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8 shooting while you sleep

Josh Tarr hikes into the nearby hills in the early hours to catch the perfect light of morning

10 patagonia beauty

Sometimes, the hype makes a place out to be prettier than it actually is — not so with the tip of South America

18 bustling brazil

From visiting a slum, to driving jam-packed highways to flying off a mountain at sunset, Brazil is an eye-opener

22 balcony on the downtown

A little bit above it all: these downtown digs have flair.

26 gnomes at home

The happy little creatures frolic among the flowers at an imaginatively landscaped yard in Leavenworth


n Musician Dave Notter, page 34 n Weaver Lucinda Terzieff, page 39 Columns & Departments 28 Pet Tales: Zeus surveys his kingdom 29 Bonnie Orr: The magic beans of cooking 30 June Darling: New thoughts on personal motivation 32 The traveling doctor: Medical advances in 50 years 34-38 Arts & Entertainment & a Dan McConnell cartoon 37 The night sky: Bright planets around the moon 40 History: The decline of the Native population 42 Alex Saliby: Computers can drive you to drink

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Busy as a... well... bee By Tim McCord


grew up in Entiat and got into photography in my teens. After a couple of successful lightning shots that were published on the front page of the Wenatchee World, I was hooked. I purchased equipment for a darkroom and then moved to Seattle to pursue a career in photography.

The competition there was overwhelming and my budget was running out, so I started learning computer repair. Digital cameras began to reach mainstream and as interest in 35 mm started to decline, so did my interest in photography. After 13 years working for Microsoft, I decided to move back to the Wenatchee Valley to take care of family. I ended up back in Entiat and was thinking, “Wow! I live in one of the most beautiful places in the state. I should get back into nature photography.”

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Since then, I have been trying to get out every weekend to take photos of nature and of our beautiful Washington State. I have a Facebook page, Tim McCord Photography, to share my adventures and experiences. I made a 2014 calendar with photos from around Washington. This photo was taken with a macro lens setup. I was lying flat on the ground waiting for these honey bees to land on specific dandelions and trying to get close enough without getting stung. I was able to capture a honey bee pollen basket on its leg. Honey bee workers go out to collect pollen and nectar with their tiny hairs all over their body and on their hind legs which form a “pollen basket.” They then fly back to the colony to store the pollen and nectar for food.

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editor’s notes


Packing up and letting go A few years ago, my wife

helped an older friend move into a local assisted living facility due to the friend’s declining health. It was quite clear to all involved which way the friend’s health was going, but still, she insisted on carefully packing up her house and putting many things into storage — and our garage was part of that storage. I admit now this was not my most gracious moment. While I said nothing to the friend, I had plenty of words for my wife along the lines of: “Ten wine glasses? We’re storing a box of 10 wines glasses for her? She’s moving into a onebedroom facility, with a table

that sits two. What is she thinking?” A couple of years have passed and now my wife and I have decided we need to move out of our longtime family home into a space more suited for an empty-nest couple who are not in love with endless yard and house work. That means I have to toss away or donate heaps of my precious stuff acquired over a lifetime. Last night, in cleaning out our junk room (that’s a sign of a certain degree of maturity; we used to have junk drawers, now we have junk rooms), I came across a framed award achieved at one of my first jobs.

I honestly haven’t held this in my hand since we moved it in, but after an hour of filling up a garbage bin, I had hit the sentimental wall. “I feel like I’m ripping away years from my life,” I said. “My memory of those years is receding and now I’m destroying the evidence of who I used to be. I’m erasing the old me that became the current me.” Now it’s my wife’s turn at being not so gracious. “Yeah, like after we’re gone, our kids will want that award. Downsizing means lightening the load. Feel the freedom of having less stuff.” But then this morning, she was on her knees, looking into a kitchen cabinet. “I love my bowls… especially the ceramic ones. Even the ones I don’t use very often.” I could have made a snappy retort… but in my mind’s eye, I was picturing all of the jars of different sized and special-use screws and nails in the garage

I’ve meticulously saved from past projects. I bet she is going to make me toss those, too. They say don’t judge another person’s situation until you’ve walked in their shoes for a mile — and soon someone will be walking in my shoes because I have half a dozen pairs to donate to charity. Still, life has a funny way of cycling around to teach you a little something. And if you pay attention, perhaps you will pick up wisdom along the way. Wisdom isn’t heavy to pack, and you can always carry it with you. I feel bad now about what I said about my wife’s friend. But I’ll tell you one thing we are not taking with us — it’s that box of 10 wine glasses. It’s easy to throw away someone else’s junk. To move to the future, you have to let go of the past. Enjoy The Good Life. — Mike





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Baseball, guided hiking, fiddling around and falling ping-pong balls

Foothills by participating in the Hiking Challenge. Five trails to check out. Pick up postcard at Chelan-Douglas Land Trust office at 18 N Wenatchee Ave. After completing all five trail sections send in your postcard to enter a raffle to win prizes. Saturday, June 7, hike starts at Saddle Rock. Saturday, June 14, hike starts at Horse Lake Road. Info: Starting 9 a.m.


une is such a fun month, with baseball and gardens and music and hiking and ping-pong balls falling from the skies. So much to do and 30 days to do it in. Here are a few items from this month’s It’s What to Do calendar that caught our attention: Opening night — An an-

nual rite of summer for the The Coyote will lead the cheers at the AppleSox’s opening night June 4. Wild Mushroom Wenatchee area is Cuisine — Sample Opening Night with seasonal wild mushthe AppleSox Baseball rooms with Chef Club. This year, the Tony Davis and wild AppleSox open their foods and foraging season by hosting the cuisine expert LangSan Francisco Seals, in don Cook, author a non-league contest. of The Mushroom Visit the concession Hunters. Pybus Pubstand when the gates lic Market. Cost: free. open at 6 p.m. and enInfo: pybuspublicjoy a menu full of great Sunday, food and beverages June 15, 11 a.m. from the Alley Café. This is the 15th season Wenatchee River for the AppleSox, and Bluegrass Festithe team promises a val — All day events. Mushroom hunter Langdon Cook Hay bales set off the stage during the Wenatchee River Bluesummer-long celebraHeadline performers: shows off his tasty find of a morel. tion. 7:05 p.m. Wednes- grass Festival. The Boxcars, Della day, June 4. Mae, Prairie Flyer to maintain the health and Cruizin’ Chelan Car Show and Green Mountain Bluegrass sustainability of the garden. The — Beer garden, show n’ shine, Organic Garden Tour — EnBand. Chelan County Expo Cenjoy two acres of certified organic tour will include a stop in the hula-hoop hoopla contest, poker ter, Cashmere. Info: cashmeregreenhouse, which extends the fruits, vegetables, herbs and walk, street dance, adult tricycle Friday through growing season providing the flowers. Join garden manager, race and more. Downtown Man- Sunday, June 20-22. Sleeping Lady culinary team Amy Cummings for a tour and son and Chelan. Info: lakechelCelebrate Cashmere — Pawith fresh produce and herbs learn about environmentally Friday and Saturday, rade, ping-pong drop, in downthroughout the year. Sleeping friendly gardening techniques. June 6 & 7. town Cashmere and family fun Lady. Cost: free. Info: sleepIn addition to using natural Foothills Hiking Challenge all day long at Cashmere Pioneer and fourth fertilizers, and regular crop Guided Hike — Enjoy the stunVillage Museum. Saturday, June Saturdays in June through Seprotation to improve the soil, the ning beauty of the Wenatchee 28. tember, 4 p.m. staff attracts beneficial insects


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guest column // Maureen Stivers

Stop! My house is on backwards! I fell madly in love with the

property, and almost didn’t care what kind of structure provided my living space — just as long as it was comfortable, low-hassle and not a stupid investment. All I wanted was to stare through large picture windows at those amazing sandstone pinnacles and surrounding countryside. They first came into my view just after the first mile of climbing Stemilt Creek Road from the Malaga-Alcoa highway, on my bicycle, while training for a century ride. Much to my delight, there was a “For Sale” sign that I would later return to by car and check out. Joanna, my weekend boss at the Mission Ridge Ski School, was all for the manufactured home option and, as a single woman, had done them herself several times. She came out to the site with me, looked around and said, “You can so do this!” So I did. My parcel below the pinnacles and a nice, high quality doublewide were purchased together on the same loan, along with the development required to install my new home. I waited all summer for my house to be built to my specifications while the Brothers Basset of Completed Perfections did just that to lay the foundation on which to place it. It was all so surprisingly easy. This was the way to go: buying a brand new house without the building pains, no fixing up required and people who actually seemed to be communicating and cooperating. I began to understand why manufactured homes are such

a thing in Eastern Washington: they’re affordable, simple and the newer ones are built to last. The big day finally arrived on a very hot Wednesday in September. The temperature in town was already in the low 90s by mid-morning. The house was coming from Yakima and the delivery and installation were to start at 10 a.m. (I was panged by a bit of guilt to think that I was personally responsible for two of those “Oversized Load” trucks barreling down the highway, with the pilot cars invariably too far away). I wanted to beat them to the property so I arrived at 9:30, only to find them half-way finished with their task. I parked my car at the bottom of the long driveway, looked up, and to my horror, saw the first half of the house placed on the foundation backwards. The other half was on its way, in the same orientation. The huge picture windows were facing away from my precious pinnacles and straight into a drain, hill and the neighbor’s not-soaesthetically pleasing house. Immediate action was required to remedy this travesty. I’m only five foot one, was off

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Maureen Stivers: A backwards house of her own.

work and wearing a sun dress to beat the heat, and look younger than my age. So I was greeted with a “whatthe-hell” look by the crew as I ran up the driveway, waving my arms, screaming, “Stop! It’s on backwards!” I located the foreman who questioned me repeatedly about being the owner. I finally convinced him that this was indeed my house and that it had to be taken off and turned around. He showed me the plans he was given and insisted he had done it correctly. I checked them out and, sure enough, he was right. But the house was not. He asked me why it had to be facing the other way and I was



dumbfounded that he couldn’t see and appreciate the magnificent view in one direction and the nothingness in the other. He looked up at the Pinnacles and said, “Why would you want to look at those? I guess they’d be interesting if you put some Indians up on ’em to run around.” My PC ears could not fathom this racist remark and I had no response. He then went on to tell me he was Native American himself. I guess that’s how it always goes: you can insult your own, but no one else can. After much discussion, mostly translated into Spanish by the foreman’s assistant, the jockeying of trucks and half-houses began. All had to be remounted onto the trucks and turned around on a narrow hairpin turn where the building pad just happened to be. I’m no engineer or physicist, but I just couldn’t fathom how this was going to happen. But it did, with very sharp turns and, somehow, no jackknifing. The salesman at the company never did admit to his mistake on the plans, but I didn’t care. I had my first house that was all my own and a great story to boot. Maureen Stivers, a local writer of fiction and non-fiction and a member of Write on the River, is currently delving into her first screenplay.

The sun is about to break over Badger Mountain. Photos by Josh Tarr

Captured while you slept By Jamie Howell


n the darkness between moonset and sunrise, I follow Josh Tarr up the steep incline of a hard-packed deer trail. Mars is the brightest light in the sky at the moment, so I’m thankful for the small head lamp he wears to light the way. “Nice to have another warm body along to feed to the cougars,” he jokes over my huffing and puffing. Josh, 40, and owner since 1996 of American Shoe Shop in Wenatchee, has been gathering

some acclaim for his photos of the Valley. But despite the appearance of his work in Chamber publications, on the walls of local businesses and even on Seattle’s PBS station, he’s adamant that it’s strictly a hobby. Today, we’re headed for a knoll below Rooster Comb (south of Saddle Rock) that he has had his eye on for a while. The goal is to shoot a panoramic of the sunrise and be home before the kids have to go to school. As he sets up his tripod, he notes that the early blooms of arrowleaf balsamroot look a little punier than normal this


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Josh Tarr often heads into the nearby hills for the perfect light of early day.

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spring. He’s tuned in to a lot of what happens in Wenatchee’s hillsides through his weekly photography outings. If the conditions are right, he’ll be out somewhere with his Canon 5D Mark III every three or four days — usually while the rest of the Valley is still asleep. “I like to capture something that’s fleeting, something that someone else might have slept through,” he says. That means the Milky Way on moonless midnights, lightning storms and forest fires that chase most reasonable people inside, and chilly pre-dawn hikes like this one, four to five hours before the workaday world starts clocking in. “There it is!” says Josh, pointing east to the first rays of sun cresting the ridge above East Wenatchee and dashing back to his viewfinder. Click, click-click and rotate; click, click-click and rotate. He uses a special head on his tripod that allows him to spin the camera around its nonnodal point — important for stitching together clean panoramas. Later, back at his computer, using special software he’ll

Josh, his face washed by the early morning sunlight, heads on home after a morning of shooting.

merge 28 individual shots to render the scene complete. He describes it as a “yearning to create.” It’s not always easy, he says, for men to find ways to simply “make something pretty.” Many of his creations will go up on Facebook, simple, beautiful offerings, shared for free with the Valley he loves. If you would like to see more of Josh Tarr’s photos, go to joshtarr.

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Self-described ‘gear dork’

A major part of the fun of photography for Josh Tarr is all the gear. Here are a few of his favorites: Hardware n Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR n Tripod: Vanguard Alta+ Carbon Fiber n Tripod head: Panosaurus 2.0 (for panoramics)



Software n Photo editing: Adobe Lightroom n Photo stitching: Photomerge in Adobe Photoshop n Sunrise finder: Star Walk for iPhone Jamie Howell is a writer, filmmaker and musician. For more information or to contact him, visit

To one of the (almost)

endS of the world Story and photos By Dominic Urbano


atagonia, the southern region of South America shared by Chile and Argentina, had jumped to the top of our travel list sometime last year as we were considering where on earth we wanted to explore next. The rugged beauty of the Patagonia region has been well documented and as we began our research it became clear that if we wanted to see Patagonia in all of its rugged, remote, and untamed glory‌ we had best go now. Patagonia has been discovered and both Chile and Argentina are working hard to maintain a balance between promoting tourism and preserving this pristine wilderness. As a photographer I understand the difference between the postcard idealistic photos that become the iconic promotion pieces for an area versus the reality that might greet a visitor. It is rare that the reality can live up to the promotion. In the case of Patagonia, however, it would be impossible to overstate the dramatic beauty of

K.S. Miller of Leavenworth enjoys the view of Cerro Fitz Roy in the Patagonia region of Argentina.


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A boat rests like a fish out of the water on the shore of Puerto Williams, Chile, looking north across the Beagle channel into Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

the region. It is as if the ruggedness of the North Cascade Mountains had been amplified to match the scale of the massive Rocky Mountains and then topped with the thick white and blue ice of glaciers so extensive I am at a loss as to how to describe them.

A great deal of adventure can be had in two and a half weeks of exploring a foreign land. In our time in the southern reaches of South America we hiked into the heart of Patagonia’s beauty in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and Argentina’s Los Glaciares National

Park. We traveled by boat from the Straits of Magellan to the Beagle Channel through some of the least traveled waterways in the world, spent time in the remote village of Puerto Williams, Chile (the southernmost town on the planet), and experienced the high energy and fine din-


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to hosting visitors from all over the world and they are becoming quite proficient at helping them find their way. Even with our halting Spanish language skills we were able to navigate our way through the small cities and towns of southern Chile and Argentina. We always managed to end up on the correct bus, find our hotels, hail a cab and eat all too A pair of guanacos graze near the entrance to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. well in the restaurants and cafes. For the five days we rentcomfortable exploring remote we had no problem blending in ed a car and drove in Argentina, with traffic and felt perfectly country roads.

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One of the great things about hiking in Patagonia is that we were able to carry only day packs and still explore deep into the wilderness. In Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park we did the “W” hike — a four-day trek into three incredible valleys. By staying at the refugios (bunk houses) situated at the base of each of the three valleys we were able to pack just our clothing, snacks and camera gear for the back country treks. With a bit of luck we had excellent weather while hiking the “W” and while at times the trails are quite tough the reward of being

deep in such pristine wilderness made every mile well worth the effort. Even more convenient than the refugios of Torres del Paine were the hikes in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. With multiple trailheads within walking distance of our hotel in the base camp town of El Chalten, we were able to spend our days trekking near the majestic Cerro Fitz Roy, our evenings eating very well in great restaurants, and our nights A group of uniformed school girls walk past the central plaza of Punta Arenas, a busy port city on the just to hike the trails sleeping comfortably Strait of Magellan in Southern Chile. on the Isla Navarino. in our hotel bed. Our itinerary did not allow us A strong argument could be to make more than a four mile made that El Chalten is the trek to the top of a high point greatest day hiking base in the that afforded us a view of the world. The trails, so immedismall village below and north ately available, afford access to across the Beagle channel into views of a landscape that one Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and would think could only exist in the opportunity to forever point fairy tales, and the food was so at the tip of South America on good in the restaurants that we a map and exclaim, “We were more than made up for the calothere!” ries expended on those trails. Two and a half weeks is a fairly A look at a map of the tip of short bit of time to travel so far South America will show the but it was enough to gain some region is laced with an incredappreciation for why Patagoible network of deep fjords and nia is such a special place. The narrow channels. people of Chile and Argentina In order to explore this we seem to be keenly aware of how booked passage on a commuter/ precious the region is and while supply ferry that makes a once they are building infrastructure a week trip from Punta Arenas, that will allow an increasing Chile, to Puerto Williams, Chile, number of visitors, the focus the southernmost permanently on preservation is also apparinhabited village in the world. ent. My landscape photography The 30-hour trip allowed us portfolio now has some new to see some of the most pristine gems and my wife and I have coastline in the world. We slowly memories that only such a grand passed by blue glaciers that in adventure can provide. places reached all the way to the sea. Dominic Urbano is a photographer There is very little land reand owns The Twisted Cliff Gallery in Leavenworth. For more photographs maining between Puerto Wiland articles about his travels in liams and Antarctica but we met Patagonia visit www.travelinghindPhotographer Dominic Urbano of Leavenworth takes in the view at Los numerous people who had Cuernos in Torres del Paine National Park Chile. Photo by Sloan Miller eled half way around the world

... the opportunity to forever point at the tip of South America on a map and exclaim, “We were there!”

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Maasai tribesmen at Ngorongoro Natural Park look for a little business from visitors.

Tent safari came with meals cooked over a single burner gas stove and elephants walking through camp story and photos By Joe Kelly

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We traveled to Africa as a family for the first time in 1991. My wife Karen and I, and our young daughters Kerry and Brook, brought our own camping gear to Kenya, rented a small 4x4 and toured and camped through the national parks. It was a great experience. The girls got way more out of it than anticipated; 20 years later they continue to tell us how much it affected them and they both continue to travel the world as much as their jobs and lives allow. Karen and I then traveled to Namibia in 2002 for three weeks, including 10 days at a bow-hunting ranch, furthering our interest in exploring more of the continent. For the next trip we planned a photo safari to Tanzania. Our friend John Lehmkuhle, a retired Forest Service biologist, agreed to come along on his first trip to Africa. I had been looking at a “do it yourself ” trip — renting a vehicle with all camping gear included — when my daughter Brook

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Bird watching in East Africa is superb. At left is a crowned crane, at right is a yellow throated spur fowl and below is a saddle billed stork.

suggested that she look into a guided tent camping safari. She and her boyfriend, Said Ramirez, agreed to accompany us and she found Duma Explorers, a locally-owned safari company out of Arusha. For the same cost as the “do it yourself safari,” we got a vehicle driven by an experienced guide, Sufani, an expert in bird identification and natural history, and Godson, who cooked us some great meals over a small charcoal fire and a single burner gas stove. Sufani and Godson picked us up at our hotel with an extended Land Rover pulling a trailer. We soon made our way out of busy Arusha and on to the highway to Tarangire National Park. I had never heard of it before, but it quickly became one of my favorites. We camped in the public campgrounds and found the scenery beautiful because of the baobab and

acacia trees, and the animals were amazing. Hundreds of elephants were scattered throughout the park. The first evening in Tarangire camp we were sitting down to dinner when a small herd of eight elephants came silently through camp. At first it appeared safe and we began taking photos — as they got closer to the dining area, Godson began to whisper, “Danger, danger,” and motioned for us to retreat. As the elephants drifted silently past camp they encountered a second herd that we couldn’t see and they all started trumpeting and screaming at each other. It was a great sunset serenade and our guard, a young woman ranger with a flashlight, water bottle

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and an AK-47, stayed up all night watching the camp. We saw many different bird species in Tarangire. Most people are only interested in the mega fauna, but the bird watching in East Africa is superb.

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This cheetah has run down a young gazelle.

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TOP: A mass of wrinkles dominates the side of a passing elephant. RIGHT: A lion rests in the shade.

}}} Continued from previous page Our first game drive in the park revealed three leopards within a half mile of each other. I had never seen a leopard in the wild before. It was a good place to start the trip. After leaving Tarangire, we spent half a day driving up through the Ngorongoro Highlands Conservation Area, past the Ngorongoro Crater National Park and down to the edge of the Serengeti. Our next two nights were spent at Duma’s very luxurious permanent tent camp. Chaka Camp had large tents with queen size beds, and bathrooms attached, a large dining area with great food, and the staff was incredibly friendly. One of the very tall Maasai guards hired to patrol around the tents at night held my hand as he escorted us to our tent — just their way of being friendly. The next morning Sufani had us up early for quick breakfast and off on another game drive. He was in communication with other


drivers and he quickly got the word that a cheetah was stalking an antelope nearby. It was a little embarrassing to see at least eight other game drive trucks near the cheetah but the cheetah managed to ignore the trucks completely. The cheetah — single-focused on the Grants gazelle — started his stalk at half a mile, kept padding closer and closer. The gazelle mother and baby, while nervous, never made an effort to escape even as they saw him closing the distance. At approximately 150 yards he began to lope and then suddenly exploded — a burst of speed creating a cloud of dust so thick we didn’t see the moment of the kill, but soon saw the end results: he had the baby gazelle. Later the same day we saw a pair of cheetahs using a standard hunting method — one stalking and one hiding — which paid off with a zebra foal for their dinner. We were just catching the great migration | The Good Life

in the Serengeti of wildebeest and zebras as they turned around from south to north to follow the greening of the grasses after the long rains in February and March. We spent two more nights in Central Serengeti with hyenas and jackals roaming our camp at night looking for scraps. Our last night was a public campground, Simba Camp, on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. We drove back through the Maasai Highlands where the traditional Maasai continue to live in mud huts surrounded by a “boma” of thorn branches to protect their cattle and goats. We saw them frequently on the drive as they were herding the cattle through the verdant hills surrounding the crater. Just before dusk a huge bull elephant appeared in the trees at the edge of camp, causing a small stampede of tourists with cameras and little thought for their own safety. One of the guards quickly shooed the

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ABOVE: Brook and Karen watch the elephants drift into camp. LEFT: John, Brook and Said flee the dining area as the elephants get too close.

tourists away. The next day was our last game drive through Ngorongoro before heading back to Arusha. We saw our only rhinos inside the crater, far in the distance, lots of great birds, and the beginning of the wildebeests birthing period, in which they birth 8,000 calves per day, only 40 percent of which will make it through the year. I really liked the very small, forested sec-

African, Arab and Indian people. We stayed in an old hotel — the tion of the vast crater, which Dhow Palace — in Stonetown, built by an is approximately 14 km Arab slave trader in 1594, and could watch across with a very steep acdhows sail by the restaurants in the evening. cess road — one way traffic Our final days were spent at the Mbuyuni only. Beach Resort on the east side of the island, After returning to Arusha where we met many Europeans. we all flew to Dar es Salam I would recommend this type travel expeand separated: Brook and rience to anyone who has an interest in the Said stayed a couple of days wildlife and people of East Africa; everyextra, John, Karen and I took a four-hour one we met in Tanzania was friendly, the train ride to begin our five days in Selous landscapes were beautiful, and the animals National Park, but that’s another story. incredible. Karen and I spent our last week on the Joe Kelly and his wife, Karen, have lived in the island of Zanzibar, which was a perfect way Entiat Valley for 40 years. He is a retired bioloto wrap up the trip. gist from the Bureau of Land Management. Karen Zanzibar and Tanganyika joined into one retired from Central Washington Hospital. They country — Tanzania — in the burst of indehave a small farm, with irrigated alfalfa hay and a few horses, and have traveled internationally for pendence from British rule in 1963, and the many years. island remains a fascinating cultural mix of June 2014 | The Good Life



eye opening Brazil From visiting a slum, to driving jam-packed highways to flying off a mountain at sunset, Brazil is a bustling country By Brad Schock This April my wife Karin and I had the opportunity to visit our daughter Greta, who is on a Rotary Exchange in Vargem Grande do Sul, Brazil. Not having been to Brazil, and because it is a country with a land mass larger than the continental United States, we decided to focus our visit on the south of Brazil; forgoing the Amazon, the northeast beaches, and the unique ecology of the Pantanal and Bonita region, for perhaps another time. Arriving in Sao Paulo we were met by a joyful Greta, who with the aunt and uncle of Andrea (our Brazilian exchange student who lived with us last year), had

battled two hours of traffic to get to the airport. Sao Paulo, as a working city, is an enormous, confusing sprawl of humanity. Greta explained its composition was the result of many small towns over time merging together as citizens of Brazil and immigrants moved there in an effort to escape poverty. Most noticeable were the thousands of high-rise apartment buildings stretching as far as the eye can see, nearly all of them covered with graffiti. I asked how buildings could be tagged 10 stories up and was told that the vandals would throw ropes over the top of the building then hoist themselves up to do their work. From Sao Paulo we flew south to Porto Alegre. While walking the streets we came across a demonstration of electrical workers who were protesting money being spent on the World Cup stadium being built south of downtown. Their concerns seemed well


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... the falls are truly one of the top natural wonders of the world. Overall they are three times larger than Niagara Falls... founded as later we drove by the stadium (which didn’t look even close to being completed), then out of town past the other recently completed full-sized soccer stadium, built for the Porto Alegre professional team. We spent most of the next day on the beach, and then traveled inland to Canela and the neighboring city of Gramado. The German influence here is significant, which is evidenced by the fact that both cities looked like Leavenworth on steroids. The area is considered a major tourist destination for Brazilians. It was pointed out to us

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Brad Schock’s daughter Greta paraglides as sunset approaches in the mountains in the southeast of Brazil.

that 20 years ago Brazil’s middle class was nonexistent, so the growth of tourism is a positive sign of the Brazilian economy being on the upswing. Departing Canela we undertook the 14 hour drive northwest to Foz do Iguaçu, spending the night along the way in Irai, a small town know for its medicinal waters. The following day we arrived in Foz do Iguaçu with plenty of time to enter Parque Nacional Iguaçu and tour Iguaçu Falls. Located on Rio Iguaçu near the confluence of the Rio Iguaçu and Rio Parana, the falls are truly one of the top natural wonders of the world. Overall they are three times larger than Niagara Falls as far as potential water volume, and a third higher. According to Wikipedia, depending on the flow of the river, there are between 150 and 300 distinct waterfalls. Garganta del Diablo (Devils Throat) is the

Protesters in Porto Alegre demonstrate against money being spent on a new World Cup stadium.

main fall of all the falls. Horseshoe shaped, it is massive and was well worth the couple of kilometers hike it took to get to the vantage point. After a side trip to Argentina and its capital, Buenos Aires, we flew to Rio de Janeiro where we spent four days enjoying the sites, beautiful beaches, and the bustle of people going about their daily lives. Most interesting was a tour of a Favela, one of the famous Brazilian slums built by the impoverished on land that wasn’t theirs, because they had nowhere else to go. Within the Favela we had the opportunity to pass through one of the “alleys,” which was a very narrow passage in a maze of buildings, and visit a Rotary sponsored community center. We decided that television must be important to the working poor of Rio de Janeiro because there literally were thousands of dishes throughout the Favela. Leaving Rio de Janeiro we flew west to Uberlandia, where we spent Easter celebrating with Andrea’s entire and extended family. From Uberlandia we traveled to Vargem Grande do Sul, Greta’s home town, and

Most interesting was a tour of a Favela, one of the famous Brazilian slums built by the impoverished on land that wasn’t theirs, because they had nowhere else to go. spent two days visiting with Greta’s wonderful host family. Just outside of Vargem we had the opportunity to go paragliding off the top of a roughly 5,000-foot peak, which for Karin and me was a terrific adventure. The way it was supposed to work is you strap on with your pilot and hover over the top of the mountain, landing where you took off. Karin and I, due to shifting wind currents, both ended up with our pilots 3,000 feet down in a field at the bottom of the mountain. Even though it took about an June 2014 | The Good Life

Lines of cars behind trucks show why it’s necessary to pass when there is the chance, even on double yellow lines.

hour for someone to come pick us up and darkness fell, there was really no concern about our situation. In fact it was only the army of ants that found our ankles, and bit really hard that made things unpleasant on what otherwise was a very agreeable night somewhere in central Brazil. The ride back up was as thrilling as the ride down. We traveled almost exclusively on a onelane dirt road in a pickup driven by my pilot, who apparently used to race off-road vehicles, and for our delight exhibited some seriously fine driving skills as we hurtled at a minimum of 60 kilometers per hour through the forest, up the mountain, in the dark. What we learned or confirmed while in Brazil include a few highlights that should be mentioned. The food is fantastic. One of the more Brazilian dining experiences is the Churrasco, or barbecue, at a Churrascaria with Rodizio service. An all-you-can eat buffet where the waiters circle the tables offering diners all sorts of slow grilled meats off of long skewers. The most unusual food we ate



was Feijoada, a bean-based stew invented by the slaves, made from left over scraps the landowners would give them like pig ears, pig feet and sausage. The Brazilians we met were all terrific people with a very family oriented culture. The discussions we had about their government centered on the frustration surrounding its corruptness. Money that should be going towards infrastructure, education, medicine, and economic development is thought to be lining government official’s pockets. In Rio de Janeiro, the host city, there was little to no sign of anything Olympic related under construction. The government has doubled the bus fares to help cover cost of the 2016 Olympics, yet so far the return is not evident. It is no wonder Brazil has recently experienced protests, some of a violent nature. We never felt threatened by anything or anyone while we were there. The Brazilians had stories of crimes committed against them or someone they knew, but we didn’t experience this at all. We

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not willing to pass slow trucks on a double yellow line it will add hours and hours to your trip. n If a Brazilian ever offers you a dessert that looks like a pear ball in pear juice, it is a dry textured parmesan type cheese in syrup. It did not taste bad; it was just a big surprise. The best part of Brazil was being with Greta for three weeks, watching her speak Portuguese like a native, thriving in a foreign country while making lifelong friends with other Rotary exchange students from all around the world.

Bustling Brazil }}} Continued from previous page left unsure that Brazil is any more dangerous than any other first world country. As for the interesting tidbits and lessons we picked up. n Motels only rent rooms by the hour, are plentiful, and have names like “The Secret Cove.” We did not stay in any motels. n No one in Brazil calls Rio de Janeiro “Rio.” Greta pointed out it is like calling New York City “New.” n If you don’t speak Portuguese then don’t jump in a taxi that does not have a meter as you cannot negotiate the cost. n Double yellow lines on the road mean nothing. If you are

TOP: Iguaçu Falls roar. ABOVE: Brad Schock, his wife Karin and daughter Greta on the way to Canela.


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ABOVE: Sunset watching, people watching, and just chilling out above the fray — maybe with a stack of ribs — makes a magnet of this relaxing spot. Any time of day or night there’s a view. INSET: Seen from across Wenatchee Avenue in its revived state, since 1990 the Morris Building has sported two full-length sunny balconies, an untypical amenity for downtown.


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t used to be that a recent college grad working at his first job would land in a cramped walkup with Mom’s couch, a card table and a mattress, maybe a board ’n’ brick bookshelf, movie posters taped to the walls. OK, that was the ’60s… Now it may be Craigslist and Ikea, but the small apartment, or the toocrowded house with odd roommates, remains the same. Charles Atkinson who’s suffering none of the above, says of his new digs, “This is the opportunity of a lifetime. I feel extraordinarily lucky to have found this wonderful space!” By coincidence and family ties, he’s able to affordably lease the third floor penthouse of the Morris Building. At 3,000 square feet it is one of downtown Wenatchee’s biggest apartments, in one of the oldest buildings, smack dab in the middle of the 89 buildings in the historic district. The building’s owner, Mike Salmon, is glad to have his new young tenant. He’s a strong proponent of maximizing the residential use of the city’s vintage buildings. A few owners now live above the street in loft apartments, but zoning and convention have yet to make renovation and security upgrades an attractive proposition. He’s hoping the creative repurposing of buildings in the city’s core will bring urban vitality: downtown neighbors greeting neighbors and lots of evening activity with businesses open late. Charles, 26, heartily agrees with him.

The piano and hutch were generously left by the former tenant, but Charles acquired his own table and eight chairs to formally anchor the dining area. Floors are the original fir boards.

Raised in the area and perhaps the lone 20-something in his eight block neighborhood, he’s found his new place is a handy drop-in spot, but he, too, would like to see lots more residential spaces around him, with some city-life buzz and socializing going on. “There are two huge advantages to living right down town,” Charles explained. “First, I hardly ever drive my car. I can walk or bike just about wherever I want to go. Second — and this is connected — I shop locally. If I can’t find it nearby, I probably don’t need it.” Granted, his easy, earthfriendly commute may be the exception. Charles is the producer for North 40 Productions, which is a two-minute walk south. And his culinary needs are simple, so Plaza Super Jet serves him just fine. He said he feels at home on the street after dark, with no worries. The Morris Building, 23 South

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Balcony on the downtown }}} Continued from previous page Wenatchee Avenue, is part of the city’s turn-of-the-(last) century building boom. Original construction estimates vary: 1896 says one source, 1910 says another, but what’s clear is that brick and mortar stand the test of time. The building was purchased in 1970 by the Salmon family, and most of the vast space, all 73,000 square feet of it, was converted to retail and office spaces. In 1990, Mike’s parents decided to downsize, so the top floor, one cavernous storage room, was converted into an apartment for them. After they left in 2003 (to “upsize” again) other family members have rented or borrowed it as they needed to. New technology and new tastes may signal an overall upgrade sometime soon, but Mike credits the penthouse apartment’s designer, Adele Wolford, not only with some canny problem-solving, but with creating a modern take on the traditional that’s still fresh and attractive after 24 years. One very visible solution to

Gradually furnishing the place with his own style and comfort in mind, Charles has created a cozy conversation nook around the hearth to contrast with the wide open spaces.

a knotty problem involved a dropped second ceiling effectively masking the original one, high and dark, into which an exposed sprinkler system had been fitted. The elder Salmons didn’t like the look of the old ceiling, but the sprinklers, in an emergency, needed to function.

Voila! Open grid work throughout. Waterworks when you need them. Adele also chose to keep the tongue and groove softwood floors in most of the home. Probably fir, they show their years of use but are polished to sheen. Brick walls on the apart-

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ment’s perimeter, sandblasted and sealed, also maintain the early-day feel of the grand old building. All the natural light comes from the south and west. Big wood-trimmed windows and glass doors keep the whole apartment bright, and with discreetly slimmed-lined translucent privacy blinds pulled up, the look is open and clean. What was once simply a wall of six huge west-facing windows has become one of the most distinctive features of the Morris Building. By removing the glass panels and moving the exterior wall back several feet into the building, the second and third floors, in an early remodel, were given covered balcony spaces with pillars. That’s one of Charles’s favorite hangouts. He says one of the pleasures of the balcony is stepping out to see Mission Ridge way above and beyond the Wenatchee Avenue buildings. “I

One happy fella’ — Charles knows this spacious loft apartment is an urban dweller’s dream, and even a few months in, he’s still finding more things to like about it.

The apartment’s master bedroom suite, with plenty of space for a sitting area or work desk, features an equally roomy closet, bath, and laundry/storage area on the east end.

skied there for almost 20 years when I was growing up, so it’s pretty nice to be able to see it every day.” Of course, he was also in a prime spot to view both the Tour de Bloom bike race and the Apple Blossom Parade down Wenatchee Avenue. Even looking down into the avenue’s shade trees, seeing the roofs of cars, or trying to guess who’s who from the tops of pedestrians’ heads is still kind of a treat. Is this huge, centrally located, retro chic bachelor apartment going to be a party place? Charles is circumspect. “I really enjoy living here, so I want to continue to be a low-impact tenant.” So far he’s only had his parents and a few workmates over to visit. And, though he hasn’t yet embraced the joy of cooking, running his hands over the deep counter space he said, “I’ve been in small kitchens, and I know the difference. This is really big.” He admits to wondering at first where in the heck the stove vent was; it took a while to realize that two low slots next to the burners pulled out the cooking air. Key furniture pieces set the tone of the apartment. A piano,

quasi-permanent home and says he’s still considering how best to utilize the bountiful square footage he’s been blessed with. And, because he is a film aficionado both personally and professionally, Charles does

a tall hutch, and a sideboard stayed complements of earlier tenants, and they’ll be put to good use. Charles has purchased low profile and functional furniture to complement the look of his

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have one big poster prominently displayed. It’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (his all time favorite movie) not stuck to the wall with rolled-up strips of masking tape but neatly glassed and framed.



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pend any time in their yard with Carol and Norm Porter of Leavenworth and once your eyes become adjusted to the lush abundance and dappling sunlight amid the deep cool shade, you’ll come to think you are seeing things. Are those faces staring up among the stalks of the blooming gardens, are those chickens covered with rabbit fur, how does that rushing creek endlessly flow into the serene pond? Luckily for the confused visitor, Carol and Norm have placed convenient seating throughout the onequarter-acre landscaping as places to settle and take a closer look. Carol is proud of the garden surrounding their home. She and Norm have lived in the house a few blocks

Carol and Norm Porter have created several special areas in their Leavenworth landscaping ... including a garden for dozens of gnomes. Photo at right by Candace Hansen


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Norm constructed this garden shed from weathered lumber to hold tools inside, and provide restful sitting space outside.

from the downtown for 51 years… and she is still finding projects for herself and her husband. Like this past winter, she and Norm gathered up all of the gnomes the grandchildren had scattered all over the yard into a new Gnome Home garden area. Now, dozens of the happy little creatures sit, squat, recline, take a bath and peek out from among the flowers. The Gnome Home is at the foot of a garden shed Norm built from reclaimed lumber, decorated with such items as an oil lantern handed down from Carol’s father. At one end is a restful sitting area, with a painted red wooden rocking chair that belonged to Carol’s sister, lattice work overhead laced with twinkling Christmas lights and side table perfect size for a cup of coffee and a book. Over the years, Norm has dug up lawn to create special areas — such as Red Square,

Constructed in the corner of the property closest to downtown Leavenworth, the On Golden Pond provides a soothing eye-pleasing and ear-pleasing experience.

with red pavers around a couple of trees, On Golden Pond where a recycling pump keeps two creeks flowing, Ye Old Wishing Well and Das Cluckin’ Haus (this is Barvarian Leavenworth after all). A grandson helped with the chicken house — also built with reclaimed lumber — and now Das Cluckin’ Haus is home to eight hens, including a four bantam silkies, which have a mass of tiny feathers resembling fur to the uninformed. Of the hundreds of plantings in the yard Carol said she planted everything. And Norm built every shed and patio feature.

The landscaping looks so much like a park that it fools some folks. Carol tells of coming home one day to find a grandmother sitting in her yard with two granddaughters having a picnic on a blanket. Carol asked, “What in the world are you doing?” The grandmother replied, “My daughter told me about these gardens that I must see.” This wasn’t the first time Carol found people in her yard. So Norm created a white picket fence to keep out strangers — it also works to keep in the gnomes.


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ger in practice. I write business books and do business training for veterinarians all over the country and the world. Here at home I spend time with my animals, riding horses and hiking. It is increasingly hard to find areas where dogs can run offleash. I’m fortunate to live on the edge of the National Forest in Peshastin, but many others don’t have that access. In Wenatchee there are huge public areas set aside in the foothills, but dogs must be on a leash. Last fall I became aware of a local group called FIDO (Friends Improving Dog Opportunities), that is working to create a net-

work of public, no-fee off-leash areas in the Wenatchee Valley. I volunteered to help them and now I’m the Chair. The FIDO Board has been working hard to lay the groundwork for the first public-owned dog park in Wenatchee. In late 2013, after a process of public input, the City of Wenatchee designated a portion of the new Hale Park site as suitable for an off-leash area. They asked FIDO to work with the city for planning and ongoing maintenance of the future park. The City Parks Department has created a preliminary budget and a phased plan for park construction beginning in 2015.


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FIDO and the city are actively seeking grants and soliciting donations via the nonprofit Wenatchee Valley Sports Foundation. FIDO has planned several events to raise awareness about the park. For example, we are holding periodic “Pack Walks,” where dog owners and their dogs (on leashes) can socialize and exercise, while getting updates about the park. Check for dates and times of these and other events on our website (www.wenatcheefido. org) and Facebook page (Wenatchee FIDO). — Carin Smith

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ur cat was adopted from the street and has some Russian Blue in him. My daughter, Isadora Bekker, (his owner) named him “Zeus” as in the Greek god. He likes to perch himself on top of this decorative, old, lodgepole pine log we have in our backyard. The perch gives him a commanding view of the entire backyard where he can survey his kingdom. — Gus Bekker



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y favorite late spring vegetable is the broadbean, known as green fava or horsebean. Broadbeans are not widely known in this area but appear in British, Italian, Mediterranean, South American and Asian recipes. The beans are eaten fresh, dried, fried, pureed (think falafel) boiled, toasted — the variety of dishes is impressive. There are two kinds of fava beans. The small, dark ful medames are grown in NCW for animal feed and as a winter cover-crop. Broadbeans are planted in early spring. There could be many reasons why this bean is overlooked. The broadbean has a short season. It is rather cumbersome to deal with. It is hard to find at the grocery, either fresh or frozen, and seldom is featured at restaurants. Last year, Food Pavilion sold them. At the Wenatchee Farmers’ Market, go directly to Flicker Farms’ booth. David Lawrence and Ken Davis grow and sell broadbeans in season. The leathery pods are huge — five to seven inches long and two inches across. The pod is never eaten. Popped open, a downy bed pillows 6-8 large, pale-green beans that slightly resemble lima beans. To eat these pale-green treasures, you must first boil them for two minutes in salted water, drain and cool them. The bean’s skin is tough, so each bean must be peeled to expose the vermilion bean inside – it sounds like work already. After they are peeled, they are steamed until tender. Don’t give up yet. Every tasty morsel is worth the work. You are now ready to use these ten-

Broadbeans and Pasta This dish works best with curly pasta such as fusilli, rotelle, or riccini that hold the ingredients to the noodles. Do not add oil to the cooking water because it will make the noodles too slippery. 25 minutes; serves 6

Broadbeans in the pods, insert, and then peeled in a tasty Moroccan dish. der, sweet delights in any number of late spring dishes. The Italians eat very young, small beans that do not have to be peeled. Broadbeans pair with artichoke hearts, asparagus, fresh green peas and the herbs savory and parsley. Delicate salmon, chicken breasts or lamb are perfect meats. I love them with pasta; they meld into creamy risotto. The best way to appreciate broadbeans is to steam until tender. Serve with a dash of butter, salt and pepper to enhance their creamy texture. My English friends think they are best with a bit of parsley sauce (cream, butter, chopped parsley, a bit of flour, salt and pepper heated carefully.)

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well together. 15 minutes with pre-cooked ingredients; serves 4 3 tablespoons butter 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 cup chopped almonds pinch of saffron 3 tablespoons lemon juice or preserved lemon 1-1/2 cups prepared broadbeanspeeled 1/2 cup water or use water you blanched the beans in. 6 tablespoons fresh chopped dill greens 2 cups pre-cooked aborio rice Salt and pepper Melt the butter in a large pan. Stir in the cinnamon, cumin, saffron and almonds. Cook until lightly browned and fragrant. Stir in the broadbeans and the bean water. Cover the pan. Cook until beans are tender — about 4 minutes. Stir in the lemon, dill, rice, salt and pepper. Stir until thoroughly heated. Serve, if desired, with a meat of your choice and a green salad.



1 pound pasta 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 large finely chopped shallots 1/2 cup dry, white wine (Chenin Blanc) 1 pound asparagus, chopped 3 cups peeled broadbeans 1/2 cup chopped toasted pistachios or hazelnuts 1/2 cup chopped pale green and white leek Salt and pepper 1 cup grated hard cheese such Grana Padano, Pecorino or Parmesan 1/2 cup toasted bread crumbs Boil water to cook the pasta. Follow the package directions to cook. In a large, flat pan, heat the oil and add the shallots. Cook for 2 minutes. Then stir in the asparagus, broadbeans and leeks. Cover and steam for 4 minutes. Uncover and stir in the nuts and wine. Stir in the cooked pasta and coat it with the mixture. Pour into a large serving bowl. Sprinkle on the grated cheese and the bread crumbs. (Homemade bread crumbs are tastiest. Brown crumbs in a bit of butter and garlic to make the crispy touch for this dish.)


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A smarter way to look at motivation Winifred usually loves to

win big. Her ears perk up and her eyes widen whenever someone mentions opportunities and rewards. She is often creative, forwardthinking and a risk-taker. Winifred often turns assumptions upside-down. She goes where no one has gone before. Some of her risks turn out well and some don’t. Prudence is different. She is more concerned about watching out for potential problems, getting things right and not losing the things that are important to her like her health, her money and her friendships. Her ears perk up and her eyes widen when someone mentions potential errors, possible losses,

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If you are confused about which motivational system is more potent for you, this exercise might help. threats, or things that could go wrong. Prudence is methodical and pays attention to details, she has averted a number of small disasters, but also missed out on some big wins. We all have both an internal “Winifred” and “Prudence.” They refer to our different internal motivational systems. Each one of us can be alert for rewards or for threats — pleasure or pain, but one system is often more dominant particularly in certain people, certain situations and certain cultures. Strong extroverts and Americans, by comparison, are more likely to be Winifreds more than Prudences. Strong introverts and East Asians lean more toward Prudence. Researchers believe this could be a function of genetics, but also how we have been reward-

ed. All things being equal, there seem to be more male Winifreds and more female Prudences. (Certain types of career training is aimed toward making people more Winifred or Prudence minded.) If you are confused about which motivational system is more potent for you, this exercise might help. Name a personal characteristic that you would love to have, and another one, and another one, and another one. Quick, four in all. Was that easy; could you do it fast? If so, you could have a more active Winifred. Now name a quality that you wish you did not have, and another one, and another one, and another one. Quick, four in all. Was that easy; could you do it quickly? Is so, you could have an active Prudence. If you did both with equal ease, you may be one of those people who can work equally well with both of your motivational systems. But let’s suppose that you, as well as many others, do have a dominant motivational focus as the researchers suggest. How would you use that knowledge? Here’s an example with dental


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flossing. If you want to get “Winifred’s” attention and motivate her to floss, you are going to talk to her about a bright, attractive smile made possible through flossing. But if you want to get “Prudence’s” attention and motivation, you want to craft your message differently. You may mention the possibility of her losing her teeth or having bad breath if she doesn’t regularly floss. In recent research when the flossing message was matched to people who were identified earlier as having either more of a “Winifred” or “Prudence” focus, the results were significant. People could remember the message more, indicated they were more interested in flossing, and did, in fact, floss more. Let’s take the topic of exercise. It is good for all of us, but something that many have problems doing. How would we craft a message to motivate either Winifred or Prudence? A compelling message directed to Winifred could be worded like this, “Scientists say that if you exercise for at least 30 minutes, three days a week; you can substantially improve your happiness, health and vitality.” A message directed to Prudence might be worded like this, “Scientists say that failing to exercise for at least 30 minutes, three days a week may lead to depression, poor health and loss of vigor.” Notice that the basic content and inherent values expressed in these messages to Winifred and Prudence are similar, but the way the message is crafted and framed is quite different. By the way, according to

Phrasing a message to me in positive terms will usually be more motivating, but now I realize that everyone is not like me. researchers who did match the exercise message to people’s dominant motivational system in a recent study, exercise doubled.

Still, if you are like me, you just do not really like this research. Why? Well, it’s just doesn’t seem right. Can people honestly be motivated by imagining how they could fail? We are supposed to banish negative thoughts if we want to succeed, right? The answer is counter-intuitively, no, not everyone. If your dominant motivational style is “Prudence,” then cautionary tales of people having bad outcomes is helpful. Researchers report that when “Winifreds” with diabetes hear

about fellow patients exercising regularly, eating a good diet and doing well, it motivates them. When “Prudences” hear about someone who has not adjusted well to diabetes because they did not make the behavioral changes they should have, it motivates them more. I have noticed that my internal Prudence does not usually motivate me, but my Chinese daughter-in-law often doubles down on her efforts when Prudence stirs. Phrasing a message to me in positive terms will usually be

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more motivating, but now I realize that everyone is not like me. We all can use this knowledge to become more motivationally savvy and craft our messages more effectively to get better outcomes. How might you move up to the good life (or avoid a miserable life) by appropriately matching messages to motivational styles? June Darling, Ph.D. can be contacted at drjunedarling1@gmail. com; website: Her books, including 7 Giant Steps To The Good Life, can be bought or read for free at Amazon. com.



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50 years of rapid medical advances I recently returned from my

Northwestern University’s Medical School Alumni weekend in Chicago where the class having their 50th reunion since graduation was honored. That was my class. I got on the elevator at our hotel wondering if I would recognize my classmates from 50 years ago. A women on the elevator, looked at me and said, “I know you.” It was Laura Williams, D.D.S., from Wenatchee who was in Chicago for a dental convention. It is a small world. My wife, Lynn, and I had a great time with my classmates, most of whom we had not seen for 50 years. Because we had spent four years together as medical students, experiencing all the same challenges and struggles, we became very close, so this reunion was more like a family reunion with long lost relatives. The Northwestern downtown campus has dramatically changed in 50 years. There were a dozen or more new high-rise buildings, including a new children’s hospital, a new women’s hospital and a new Wesley hospital, a new rehabilitation hospital and numerous research buildings. There are now 4,000 MD’s on the campus including staff, faculty and residents in training. We attended a freshman human anatomy class, which is the one thing that has not changed. For a year all medical students spend hours every week dissecting human cadavers. Four young faculty members lectured about their latest cutting-edge research. The dean addressed our class, thanking us for the $136,000 our class donated to pay the tuition for

one freshman student, who in this case turned out to be from Billings, Montana. I told him to considered Wenatchee when he is finally looking for a job in the distant future. This wonderful time in Chicago got me thinking about all the changes that have occurred in medicine since we graduated in 1964. Wow, that is a lifetime ago. A majority of the changes have been a result of the rapid advances in technology. In 1964, computers were not readily available. The IBM 5100, released in 1975, was the first portable computer and weighed 55 pounds with a 5-inch CRT display. The first “laptop” computer, released in 1981, weighed 24 pounds with a 5-inch display and 64 KB of memory. Can you imagine lugging that around to classes? We now have more power in our smart phones than we ever imagined possible in the ’80s. I came up with my own list of what I thought were our most important medical advances since 1964. Here is my list in no particular order: n Vaccines. This might surprise some, but vaccines have saved the lives of hundreds of millions people, preventing more deaths than any other health intervention in the last 50 years. Vaccine programs are among the most cost-effective public health interventions available to this day. They have resulted in the eradication of smallpox worldwide, the near eradication of polio and diphtheria. Unfortunately there has been emergence of polio in Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon recently. In Pakistan this has been attributed to the Taliban’s banning of


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... vaccines have saved the lives of hundreds of millions people, preventing more deaths than any other health intervention in the last 50 years. this vaccination and it’s killing of several vaccination teams blaming vaccinations as a Jewish conspiracy. I remember as a child the general panic about the polio pandemic. My mother was afraid to let me go to public parks and drink out of public fountains. Hospitals had iron lung wards filled with children. It was a dark time before the polio vaccine was developed. In addition, vaccines are responsible for a huge reduction in pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, measles, rubella and mumps. It is ironic that 15 percent of Americans in a recent survey had doubts about the safety and efficacy of childhood vaccines that have saved so many lives. Unfortunately we live in a time where too often politics and religion trump scientific facts. n Treatment of heart disease. In 1955 President Eisenhower had a heart attack while visiting Mamie’s family in Denver. Their family doctor, a general surgeon, checked him over, and told Mamie to snuggle up to him that night to keep him warm. The next day their doctor called a cardiologist who came and did an electrocardiogram. When he diagnosed a heart at-

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tack, the president was taken by private car to a hospital where he spent the next seven weeks at bed rest. It is amazing that he survived his treatment. We can’t even begin to imagine that kind of treatment nowadays. A person with a possible heart attack now calls 911, and he might receive a clot-dissolving drug injected in the ambulance by an EMT. Once in the ER, within one or two hours in the cardiac catheterization lab, he undergoes an interventional procedure to open the artery with a stent or angioplasty, or has an emergency bypass. Hospitalization after heart attack is much shorter, frequently less than a week. Cardiac interventions including defibrillators and pacemakers were unheard of in the ’60s.  n Organ Transplants. In 1954 the first successful kidney transplant took place between identical twins, and in 1959 between fraternal twins and in 1960 between siblings. The ’60s were a period of transplant experimentation. In 1967 Dr, Christian Barnard did the first heart transplant on a 53-year-old man, giving him a heart from a 25-year-old woman fatally killed in an auto accident. The recipient died 18 days later from pneumonia, thought to be related to his anti rejection drugs. In the 1970s the development of better anti-rejection drugs made organ transplantation more viable. The field of transplantation medicine continues to advance. The limiting factor remains the difficulty in finding ap-

propriate donors. A definition of brain death, based on neurological criteria developed by a Harvard Ad Hoc Committee, has aided in the retrieval of transplantable organs. n Development in medical imaging. Advances in technology have probably had the greatest impact in the field of imaging. Medical imaging has allowed the interior of the body to be viewed for analysis and treatment. X-ray films, while still used, have largely been replaced by more informative images including computerized tomography (CT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasounds, nuclear scanning and positron emissions tomography (Pet scan). These imaging techniques have had a dramatic impact on the medical and surgical treatments of illness and accident victims.  n Endoscopic advances. I remember as a junior in medical school on my pediatric rotation when an infant was brought in who had inhaled a foreign object. The child was wheezing and having trouble breathing. I went to the operating room with the infant and watched the ears, nose, throat specialist insert a bronchoscope into the lungs, grasp the object and remove it. The infant was fine. I thought then, “ I want to do things like that.” When I went into gastroenterology, fiber optic gastroscopes were just being introduced. In a way, I too was a pioneer, as my teacher had not done that many. When I went into the U.S. Navy I was stationed at the 2,000-bed Balboa Hospital in San Diego. I did all the upper gastroscopes there for two years. It was a great start to my endoscopic career. Later the scopes changed to fiber optic video, allowing what we were seeing to be enlarged on a monitor. Endoscopic procedures of all types were dramatically affect-

ed. With colonoscopy, the entire colon can be inspected and pre-cancerous polyps removed before they can threaten a life. Endoscopy of the bile ducts can remove stones lodged in the duct, which had previously always required surgery. n Orthopedics. Joint replacements have revolutionized that field. Orthopedic surgeons have been attempting various hip procedures and prosthesis since the 1800s. It wasn’t until the last 50 years that prostheses have been used to replace not only the “hip ball” but also the socket that holds the ball. The first total knee was done in the ’60s but was a relatively crude attempt. Modern total knee prosthesis was first developed in 1972. Now 600,000 people in the United States undergo total hip or knee operations annually. Total joint replacement really took off in the ’90s with new and better prostheses being developed. Now knees, hips and shoulders damaged by arthritis or injury can be replaced successfully restoring full and painless function of the previously damaged joint. n Birth control. “The pill” came out in the ’60s and has revolutionized birth control. Whereas it was controversial among many in the early ’60s, it is no longer discussed to any degree in the general population. Despite this achievement, about half of births now occur to single mothers, which unfortunately is the greatest predictor of long-term poverty for the child and the mother. n Eyes. Advances in opthamology have restored sight to many worldwide. Corneal transplants, treatment for detached retinas, diabetic retinal disease and certain forms of macular degeneration are all helping the sight in many who previously would have lost theirs. The great painter Monet June 2014 | The Good Life

developed severe cataracts that affected is art later in his life. His art at that time was thought to be somewhat blurred and the colors not as sharp. In 1923 he finally submitted to cataract surgery. Afterward, he destroyed many of the paintings he had created during the time when his vision was at its worst. At one time patients undergoing cataract surgery were kept at bed rest with their head between sand bags to immobilize them for around two weeks. Nowadays cataract surgery with lens replacement takes about 15 minutes and is an out-patient procedure. n Shorter hospital stays. Minimally invasive surgery has greatly reduced hospital stays. People can go back to work sooner, and there is decreased postoperative pain and infection. Laparoscopic surgery allows patients to go home in one day or less after gall bladder or appendix surgery, rather than the 7 to 10 day stays that was the norm in the ’60s. Robotic surgery, unheard of until the latest decade, is now employed in many hospitals nationwide particularly for prostate and gynecological surgeries reducing post-operative pain and resulting in shorter hospital stays.   Medicine has always been an exciting and rapidly changing field and career choice. No one should consider a career in medicine unless they love to learn and adapt to change. Medicine is a commitment to life long learning, and that is one of the reasons I found it so enjoyable. For those of us fortunate enough to have spent our lives treating patients, it has been a most rewarding life.   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.



Dave Notter matches sound to serenity as he plays Ashokan Farewell (aka Ken Burns’ Civil War music) on his sunny deck of his Wenatchee home.

Dave Notter A man & a violin making music that flows through an almost magical scene By Susan Lagsdin

Surrounded by tall pines,

with the rocky mumble of the Methow’s Beaver Creek sounding in the background, a 100 horse riders, dusty and trailweary after the annual Spring Ride, circle around a central campfire, its sparks and glow lighting each face. A lone fiddler lifts into the darkness an old familiar cowboy tune that’s soon joined by guitar and then by many voices. Some folks know the words, some just hum, but most of them are tap-


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ping their feet. Or, as David Notter, the Wenatchee violinist who’s caused this chain reaction, insists, “They’re tapping some part of them — some appendage is moving. We can’t avoid it — the voice of music is remarkably pervasive in the whole human experience… it creates a kinetic energy that must be expressed.” Obviously a thinking person’s fiddler, this man sees no contradiction between his love of western and bluegrass fiddle playing and his love of classi-

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cal symphonic violin playing. Nor, as he learned through his parallel medical oncology career at Wenatchee Valley Clinic, is the creative dynamic in his life confined to making music. Inspired daily by his cancer patients’ courage, he said, “I have learned there is beauty in the midst of great pain… wonderful experiences in the midst of terror.” He has long been inspired by the synergy of curing (eradicating cancer symptoms) and healing (making a person whole) and

“Those backwoods people are mighty fine musicians. They can play the tar out of that music. It’s almost magical.” he affirmed that, “witnessing those two miraculous forces… was probably the most creative circumstance I have been privileged to encounter in my life.” That’s a life that showed focused intention early on. David’s childhood desire to be a doctor and the start of his grade school violin lessons almost coincided, but the rigors of study overwhelmed the music for a while. It wasn’t until he re-committed to working in this area that he felt motivated to join the symphony orchestra and also to explore the grassroots sounds he fancied. After medical school, in 1978 David and his wife Pat moved to Wenatchee because, he said, “She wanted to live in a town where you could see its borders from one high vantage point.” A four-year working hiatus in Redmond convinced him the first choice of home was best, and he rejoined the Wenatchee Valley Clinic, where he continued his medical oncology practice for 32 years (“skip stepping into retirement” a few times, he said, until 2010, when his daughter’s goodbye party rendition of Hit The Road Jack finally took). Since 1985 until just recently he’s also been a steadfast part of the Wenatchee Valley Symphony’s violin contingent, and he plans to return soon. And for all those years he’s also been joining a few friends, picking up fiddling gigs, playing with The Saddle Rockers and learning to appreciate the complexities of bluegrass. David knows that musically trained purists might sniff at the back porch down home rock gut sounds he’s flexing out of the fiddle, but he admires the midsouth country musicians he’s met. “Those backwoods people are mighty fine musicians. They

can play the tar out of that music. It’s almost magical.” He tells the standard joke (“What’s the difference between a fiddler and a violinist?... Lessons!”) and adds one of his own (“What’s the difference between a fiddler and a violinist?... Three beers!”), but he’s a dedicated scholar of the art form — listening, practicing, improvising and joining happily with other musicians to get those feet tapping, those fingers snapping, those shoulders shifting around in a bluesy way. David is using his retirement well — he’s even going to delve into playing jazz, a whole new challenging musical genre for him after classical and country. He loves them all, but he sees an analogical hierarchy: “So, if bluegrass is like arithmetic, then jazz is like calculus and concert violinists are like nuclear physicists or something,” he mused. Nothing seems to stand in the way of his own musical renaissance. At age 69, he admitted, “The fingers don’t move at the same RPM they used to, nor does the bow arm,” and he’s sometimes exasperated because, “I can’t remember the starts to the five new songs I just heard at the Columbia Brewing Company the night before.” But in the company of his musical mates, and with lots of time to explore and invent, he’ll keep on playing. And we’ll keep on listening. You’re sure to hear him on the violin in concert with the classics, but you can also expect to hear his fiddling, as he reprises old country tunes as well as jazz favorites at Pybus and various parks, pubs and coffeehouses — and even back country campfires. June 2014 | The Good Life



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Slam poetry night, every Tuesday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Clearwater Steakhouse and Saloon, 838 Valley Mall Pky. East Wenatchee. Improv/Acting Workshop, 7 p.m. Every Tuesday night with theater games for novice and experienced players. Fun, casual and free. Riverside Playhouse. Cost: free. Info: Confluence Jazz Band, every Thursday night, 6-8 p.m. Chateau Faire Le Pont. Country Western open mic/ jam session, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Every second and fourth Sunday. Clearwater Saloon, 838 Valley Mall Pky. East Wenatchee. Village Art in the Park, every weekend until 10/20. Downtown Leavenworth. Info: Leavenworth. org. Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market, every Saturday through Oct. 25, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Come sample the world’s best fruits and vegetables, some fabulous flower and crafts and coffee… all local vendors. Pybus Public Market. Leavenworth Community Farmers Market, every Thursday night, 4- 8 p.m. Local produce and crafts. Lions Club Park. Info: Pybus Public Market, every Thursday night is locals night, 5 – 8 p.m. Live music, cooking demonstrations and local vendors. Lake Chelan Winery Tour, every Friday and Saturday until 11/14/14, 2-3 p.m. Visit vineyard, crush pad, production facility and taste awardwinning wines. Lake Chelan Winery. Cost: free. Info: lakechelanwinery. com. Cashmere Senior Center and Art Gallery, S.A.I.L. exercise class at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meals are available during the week, call the day before. Wenatchee valley artists are displayed daily with a reception each second Saturday from 5 - 8 p.m. Info: 782-2415. NCW Blues Jam, every second and fourth Monday, 7:30 – 11 p.m. Clearwater Steakhouse, East Wenatchee. Info: Organic Garden Tour, 2nd and 4th Saturdays in June through Sep-



tember, 4 p.m. Enjoy two acres of certified organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Join garden manager, Amy Cummings for a tour and learn about environmentally friendly gardening techniques. In addition to using natural fertilizers, and regular crop rotation to improve the soil, the staff attracts beneficial insects to maintain the health and sustainability of the garden. The tour will include a stop in the greenhouse, which extends the growing season providing the Sleeping Lady culinary team with

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}}} Continued from previous page fresh produce and herbs throughout the year. Sleeping Lady. Cost: free. Info: Square food gardening workshop, 6/1, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Amy Cummings will teach how to grow more food in less space. Learn how to grow efficiently. The Barn at Wenatchee River Institute @ Barn Beach Reserve, 347 Division St. Leavenworth. Cost: $10. Info: Harvest of Empire 6/5, 7 – 9 p.m. Confluence film series. A featurelength documentary that reveals the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. Snowy Owl Theater. Cost: $10. Info: Cruizin’ Chelan Car Show, 6/6 – 7. Beer garden, show n’ shine, hulahoop hoopla contest, poker walk, street dance, adult tricycle race and more. Downtown Manson and Chelan. Info:

Wenatchee First Fridays ArtsWalk, 6/6, 5 - 8 p.m. Check out Wenatchee’s arts scene. Venues and exhibits change monthly. Self-guided. WVC campus and Historic District. Cost: art-walk free, after-events may have admission fees. Monthly info: Two Rivers Art Gallery, 6/6, 5 – 8 p.m. The gallery will be exhibiting a whole new show of over 50 local and regional artists. Featured artist Wenatchee High School teacher Reed Carlson along with his students. Presenting wines by 37 Cellars, guitarist Kirk Lewellen and complimentary refreshments. 102 N Columbia, Wenatchee. Cost: free. Info: Tumbleweed Bead Co., 6/6, 5-8 p.m. Trained at the Le Arti Orafe Jewelry Academy in Florence, Italy, Siri works from her studio in Leavenworth where she transforms recycled silver and gold into a line of sleek wearable and contemporary jewelry. Siri will showcase her oneof-a-kind custom pieces. Refreshments served. 105 Palouse St. Cost: free. Info: Small Artworks Gallery, 6/6, 5 p.m. 13 local artists works will be on display at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Info: Four Fabulous Fridays, 6/6, 7/4, 8/1, 9/5. Music, entertainment, food and free activities for kids.


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Downtown Chelan. Cost: free. Charlie Solbrig, 6/6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27,28, 6 – 9 p.m. Solo guitarist will be playing at Chateau Faire Le Pont. Naturalist Hike at Horse Lake, 6/7, 7 a.m. Neal Hedges will lead an exploration of the habitats and wildlife of the Horse Lake Reserve. The property is home to many different reptiles, mammals, birds and plant species. Sign up online or call Kelsay 667-9708. Info: cdlandtrust. org. Apple Century Bike Ride, 6/7, 8 a.m. Bike ride starts and ends at Walla Walla Park going to Cashmere, Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee and back. Three ride options: 100 mile, 50 mile and 25 mile. Ride includes sag wagon support, pit stops, and post-ride fest. Supports scholarships for local students. Info: or 679-6136. Foothills Hiking Challenge Guided Hike, 6/7 and 6/14, 9 a.m. Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Wenatchee Foothills by participating in the Hiking Challenge. Five trails to check out. Pick up postcard at Chelan-Douglas Land Trust office at 18 N Wenatchee Ave. After completing all five trail sections, send in your postcard to enter a raffle to win prizes. 6/7 guided hike starts at Saddle Rock. 6/14 guided hike starts at Horse Lake Road. Info:



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Sleeping Lady Bird Walks, 6/7, 21, 9 – 10:30 a.m. Enjoy Saturday morning bird walk with Heather Murphy, local wildlife biologist, nature journalist and artist. Over the past 25 years she has recorded 109 species of birds in the Sleeping Lady area, which is documented in the Citizen Science “eBird” program at Cornell Lab of ornithology. Also offered the first and third Saturdays in September. Cost: free. Info: Bavarian Bike and Brews, 6/7. Sunshine, music and brews in round 4 of the Fat Tire Revolution. Leavenworth. Leavenworth Wine Walk, 6/7. Enjoy tasting local wines while strolling through the shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Leavenworth. Cost: $40, $75/ couple. Art on the Avenues Artist Reception, 6/7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Pybus Public Market. Info: Opening night, 6/4, 7:05 p.m. An annual rite of summer for the Wenatchee area is Opening Night with the AppleSox Baseball Club. This year, the AppleSox open their 15th season by hosting the San Francisco Seals, in a non-league contest. Visit the concession stand when the gates open at 6 p.m. and enjoy a menu full of great food and beverages from the Alley Café. Kairos Quartet Series, 6/7, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Canyon Wren Recital Hall, 7409 Icicle Rd, Leavenworth. Cost: $12 adults, $7 students. Info: Red Devil Challenge, 6/8, 8:45 a.m. 25k and 10k runs. Start and finish at Sand Creek Trailhead near Cashmere. Runs are on a singletrack, well-maintained trails. The 10k is very challenging with 3,000 feet of elevation gain. The 10k has a gain of 1,000 feet. info: Alzheimer’s Café, 6/10, 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


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Peter Lind

The moon and bright planets The moon’s trek across the

sky in June brings it near three bright planets. On June 1 Jupiter appears just above and to the right of a crescent moon, the pair will stand out in the fading twilight within a half hour after sunset. Head to the east side of the river and up high for a great view at sunset. On June 7 the waxing crescent moon will be just below Mars almost touching the bright planet. The best is saved for last when, on June 24 a waning crescent moon is almost touching Venus in the morning twilight. To top it off the Pleiades star cluster will be just above the planet. If you grab binoculars to view, you’ll get a treat you won’t soon forget. The moon has several phases, but a waxing moon is getting larger and a waning moon is getting smaller whether it is a waning crescent or a waning gibbous moon. The solar system’s two largest planets light up June’s sky in the evening. Jupiter dips low in the west after sunset. If you have a decent pair of binoculars you can see four of Jupiter’s moons as it sinks in the West. Saturn will be high in the southern sky from dusk until late-night, and then slides to the west as the night progresses. It’s still the most impressive sight in the sky now.

Both Uranus and Neptune climb high in the predawn hours. You’ll need a good pair of binoculars or a small telescope to see the two outer planets. June is the month that ushers in the summer viewing season for astronomers. With summer, comes some of the best night sky objects to view. One of the easiest recognizable summer night sky objects is the Milky Way running up the sky from the southern horizon straight up overhead to the north. The Milky Way runs direct through a group of three stars called the summer triangle. The summer triangle is made up of the bright stars, Vega, Deneb and Altair. There are literally thousands of objects to see within the Milky Way and the summer triangle with a small telescope. If you look high and to the west after dark on any June night you will see a group of stars that is Leo the lion. Leo is

friends and share experiences. Located at 320 Park Avenue, Leavenworth. Info: 548-4076.

tional encounters on a round-theworld journey. Wenatchee Library. Cost: free.

BlueGrass Night, 6/12, 22, 7 – 9 p.m. Icicle Brewing Co., Front St. Leavenworth. No cover charge. Jon Magnus, 6/12, 7 p.m. Local high school teacher/author Jon Magnus shares inspirational book, SHINE: Life Lessons Revealed, a distillation of wisdom from excepJune 2014 | The Good Life

Leo the lion constellation: Greek myth says Hercules put the lion in the heavens.

WVSAC Crab Feed, 6/14, 6 p.m. All you can eat crab dinner features the best Alaskan Dungeness crab with all the fixings, lots of raffle prizes. Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center, 1312 Maple St. Cost: $35 per person. Info:



distinguishable by the group of stars that look like a backwards question mark. Leo the lion is one of the earliest recognized constellations, it also is recognized as one of the few constellations that resemble its namesake. The main star in Leo is Regulus the bright star at the bottom of the question mark. A somewhat large horizontal looking triangle form the back of the constellation. Leo is the Nemean Lion, which was killed by Hercules as one of the 12 labors he had to perform for killing his family. According to Greek mythology, the lion terrorized the land and had a hide that could not be punctured by iron, bronze, or stone. Having broken all of his weapons fighting the maneating lion, Hercules finally strangled it to death and placed it in the heavens as one of his conquests. Astrology is not a science, but Leo is one of the 13 constellations of the zodiac. It is the fifth sign of the zodiac and represents those born July 23 to Aug. 22. It is usually considered a masculine sign. Peter Lind is a local amateur astronomer. He can be reached at ppjl@

Wild Mushroom Cuisine, 6/15, 11 a.m. – noon. Sample seasonal wild mushrooms with Chef Tony Davis and wild foods and foraging cuisine expert Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters. Pybus Public Market. Cost: free. Info: The Glad You Made it Tour, 6/15, 7 p.m. Starring Nashville

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}}} Continued from previous page recording artists Bryan White, and Northwest native Time Hadler. Come meet the star of Hank Williams revisited from Branson, MO, Mike Curtis from Alabama, Austin Hadler – 11-year-old singer/ songwriter and honorable guest Iraq veteran Karl Baumer. Performing Arts Center. Cost: $30. Info: Cascade Golf Classic, 6/16, 12:30 p.m. 12th annual Cascade Medical Foundation Shotgun golf tournament. Featuring master of ceremonies, Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Horsey. Leavenworth Golf Course. Cost: $120, dinner included. Info: foundation@cascademedical. org. Super summer adventure, 6/17, 9 a.m. – noon, 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Students entering first through seventh grades. Weekly classes through August including art, science, cooking, photography, music and much more. Cost: $70 per class

for museum members, $85 for non-members. Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Info: Leavenworth International Accordion celebration, 6/1922, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Celebrate accordion music from ethnic to jazz. Feature performances in the Festhalle, Grange and gazebo, competitions, workshops, jam sessions and free accordion lessons. Info: King Lear (National Theatre Live), 6/19, 7 – 9 p.m. An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favorite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos. Snowy Owl Theater, Leavenworth. Cost: $10. Info: Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival, 6/20-22, all day events. Headline performers: The Boxcars, Della Mae, Prairie Flyer and Green Mountain Bluegrass Band. Chelan County Expo Center, Cashmere. Info: Andrew York Lineman Rodeo,

6/20-21, 8 a.m. Free all day events on Saturday: ducky drop; pole climb; face painting; games; photos with lineman. Walla Walla Point Park. Info: Bavarian Battle, 6/21, 10 a.m. 5k-obstacle run where racers jump, slide, run, climb, hop and crawl their way to the finish line. Frosty beverages and live music at the finish line. Leavenworth Ski Hill. Info: WSU Master Gardeners, 6/21, 10 – noon. Celebrating the first day of summer and butterflies. Families can make a concrete stepping stone, visit with WSU entomologist Dale Whaley, do butterfly crafts, dress-up, puzzles, and all fun things related to butterflies. Community Education Garden, 1100 N. Western Ave. Cost: free. Bavarian Battle Trail Run, 6/22, 8 a.m. 10-mile trail run, 8k and kids run at the new trails around Leavenworth Ski Hill. Info: Walk to Remember, 6/28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Two-mile walk in remembering children who have died too soon. Open to families, friends and colleagues. Cost: $20 pp or $26 per family includes t-shirt, race style bib, balloon release, remembrance board lunch, raffle and music. Walla Walla Point Park. Info: 860-3620 or registration form 663-6727. Celebrate Cashmere, 6/28. Parade, ping-pong drop, in downtown Cashmere and family fun all day long at Cashmere Pioneer Village Museum. Summer Symphony Finale Concert, 6/28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Young musicians from around the Pacific Northwest will perform. A BBQ lunch on the meadow lawn will be available for purchase, lots of parking. Snowy Owl Theater. Cost: $8, $10 with lunch. Info: Leavenworth International Dance festival, 6/28-27, noon. Two days of international dance at Front Street Gazebo, Leavenworth. Irrigation workshop, 6/29, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Master gardener Mike Hammer will give all the facts on irrigation for your home or garden. Learn about installation, maintenance, timers, drip and more. The Barn, Wenatchee River Institute at Barn Beach Reserve, Leavenworth. Cost: $10. Info:


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Lucinda’s hammocks: A life in the comfy lane There’s a right way and a

wrong way to get into a hammock (*which will be disclosed). And people who learn the right way are generally delighted with the comfort, stability and even sociability that a hammock offers. Lucinda Terzieff, late of Santa Cruz, Roslyn, and Sheridan, Wyoming but now committed to Cashmere, cares a lot about that ancient creature comfort. With her own inventive adaptations from tradition, she has hand woven thousands of hammocks over the last 40 years. She describes her process in general terms, gratefully acknowledges her sources, and even discloses her material suppliers, but like Coca Cola, Tabasco, and Jack Daniels, she can’t reveal her formula, her “secret sauce.” The rest of Lucinda’s art life is absolutely open to view, as many people know who’ve enjoyed the clothing, jewelry and accessories from her storefront on Cottage Avenue (a replica of her successful Sheridan enterprise) that shows far ranging research for quality items, a penchant for the unusual and sensitivity to fair trade. Lucinda, now 62, was a sometime weaver when she traveled to Central America as a 21-year-

S OF LOCAL ARTISTS the individual hammocks grew more distinctive, and the customer base (including some celebrities) multiplied. With her success, Lucinda was able to actively participate in community arts promotion and open her shops to other goods, augmenting the hammock displays. It was just one year ago that Lucinda and her husband, a cowboy by profession, moved from Wyoming to make their permanent home up Nahahum Canyon close to his son’s family and to do business in what she calls “this absolutely perfect location” in the center of Cashmere. However, even though it’s only been open since last spring, the downtown store is in the process of emptying and closing up. After many satisfying artful years in retail business, Lucinda made the big decision to finally take a break, and at this point she’s eager to allow time and space for new art projects and especially grandchild mentoring. But she’ll definitely keep on weaving; the hammocks will be with us always.

“I think Americans are a little leery of hammocks because they lie straight (head to one end, feet at the other) and end up teetering on a tightrope.” old adventurer, and admits her first motive to weave the ubiquitous household hammocks was, “What can I do so I can stay here?” That sojourn, essentially an apprenticeship, was short, but she took the knack back to the States. Then she tried an old Scandinavian hand weaving technique called “Sprang” (not the past tense of any verb) that she says was used for socks and sweaters, preceding knitting. It gave a functional elasticity to the overall hammock, and led to her inventing a floor-up, wallmounted loom to create the lacy, sturdy fabric, essentially an intricate web of cotton cording, which became her stock in trade. As Lucinda traveled to popular art and craft fairs around the country (in Bellevue, Novato California, Baltimore, Dallas, New Orleans) she sold hammocks from her booth and designed commissioned pieces, experimenting with embellishments like beads, crocheting, leather insets and a color-fast hand-dying process. She’s even used Native American dancing dress “jingles” made from Copenhagen tins. And she’s enjoyed demonstrating to buyers that yes, they can relax and sleep comfortably, perhaps even alleviate back problems, in this untypical bed. Lucinda said, “I think Ameri-

With years of product testing still to come, Lucinda Terzieff relaxes in her Cashmere shop’s well-used demo hammock.

cans are a little leery of hammocks because they lie straight (head to one end, feet at the other) and end up teetering on a tightrope. Then they tighten it at the bolt ends to flatten it, and it just gets worse.” Lying on her hammock takes just one good try and it’s easy from then on. It’s basically a June 2014 | The Good Life

woven square with a generous amount of built-in give, and she noted, “That diagonal stretch is simple — it’s an architectural principal.”   In four decades of weaving, it was always and only hammocks — plain or fancy, indoor or outdoor, their construction rarely varied. The process was refined,



(*OK — here’s the trick: Go native. Like folks in Guatemalan homes, you need to lie opposite of the intuitive. Don’t lie down “long ways.” Place your body on the diagonal or even completely sideways and the woven hammock will instantly stretch to hold you in a gentle cup. Or, standing, you can lift the back above you and the front under you and (just trust) lie back. It works! Using the natural give of the weave, two people facing each other at an angle can have a civilized conversation and a cup ’o tea, not smooshed together, without wobbling.) — by Susan Lagsdin To contact Lucinda and see more hammocks, go to


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As natives decline, white population surges Estimating early Native

American populations is always an undertaking fraught with difficulty and uncertainty. Ethnographers estimate that 1,400 native people, calling themselves the P’squose, lived in the Wenatchee Valley in 1780. Some researchers believe the population may have been significantly larger 100 years earlier. There were no white people living in the valley in 1780. It would be another 90 years before the first European settler arrived. When Lewis and Clark stopped at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake Rivers in 1805 they questioned two chiefs, most likely Yakimas, about the river and the people to the north. Based on the information and descriptions provided by the two men, Lewis and Clark estimated the population of the “Wa-na-cha” Valley at 820, a decline of almost 600 people in 25 years. There were still no white settlers. In 1853, ethnographer George

Gibbs visited the Wenatchee Valley with Captain George McClellan’s expedition. In his report Gibbs put the number of Indians in North Central Washington, including the P’squose, the Kawachins at Rock Island and all the Okanogan bands, at 550. The P’squose would have accounted for no more than half of those, a 70 percent loss in only 50 years since Lewis and Clark’s estimate. There were still no white settlers in the valley. There had been non-native people in North Central Washington since 1811 when the first fur traders arrived but none of them could be called settlers. They had a fort at the mouth of the Okanogan River but no real presence in the Wenatchee Valley. By 1860 there were Chinese and white placer miners working the banks and gravel bars of the Columbia. They, like the fur traders, were transient, living in camps along the river then moving on. The P’squose got their first

white neighbors about 1868 when Dutch John Galler settled near Malaga and John McBride claimed land both below Saddle Rock and on the meadow south of the Wenatchee/Columbia confluence. By 1872 the white population in the valley was nearing 10. John McBride had taken on a partner named Jack Ingram and they had established a trading post on McBride’s claim at the confluence. By 1870 McBride had sold his Saddle Rock land to a Mr. and Mrs. Perkins. They didn’t stay long. In 1871 they sold to new arrival, Phillip Miller. He was soon joined by a nephew. About the same time Pete Butler settled in the valley and started clearing land to grow vegetables. By August of 1872 he was using his produce to pay his bill at the trading post, now owned by three new arrivals; Sam Miller, Franklin Freer and David Freer. Richard Thompson was the handyman at the trading post. He stayed on in the valley until, at least, 1881.

Doc Battoe and Mr. Axiom both settled in the valley in mid-1873, pushing the white population above 10 for the first time. In that same summer Father Urban Grassi arrived to build St. Francis Xavier mission near Cashmere and to minister to the P’squose people. Father Grassi estimated their number that year at “around 300.” That was about the same as George Gibbs had found 20 years earlier. Measles and smallpox epidemics had been decimating the native population in the Wenatchee Valley and all along the Columbia since the early 1700s and in 1874 a new wave of disease washed over the valley of the P’squose, further reducing their numbers. The white population of the valley, however, was growing — slowly at first with a handful of new settlers through the end of the 1870s. Among them was Tom Doak who showed up

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in the summer of 1879 and took up residence near the Columbia at what is now the foot of Fifth Street. In 1881 the Colockum Trail was widened for wagon travel making the trip to and from Ellensburg a bit better. The road was still precarious and so steep in places that wagons dragged tree trunks behind them to keep from overrunning the horses. In 1883 Tallman and Arzilla Tripp made the journey with their daughter, Eva, making them the first family in the valley. They were quickly followed by the Blair family and the

Rickmans. With them the white population in the valley nearly doubled to more than 20. In 1884 the Colockum road was improved and extended from the mouth of Colockum Creek through the valley to near the Columbia/Wenatchee confluence. With better roads came more settlers. Seven years later, in May of 1891 Wenatchee’s population reached 108. Seven months later, in January of 1892, the number was 300 equaling Father Grassi’s Indian population of 20 years before. By 1894 the native population had dropped to about 125.

The railroad reached Wenatchee in 1892 and by 1900 the white population was at 450, more than four times the P’squose numbers. Over the next three years the white population exploded with a 400 percent increase. A November 1903 special census found 1,690 white people living in the valley. Seven years later the 1910 U.S. census put the Wenatchee population at 4,050, a nearly 10-fold increase in 10 years. By then government pressure along with increasing white settlement in the upper valley

had forced out all but a handful of the P’squose people. A few remained, some moved across the Wenatchee Mountains to the Yakima Reservation. Most of the rest moved north to join the Colville Confederated Tribes on the Colville Reservation. 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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Computers — another reason to drink wine For years, perhaps more than

a decade, I’ve been pounding the keys on the laptop using Microsoft Office running under the Operating System Windows XP Pro. Earlier this year, Microsoft stopped supporting XP. My little laptop friend died, and I think it was an unnatural death, though I will not blame Bill and Melinda. I was forced to buy a new operating system. Relatives in the know recommended Windows 7 for us, and in friendly family fashion cautioned us away from Windows 8. That may well be because of their knowledge of my lack of skills and ability. That’s a rather long-winded excuse to my readers; I did opt for Windows 7 and I’ve been struggling to learn it. Worse, for some unknown to me reason, Microsoft also upgraded (if that’s the correct term) my former Office 2003 to this latest, Office 2007. I’d lie if I said I was having fun as a student learning to use the new, “upgraded” system things.  The column I’d intended to put before you, a shining story about Bob Richards and his Bella Terrazza Winery, is buried somewhere in the belly of

As memory serves, these are young grapes just beginning to show life and vitality. I’m looking forward to watching this one develop. the beast in the laptop’s “C” drive partition, where, as far as I can tell, it will remain till hell freezes over or, in a less likely time frame, I figure out how to find where the thing is and dig it up. Meanwhile, let me tell you first hand that I was brilliant in the piece, as you will see sometime in the future. I had nailed the charm and wit of owner/winemaker Bob Richards of the Bella Terrazza Vineyards. My sentences soared to the heights of the quality of Bob’s wines. And my notes, scrawled on the remains of an hhtp:billerdirect.bankofamerica. com form were both brilliant and, as they say in the journalism class, on-point. I mean, I nailed the wine’s


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qualities: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Rose of Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Lemberger, Cab Franc. Unfortunately, I tossed that green sheet of scrap paper in the trash weeks ago. I had the extra protection of Microsoft Office 2003 to handle all that saving and security stuff, so I knew my story was safe. (Note to self: next time use thumb-drive backups.) I no longer trust my memory on these important points, so I won’t attempt to tell you about the quality of the wine in detail. Here’s the best I can do at this point. I can recommend that you take a drive up Lower Sunnyslope Road and visit Bob’s winery up at his Sleepy Hollow Nursery. That’s also the home of the vineyards. On the hill, Bob has planted his Syrah and Riesling. Below that in the lowlands are the Chardonnay Gewurztraminer, Lemberger, and, I think Pinot Grigio. Tasting room, too, is atop the hill. If you’re in for an adventure weekend and care to come to Leavenworth, you may find Bob downstairs at the tasting room on Front Street, pouring wine and talking with the visitors. I can assure you of three

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things: first, you’ll enjoy yourself at either location; second, you’ll like the wines; and far more importantly, you’ll enjoy Bob’s company and the service provided by his staff at the facilities.  Bob’s latest wine, the Pinot Noir, was made from grapes grown in Monitor. As memory serves, these are young grapes just beginning to show life and vitality. I’m looking forward to watching this one develop. To be sure, the current vintage, 2012 — but here too, you’re trusting my memory cells — has produced a very light-bodied wine, subtle and delicate in the French style, so if you are looking for a bold, dark full-bodied wine, you’ll be disappointed. But if you can just set aside any feelings of expectations for a Pinot Noir, you might be pleasantly surprised. 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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