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Contents page 20

this family home really is a castle



in training for what?

At a certain age, it’s natural to start thinking about a bucket list... but competing in a triathlon requires long and serious training

10 garden of visual treats

Bruce and Chris have surrounded their home with a garden that — while needing constant attention — pays back with lasting beauty

12 horse games

If you like excellent horsemanship applied in heart pulsing time, you might enjoy horse gaming

14 swimming in the shark fest

Pamela Amoss swam the Golden Gate at age 60 — then went back 20 years later to keep a promise

16 in the bush with joe anderson

Sure, Joe is always willing to help a friend, but Zambia?


n Photographer Peter Bauer, page 30 n Dollmaker Linda Finkle, page 34 Columns & Departments 18 Pet Pix: Pilots to the rescue 25 Bonnie Orr: Green beans on the griddle 26 June Darling: A failure to communicate 28 The traveling doctor: Beautiful, peaceful Croatia 30-35 Arts & Entertainment & a Dan McConnell cartoon 33 The night sky: Shower of meteors is coming 36 History: When 900 feet of water covered Wenatchee 38 Alex Saliby: Can the glass make wine taste better? August 2013 | The Good Life






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let me be, i’m working here Peter Bauer was photograph-

ing the zinnias growing in a pot on his front doorstep here in Wenatchee, noticing how a background of dark green ivy set the colors off nicely. “I had a macro lens on the camera, locked to a tripod and

focused on the flower while I snapped pictures,” he said. “A fly/bee (of unknown species) volunteered to pose as a model. As long as I didn’t move the fly stayed still, and returned twice after being scared off.” And the lesson there, added Peter is: “Experience means being prepared to be lucky.” Read more about Peter and see more of his photos in an Art Life sketch this month on page 30.

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On the cover

Brian and Wendy McNeill — shown with their airplane while holding their cocker, Allie — have found a nice blend of their love of flying with their passion for animals by volunteering for Pilots N Paws, an animal rescue organization. Photo by editor Mike Cassidy.


editor’s notes


Come out and play with us “Before we start, I need

to show you what I made in my backyard. I know it’s not what you came for, but if I’m not busy, if I’m not being creative, I just feel kind of — well, not depressed exactly, but sad.” Not wishing to be rude to our hostess, Linda Finkle, writer Susan Lagsdin and I followed Linda through her 1920’s-era mail-order home from Sears (another story for another time) out to her backyard where she displayed her recent creation, a knee-high replica of an actual stone cottage that friends of hers built and live in. It features real, but small, slabs of basalt as building materials, a round turret and a thatched roof — sitting beside a tiny stream. When I mentioned she even had moss attached to the walls for a weathered look, she laughed and replied, “I did that to cover up my mistakes!” She lifted the roof and inside was furniture just right if, say, you were six inches tall. We talked about the cottage and how she created it from scratch, then commented on her well-foliaged yard with its intimate sitting areas. We followed Linda back through the house to get the story and photos on her doll making we had originally come for. To read that story, please see page 34. But, Linda’s original greeting — that I quoted above — stuck in my mind because I’d just finished reading Last Ape Standing, about the human species we belong to, and why our species is the last of more than two dozen human species so far discovered that is still around.

(Think about it for a second: There are more than one species of whales, of butterflies, of deer, of monkeys, of all sorts of animals, but only one of humans.) Last Ape Standing also talks about what makes us different from our closest relatives in the animal world… and one of those differences is that our childhood lasts so much longer. And because we are children longer, we play longer. Play makes us creative, and creativity gives us new solutions to the problems of the world. Or as author Chip Walter writes: “Play has multiple meanings… but among its hallmarks

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are the simple joys of pushing boundaries, expanding limits, randomly galumphing around to see what happens just for kicks.” Even as adults, the most effective inventors, artists, problem solvers are those who continue that playful creativity. In my opinion, these playful individuals are the most fun to spend time with. And since we spend 24/7 with the person inside our head, then perhaps it’s a good idea to encourage that person to be playful and creative. Because, as Linda pointed out, not having a creative outlet can make for a sad, blah existence. The Good Life is not about being either blah or sad. Let me add one more quote about play, this from the playwright George Bernard Shaw, who said: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” Play a little today, push your boundaries just for kicks and enjoy The Good Life. — Mike



fun stuff a full LISTING of what to do begins ON PAGE 32

The unusual is coming our way F

un events are happening all around Chelan and Douglas counties this month, but we also have a few more, well, unusual reasons to venture out this month. It all starts with a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad scientist... The Rocky Horror Show, a

strange brew musical tribute to science fiction and horror B movies with a gaggle of sexy and strange Transylvanians, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, beefy Rocky and of course heckling from the audience. Performing Arts Center. Info: Opens Thursday, Aug. 1 and runs through Aug. 17, with performances at 9 p.m. Lake Chelan Rodeo Parade and rodeo — Come to down-

town Chelan to watch cowboys and cowgirls ride through town to kick off the rodeo weekend.

Del Herring and his flyer friends will be competing and demonstrating large and small RC airplanes Aug. 17-18. Who’s Rocky and why is he such a horror? Find out at the PAC during August.

Horses, bands, drill teams, floats, royalty, classic/antique cars, tractors, boats, bicycles, youth groups. Thursday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Rodeo performances are Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Chelan Rodeo Grounds, 71 Union Valley Rd. Cost: $10 adults, $6 students, seniors and kids under 6. Family pass $30. Info: Dancin’ in the Streets —

Join the Wenatchee Downtown Association for this free, family friendly street dance right on Wenatchee Avenue between Palouse and First Streets on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. NW RC Airplane scale championships — Classic airplanes

with wingspans to 12 feet and beyond, flyers from Idaho,

Washington, Montana, Oregon, California and British Columbia. Demonstration flights will be put on after the competition. Wenatchee Red Apply Flyers field. Info: Del 679-8402. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18. Moon Rise over Horse Lake Reserve — Guided tour with

Rebecca Frank and bilingual Jose Luis Marquez on a moonlit outing. Watch the sunset and moon rise. Meet at Horse Lake Trailhead at the end of Horse Lake Road. Bring water, sturdy shoes, headlamp or flashlight, because while the walk in welllighted, walking back to your vehicle by the light of the full moon can be tricky. Info: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Moon rise on the trail: Aug. 20.

Wild and Scenic Music Fest

— A weekend festival of barn dances, live music, jamming, food, beer and wine. Enjoy the bluegrass, folk and much more live music and views of the mountains. Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Info: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31.

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guest column // Jill Maloney

Geez — what’s a person like me doing training for a triathlon? A

ll of us over 50-somethings know all about the infamous “Bucket List” and if, like me, I’m sure you wonder about what should be on that dang list. After the mandatory “do something that matters” and “the give something back” proclamations I decided that “Do a Triathlon” should be on my list. Really? Me? An overweight, pre-diabetic two-bad-kneesand-one-shot-ankle 56-year old? I was going to do the Chelan Man? One of my gifts last Christmas was a training calendar that spelled out just what I would have to do in order to be ready for the July 2013 Chelan Man, to be held July 20-21. By the way, the sprint triathlon is a mile swim, 13 mile bike

swam a whole lap crawl stroke? For me it was when I was 15 years old. I was totally out of breath and thought I was going to drown right there in the East Wenatchee YMCA pool in three feet of water. I also started to walk/run on a treadmill and ride a stationary bike. This I did in my home storage room basiJill Maloney works on her best triathlon pose. cally because ride and a 5k (or 3.1 mile) run. In it was easy and no one could see February 2013, I actually regisme. Over the next weeks I was tered for the race. I was going to most diligent about the training do it. I was committed or should and almost enjoyed being discibe committed. plined about my six workouts a In mid-March, I began to week. swim laps. In May it was time to move out Can I tell you how hard it of the storage room and get on was to look at myself in a tight my real bike. It took a ride with speedo with skin as white as a my middle daughter to realize beluga? It took a lot to put my that for the past month I was vanity on the shelf, get in the pedaling in the wrong gear and car, drive to the pool and step on one ride around the loop my out of the locker room but I did brake was on the entire time it. unbeknownst to me. What a When was the last time you dimwit!

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I was also very worried about what my rear end looked like as I passed by people. Then I thought, “Oh geez, get over yourself, loosen up, have fun.” So as I rang my little bike bell letting folks know I was coming, I started saying, “Grandma on your left!” figuring that would scare them out of the way. The running is the hardest part for me. It’s tolerable on the treadmill but running outside is totally different — why is it so much harder to run outside? My first run was only seven minutes followed by two minutes of walking and repeat. OMG! It was the hardest thing I had done in a long time. There was no way I was going to make it. My pace gave new meaning to the word SLUGGISH. Well, five minutes into the run my quads were burning, my heart was pounding in my ears, I couldn’t catch my breath and there right in front of me on the pavement were those big white painted letters S L O W, I’m like NO KIDDING! It’s now the end of June and some days I think it’ll be all right I will make it and other days I am scared to death. I did run three miles yesterday. Yes, nonstop on the treadmill. The bike will be the easy bit and the swimming I figure I can

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coming up The Color Rush — is a 5k untimed event on Sunday, Aug. 18, designed to be fun and promote people enjoying the outdoors. About every kilometer, participants will be dosed with a colored powder and at the end there will be a massive group powder toss. Families, strollers, wagons but no pets allowed. All proceeds benefit the United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties Youth United Program. Info: Salsa contest — Professional and amateur divisions, prizes plus a zucchini race, Saturday, Aug. 24. New tenant — The Railhouse, a taproom with an array of micro brews, is scheduled to open sometime in August. Dog parking — Whether you are walking the loop with your dog and stop for lunch at one of many of the fabulous restaurants at Pybus or shopping the farmers market and other stores, you now have a place to “park your dog.” Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s Club Pet will have four kennels available. There will be a $5 per dog per hour fee with a two hour maximum. All proceeds benefit the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.


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Jackie Lind, left, holds hands with her mother, Jill Maloney, as they both cross the finish line at the Chelan Man Marathon in July.

Training for a triathlon }}} Continued from previous page always do the side stroke if I freak out being next to all those people. I do have a lot of thinking time when I am working out. I usually get all my prayers in during that time but I also think about all those contestants on Biggest Loser. They have really inspired me as have all those before and after stories I have read in Shape, Self and Health magazine over the past 30 years. My oldest daughter has been my biggest supporter. She has encouraged, counseled, trained, designed my exercise calendar, prodded and loved me throughout my exercise journey. The truth is I’ve always wanted to do a triathlon and started training many times over the past 15 years. I never quite made it through to the finish line. Not sure why. Fear? Time? Selfdoubt? Jackie, my daughter, is coming to Wenatchee to do the Triathlon with me. We are crossing that finish line together and going to have a blast doing it. I wish I was clever enough to come up with some new mantra or advertising saying, but ya know, Nike said it best: “Just Do August 2013 | The Good Life



It.” You will surprise yourself. You will like yourself. You are worth it. P.S. the chelan man TRIATHLON was run the third weekend of July and even though I didn’t break any records I did finish the race and am really glad I participated. It is a very cool experience. I did have to side stroke at times during the swim portion and yes, I did freak out a bit. Apparently, over 50 percent of us first timers start to hyperventilate during the race. I really enjoyed the bike ride but the running was hard and I did have to walk. The best part was having my daughter by my side the entire race and crossing the finish line with us holding hands. Our family was all there cheering, filming and waiting for us at the end of the race. I have to say it was one of the best days of my life and I am very happy to be able to cross this off my bucket list. Jill moved to Wenatchee from Mercer Island eight years ago with her husband Larry and they have been working on retiring ever since.

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hris and Bruce Baguley of East Wenatchee have been cultivating on their one-acre garden that wraps around their earth-home style house for over 30 years. Bruce likes the early morning just after sunrise and Chris likes the sunny afternoons — each working a couple of hours a day. “There is the visual treat of watching a succession of bloom and foliage color in various shapes and sizes, densities and textures — all dictated by the seasons as they march along,” said Chris. “Then there are the birds and other wildlife now making their homes…. this garden has somehow magically attracted a variety of critters.” Coming down their gravel and dirt driveway, the first section to be seen is the “drumlin” garden on the left and then a xeric area

A blooming Rembrandt water lily attracts three blue damselflies.


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ABOVE: Bruce and Chris at their backyard pond. “The pond is very much my special place,” wrote Chris in an email, “partly because there’s so much life there that’s fun to watch. “On the first day we started to put water into it, before it was even full we noticed diving beetles and water striders. Then a few days later tadpoles started showing up. Sort of a ‘build it and they will come’ phenomenon. “Adding all the water plants provided hiding places for tiny organisms to avoid being eaten and have a better chance to grow up. “Today I see there are 17 water lily blooms open, numerous very fat tadpoles — some of which have sprouted legs, water boatmen and water striders performing their aquatic tricks, dragonflies and damselflies darting around, the pickerelweed, water hyacinths, pitcher plants, and floating hearts are still blooming, and one teensy almost-a-frog looking like he’ll be ready to leave the water in a day or two.”

Huge blooms of Prairie Sun Gloriosa Daisy stretch skyward.

Mediterranean sea holly has white vein foliage and thistle-like flowerheads.

A purple Magnus coneflower catches the sunlight.

with native plantings and a dry creek bed. Continuing down the driveway one enters the alpine scenery around the main entry on the west side of the house. From there, a brick walkway leads to the backyard: patio, kitchen garden and four planting areas separated by small corridors of lawn south of the house. Next is the planked boardwalk, running through a wild looking section edged with lingonberries and a cranberry bog on the way to a pond and aspen grove.

The brick walkway heading west towards the patio is flanked on the right by a low rock wall built by Andrew Cusick, with a rich mixture of flowers, grasses and trees spilling out of planting beds on both sides.

At the east end of the house is the shade garden giving way to a rock garden stairway leading to the deck. Continuing up the stairs leads back to the drumlins and dry creek bed. Chris says there is no unifying theme to the garden — rather several different microclimates or micro-ecosystems each with its own character and nickname. For Chris the best moments in the garden are “that mornAugust 2013 | The Good Life

ing when we discover a favorite plant has achieved full bloom, checking the pond and spotting little Pacific chorus frogs and spadefoot toads in the water or on a lily pad, carrying out their activities of daily amphibian living; or watching a dragonfly nymph climb out of the water and up a sweet flag stem to emerge from the old skin, dry and spread its wings and start zooming about over the pond;



and the unmistakable miniature motorcycle noise of hummingbirds working the Crocosmia bloom and their hilarious highpitched, squeaky threats as they squabble with each other.” Chris is a retired physician and Bruce is currently involved in math education working with professor Louis Schultz in Hammond, LA, to develop a new approach to teaching math concepts.

HORSE GAMES FAST HORSES, SKILLED RIDERS, BEATING A CLOCK and ‘DOPE ON A ROPE’ — It’s easy to like this blood pulsating SPORT By Yvette Davis

Horses breathe hard as their

hooves throw up sprays of dirt. Riders slide to the edge of their saddles, almost falling off as they execute one tight turn, and then another. Rising clouds of dust obscure a horse and rider, then with a snap of the reins, the pair race full-speed toward the finish line. It all happens so quickly — most events take under 10 seconds from start to finish — the participants are all but a blur. That’s just how the sport of horse gaming should be, said local horse gaming chairwoman Terri Morrow. Terri, a mild-mannered Pioneer Title clerk by day, is an admitted speed freak and horse lover in her off hours. She and 25 or so other local riders put themselves to the test at Appleatchee and other riding

Terri Morrow guides Sierra through a sharp turn during the Pole Bending competition.

grounds statewide nearly every weekend, all in the hopes of garnering their fastest time and winning state finals. Horse gaming is blood pulsating to observe, but a little difficult to describe in print. Basically, it’s a series of either individual or team events held in an arena where horses and riders compete to be the fastest moving over a course laid out by flags, poles or trash can barrels. These people love to move


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fast. “It’s all about the speed,” Terri said. “The horses are just flying. It’s a lot of fun and it’s always different every time you run.” The sport draws naturally competitive people like Terri. After outgrowing her dream to become a jockey, Terri tried her hand at different types of competition. She tried steer riding — once. She lasted one jump, fell off, and decided that was enough for her.

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She’s also done jumping, performance and everything in between. But nothing fires her blood like gaming. “The speed is what hooked me, and I like the idea you’re racing against a clock. It’s not up to a judge’s opinion who is the best,” Terri explained. Besides competition, the other reason people enjoy the sport is the deep connection between human and horse. Terri’s first horse, Spook, was

afraid of garbage cans used to mark some of the courses, but excelled at teamwork. Her favorite event was the Pole Bending competition where horses and riders weave between poles placed 21 feet apart without knocking them over. In order to get the fastest times, competitors have to cut the corners really close. It’s a hard event to do well, and it takes a little longer than the other events — about 22 seconds per course — making it tough to get a good score. But Terri said she still loves this event today, though sometimes she feels like she’s the one bending, not her current horse, Sierra. “You’re weaving around them so tight that you and the horse have to be together. You have to move as one and use the reins and your body to stay in touch with the horse.” Even with a close connection, accidents do happen. There is constant risk of injury while horses and riders are charging around barrels and other objects at breakneck speed. Terri was reminded of that recently when her youngest horse Tess hit a soft spot in the arena during a June competition at Appleatchee. Tess went down to her knees but scrambled and managed not to step on Terri. Terri went sailing over Tess’ head, pulling the bridle off as she went. She was sore the next day, but nothing was broken. “She did everything she could not to roll on me,” Terri said. Despite the brisk competition there’s a fair amount of camaraderie amongst the participants. When she got hurt in June, riders from out of town came and helped out; cleaning up and working on the arena they had used, and making another arena ready for Sunday. She received several phone calls at home checking to see if she was okay, too. “It’s really a great group of people,” she said. “The gaming circuit can be very family-like.

Terri stretches for the handoff during Team Baton competition.

Want to watch horse gaming?

People wanting to check out horse gaming can pretty much find an event every weekend throughout the state. State finals will be held at Appleatchee in Wenatchee on Aug. 16-18. The full calendar of events can be found on the Patterned Speed Horse website

People who have been at it for years stay involved in it for life. Nobody gets paid for doing it but there’s a lot of husbands and wives who game together and travel together. I can’t imagine not doing it.” It’s hard to describe to newcomers exactly what they do though, she said. Gaming isn’t just barrel racing. There are seven individual

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events and eight team events to choose from statewide. Terri’s goal is to qualify for state finals annually in each category she competes in. She currently rides in seven individual events plus two of the two-man events and four of the four-man events. The individual events include Keyhole — where a horse must ride into a five-foot-wide chalkmarked area without breaking a line and then turn back to the finish line; Barrels — where the horse must ride around each of three barrels set in a triangle shape; Poles, Figure Eight and Flags. All gaming competitions are done by the rule book, and times for all riders around the state are recorded in a central place. The average of Terri’s three fastest times are used to qualify her for finals. Gaming events are held usually every other weekend at Appleatchee — the horse arena



near the south end of Miller Street in Wenatchee — and admission is always free. “We don’t do a lot of advertising, but now that there are more hikers going by on the trails, some of them stop and watch for a while. Everybody’s welcome,” Terri said. State finals are held at Appleatchee too, on Aug. 16-18. Saturday is especially a great day to come to the finals, Terri said. That’s when they normally do the team competitions of Bareback Relay and Cowhide. In Bareback Relay, a team of four riders take turns on one horse wearing no saddle. Each team member rides down around a barrel and comes back, and as they get off the next person has to jump onto the moving horse and take their turn without stopping. In Cowhide, they race from the starting poles to the end line and execute a swift turn. The person standing behind the line has to grab the rope as the horse turns, land on the cowhide and hold on as the horse drags them back across the finish line. Of course, landing on the cowhide and staying on it for the entire journey are two different things. “We like to call it ‘dope on a rope’ for that reason,” Terri said with a laugh. “But it’s a lot of fun to watch.” Yvette Davis hikes and writes in Wenatchee, and prefers to experience the thrill of riding fast horses from the ground rather than the saddle.

Swimming in the Shark Fest promises made and promises kept — first to her dad and theN to a friend half her age By Dorothy Hill Baroch

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ing, Leavenworth resident Pamela Amoss made him a promise — and at the age of 60, she fulfilled that promise —doing something he had failed to do. This spring, at age 80, Pamela kept another promise — one she made to herself and to a woman half her age. Pamela’s father, Rudy Pahl, was a civil engineer who worked in Afghanistan, Greece, and other countries, including the United States. As a young man, Rudy helped to build the Golden Gate Bridge and vowed that someday he would swim the “Golden Gate,” the narrow and treacherous waterway between San Francisco and Marin County. Years later, he and a friend attempted to swim the 1.85-mile route, but to his regret, they didn’t complete it. The fierce tide and rough water turned them back. In 1989, at her father’s deathbed, Pamela told him, “Don’t feel bad about not swimming the ‘Gate,’ Rudy. I’ll do it for both of us.”

Pamela Amoss wears goggles while sitting at the edge of the lap pool in her home: She’s often up for the challenge.

To accomplish that goal, she joined the Dolphin Swimming and Rowing Club, a venerable San Francisco institution, which required members to complete three qualifying swims before participation in their annual “Golden Gate” swim. She met those requirements, and four years later completed the “Gate,” keeping her promise to her father. Pamela is no stranger to adventure. At age eight, she took a sea voyage to Hawaii, where she and her mother lived for a number of years. Her mother remarried and the family moved to an Apache Indian reservation in Arizona. After finishing her high school education at a boarding school in California, Pamela attended the University of Washington,


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but postponed completion of her doctorate to work for the State Department in Afghanistan in 1956, where she met and married Harold Amoss. They eventually returned to Seattle with their son and daughter, and Pamela fulfilled the requirements for her doctoral degree in anthropology. She taught at the University of Washington for 10 years, retiring in 1980. Fast forward to May, 2013. The daughter of Pamela’s best friend in the Bay area planned to participate in the “Alcatraz Shark Fest,” a one-and-a-half mile swim from the former prison to San Francisco. Fortyyear-old Deidre invited Pamela, who is twice her age, to join her. “I thought about it for a few days, said ‘yes’ to my young friend, and promptly sent in my entrance fee.”

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Never mind that she was 20 years older than when she swam the “Golden Gate,” and now swam only for pleasure and exercise. Facing — sometimes seeking — a challenge is part of her risk-taking nature. What does one wear when swimming a mile and a half in water that is 50 degrees, with a treacherous tide? Pamela chose an insulated cap to protect her head from the cold. Over that she, and all the swimmers, wore the required yellow cap, provided by the Club for visibility. A “Farmer John” (a wet suit without arms) covered her bathing suit. She wore goggles, but they were of little use, since they regularly fogged up and kept her from seeing the direction she was travelling. A device that clocked her time encircled one

of her ankles — completing the outfit. On the day of the swim, 800 people boarded the boats that took them to Alcatraz where, two by two, they jumped into the water. “Even with all of the protection, I was teeth-chattering cold within minutes of hitting the water,” said Pamela. “And because I was older and hadn’t trained as much as I should have, I was relatively slow.” Her lack of speed was a serious detriment. The ebbing tide started pulling her toward the ocean, west of her destination.

Safety is paramount in an event of this nature. Members of Enviro Sports, organizers and sponsors of the swim, helped her out of the tidal pull and into their motored patrol boat. They repositioned Pamela in the water, along with three other swimmers, so that they could swim the full distance safely. By the time she finished, she had been in the water for more than an hour and was bone cold. “It took me at least half an hour to warm up enough to be able to talk to my friends after I got out of the water.” Dorian, the son of Pamela’s

friend, was part of her support team during the “Golden Gate” swim, and was at the finish line of this race as well. Because she was still shivering, he went to the judges’ table to clock her in, returning with her medal, a Tshirt and a bottle of wine. After she dressed, and as she and her friends left the beach, a grey-haired man approached them and asked Pamela, very directly, how old she was. “I’m 80. How old are you?” “I’m 74,” he replied, “and last year, I was the oldest swimmer,” he said with a grin. “I must admit, I held my head

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a little higher as I congratulated the man and walked off,” she quipped, “T-shirt, medal and wine bottle in hand. After all, being 80 qualifies one for all sorts of honors, including being the oldest person in 2013 to swim the ‘Alcatraz Shark Fest.’” Dorothy Hill Baroch is a business owner, author, wife and mother of four. For information about her recently published book, Listen to the Heartbeat of the Church: A Pathway to Parish Renewal, visit her web site, or contact her by e-mail at dhbwrites@ She lives with her husband, Ed Baroch, in Leavenworth.



n early February one of my long time friends, Lyle Hall, called from Zambia, Africa, and asked me for my help in training lifestyle and athletic coaches. The person who usually assisted him was out of the country and he needed my teaching, coaching, experiential challenge course experience and ministry skills. Of course, at that time I forgot to ask him where those skills might be used; I would later find out in the “bush” of Zambia. I met Lyle when as young men we were both professional rafting guides in Leavenworth. Now, he lives in Zambia with his wife and four daughters where he has been a missionary most of his life. As a retired schoolteacher and somewhat of a world missionary traveler I thought it would be a normal trip. Boy was I wrong! After I flew into Lusaka, the capital and largest city in Zambia, a taxi driver met me to say that Lyle’s vehicle had broken down. Once I did connect with Lyle, I was told that our schedule had changed. Instead of going straight to his home in Kabwe — about two hours north of Lusaka where I expected to visit his family and get a chance to acclimatize — we were immediately going to a village called Muyoye in an area called Mumbwa in Zambia where we would spend the night with Max, a local minister, and the Bantu people. There was an old-fashioned revival taking place that night and the next day where I was expected to speak. That night I slept on the floor in a mud hut and ate in another mud hut that only men ate in because the women ate outside.

Joe Anderson, with his climbing gear still on, laughs with some of his sports coach students in Zambia.

Women were not allowed to eat with the men in that setting. This was my first introduction to the fact that here, women had a different status. The meal was excellent and it was okay to lick my fingers because there were no eating utensils. We ate with our fingers of the right hand only. I did not


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animals to a four-day workshop in Pretoria, South Africa. It was a memorable trip because I got to see Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We wanted to raft the Zambezi River but the water was at flood stage and all rafting was cancelled. We also saw elephants, giraffes, baboons and other animals along the road in Botswana. We have deer along our roads — they have wild elephants. The workshop was for men who worked with the fatherless. It was called “The World Needs A Father” training, where I heard this quote from American scholar Stephan Baskerville of Howard University: “Virtually every major social pathology has been linked to fatherlessness.” While driving back to Lyle’s home, we picked up a white, blonde female hitchhiker named Lindsey. She worked for the Peace Corps and was living in a mud hut with no running water or bathroom about 60 km north of Kabwe in a village called Luwancha. She ended up spending the next two days with us at the Hall’s home. I got her parents’ phone number and called them after I got home. I talked to her mother, who lives in California, and through tears, said: “I am so glad my daughter is okay! I am so proud of her!” Lyle had recruited me to work with future sports coaches and lifestyle coaches and now it was time to get to work. I was to help him set up an experiential outdoor course in the African bush at a camp on the Mulungushi Dam Lake, some 50 km southeast of Kabwe. Our students would be 24 adult coaches from eight nations and 14 different tribes. These

I then asked Mark — another Maasai warrior — if he had killed a lion. He said, “I have killed many lions and other animals with my spear and knife.” men — and two women — between 18 and 42 years of age, were in a 30-day program to learn how to be life coaches and use sport activities as a tool to reach the youth with the gospel. More than half of the Zambia population is below the age of 18, and half of those are fatherless — partially because of the AIDS epidemic. It is the hope that these coaches will make a positive impact on the lives of the fatherless children. At this eight-day outdoor camp portion of the course we ate, exercised and trained together from early morning until late in the evening. It was during these intense times that coaches and participants grew close and learned from each other. These were the teachable moments and I felt privileged to have had a relationship with the group. Among the activities at the camp was swimming, which for many Africans is a really unusual. They have a tremendous fear of drowning and of evil spirits in the water.

Other activities included rock climbing, problem-solving challenges, team-building activities and a 24-hour solo time in the bush. During solo time, each attendee was dropped off in a secluded spot in the bush with water, Bible, a tarp and a blanket. This time in the bush allowed for personal, emotional and spiritual searching and prayer time. Some of the men said it was one of the camp highlights. One guy said, “I woke to the sound of light footsteps and heavy breathing. I opened my eyes, it was dark, but I could see the outline of a huge baboon staring at me. It saw my eyes open and ran off.” At the end of the camp, the attendees were sent on a safari using the skills just learned. Three teams of eight took turns crawling through a cave blindfolded, climbing a rock out cropping, floating down the Mulungushi River, bushwacking across a plain, climbing down a cliff, crossing an eddy, climbing up a waterfall holding onto a rope and then canoeing back to base camp. The key word for that day was perseverance. I also learned that Africans love to sing and move in the spirit. With three Maasai warriors in the group, we learned their style of dancing and jumping. The spiritual world is very important to them and is intertwined in their culture and dancing is part of that world. On one of the days when a

few of us were sharing stories I asked Joseph, a Maasai warrior, if he had ever killed a lion with a spear. He said; “No, but I have killed five leopards with my spear.” I then asked Mark — another Maasai warrior — if he had killed a lion. He said, “I have killed many lions and other animals with my spear and knife.” As our friendship grew Mark showed he was a wonderful storyteller, using all kinds of wild gesticulations and speaking in three languages to express himself. Luckily, Lyle was there to help interpret the stories. I also asked Mark, who had only been married for two months, why he was not at home with his new bride. He told me that he did not want to pass up this opportunity of attending the camp. It took him five days of walking and bus rides to get to Kabwe. He said his wife understood and encouraged him to attend. After one of his calls home his wife asked: “Master, when are you coming home?” She called him “Master!” He then told me he got a great deal when he married her because he only had to pay five cows for her. When I got home I told my wife about Mark’s phone call from his wife and that she could start calling me “Master.” She told me to get a life. Hummmmm… I wonder if Lyle will need any more help in Africa soon?

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oda, a 13-week-old Australian shepherd, was brought into the Rogue Valley Humane Society in Grants Pass, Oregon, by a good Samaritan who said the dog’s owner contended the dog — born deaf and with poor eyesight — was stupid and should be abandoned to the wilds. The humane society can only keep an animal for a short time, and adopting out a disabled dog can prove to be difficult. Then a worker remembered a blind black lab that was successfully placed with the Double J Dog Ranch in Idaho. The Double J is a 50-acre sanctuary run by Duane and Cristene Justus in Post Falls, Idaho. The Justuses were contacted and agreed to take Koda, but the question was how to get the dog there. It is a 22-hour drive round trip by car with a couple of hotel stays — too much for the Double J owners. They are caring for 25-plus dogs at a substantial cost of food, medical care and housing supported only by dona-

Koda sleeps on the back two seats of Brian and Wendy McNeill’s four-seater plane on his way to a dog sanctuary in Idaho.

tions. The cost and time to retrieve Koda was just too much. So, a call for transport was posted on the Pilots N Paws website. This is an organization my wife, Wendy, and I belong to. Pilots N Paws is a non-profit group of volunteer pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of animals needing rescue. We joined in 2011, but having a small twoseat plane with very little range or extra room, we quickly realized our hearts were bigger than our plane and we could not actively participate. This spring, after acquiring our much larger Rockwell Commander 112 Hotshot

Bruce and Wendy enjoy a still-sleepy Koda.


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Everyday dogs, cats and other animals are being transported away from bad situations to good homes by aviators across the United States. that has long range and plenty of room, we started actively pursuing requests for transport. Koda was our first rescue trip. Once the request was made to Pilots N Paws, a route between Grants Pass and Post Falls was devised and every pilot member of PnP in Oregon and Washington received an email requesting help. Within hours, pilot Patrick Ayers in Bend, who flies a 1969 Piper Cherokee, posted: “I can run south to Grants Pass for pick up and bring him back to Bend,” — a 270 nautical mile round trip. Pat needed to make the flight on Sunday so pilot number two Dave W and his wife and copilot, who fly a fast little RV9, committed to fly from home base Portland to Bend to pick up Koda then fly him north to Yakima — 370 nautical mile total. Then Wendy and I posted we could fly Koda from Yakima to Spokane Felts Field — a 315 nautical mile round trip, where he could be picked up by Duane and Cristene Justus. So on a Sunday in early June, we flew into Yakima and waited for this precious doggy to land. Once on the ground, Koda was handed to us. Wendy took him for a little walk and then into

the fixed base of operations (FBO) for a rest. Even the employees of the FBO, dog lovers themselves, couldn’t get enough of Koda. This poor little guy was really tuckered out. He had somewhat of a bumpy ride on leg 2 and had gotten sick all over the copilot wife. However, she said, “It didn’t bother me in the least, it was well worth it!” After going inside, Koda drank some water then sprawled out on the cool tile floor and fell asleep with his toy. His toy had special meaning to him as he will walk along with a human handler by following the scent. We loaded Koda into our Rockwell Commander and set off for Spokane. Koda soon fell asleep on the backseat in his little bed. He was one of the best passengers we have ever had. Not a peep out of the little guy! Once we arrived, Double J Dog Ranch owners Duane and Cristene came rushing out to greet us at the plane and took Koda into their loving arms. Every individual involved in Koda’s and other PnP rescues are voluntary and the only payment received is knowing he or she helped save an animal. Everyday dogs, cats and other

animals are being transported away from bad situations to good homes by aviators across the United States. Love for animals and love of flight blend to form a mission in life. One pilot has flown well over a thousand animals and even a pot-belly pig. His motto is: “If it fits I’ll fly it.” Brian McNeill, a local professional land surveyor with Northwest GeoDimensions Inc. has been living in the Wenatchee Valley for over 50 years. Wife Wendy McNeill is a homemaker and Wenatchee native. The McNeills have two sons, Todd who is an aircraft mechanic at Penair at Anchorage International airport in Alaska, and Conner, a local musician who plays drums for the band Red Bird and lives in East Wenatchee. They all love to fly and love dogs.


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s youngsters, Mark and Kathy Ball’s twin daughters Anika and Katrina knew their home gave them plenty of space to play and rooms of their own, and it was only about a mile from school. The pool and big TV gained importance for them as teens. Slumber parties filled the rooms; a memorable Groundhog Day party in the basement featured a gauntlet of hula hoops to crawl through, and Mark recalls kids with climbing gear rappelling off the rooftop deck. “It wasn’t uncommon to have 20 or 30 of the girls’ friends hanging out at the house on a Saturday night,” he remembers. “This has been a fabulous home to raise the kids in,” Kathy said, and Mark agreed. “We chose it mostly because it had plenty of space for our family. We know what the house means to people around here, but it really is just our family’s home.” They have lived for 28 years in a house that is both community icon and private home, that is eight decades old and cuttingedge modern, that’s both the seat of rumor (no, next door was never a cottage for the help, and there’s no secret tunnel between them) and the heart of the neighborhood. Their family was raised in a home that’s simultaneously

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ABOVE: When the whole family gathers for a holiday meal — and sometimes that means a big crowd — this room is filled with other smaller tables, festively decorated. RIGHT: This spacious kitchen was originally small and dark, connected to storage rooms and the servants quarters. Now it can serve up catered functions or intimate meals for two.

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public and private, massive and cozy. The Balls have learned to value solitude as well as understand public adulation. They relax in their private yard and nest securely inside even though the unknowing occasionally trespass lightly on the inviting edges of the acre. There have been a few instances of strangers taking formal portraits beneath their trees, picnicking on a streetside terrace, picking blooms from their flower beds. “Granted, it’s an unusual home for this size community,” Kathy admits, discreetly acknowledging that locals and tourists alike could mistake the Ball’s private home for a historical landmark open to scrutiny and use. Even the name implies a public presence: “Craigmuir Castle.” Kathy remembered, “When

we moved in, we first heard the word ‘castle’ — It’s not a castle, you know — and we understood a lot of people feel a kind of ownership because this house is part of Wenatchee’s history.” That history can be traced throughout the city. In the early 1900s several quality residences close by were built with historical allusions, but few match this one for visual grandeur. It’s on the National Register of Historic Homes, but its origins, if not its look, reflect a common pattern of the time. Around 1920 C.H. Muirhead of Orondo, the owner-builder and a Yardley family (scents and soaps) descendent, bought one acre from an acquaintance tearing out an orchard in Wenatchee. He was ready to move into town, and he did so in style. Building the new home took

A local artist created a 1920s art deco look with the trim and ceiling in a daughter’s b and then applied to the surface.

seven years from idea to movein. Local architect Everett Hinshaw envisioned it as an English

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Tudor manor, with rock walls and drive, dormers, shake roof, deep-set paned windows and turret-like chimney stacks. It was constructed from granite quarried near Entiat then hauled to the site and cut to create 18- to 21-inch thick walls. Using the Scottish “craig” (meaning “rocky place”) and incorporating the family’s name, a plaque proclaiming “Craigmuir 1928” was finally displayed on the front of the home. The size and quantity of the stone blocks (one single window sill is 12 feet long) is matched by masonry that harmonizes color and shape. The shade trees have grown huge, some breaking species records for size and age, and the street-side garden’s arbors, keyhole walkway, fountain, box hedge and raised beds have evolved to complement the structure. But this home is not a museum. The engineering and craftsmanship are American 1920s, not medieval Scotland, and it’s been remodeled. Granted, it’s been remodeled with a great

bedroom. The sky was painted on canvas

deal of forethought and taste. Mark, a dentist, and Kathy dealt in antiques for years; she owns The Gilded Lily Home gift shop. “The ideal,” Mark said, “is that the look is 1920, but the house functions like 2013.” The Balls are the fifth family to enjoy the house and bring their own improvements. Rock walls meant no viable way to build out over the years, so design renovations to the main house are internal, including extensive modernization of all utilities and HVAC (three furnaces, four air conditioning systems). Originally, several small bedrooms and servants’ quarters cluttered the 10,000 square feet; those have been reconfigured into fewer spacious bedrooms, some with en suite baths. A basement swimming pool became a media room, storage space turned into the fitness center, a warren of food preparation rooms became a dine-in kitchen.  Mark said, “I guess it’s the dentist in me that loves the

The pergola-shaded patio offers an outdoor kitchen and variations on casual seating. The first swimming pool was in the basement — this modern one was originally a tennis court.

precise attention to detail all through the house.” He showed where every original piece of woodwork is scored to follow the exact irregular contours of the granite it abuts, and every hand forged door handle in the house bears a decorative “C” for Craigmuir. The 1920’s craftsmen made small distinctive touches: inlaid parquet tracings at the wood floors’ perimeter, an intricate tracing of carved leaves on a newel post, a Tiffany-look colored glass skylight lighting the third floor landing. More recently, the Balls incorporated periodperfect additions by two local artists: cabinet maker Jay Atchison and painter Paula Purdy. The newer fabrics, flooring, furnishings and artwork were all picked to replicate the look of an earlier era. Research and often tedious handwork were a satisfying labor for the couple. “The first thing we did when we moved in was strip wallpaper. A lot of wallpaper,” Kathy remembers. “I did my Michelangelo thing on a scaffold applying August 2013 | The Good Life

Kathy and Mark know and love every inch of their grand old home. They hope the next family to live here will have the same fondness for Craigmuir. Photo by Donna Cassidy

that gold leaf,” Mark points to a deep ceiling cove in the living room. They played detective in one case. “We knew that a tiny dormer window we saw from



the yard wasn’t just decorative, but we couldn’t figure out where it was from inside.” Mark said. They traced it way back from a tiny hall closet, and eventually

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INSIDE THE CASTLE }}} Continued from previous page the disclosed space became a functional, albeit narrow, powder room. The external renovations came later in the life of their house. Their vehicles were all outsiders until a three-bay garage was built at the same time as a pool house and spa. The yard most visible to passers-by was relandscaped with new plantings after a monoculture of roses. But roses still adorn the favorite casual space that Mark and Kathy relax in together — an intimate first floor sitting room with a big window and fireplace (one of six in the house) is papered in an outsized floral pattern with its own story. Mark spotted the wallpaper in a design magazine and with some difficulty contacted the decorator. He said, “She was

Craigmuir stands tall on its Garfield Street acre. Many windows open to distant views and fill the rooms with light, not typical in most old stone houses.

so flattered that I’d go to the trouble, she sent me a roll of it — just enough for this room!” That little room is the couple’s own personal parlor, but when the weather is fine they are most

often out in the pergola-covered patio south of the house. Near the pool and spa, it’s been furnished and equipped for large-scale entertaining, but also serves as a warm weather

getaway for two. Mark and Kathy have loved Craigmuir — and lovingly cared for it — but it’s time to downsize. They plan to build locally, Kathy said. “Wenatchee is home — we have no plans to leave the valley. Our parents are here, the dental practice is here, our store is here — and so are we!” Features they’ll replicate in a new house include a view of the valley, a place to relax outdoors and of course room for children and grandkids to enjoy extended visits. Elegant, welcoming Craigmuir played host this July to a party that symbolizes the Ball family’s love of the place. When their daughter, a Southern California resident, was planning her upcoming marriage and told her folks she wanted a “destination wedding,” they envisioned some exotic, distant locale. But no, Kathy said, Anika was adamant: “She told me, ‘Mom, I want to come back. I want my wedding to be at home.’” Travis Knoop is a former Realtor turned real estate photographer based out of Wenatchee. For more details or examples of his work, visit


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ven though they are called green beans, they come in yellow, purple and red, as well, and they all taste great. I recall how disappointed I was to cook red beans and watch them turn dark-green since the red coloring is water-soluble. Years ago, my friend Mary gave me seeds to grow Red Orr pole string beans. They are yardlong beans that grow in long twists. They are fun to grow and eat and freeze well. Although they are called “string beans,” which refers to the stringy fibrous parts of the bean pod, you can harvest the beans early to use in recipes calling for beans in the pod. The string may not be un-palatable. Otherwise, if the individual beans in the pod become rounded and hard, the pod is stringy — then use the beans for puree or boiled with bacon. Now really, there is nothing homier than green beans cooked in a bit of bacon fat for more than an hour with two large onions and lots of crisp bacon. I love this concoction, but I appreciate the fresh, clean taste of barely cooked green beans. Raw beans are edible but taste too grassy for me. The bush-type beans ripen all at once, and the pole beans arrive in August and continue to grow until the nights are in the 40s. You can tell that a “green” bean is fresh because the fine hairs on the bean’s surface will stick to your shirt! They also snap easily into smaller pieces.

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griddle. Serve hot either as an appetizer or with the meal.

Snap Bean Salad 20 minutes preparation 1-plus hours to marinate Serves 4

Griddlecakes are a different — and tasty — way of eating green beans.

Snap beans are best if steamed or microwaved just enough to have them turn bright green and still be crisp, yet tender. I think salads with green beans are colorful and tasty served at room temperature. So, if you are growing bush beans, you will have lots all at once — what to do? Puree and use them or freeze them. This recipe is inspired by one I read in a 1980’s newspaper and clipped out without a date or a reference, so my apologies to the universe. I have also seen a version called Roesti. This is such a tasty use of beans for a side dish for dinner. Savory, either summer (the annual plant) or winter (the perennial plant) complements both fresh and dried bean dishes. Savory is easy to grow in this area and should be part of your herb garden. Both of this month’s recipes call for savory. Fresh savory can be found at Fred Meyer. Dried savory can be used if fresh is not available. August 2013 | The Good Life

Green Bean Griddlecakes 35 minutes, Serves 4 1 pound green beans 1/2 pound potatoes 1 small Walla Walla sweet onion chopped 1 small garlic clove minced 2 eggs 1/2 cup flour 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh savory Salt/pepper 4 slices provolone cut into quarters Oil for griddle Steam the beans for 5 minutes. Grate the potatoes, rinse and drain. In a food processor, mix the beans and potatoes with all the other ingredients. Mix until blended. The batter should be a thick, lumpy pancake batter. Fry silver dollar-sized griddlecakes. Flip them over when little air holes appear on the top surface. Place a bit of sliced provolone on each cake while it is still warm. Store in an oven heated to 200 degrees until all the cakes come off the



1/2 pound green beans 1/2 pound yellow beans 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbled Marinade: 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh savory leaves 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon white pepper 1 small garlic clove minced 4 Tablespoons olive oil 4 Tablespoons lime juice Cut each bean into 2-inch lengths. Steam for 3-5 minutes until tender but still crisp. Wisk together the marinade ingredients. Pour the warm beans (drained) into a ceramic bowl, and cover with the marinade. Stir once or twice to be sure all the beans are covered with the marinade. Let sit for at least an hour. Place the beans and marinade on a large platter and sprinkle on the blue cheese. Serve at room temperature.

Summer’s pleasure is eating fresh veggies that need few condiments. Bonnie Orr — the dirt diva — cooks and gardens in East Wenatchee.


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Don’t hide from effective communication Want to know what causes

a lot of stomach knots, divorces, lost jobs, failed businesses, and even some plane crashes? The answer is poor interpersonal communication skills. Good interpersonal communications start and end with a very simple premise — all parties need to respectfully show up and be involved. When we cannot, or will not, adequately express our thoughts, emotions, needs, and wants in a respectful way to others, we are hiding. Here is how hiding sounds. You: “What do you want to do today, honey?” Your spouse: “Oh I don’t know, whatever.” Consider that you could be

If you feel you cannot express yourself, you become annoyed. Unhealthy hormones flood your body... overusing a hiding style of communication if these are true of you: You rarely give negative feedback to someone even if you think it would help them; you always try to avoid controversy; people frequently ask you what you are thinking. Those of us who overuse hiding may think that it is safe, but

there are dangers. Leadership consultant, Michael Useem, who wrote the book, Leading Up, chronicles a number of disasters that could have been prevented if certain people would have spoken up. Usually the hiders were in subordinate positions and fearful of castigation. Hiding doesn’t feel good. If you feel you cannot express yourself, you become annoyed. Unhealthy hormones flood your body and upsets your immune system. You can’t think straight. You feel lonely because you cannot authentically connect with others. Sometimes when we decide to stop our hiding we flip to another major communication problem, dominating.

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In contrast to hiding, when we cannot, or will not, hear what others are attempting to express, we may be steam-rolling others or dominating in our communication style. A dominating communication style is more than not listening. It is so vigorously pushing for our agenda that we purposely disrespect or inadvertently drown out others. It might sound like this at home. You: You need to enjoy the outdoors. When we retire, we should fish as much as possible. It will be really good for you. I have several places in mind. Your spouse: But I am not sure that I want to fish.

We lose much when we are dominating... Dominating styles often demotivate others. You: Of course you do. You just need to get out there and try it. August will be the best time to go to Nootka. I have told Tim to book us. We might even see whales. We may think that a dominating style is efficient and effective but an overuse of the dominating style also has dangers. We lose much when we are dominating. We lose potentially valuable information and talent. We lose connection. Dominating styles often de-motivate others. Goals that were never truly endorsed by others are not readily and enthusiastically achieved. Are you overusing a dominating style? Probably yes if you argue for the merit of your ideas at length or most people would say that you can be blunt, perhaps even abrasive. Strong interpersonal communications are a mutually respectful free flow of information among all parties. No one is hiding or dominating. Dialoguing might sound like this. You: I have been thinking about how much I enjoy fishing. Do you think you would be interested in doing more fishing yourself when we retire? Your spouse: Actually I would rather spend more time with the grandchildren. You: Well it could be fun to brainstorm ways of putting fishing and seeing the grandchildren together. What do you think? (Before you ask, the answer is “no” — my husband and I do not always sound like that. Both of us have been known to hide and dominate at the worst possible times). Suppose you recognize the merit of good communication

and you want to give up some of your hiding and dominating ways, what can you do? Interpersonal communication has many layers of subtlety and complexity. Many books have been written about this subject. Accept that this will be a lifelong learning. Change requires accurate self-awareness, awareness of others, and practice. Learn to better recognize the signs of hiding, dominating and good communications. Keep yourself motivated by remembering the dangers of hiding and dominating. Evaluate yourself after your conversations or during conversations that seem to be going off track. If you are really daring and determined, invite others to give you feedback. Keep in mind these two questions to set your intentions before your conversations: Am I respectfully showing up so that others can understand and connect with me? Am I making it easy for others to show up so I can understand and connect with them? Learning how to express yourself as well as helping others express themselves leads to feeling good and doing well with friends, family and colleagues. How might you improve your interpersonal communications skills and move up to The Good Life? June Darling, Ph.D. can be contacted at; website: www.summitgroupresources. com. Her book - 7 Giant Steps To The Good Life can be bought or read for free at: book-profile/giant-steps-to-the-goodlife/285095


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Beautiful, peaceful Croatia by foot & yacht Our past Road

Scholar (formerly ElderHostel) trips have never been disappointing. We had heard from several people about what a wonderful country Croatia is, so when the Road Scholar catalogue arrived, we were drawn to the trip to Croatia and the Dalmatian The walled of city of Dubrovnik — steeped in rich and fascinating history. coast by yacht. Three previous Road Scholar trol of other countries or armies countries. trips had shown us that their for most of their existence. On July 1, 2013, Croatia betours are learning adventures, This includes the Romans, the came the 28th European Union with informative lectures, and Greeks, the Venetian Republic, member state. Many of the Croas such they attract travelthe Ottoman Turks and the atians we talked with had mixed ers who want to do more than Austrian-Hungarian empire feelings about that move, afraid simple sight seeing. They appeal until the end of WW I. changing their currency to the to inquisitive adventurers who Croatia then joined a union Euro will result in an increase in prefer small groups rather than with Montenegro, Serbia and the cost of living. large all-inclusive cruise ships. Slovenia to form what eventually The Republic of Croatia is the This particular venture took became Yugoslavia (meaning size of Maine with 3,600 miles place primarily on a 135-foot “south slavs”) in 1929. In WWII of coastline on the crystal clear sail/motor three-mast vessel, the Germany invaded Yugoslavia Adriatic Sea. It includes over MSY Barbara, with a crew of six and Croatia became a Nazi pup- 1,246 islands, which is second in and 28 passengers. The vessel pet state. Europe only to Greece’s islands. was able to visit several of the After WWII, Yugoslavia The islands are mostly uninhablong-inhabited villages on some became a Communist nation ited, but several have historic of the 1,200 Croatian islands ruled by Marshall Tito until his and beautiful fortified towns. along the Dalmatian coastline of death in 1980. In 1990 Croatia Croatia is noted for some of the Adriatic Sea. held free elections, where the Europe’s most spectacular natuOur group, whose members communists were defeated by ral wonders from mountains came from around the U.S., met a nationalist party. They then to the sea. It is the location of in May at the Hotel President passed a declaration of indepen- many UNESCO (United Nain Split, Croatia. Lynn and I dence from Yugoslavia. tions’ Educational, Scientific and went a day early, which gave us A five-year war with the Cultural Organization) world the opportunity to explore this Serbian-dominated Yugoslavian heritage sites. beautiful coastal town on our army ensued which continued Unfortunately, Croatia has own before we met our fellow until the U.S. and U.N. stepped an unemployment rate over 16 travelers. in. President Bill Clinton is percent. Their primary economy The area of Croatia was at one given much credit in Croatia for is a service economy tied to time a Roman province. In the intervening to stop the slaughter tourism, plus shipbuilding, 7th Century a nomadic people started by the Serbian President wood products and agriculture, from the Mongolian steppes Milosevic. especially olives and grapes. who were called Croats settled Croatia, having gained its inJobs for the young and eduin this area. dependence on June 25, 1991, is cated are difficult to find. Many They have been under the con- now one of the world’s youngest of the highly educated younger


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people migrate to counties like Germany, which offer a more secure future. On our flight home from Zagreb — the capital of Croatia — we sat next to a young Croatian woman who had been living in Finland employed as a caregiver as well as being a singer in a Croatian rock band based there. She was getting married soon to another Croatian whom she met in Finland, who was playing in a different Croatian rock band. Her good friend, a medical school graduate in Croatia, was practicing her specialty in Berlin rather than her home country where there were fewer opportunities. Croatia has an excellent education system, which is “free” through university. English is taught from the first grade on. It seemed like nearly everyone we met spoke English. Croatia is 85 percent Catholic, but many we talked to were inactive in their religion. We started our journey in Split, which is a major ship ferry terminal and is connected to Europe by a new highway system. Split’s most famous attraction is the Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO world heritage site. It was built as a retirement residence for the Roman emperor Diocletian, dating back to the 3rd Century. The palace is really a city within the city of Split and features huge watch towers, many gates in the walled fortress, private apartments and hundreds of shops and restaurants. It is especially fun to wander the narrow streets and passageways throughout this enormous walled city that at one time

MSY Barbara, a Croatian home for 10 days.

housed up to 90,000 people. Our guide for our entire journey was Matija (Mathew) Radic, a 26-year-old college graduate, who at six-foot, five-inches had played semi-professional basketball. He was an excellent teacher, always prepared with handouts that pertained to that day’s activities. He would make a good college professor. After three days exploring Split, we headed for Sibenik, most famous for its 15th Century Cathedral of St. James. This, too, is a UNESCO world heritage building that was voted the most beautiful sacred building in Croatia. We returned to Split and boarded the MSY Barbara, our three- masted sail/motorized yacht that would be our “home” for the next 10 days. We were off to Hvar the “queen” of the Dalmatian islands. Hvar’s roots date back to Greek antiquity and it is famous for its strategic and nautical position. It has become a very popular destination for Europe’s jetsetter tourists with over a million overnight stays a year. In the Croatian language all letters are pronounced, so Hvar becomes h-var. We then sailed to Korcula Island and Korcula Town. Legend says the town was founded by the Trojan hero Antenor and also says this was the birthplace of Marco Polo, the great Venetian explorer and trader. Our next stop was the island

of Mljet with a national park by the same name. Here we hiked and swam in the clear waters of the Adriatic. Next we headed to the city of Dubrovnik, known as “the pearl of the Adriatic.” George Bernard Shaw called this city “paradise on earth.” National Geographic Traveler magazine says this is one of the 10 best city destinations in the world. I, for one, certainly agree. Dubrovnik is steeped in a rich and fascinating history. Old Dubrovnik is surrounded and protected by a mile-long wall that is between 12 to 20 feet thick and 30 to 40 feet high encircling the city. It is a fantastic experience to walk the entire wall, stopping only to take photographs. Everywhere I looked there was another photo-op. With its narrow winding marble streets, towering stonewalls and beautiful baroque buildings, Dubrovnik exceeded my expectations. After our time in Dubrovnik, our group went by bus to spend two nights in Herceg Novi, a city in Montenegro, a country that achieved its independence in 2006. Montenegro and Croatia share a border for only 16 miles on the Dalmatian seaside. The population of this country is a mere 670,000 citizens. Much more mountainous than Croatia, its highest mountain is 8,300 feet. Montenegro is the home of Europe’s largest canyon, which is 37 miles long and up to 4,373 feet deep. August 2013 | The Good Life

Hvar town: Croatia is a nation of 1,200 islands and clear sea water.

The main attraction during our brief stay here was the town of Kotor, another UNESCO world heritage site, situated on the large protected Bay of Kotor. My fondest memory of Kotor and Montenegro is that I had one of those “milestone” birthdays there. I have had two other milestone birthdays in Europe, one in Switzerland and the other in Provence, France. I can’t really remember where I was or much about all my other birthdays, but those three are permanently etched in my memory bank. On our last night our guide extolled the virtues of travel. He said that travel takes away our “fear” of others, makes strangers into friends, turns suspicions into understanding and helps us realize how alike we all are no matter our heritage, ethnicity or background.



Ben Paine, who was the alumni speaker this May at Wenatchee High School graduation ceremony, gave the graduates one word of advice. That word was “travel.” He gave many of the same reasons for travel as did our guide Matija, emphasizing that we all need to expand our horizons, better our understanding of other cultures and see how the rest of the world is functioning. I couldn’t agree more. Though Croatia is a country with a rather violent history, I believe it is now on the road to peace. It certainly is one of the most beautiful and friendliest places we have visited. Jim Brown, M.D., is a retired gastroenterologist who has practiced for 38 years in the Wenatchee area. He is a former CEO of the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center.

More than the eye can see Doctor, biker, hiker and focused photographer


hen Peter Bauer prowls the local Wenatchee foothills and the Cascades, he generally travels alone with his camera (a trusted Canon Rebel TS1), seeking the perfect shot. Hauling the camera is only a detriment when he’s bouldering — he often needs a full frontal grip on the rock surface and “the long lens can actually throw me backward,” he said. Peter regrets vividly (but can’t share visually) once seeing a massive sky full of gathering storm clouds, silver and darker, on a bike ride to Cashmere. No camera. It taught him to be prepared with photo gear intact. A member of the Photography Association of Wenatchee, he values monthly tutorial meetings and the online critiquing process. His photos have won him local attention and come at a good time, when he’s just taken a turn in his career path and started to devote more time to photography.   Peter is Dr. Bauer to his family practice patients, who for 13

“In 2009 I signed up for a northern Arizona photo workshop precisely to get to Antelope Canyon with instructors so I could learn how to get this shot,” said Peter. “Water exerts amazing force through these canyons to carve these shapes. I don’t want to be there when the water is doing its ‘art.’ The photo is a two shot composition to keep the sunlit and deeply shaded portions within the dynamic range of the printed page. Interestingly, these 2-10 second exposures are more colorful than the naked eye can perceive, since the camera sensor can ‘sum up’ the color over 10 seconds while your eye cannot.”

years have enjoyed the nature photographs showcased at his hospital office. But it’s time, at 59, for the big change — a summer hiatus from full time work and returning to a partial schedule in the fall. “Basically I’m reversing weekdays and weekends,” Peter explained. “I’ll be working flexibly, with more time to focus on photography.” In his west hills home Peter has already created a matting and framing studio in a former kid space downstairs, and the main floor walls are filled with several large, carefully placed photos of his own. He’s developed an eye for the perfect landscape shot, both his and the artists he admires (an example is the Road to Leesburg by Ansel Adams hanging on an entry wall to his home). And he knows he needs to be outdoors, a lot, to get it.


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“This year, as my photo club knows all too well, I bought a ‘bird’ lens (400 mm f4),” said Peter. “My first outing was to the Horan Nature area by Confluence Park. While still on the paved loop trail I saw this northern flicker drumming on a light fixture presumably to impress a mate.”

Luckily, that suits his physical fitness imperative and love of our local terrain. He describes two scenarios. “Usually when I’m really out for exercise — hiking or biking — I bring the camera with

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me in case a good shot appears. And sometimes I’m headed out hoping to get one perfect shot, and getting there, the hiking or biking, becomes secondary.” Early in his career he shot landscapes with film; then a de-

“We had traveled to Patagonia to catch up with our peripatetic son last spring,” said Peter. “It had rained the day before but the weather was predicted to clear up on this day. Waking up early, I glanced out the window and saw a little pink tinge on a high cloud. I raced out of the hostel with my tripod and 70-200 f4 lens, power marching over a mile to get to a preselected vantage point. Literally as I got there the show started as the sun broke the horizon. This is a fiveshot panorama (camera in vertical orientation) subsequently cropped to about 75 percent of the original capture.”

cade of mostly family snapshots sufficed for him until 2002, when he became a devotee of the digital. Buying that new camera “completely reenergized my photography,” he said. Peter is fascinated with the camera’s acuity, which exceeds that of the human eye. A long exposure can pick up the color of a waterfall at dusk, for instance; and an autofocus lens can better pinpoint a viewer’s attention on a precise focal point, like the gleam of light on a bubble. It’s not all technology. A photographer can position himself to find shots, like the tips of rocks at water level or lichen on a cliff overhang, that even a landscape-loving passerby would be unlikely to see. Peter says he tends to concentrate on “medium scape” shots — carefully composed middle distance scenes, although in his collection he has some macro pieces (bubbles on a leaf) and

Photographer Peter Bauer, framed by two nature photos.

vast panoramic shots of mountains against the horizon. “It used to be when I had a few spare hours in the week, I had to use them mostly for exercise; now I can take longer photo trips, with no pressure.” He’s going to upgrade his camAugust 2013 | The Good Life

era, and he’s aiming for a little more regional gallery exposure, but he certainly doesn’t want to turn his art into another full time job. What to do with all this freedom? Someday Peter would like to



travel America, taking photos at all the bird refuges. Right now he’s currently planning a horse-packing trek deep into the Pasayten Wilderness, with plenty of camera equipment and the luxury of new found time. — by Susan Lagsdin



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Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market, every Saturday & Wednesday through 10/26, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Locally grown and raised fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, preserves, produce, flowers, crafts and jewelry, home and garden items. Fresh and wholesome right from the farmer. Pybus Market. Cost: free. Chelan evening farmers market, every Thursday, 4 – 7 p.m. Over 20 vendors selling produce, hummus, goat cheese, flowers and wool. Emerson Street between Riverwalk Park and Riverwalk Inn. Info: Village Art in the Park, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through 10/20 plus Thursdays during July and August. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Outdoor art in Park downtown Leavenworth. Cost: free. Info: Bubbles & Heels, every first Friday of the month. What could be better than sipping bubbly, chatting with new and old friends and wearing your favorite shoes? One Wines, Inc. 526 E Woodin Ave, Chelan. Cost: $10 per glass. Info: Cashmere Art and Activity Center, needle art every second Tuesday, 1 p.m. Pinochle every fourth Tuesday, 1 p.m. Hat Group every Thursday, 1:30 – 3 p.m., knitters, crocheters and loom artists welcome. In August and September Yuri Konyshev will be featured and Ben Ellis spotlighted. On 9/14, 5-8 p.m. both artists will be available. Refreshments and music by Kirk Lewellen provided. Info: 782-2415. NCW Blues Jam, every second and fourth Monday, 7:30 – 11 p.m. Clear-

water Steakhouse, East Wenatchee. Info: Lake Chelan Rodeo Parade, 8/1, 7 p.m. Come downtown Chelan to watch cowboys and cowgirls ride through town to kick off the rodeo weekend. Horses, bands, drill teams, floats, royalty, classic/antique cars, tractors, boats, bicycles, youth groups. Downtown Chelan. Cost: free. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 8/1, 3, 6, 9,14,16, 20, 23, 30, 8 p.m. A playful return to ancient Egypt where Joseph escapes the evil plans of his brothers and a series of misfortunes emerge. Under the stars at Hatchery Park Stage, Leavenworth. Cost: $30, $25 and $14. Info: The Rocky Horror Show, 8/1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15,16,17, 9 p.m. Performing Arts Center. Info: Book Signing, 8/2, 1 p.m. James Hunt author of Restless Fires will be at A Book For All Seasons. And at 7 p.m. at the Wenatchee River Institute. Wenatchee First Fridays, 8/2, 5 – 8 p.m. Walk downtown for art, music, dining and entertainment. Downtown Wenatchee. Two Rivers Art Gallery, 8/2, 5 – 8 p.m. Featured artist will be Brad Brisbine. Over 40 local and regional artists show their work here. Local wines by White Heron Cellars, complimentary refreshments. 102 N Columbia, Wenatchee. Cost: free. Info: Tumbleweed Bead Co., 8/2, 5 - 8 p.m. Anne, Natalie and Robyn Gibbons, a mom, daughter and sister showcase hand drawn, dyed and sewn baby clothing. Refreshments served. Cost: free. Info:


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Sound of Music, 8/2, 7, 10,13,17, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31and 9/1, 8 p.m. The sun falls behind the ridge, the moon rises over the valley and Maria descends the hillside singing The Hills are Alive. Ski Hill Amphitheater, Leavenworth. Cost: $30, $25 and $14. Info:

Entiat River Appreciation Day, 8/3, 9 a.m. Meet at Entiaqua Park for an on-the-ground clean-up day. Followed by volunteer appreciation party at noon. Free bbq, live music, family oriented games and activities, including a visit by Smokey Bear. Info: or 6649370.

Summer Concert Series, 8/2, 7 – 9 p.m. Live music every Friday night in Centennial Park. Bring a picnic blanket. Cost: free.

All You Can Eat Breakfast, 8/3, 8/17, 9/7, 7 – 11 a.m. Pancakes, eggs, sausages, coffee and milk. Leavenworth Lions Club Park. Cost: $6, $3 for ages 3-10, free for military personnel with I.D. Info:

Lake Chelan Rodeo, 8/2-3. Performances 7:30 p.m. each night. Food vendors and beer garden open at 5 p.m. Chelan Rodeo Grounds, 71 Union Valley Rd. Cost: $10 adults, $6 students, seniors and kids under 6. Family pass $30. Info: lakechelan. com.

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Crab Feed, 8/3, 6 p.m. Featuring hypnotist Joe Black. Town Toyota Center. Cost: $45. Call 888-7331 for reserved seating.



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Dancin’ in the Streets, 8/3, 6-8 p.m. Wenatchee Avenue between First and Palouse Streets. Footloose, 8/3,10, 17, 24, 2 p.m. 8/8, 15, 21, 28, 8 p.m. High octane dancing and unforgettable ’80s tunes. Cost: $14, $25, $30. Downtown Leavenworth Festhalle. Info: 548-2000 or Improv/Acting Workshop, 8/6, 7 p.m. Every Tuesday night with theater games for novice and experienced players. Fun, casual and free. Riverside Playhouse. Cost: free. Info: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 8/7, 8, 9, 10, 7 p.m. and 8/10, 2 p.m. The Short Shakespeareans will perform at Riverside Playhouse. Info: The Great Zucchini race, 8/8, 47 p.m. Riverwalk Park, Chelan. Info: Back to School Health fair, 8/10, 9 a.m. – noon. Columbia Valley Community Health, NC Educational Service District and United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties will be giving away 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to school aged children. Columbia Valley Community Health Clinic, 600 Orondo Ave. Info: Marlen Mendez 661-3623. NCW WINE AWARDS, 8/10. Town Toyota Center. Info: Alzheimer’s Café, 8/13, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Mountain Meadows Senior Living Campus hosts a cafe the second Tuesday of every month. This is a casual setting for folks with Alzheimer’s, dementia, their loved ones and caregivers. Desserts and beverages will be served free of charge. Entertainment and activities for those wishing to participate. Join us to meet new friends and share experiences. Located at 320 Park Avenue, Leavenworth.  Info: 548-4076. Tech Stomp, 8/15, 5-7p.m. Network with GWATA members and attendees while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine and appetizers by Visconti’s. St. Laurent Estate Winery. Cost: $10 members, $20 non members. Info: 661-9000. Lake Chelan Fine Arts Festival, 8/16, noon – 3 p.m., 8/17, 10- 8 p.m., 8/18, 10-4 p.m. The River-


column the night sky this month

Peter Lind

Here comes shower of meteors August brings the Perseid

meteor shower with its best showing before dawn on Aug. 12. The year’s finest meteor display should produce lots of meteors, up to 100 per hour under dark skies and optimal conditions, and also reaches its peak display with the moon already set in the west. The Perseids are visible for a week before and after the peak, but don’t miss them during the peak. We’ll begin our tour of the planets while twilight still brightens the western horizon. Venus looks like a bright light shining at magnitude minus 3.9. No other celestial point of light comes close to it in brightness. The planet remains visible throughout August at the same altitude, from our mid-northern latitudes. It hovers about 10 degrees, or about a fists width at arm’s length, above the horizon. On Aug. 9, a thin 10 percent lit crescent moon passes five degrees south (to the lower left) of Venus. Twilight will still have the evening sky somewhat bright; the two will look brilliant with the naked eye or binoculars. Get your camera out for a spectacular picture. Landscape in the picture will add a professional touch. The waxing, or growing walk Park Juried Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Venue at Riverwalk Park will showcase artists from around the Northwest as they display and sell their original works of art. The venue will be surrounded by entertainment, food, a children’s area and special events. The work to be displayed and sold includes painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, wood, metal and mixed media. Campbell’s and Riverwalk Park. Cost: free. Info: August 2013 | The Good Life

crescent moon, passes through the constellation Virgo before midmonth and it will create a beautiful scene the night of Aug.12. That evening, the 35 percent lit moon forms a triangle with Saturn and the bright star Spica somewhat high in the south west sky. Although Saturn looks nice enough with the naked eye or binoculars, its true beauty can only be seen through a telescope. With even a small telescope the rings shine bright, well enough to see the large break, the Cassini Division, in the rings. This year you may also catch the shadow of the rings on the planet itself. Neptune lies opposite the sun in our sky the night of Aug. 26/27. Opposition marks the peak of the outer planet’s observing because it then shines brightest at magnitude 7.8. Neptune lies in the sparsely populated constellation Aquarius. You can see Neptune through binoculars if you hold them steady, or use a tripod. To discern its blue-gray disk you’ll need a telescope and moderate magnification. The best time to look is when it’s high in the south around midnight Neptune’s current traveling companion, Uranus, rises about two hours after Neptune. Uranus shines at magnitude 5.8 and is easily seen through binoculars

among the dim background stars of southern Pisces. We will talk about star and planet magnitude numbers in a future article. Here is a fun project for kids this summer. We call it the toilet paper solar system and we have done this at school functions around the valley. You will need one or two rolls of toilet paper, nine small pieces of paper with the planets names or pictures on them. Each square of toilet paper represents ten million miles. Find a large back yard or long sidewalk and roll the toilet paper out completely. With the planet labels in hand start placing them on the rolled out TP. With each square equaling ten million miles: n Mercury is 3 squares n Venus is almost 8 squares n Earth is 9 squares n Mars is 14 squares n Jupiter is 48 squares n Saturn is almost 90 squares n Uranus is almost 190 squares n Neptune is 280 squares n Pluto is over 367 squares. (Did I mention that I still consider Pluto a planet?)

NW RC Airplane scale championships, 8/17, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 8/18, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Classic airplanes with wingspans to 12 feet and beyond, flyers from Idaho, Washington, Montana, Oregon, California and British Columbia. Demonstration flights will be put on after the competition. Wenatchee Red Apply Flyers field. Info: Del 679-8402.

wood’s Harvest, 10461 Stemm Rd, Peshastin. Cost: $40 pp or $75 per couple. Info: leavenworthchamber. com.

Leavenworth Wine Tasting Festival, 8/17, noon – 6 p.m. Small-



Peter Lind is a local amateur astronomer. He can be reached at ppjl@juno. com.

Icicle Creek Theater Festival, 8/18, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Canyon Wren Recital Hall, Leavenworth and Snowy Owl Theater. Be the first to see and hear brand new plays. Info:

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}}} Continued from previous page Ice Cream Social, 8/19, 7 p.m. Compassionate Friends will be unveiling the new Children’s Memorial Boards. Bring a picture of your child to place on the Memorial Board. This is a grief support group to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age, and to provide information to help others be supportive. Grace Lutheran Church. Info: Carol 665-9987. Moon Rise over Horse Lake Reserve, 8/20, 7 p.m. Guided tour with Rebecca Frank and bilingual Jose Luis Marquez on a moonlit outing. Watch the sunset and moon rise. Meet at Horse Lake Trailhead at the end of Horse Lake Rd. Bring water, sturdy shoes, headlamp or flashlight. Info: Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market Salsa Contest, 8/24, 8 a.m.  Professional and amateur divisions, prizes, zucchini race. Pybus Market. Foothills Hiking Challenge, 8/25, 9 a.m. Enjoy the beauty of the Wenatchee Foothills. Five trail sections to hike. Pick up your trail postcard at the Chelan Douglas Land Trust office, 18 N Wenatchee Ave. Info: Joan Sebastian, 8/30, 6:30 p.m. Live music. Town Toyota Center. Info: Book Signing, 8/30, 7 p.m. Leavenworth Library, 8/31, 1 p.m. A Book For All Seasons. Author Gregory Spatz will be available with his new book, Half as Happy, short stories with notes of sadness and funny undertones as he exposes the rawness of real life and the way people think. Cost: free. Info: Wild and Scenic Music Fest, 8/30-31. A weekend festival of barn dances, live music, jamming, food, beer and wine. Enjoy the bluegrass, folk and much more live music and views of the mountains. Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Info: Color Rush 5k, 8/18, The Color Rush is a 5k untimed event designed to be fun and promote people enjoying the outdoors. About every kilometer, participants will be dosed with a colored powder and at the end there will be


a massive group powder toss. Families, strollers, wagons but no pets allowed. All proceeds benefit the United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties Youth United Program. Info: Book signing, 9/6, 7 p.m. Leavenworth Library, 9/7, 1 p.m. A Book For All Seasons. Wenatchee author Kay Kenyon will be available with her new novel, A Thousand Perfect Things, about an alternate 19th Century with two warring continents on an alternate earth. Cost: free. Info: Lake Chelan Shore to Shore Marathon, 9/7, 7 a.m. Packet pickup and pre-race dinner will be at the Vin du Lac Winery in Chelan. Info: Pearls and Paws, 9/13, 6:30 p.m. An evening of live music and a four course dinner paired with local wines. Fund raiser for a new shelter for the lost, homeless and abandoned animals in the Wenatchee Valley. Tsillan Cellars, Lake Chelan. Info: 662-9577. Hawk Migration Festival, 9/14, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn about and celebrate raptors. Visit vendors, see raptor demonstrations and take a field trip to the Chelan Ridge Raptor Migration site. Memorial Park in Pateros. Cost: free. Info: Star Struck, 9/14, 4-9 p.m. Silent auction, wine tasting and entertainment. At dusk a gourmet dinner will be served by Ivy Wild Inn followed by musicians with a live auction and dessert. Info: Liverpool Legends, 9/18. On the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, a Grammy-nominated Beatles tribute band will perform. Performing Arts Center. Info: River run Half-Marathon, 10k and 5k, 9/21, 10 a.m. Start at Pybus Public Market, traverse the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail and end at Stanley Civic Center in downtown Wenatchee. Info: The Atomic Bombshells, 9/21. A variety show burlesque and dance talent, incorporating elements of classic vintage-style burlesque, comedy, drag and pop dance. Performing Arts Center. Info: pacwen. org. Sisters Act, 9/28, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Wenatchee Valley Appleaires will perform. Performing Arts Center. Info:


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ABOVE LEFT: Heavy on metal, these two birds belong to a found-item genre called “steampunk” by dollmakers. ABOVE RIGHT: “Cheerleaders of the world, unite!”

What a doll!   MAKING Silly and Serene Soft SculptureS

Linda Finkle’s passion for

doll making (specifically soft doll sculpture) is relatively new — she’s only about five years into a serious habit — but her daughter, incredulous at her output, recently asked, “Mom, how many dolls can you actually make?” Linda says she laughed out loud and replied, “As many as I want to!” As many as she wants to. The perfect rejoinder from a woman retired in 2009 from a full lifelong career, raising children while working for years as an educator and ultimately as a research librarian. She was single, self-supporting, bursting with creativity and a realist. Unlike some retirees who drift randomly into rewarding pas-

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times, or sometimes none at all, Linda mapped out a plan. She took stock of what she was good at: even more than singing, she loves all kinds of visual art and working with fabric. She actually started her extensive remnant collection while she was still working, predicting she’d do something with the bright colored swatches. Then she explored the options. “I saw some gorgeous fabric dolls in an art fair booth — but the artist said to me, ‘Oh no, you can’t touch them. These are art.’ Not touch them?? Right then I decided to make soft dolls you can hold and pass around and drop if you want to.” Linda made her first doll badly, very badly, she declares, and its lumpy little self still sits on a high shelf in her studio, possibly flattered to be among the newer

Peapod babies evoke a tale from Linda’s early childhood.

Linda Finkle smiles next to a favorite well-dressed moose.

This whimsically dressed doll is actually an inseparable couple.

residents. Gradually the dolls got better. Not only did she learn the sewing, stiffening and stuffing tricks of the trade, she started exploring again with dozens of books, websites and video courses, using a trial and error method with pre-made patterns that she can’t resist adopting, then adapting. A creative breakthrough came when she realized she could

make a doll any way she wants to and that she finds little pleasure in doing the same thing twice. That precludes her producing for the marketplace, where even “one-of-a kind” generally implies a theme or style. And that’s OK with Linda. She gifts her dolls. Selling them for a living has never crossed her mind, even though she knows they could fetch $300 each. That’s why she can shift from a sexy flapper doll for director Don Fox’s going away gift from the Appleaires, to a whimsical pastel baby nestled fanny-up on a cloud, to a sinister looking crow draped in military gear for a friend who’s a veteran. Her dolls can be artful, cuddly, statuesque or symbolic and August 2013 | The Good Life

made of found objects, gourds, felt, papier-mâché, and other experimental media. You’ll see all those on her studio shelves, but she’s fondest of making stuffed polyfilled soft sculpture dolls with limbs, postures and personalities. Linda’s enthusiasm for her art is matched by an awareness of herself as an artist. “My dad once warned me, ‘You never stick with anything long enough to get excellent at it.’ I knew that I’d have to choose something I could get good at with practice. Doll making makes me be patient, and every doll I do well makes me more confident about the next one.” Her sense of organization helps her manage both the



workaday mess in the studio and the time-sucking nature of an engrossing hobby. “I do all my chores and errands in the morning, every day. Then the afternoon is for the dolls. It’s like having office hours in the studio, only it’s time to play!” Linda’s most recent doll, her new all-time-favorite, was a reaction to a comment from one of her kids about her own pervasive optimism: “Oh, mom, you’re always such a cheerleader.” (“You want cheerleader, I’ll give you cheerleader!” she mock-grumbled, replaying her reaction.) The resulting doll? An ecstatic 70-something, white-haired and wrinkled, decked out in navy blue sweatpants and high school letter sweater, round tummy showing, little tennies on her feet, pompoms extended and cheering for the team, an older woman doing what she loves to do and proud of it. — by Susan Lagsdin


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Wenatchee under 900 feet of water Fifteen thousand years ago

when the 2,500-foot high glacial ice dam blocking the Clark Fork River in western Montana failed, 500 cubic miles of water exploded out of Lake Missoula at 9.5 cubic miles per hour. Much of the massive flood moved southwest across the interior of eastern Washington but the northern arm of the flood spread west down the Spokane River drainage to the Columbia. The 500-foot deep wall of water ripped through the earth at up to 60 miles per hour. The flood rounded the top of the Big Bend country and, at Pateros, began to straighten out for a 70 mile run to the south. It covered the distance in just over an hour. The roar could be heard for 30 miles ahead of the tumult. When the flood wall reached the Wenatchee Valley it was a beast as tall as a 40-story building pushing 50 mile an hour winds in front of it. It quickly spread out as the

valley widened devouring everything in its path. It was not so much water as a brown, slurry of mud, sand and gravel tumbling and roiling with huge, uprooted trees and chunks of glacial ice rafting rocks the size of cars. The water tore down the valley and pounded headlong into the hills of Wenatchee Heights, an impediment that could not be moved or overtopped. The surging mass was forced into a sweeping, left hand bend. On the outside of the corner where the current moved the fastest, it ate away the bank exposing cliffs of basalt. On the inside of the bend the water slowed and flowed over the Pangborn Bar adding to the bar as it dropped its load of sand, gravel and boulder-bearing icebergs. When the flood reached the southeast end of the valley it was forced through the Rock Island Gap. The gap was steep walled and less than a mile across at the base.

Downstream of Rock Island were more, even narrower, constrictions. Blocked by these impediments, the flood waters slowed and began to back up into the valley. Based on the elevation of icerafted boulders (erratics) deposited around the valley it seems certain that the lake formed behind the Rock Island Gap reached an elevation of 1,500feet above sea level — 900-feet above the present Columbia River. Giant ripple marks 20 feet high and 100 yards apart across the top of the Pangborn Bar are further evidence of the high water. At 900-feet above the current river, the lake waters would have stood 300-feet above the Pangborn Airport runways and all the canyons and valleys west of Wenatchee would have become fingers of the massive lake. Squilchuck Canyon, the first to fill as the lake formed, would have had high water for 3.5 miles up the drainage to just below

the Wenatchee Heights turnoff. Number 2 Canyon, west of skyline Drive and Number 1 Canyon, up Fifth Street above Western, are steeper and gain altitude more quickly. The floodwaters would have reached their peak elevation just over two miles up both canyons. That would be past the pavement end for Number 1. Water would have lapped at the toes of the two bear wives of Saddle Rock and completely covered Castle Rock. The Wenatchee River Valley, with its gentle grade, would have seen flood water inundate the Leavenworth area, which stands at just under 1,200-foot elevation, and push two miles up the Tumwater Canyon. Though it is clear that, at least once, the Wenatchee Valley held a lake of huge proportions, there is disagreement among geologists over the source of the water. Flooding from glacial

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Geologists believe there were at least 40 great glacial floods between 15,000 and 12,000 years ago. Lake Missoula offers the most plausible explanation but two other possible sources have also been suggested. Just as a glacial ice dam created Lake Missoula, the Okanogan glacial lobe grew to block the Columbia River’s path near Bridgeport creating Lake Columbia, stretching east to Spokane. For a time the Columbia changed its path and followed Moses Coulee, coming out below Rock Island and bypassing the Wenatchee Valley. A failure of the Bridgeport ice dam would have sent a flood from Lake Columbia down the original riverbed and into the Wenatchee Valley. Lake Columbia, however, is believed to have been considerably smaller than Lake Missoula and might not have held enough water to fill the valley 900 feet deep. Another theory involves Lake Lewis, formed by the Missoula floods behind the narrow constriction at Wallula Gap near the Washington/Oregon border. The Wallula Gap is formed of two opposing, steep cliffs a mile wide at the base and standing 1,000 feet above the current Columbia River level. When the debris-filled floodwaters reached the narrow gap they began to back up just as the water had ponded behind Rock Island. The water overtopped the cliffs and formed a lake over a thousand feet deep. It stretched 120 miles from east to west, covered the Tri Cities area with 800 feet of water and flooded the Walla Walla Valley.

It’s estimated that Lake Lewis reached 60 miles north from Wallula Gap. At that distance the lake would not have reached the Wenatchee Valley. It could have, however, backed up far enough to significantly slow the emptying of the Wenatchee Valley. Ancient “Lake Wenatchee” most likely reached its maximum depth in a few days. When the floodwaters stopped, the lake would have begun to drain. It could have drained completely in a few weeks unless Lake Lewis slowed it down. It could have been slowed to

a crawl or a complete stop by the giant gravel bar deposited at the end of Moses Coulee by the floods that rushed down and carved out that drainage. It’s believed that, for a time, the entire Columbia River channel was blocked by the gravel bar. It would have taken some time for the river to cut a new path and escape the Wenatchee Valley. Geologists believe there were at least 40 great glacial floods between 15,000 and 12,000 years ago. As the weather warmed over that time and the glaciers retreated, the successive ice dams

were smaller and failed sooner. The lakes behind them would have grown smaller as well and the size of the floods would have diminished. It’s possible that “Lake Wenatchee” filled and emptied more than once, with each new lake smaller than the one before. Historian, actor and teacher Rod Molzahn can be reached at His third history CD, Legends & Legacies Vol. III - Stories of Wenatchee and North Central Washington, is now available at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center and at other locations throughout the area.

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Can the glass make wine taste better? We arrived late, having

been delayed by a traffic accident two miles or so in front of us on I-90, en route to the Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane to attend a wine glass tasting seminar. As so often happens to late arrivals in church, we were ushered to the nearly empty table in the front row. Nearly 100 people were assembled in a small conference room at the Mirabeau to listen to the maestro, Georg J. Riedel, excite and delight us with his story about the physics involved in the designs of Riedel’s glasses, and why it is that the Riedel glass company refers to their wine glasses as grape varietal specific. This was an assemblage of people from the restaurant trade who were invited to attend the seminar to learn about and taste from a new line of glasses, Riedel Restaurant XL stemware. We were guests because we’d been helpful selling Riedel glasses in years past. Tables were arranged classroom style with all attendees facing forward. At each place setting sat three glasses: Riedel XL Pinot Noir on the left, XL Hermitage (aka Syrah) in the center and XL Cabernet on the right. Behind each glass was a plastic cup of red wine, and between each glass and the wine was a square of confection: white chocolate behind the Pinot Noir glass, a lighter, cayenne-spiked chocolate behind the Syrah glass, and a dark chocolate behind the Cabernet glass. Each place setting also had a bottle of water and an empty plastic cup. We had all been informed prior to our signing up to attend the seminar that the glasses

Riedel grape varietal wine glasses designed specifically for Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah. They deliver the wines to the mouth differently thanks to the shape and size of the bowl. It’s all about the physics of fluid dynamics and your palate. 

from which we were to drink would be ours to take home, a nice gesture from the Riedel glass company. I could not, in this short article, begin to do justice to the presentation; suffice it to say that there really is a Pied Piper alive and well meandering through the wine-drinking world and luring the crowds to follow him. And follow him we did. We drank cold water from all three of the glasses to learn how water entered our mouths differently from all three of the glasses because of the shape of the bowls of each glass. We heard the explanation of why that matters when drinking wines; we were amazed and delighted. Following the water test, we were directed to pour equal amounts of the Pinot Noir, into all three of the glasses and to taste the wine first from the Pinot glass, then the Hermitage glass, and lastly, the Cabernet glass. Wine sipped from the Pinot Noir glass stood head and shoul-


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ders above the wine from the other two glasses, even though, we knew, as Georg smilingly informed us, it was the same exact wine. “You are sure of that because you poured it yourselves,” Georg reminded us. Of course, there’s always opinion in these instances, but my opinion was the Pinot Noir from the Pinot Noir glass had intense aromas of cherries. As the wine writers often say, the wine had a wonderful nose. Nothing wrong with the taste of the wine in the other two glasses except the aromas were missing. Aromas play a critical role in flavor profiles of the foods we eat, and obviously too in the beverages we drink. The same was true of the other two wines… the Syrah and the Washington Cabernet Sauvignon from Sinclair vineyards in Walla Walla. Both wines had wonderful aromatic qualities from the designated glass. Riedel glasses have been developed to enhance the tastebuds’ perception of the wine.

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The lip of the glass, the width of the mouth and shape of the bowl are designed to deliver the wine to the mouth and tongue in different ways according to the wine being tasted. Riedel says the shapes direct the wine to different parts of the mouth, emphasizing the best characteristics of the wine. A high acid red with low tannins such as Pinot Noir should touch the tongue differently from a lower acid, high tannin wine such as a big bold Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux blend. I confess to having been a fan of the Riedel wine glasses prior to this seminar, but that was partially because I liked the way the glasses looked before I’d ever drunk a wine from one. After we bought our first Riedel glasses back in 1995, we conducted our own experiments in our home with friends and family. We were a bit surprised and pleased with results in these simple tests. Aromas in the wines did seem to be more intense when we were sniffing wines in the Riedel glasses. This seminar with Georg took things to an entirely different level as he tossed around words like “techno-senses.” I’ll not attempt to explain that here, as I’d just mess up the meaning, but I did come away a believer. Drink a wine at our home now and you’ll see that we’re using grape varietal specific Riedel stems. Alex Saliby is a wine lover who spends far too much time reading about the grapes, the process of making wine and the wines themselves. He can be contacted at alex39@msn. com.





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