ve stepped up to preserve it. What I say to people who want to develop it is, “There’s a better opportunity someplace else.”

bu t t here’ s not a l ot of und e v e lo p e d bluff top, oceanfront property someplace else.

Right. That’s a good thing. We need to experience that. There’s a phrase: “What does it profit a man to gain the world and thereby lose his soul.” I think this place is our soul. I paraphrase, but it’s in the Bible. I believe in this town. What we’ve been careful to preserve is our soul. At least, if not our soul, sustenance for our soul. This has happened to me many times. There were people who supported building at the Bluffs Preserve, and they were very vocal, they were actually on the team of the developer. They’d go to meetings and speak for it, and then time after time, as time passes on, you see them out there on the bluffs, in their elder years, walking around out there, enjoying the preserve, and you go, “I’m so glad they didn’t win.” At the time they were passionate about it. It’s going to bring jobs; it’s going to bring revenue for the community. But I think the community has done a good job of not selling out. You have to realize that some things are worth protecting, and you have to have balance.

y ou r Work as an ar t is t o v e rlap s With y ou r Work as an ac t i vis t, ho W d id yo u get st art ed Wi t h y ou r pas s io n?

I did a one-man-show at the Faulkner Gallery in 1984, and I called it “The Landscape as an Endangered Species.” It was 29 paintings of the Carpinteria Bluffs. This was before I became active in speaking about it. See the thing is, when you love a place and you see it as a precious asset

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Director of the Palm Loft Gallery

to the community that should not be lost, yeah, you’re painting it because you love it and you’re speaking about it because you love it, and the two become one thing. And I continue to love it and to paint it.

How many pai nt i ng s done on t H e bl u f f s?

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It’s hard to say. I used to estimate 500, but I’d say more. It’s been a long time. I came to Carpinteria in 1979. I grew up in Mexico and moved to California in 1969, eventually to San Jose.

How’ d y ou end u p i n Carp inte ria?

Palm Loft Gallery exterior.

I followed my girlfriend at the time. I was just out of college. She was from Connecticut and was looking for the warmth of California, and it wasn’t in San Jose. She was a nurse and could live anywhere. The name Summerland intrigued her, so she came to see Summerland and happened to come to Carpinteria and saw a nice little cottage on 4th Street. At the time we had no plans. We had just met. She said, “I think I’m going to rent this, and it’d be great if you’d come.” So I jumped on it.

wer e y ou el sewH er e?

pai nt i ng

land s Cap e s

I was graduating college and had studied painting figures, portraits, so I thought I was going to be a portrait painter. At the time I was a real avid runner. I was picking up training for marathons, and so I did a lot of running here at the bluffs and even up in the mountains, and I ended up really liking the landscapes. So I decided I’m just going to do it, and I painted a little bit at the marsh, and I really enjoyed the experience of painting landscapes on location. I felt like it was the same experience as running. It was like a sport, because you have to really be paying attention. It’s a little bit of race against time. The shadows are moving; the light is moving. In running, you get the runner ’s high. In painting you get this transcendence; it makes you go away from yourself a little bit. It becomes like an active meditation. It becomes almost a spiritual practice. You’re doing something you enjoy, and when you’re done you get this feeling of accomplishment, of well-being. So the running affected the painting and the painting affected the running.

so y ou st ar t ed wi t H Carp inte ria s al t marsH and mo v e d to tHe bl u f f s, bot H of wHi CH are no w pr eserves.

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At home in his studio.

history of people fighting for many, many decades. At some point far back, the founder of CVA (Carpinteria Valley Association), Lois Sidenberg, fought plans to put a marina at the marsh. So that would have been pretty different. And the bluffs way back, 45, 50 years ago, there were plans for more gas processing facilities where the preserve is now. So the fight for these places to be open started way, way back before I showed up here.

A r e de ve l o p e r s s u r p r is e d At t he opposi t i on t h e y f A ce w h e n p r o p o s ing pl Ans her e?

I don’t think they’re surprised. They know it’s tough to get approvals. I think they know. It’s legendary here, but that’s what they do. They come here and talk to us, and want to see what we want out there. The Bluffs I developer met with us. We told them that Tee Time was a good use and seemed popular. That if they wanted to expand golf and recreation to the

whole 27 acres that might be something the community embraces.

Ar e t here pl A c es y ou ’ d s Ay, “yeA h, yo u cA n devel op here” or i s the city d e v e lo p e d ou t ?

I’m not so sure what’s out there right now. I haven’t been involved in planning in some time. I used to be at every city council and planning commission meeting, but that was 20 years ago.

how di d y ou get i nvo lv e d in p lAnning i ssu es?

I became a member of CVA, and they asked me to go to meetings and to report, so I did. I would get a packet like planning commissioners did, so I’d give my input on a lot of things. Maybe I overdid it. Maybe Carpinteria is worth it. ♦

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Summer plates paired with beer

Foo d menu by Pa scale beale

There are few things that inspire me more than a walk through a summertime farmers market. The tables are groaning with stone fruit, luscious ripe figs, and glorious heirloom tomatoes in a multitude of hues that are a feast for the eyes. I have an unfortunate habit of getting completely carried away there, coming home and realizing that I can’t possibly eat all those delicious fruits, vegetables, and herbs by myself. The solution? Time to have lunch in the garden. I call up friends and family (often on the way home from the market) and start planning a feast. We set up a long table in the garden covered in Provencal tablecloths. Friends bring extra chairs as the number of people invariably grows. Time magically slows down, we linger over good conversation and laughter drifts through the warm air. These meals make me feel as though I have gone on a mini holiday. Enjoy the beer pairing suggestions from local brewers.

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Fresh Berry Tart with Lemon Ginger Cream Serves 8 – 10 people

For the tart shell: 9 o z ( 2 c up s ) un b l ea c h ed a l l - p ur p o s e Fl o ur 5½ o z b ut t er — c ut i n t o s ma l l p i ec es 1 egg z es t o F 2 l emo n s 1 t a b l es p o o n s ug a r 1 l a r ge p i n c h s a l t Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place all the ingredients in the bowl of the food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Use longer pulses until the dough forms a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes. (You can make the dough ahead of time and remove it from the fridge 20 minutes before using.) On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 12inch round, ¼-inch thick. Then line the tart pan with the dough. Trim the edges with a sharp knife and prick the dough with a fork. Line the dough with a piece of parchment paper and fill the tart shell with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 20 minutes until the edges are just golden. Remove the parchment paper and the pie weights. Bake the tart for 3-4 more minutes. The shell should be golden brown in color. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Combine the milk, remaining sugar and the split vanilla pod in a saucepan and bring to a boil. As soon as the mixture bubbles, pour about one-third of the milk onto the egg mixture stirring all the time. Then pour the entire egg mixture back into the remaining milk in the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring continuously. Add in the lemon zest and ginger and cook for a further two minutes over medium-high heat. The mixture should be thick, silky, and smooth. Pour the mixture into a bowl, dot with a little butter to prevent a skin from forming. Set aside. If it is a warm day, cover and refrigerate. When you are ready to serve the tart, pour the cream mixture into the pre-baked tart shell and using a spatula or the back side of a spoon, cover the entire base of the tart with the cream. Cover the cream entirely with the berries and top with the chopped mint. Serve with some vanilla ice cream if you like!

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For the Filling: 3 egg y o l k s 2 o z s ug a r ( ¼ c up ) 2 t a b l es p o o n s Fl o ur 1 c up m i l k 1 va n i l l a p o d – s p l i t z es t o F 1 l emo n 1 t a b l es p o o n c r y s t a l l i z ed gi nger – F i n el y c h o p p ed

For the berries: 4 b a s k et s o F mi x ed s ea s onal berri es , i n c l ud i n g b ut n o t l i mi t ed to, r a s p b er r i es , b l ueb er r i es , b l a c k b er r i es , et c . 4 mi n t l ea ves – F i n el y c h op p ed Place the egg yolks and one third of the sugar in a bowl and whisk until they are pale and form a light ribbon. Sift in the flour and mix well.

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This is what you make when you either have too many figs or too many ripe figs. Olives and figs are oddly wonderful together — it’s that whole salty-sweet thing that can work so well. You can also serve the crostini as an appetizer.

Fig Tapenade Crostini with a Watercress Salad Serves 8 people

For the crostini: 1 cu p black oli v es — p i tted 1 teasp oon cap ers 1 clov e garli c — ch op p ed Ju i ce and z est oF 1 lemon 8 -1 0 Fresh Fi gs (dep endi ng on size ) salt and p ep p er oli v e oi l ½ bu nch ch i v es — F i nely ch oppe d bagu ette or ci abatta — cu t i nto th i n sli ces and toast e d Place the olives, capers, garlic, lemon juice and zest, and figs in a food processor and pulse until you have a coarse tapenade. Drizzle a little olive oil onto each slice of toast and spoon some of the tapenade onto the toasts. Sprinkle the tops of each crostini with some of the chopped chives.

For the salad: 3 tables p oons oli v e oi l Ju i ce oF 1 lemon salt and p ep p er 4 -6 oz w atercres s (u se some wat e rcre ss mi cro greens too i F y ou c an F ind t he m ) 2 4 small green F i gs — h alv e d Whisk the olive oil and lemon juice together in a small bowl. Season with a little salt and pepper. Divide the watercress greens among 8 plates and arrange the figs on top of the greens. Drizzle with the vinaigrette. Place 2 or 3 crostini onto each plate and serve.

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Gazpacho, a chilled tomato soup that has its roots in Andalusian cuisine, is the perfect antidote to hot summer days. Big, juicy heirloom tomatoes make incredible gazpacho. This is a simple recipe made to showcase this sumptuous fruit. I like to use deep red tomatoes that give the soup an intense, beautiful color.

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho Serves 8 people

3 l b s h ei r l o o m t o ma t o es — c o r ed , p eel ed a n d h a lv ed 1 c uc umb er — p eel ed a nd cu t i n t o l a r g e c h un k s 2 t a b l es p o o n s t o ma t o p aste 2 t a b l es p o o n s o l i ve o i l 2 t a b l es p o o n s fi g b a l s a mi c v i negar a l a r g e p i n c h o f c o a r s e sea salt 8- 1 0 g r i n d s fr es h b l a c k p ep p er 1/ 3 c up c h i ves — fi n el y ch op p ed 4 gr een o n i o n s — s l i c ed Z es t a n d j ui c e o f 2 l em ons 1 h a n d ful l em o n b a s i l l e av es — ch op p ed 3 t a b l es p o o n s b a s i l o l i ve oi l Place all the ingredients, except for the basil leaves and basil olive oil, into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse all the ingredients. Pulse until the gazpacho is a little chunky. Be careful not to over mix. Refrigerate the soup for at least 30 minutes before serving. To serve, pour the gazpacho into soup bowls or glass jars. Drizzle with a little of the basil olive oil and garnish with the chopped basil leaves. I like to serve grissini (pencil thin Italian bread sticks) or some olive bread with this soup.

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Peach, Nectarine and Burrata Salad Serves 8 people

This salad features heavenly burrata cheese. The tennis ball sized cheese looks rather innocuous from the outside, but all the creamy deliciousness is revealed when you tear it carefully apart. The delicate buttery mixture of mozzarella and cream is a delight and pairs well with the stone fruit and the prosciutto. I love eating this salad for lunch with some toasted olive bread.

4 p each es — h alv ed, p i tted and slice d 4 nectari nes — h alv ed, p i tted and slice d 2 oz mach e greens 1 6 th i n sli ces p ros ci u tto 1 h andfu l of mi nt leav es 8 oz rou nd of bu rrata ch eese 4 tables p oons oli v e oi l 1 tables p oon aged bals ami c vine g ar flake s alt black p ep p er Arrange the peach and nectarine slices on a large platter. Intersperse with the mache greens, prosciutto, and mint leaves. Gently tear apart the burrata and dot the salad with the cheese. Whisk together the olive oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Drizzle over the salad. Sprinkle with some of the flake salt and 5 to 6 grinds black pepper. ♦

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All for Love By Fra n Da vi s

Working journalist Fran Davis regularly pens a column for Coastal View News and has written for a variety of newspapers, travel books on Italy and Mexico, and several magazines. Her poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in print and online journals. She is a winner of the Lamar York prize for nonfiction and a Pushcart prize nominee. “Dance with me,” she said, looking down at him. Carl pocketed his iPhone and rose from his lonely seat on the couch. He wondered if she’d seen him watching her among the other dancers, dipping and spinning like a manic little hummingbird. She took his hand. “I’m Gina,” she said. Her eyes were so black he couldn’t see the pupils. Gina liked the way she felt dancing with him. He was tall and kind of cute in a ruddy-faced Nordic way. She’d never known any Carls, except for a dog in the children’s book one of her nieces owned. She liked the openness of the name, like car or cart, something cozy enough to curl up in. Carl did his best to keep up with her. Every part of her vibrated, hips swerving one way, head and torso another, her long dark hair whipping his cheeks. She gripped his hand and never stopped smiling. He was astonished. Women like her, cute lively girls, didn’t go for guys like him. He was a plodder, unimaginative, stuck in his own head, frozen. Gina seemed to sizzle. By the end of the party, he was ready to follow her anywhere. She thought he was fascinating. He was an editor for God’s sake. He worked for a publisher that put out historical books translated from other languages. Gina had fallen in love with her European history teacher, whose class she’d chosen to add depth to her major in textile arts. The professor was young, self-assured, with a mastery of the evolving panoply of history that took her breath away. Carl narrowed his eyes the same way, as if he could see things others couldn’t. After several dates, he invited her to his apartment. She

paid particular attention to the slanting pillar of books beside his bed, tilting her head to study the titles. Her hair slid forward in a dark sheet that he wanted to catch in his hands and raise to his lips. “Outwitting History,” she read. “What’s it about?” “A guy who sets out to save half a million books from extinction,” he said. “Does he succeed?” “Actually, yes.” “Wow,” she said, gathering her hair to twist into a knot. She stared through the single window at the brick wall across the alley. “Why don’t you move in with me?” Gina’s apartment was full of light. She needed light for her work designing clothing for a sportswear company. Her fancy sewing machine sat in an east-facing bay, offering a sliver view of Coit Tower. She received fabric swatches from all over the world to sew into prototypes. The shorts and shirts and jackets she made were durable, light, beautiful. She had Carl model for her, asking him to bend and sit and stretch. He was a perfect size medium, she told him, running her hands over his hips. He loved her legs, the tender, buttery flesh inside her upper thighs. He loved her little shouts of bliss when he kissed her there. When they rode bikes through the Presidio, she found secret places in the woods where they could make love. The sound of voices drifting by made their sex urgent, daring. With her, he felt brave, unconventional. He didn’t ask who else she might have done this with. She liked the careful way he made love to her, never quite losing himself, holding back for her pleasure. She liked his reserve, his containment, which contrasted with her sloppiness, her constant spilling of thoughts and notions and feelings. He was big and solid enough to absorb her excesses and keep them contained. When she took him to San Jose to meet her Italian family, he seemed so overwhelmed she sat him outside on the porch to read.


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“He’s a strange one, Gina,” her sister Angela said in the kitchen “Maybe that’s a good thing,” Gina said. Gina’s mother looked up from tasting sauce with a wooden spoon. “Oil and water don’t mix.” “Tell me about your parents,” she asked him. He shrugged. “Nothing much to say, really.” She gazed at him. He could never read anything in her black eyes, but their steadiness pinioned him. What she wanted was talk about feelings, which rendered him dumb. “They’re unremarkable. Quiet.” She laughed and licked his earlobe. “So tell me quietly.” “There was never much overt affection. Not like this,” he said, pushing her down on the couch to kiss her. “But you call them,” she said, sitting up. “I try to be dutiful.” He couldn’t remember seeing his parents hug. He thought his conception might have been a rare event, a one-time concession to nature’s imperative. “What do you talk about?” “Minutia. The weather in Wisconsin.” “Do you ever talk about me?” “No. I want to keep you for myself.” It was true. Sometimes, he felt himself holding his breath around her, afraid that if he said the wrong thing, made the wrong move it would all come crashing down. She would see him for the hapless fraud he was, socially inept, disengaged, unambitious. With her, he had embarked on a grand adventure of her creation. She was on a quest to see and do things he would never have done on his own. She was happy to be his guide, drawing him out and away from his old self. He’d been rescued to run rampant through the jungle of life.

She loved his mind, the store of information it contained, his longer view of time and the march of history. She quizzed him constantly about the things he knew. What she longed for in a fierce and ineffable way were answers to life’s ultimate questions. Why her friend Jennifer had to die in a car accident at age 25, why her grandmother suffered so much from cancer, why war seemed to be a permanent fact of life. With Carl, she thought she might be edging closer to some basic truths. “Will we always be at war?” she asked. He peered at the fog outside the bay window. “Kind of looks like it, doesn’t it?” “But why?” “To decide who’s boss.” He touched a dark curl at her temple. “Over and over.” She grabbed his hand. “You’re brilliant. You’re my Google. Better than Google because I can cuddle with you.” Taking a cue from Gina, her friends Gary and Gary grilled him with questions. He referred them to Wikipedia when he grew tired of answering. He didn’t know if they were really both named Gary or whether one of them had

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changed his name. People were liable to do anything for love. “Sure, she’s kind of hot,” Carl’s buddy Jason said. “But I mean she’s a seamstress, dude. In the long run, what does she have for you?” “Everything,” Carl said. “I don’t know how you’ve stuck with him this long,” Gina’s friend Kristen said. “Reads all the time, even when he’s eating.” “Only at breakfast,” Gina said. “He’s like a caveman. He hardly talks. What do you see in him?” “The world,” Gina said. “What did you and your girlfriend do together?” she asked Carl. “What girlfriend?” “The one you dumped for me. The one you still work with. Laura?” “She wasn’t really a girlfriend.” “But you dated. What did you do together?” He had to be careful, give the right answers. “We drank a lot of tea.” She stared at him. “And talked endlessly?” “Not endlessly.” “What did you talk about?” “I don’t remember. Why does it matter?” “Humor me, okay?” “Work. We almost always discussed work. Whatever we were working on. Sometimes politics. Or books.” She crossed the room to look out the window. “I’m not keeping up my end, am I?” She began to see that his brilliance was wasted on her, that she might actually be stunting him in some way. He needed a woman he felt comfortable having long, smart, tea-drinking conversations with. Her selfishness was depriving him of the intellectual stimulation that made him who he was. He still read, of course, but it was human interaction that counted, the mind-rubbing of equals. They were a mismatched couple. She watched him for signs of boredom. He caught her staring at him while he read. When she stopped planning their weekends, it dawned on him that she was getting tired of him. She seemed preoccupied, a little morose. He was dimming her fire. He was a drogue, slowing her down, killing her joy, the effervescence he loved so much. He tried to be less intrusive, carrying his book into another room, making his own coffee. She saw him shrinking away from her. He was quieter, more watchful, more critical, she thought. He seemed to think a long time before speaking, as if he spoke only to humor her. It made her unbelievably sad that he made love to her with such steadfast patience. He needed to be free of her, her constant stream of suggestions, directions, demands, so he could grow, expand, be happy. He saw that she had finally seen through the thin wall of his intellectual pretentions. She had discovered his

indescribable dullness; he had nothing to offer her. He had no business taking up valuable space in her life, her home. His presence was only making her sad. Months after he’d moved out, he saw her in a café, seated across from a smiling, curly-haired man. He watched her, looking for the dazzle she’d always worn like an aura, but couldn’t find it. When she saw Carl, her smile seemed forced as if the memory of him embarrassed her. She touched the man’s hand and laughed. He understood that she had found her match, a partner who was more like her. She thought his beautiful high-colored Scandinavian skin looked gray, as if he spent too much time in dark rooms. He was with the woman from work, and they both carried books. She saw at once their rightness for each other, equals in every way. ♦


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