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42 LIFESTYLE Revisits 10 Outstanding Home Tours


More Love, More Life and More Hope


Letter from the Executive Editor

10 Lifestyle’s Contributors 24 Word Play 26 History: A Look Back at Courthouse Square 30 Business Cents: Building a Secure Path to Retirement



32 Year One: Life 101 62 Wine: The Story Connected to the Bottle


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74 Soiree: Bounty of the County 76 Fashion: Top 10 Warm-Ups 80 Kudos: VOSPCA 4th Annual Wine & Wags 84 Literary Arts: Juan Luis Guzmán 88 Happenings

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Longevity. Ten years to be exact. That must be worth 70 in “publishing years” in this day and age. Certainly there’s extra credit considering the exact 10-year span in our rearview mirror. We don’t take this for granted, ever. There’s been an entire army behind us as we’ve managed to publish 120 issues, nearly as many Home Tours and Culinary Features, and countless pages of community events. From our fulltime staff to our contributing writers and photographers, to our chefs, printers, mail sorters and even our delivery special ops, each one plays a critical role in our existence. Since that first issue in October 2003, the Lifestyle staff has experienced many life changes: a change in ownership, at least three marriages and as many births, pet adoptions, deaths, relocations, and the worst economy any of us has ever faced. At times we relied almost entirely on faith – in God, in our families, in our community and in each other. We do not take anything for granted. Looking back to those early issues in 8

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2003–2004, we see many familiar names and faces we still have relationships with today – those who in that first year caught the vision of bringing Style, Art, Culture, and Events to life in Visalia and had the confidence in us to be the ones to do it. Advertisers like (and I’m quite sure I’ll leave someone out so let me apologize right now) CreekSide Day Spa, Ashoori & Co Jewelers, Franey’s Design Center, Smiles by Sullivan, Kaweah Delta Health Care District, and McMillin Homes. Businesses like Fugazzis California Bistro, Williams Brodersen & Pritchett, Eye Surgical and Medical Associates, and Janeen’s Furniture. And, individuals such as Anees A. Akhund and Nola Sherman, who jumped on board when Lifestyle was nothing more than a concept. What strikes me as significant is the overwhelming majority of these are local or family-owned businesses without huge marketing budgets. But still, each believes in the value Lifestyle delivers every month to its readers. We’re so happy to know they also cherish longevity and have surely made huge sacrifices to achieve their business goals. We appreciate them and the others that followed. We do not take our advertisers for granted. Over the past 10 years our contributing writers and photographers have been simply outstanding. What they are able to express through either the written word, or what they’ve captured visually have more than once moved us to tears – or to grins from ear-to-ear. It’s not easy meeting someone perhaps only once and then communicating the essence of who they are or what they stand for. But our contributors do so, over and over again. Publishing Lifestyle has been such a treasured experience for us, professionally, of course, but even more so, personally. Business aside, it’s allowed us to create or strengthen relationships in our community we otherwise would not have. These relationships extend to our homeowners who’ve allowed us to publically show how they live privately. The relationships allow us to reach into

the creative minds of our chefs who share their closely-guarded secret recipes. Lifestyle has also been the vehicle to embrace the many charities and nonprofits that work so diligently in our region such as Rotary and the Boys and Girls Clubs and others. We’ve also developed relationships with other members of the Chamber,s the City and County offices – relationships we value. We cannot go to an event without connecting with dozens of people we know and care about. And, at the end of the day this is what matters most. We do not take these relationships for granted. This is a special issue, one that has taken us through a 10-year walk back in time. It’s still about our appreciation for Style, Art, Culture, and Events but also about past features that made an impression on our staff, even if we cannot list them all. It’s about longevity. It’s about appreciation of people with vision. It’s about the richness of culture and opportunity in our own corner of the world. These past 10 years have bestowed many blessings and our hearts are full of gratitude. We have been humbled by so many people wanting to be a part of this 10-Year Anniversary issue. Thank you. We hope we’ve met your expectations. As we look forward to the next 10 years, or more, we’re excited about every new home that’s built, every new recipe created, every new emerging artist. We haven’t begun to reach the limit of possible stories and adventures in our Valley, and we can’t wait to share the experience with you. Warmest Regards,

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lifestyle CONTRIBUTORS Dara Fisk-Ekanger - Copy Editor Dara Fisk-Ekanger grew up in Woodlake and Visalia and attended COS before transferring to Evangel University where she obtained bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and International Studies. During her undergrad she worked part-time as a writer for a new magazine Visalia Direct. As fate would have it, years later (in 2005) she returned to the Direct family as a copyeditor and writer for Lifestyle. She also edits for a book publisher and runs a nutrition consulting business. Dara is married and has three children. She wishes she had time for hobbies, but figures those will have to start up again once the kids are in college. Irene Morse - Writer Irene Morse is a freelance writer. She and her husband, Gary, have a beautiful blended and rapidly growing family who are her greatest source of joy. When not traveling, Irene likes to play at the Ice House Theatre, trying on new personalities and learning about the human condition through drama. In addition to Lifestyle Magazine, her work can be found in the publication Chicken Soup for the Soul. Irene also likes to read, cook, and dig in the dirt.

Cheryl Levitan - Writer Cheryl grew up in Maryland in a newspaper family so writing and travel have always been part of her life. She contributes to Lifestyle as a travel writer, and is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She and her husband have been married 33 years. They have called Visalia home since 1982, and it’s where they have raised their children. In the last 30 years, Cheryl taught at both COS and Fresno State, and practiced as a nurse practitioner. 15 years ago she and her husband began ballroom dancing and it has become their passion.


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Lisa McEwen - Writer Lisa McEwen is a freelance writer and editor based in Exeter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a German minor. Lisa has written for Lifestyle since 2008, covering a variety of stories, from “Home Tour” articles to artist profiles. She is an avid parent volunteer, and happily lives on an orange ranch with her husband, Matt, and two children.

Diane Slocum - Writer Diane Slocum began writing freelance articles on a regular basis 11 years ago. She has contributed to Lifestyle since 2007, writing the “Word Play” column and “Literary Arts” feature. Since 2009, she has been interviewing debut novelists and other writers for Authorlink. She lives north of Clovis on five acres with her husband, younger son, 12 chickens, five cows, five cats and two dogs. Besides reading, writing and caring for animals, she enjoys camping, hiking and pretty much everything her church does, including taking a mission trip to Haiti this year.

We know their words inspire, entertain and inform us. But, do you ever wonder who’s sitting at the computer screen, late at night, consuming ridiculous amounts of coffee while they type, backspace, delete and rewrite? Or, just who has that extraordinary eye behind the camera lens, adjusting lighting and focus, getting just the right angle to capture that perfect image? You’ve seen their names among Lifestyle’s list of credits each month, but these remarkably talented people have successful careers and interests beyond the world of publishing. By no means the entire behind-the-scenes cast, these are some of our frequent writers, photographers and chefs. We deeply appreciate all of our exceptional contributors and hope you enjoy this rare look into the lives of those who so enrich ours.



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lifestyle CONTRIBUTORS Cheryl Dieter - Writer Cheryl has been married for 25 years to the love of her life, David. They have five children and two grandchildren. She is an expert on autism and RAD parenting. Cheryl has her BA in Sociology and she has traveled to more than 40 countries. Her hobby is genealogical research and with more than 12,000 people on her tree she believes she is related to everyone she meets. Believer in the notion that each person has the ability to make the “impossible” happen. She is currently working on a novel, on top of her frequent contributions to Lifestyle. Taylor Johnson - Photographer A wife, daughter, friend, lover of coffee, food, people, overcast days, road trips, missions trips, triathlons and try-anythings, Taylor Johnson is currently getting cozy in Porterville, California, and enjoying every second of being a newlywed. Taylor is a Visalia native and graduate of Redwood High School. After six years of photographing people, events, food, and homes for Lifestyle Magazine, she is now looking forward to the next many years of working alongside her husband in his ministry, as well as photographing kids, high school seniors, families, engagements, and weddings as Taylor Johnson Photography.

Jordan Venema - Writer Jordan has been writing for Lifestyle Magazine for two years, but he doesn’t consider himself a writer - although he does enjoy a good story. He received degrees from Azusa Pacific University and St. John’s College where he learned that good writing begins with reading, listening, and watching. While traveling through countries such as Egypt, Kenya, and Japan, Jordan realized that everybody has a story worth sharing. Now Jordan lives in Visalia, CA, where he enjoys sharing stories with friends and family, but mostly with the greatest storyteller of them all, his four year-old son, Cassian.


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Forrest Cavale - Photographer Forrest caught the photography bug from his mother, and the rest has been history. Since his first camera, inherited from his grandfather, he has never put it down. Beginning in 2001, photography became more serious, and he began photographing friends, and weddings. In 2007, he started his own company, Third Element Studios, that is still thriving today. Since he started shooting for Lifestyle, he has covered numerous assignments. But his work is most often seen in the “Home Tour” section.

Chafic Dada - Chef Chafic has been working in the restaurant business for the past 10 years, and contributes recipes to the “Culinary” feature in Lifestyle often. With a degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Finance and Marketing, Chafic knows the ins and outs to running a business. Prior to the restaurant, he worked in banking and financial planning. As the business owner of Pita Kabob & Grill, Inc., he enjoys bringing Mediterranean style food, along with a fine selection of craft beer to Visalia. Chafic refers to himself as a “Beer Geek” or a craft beer enthusiast, as he enjoys traveling and experience new cultures via food, beer, and people.

Terry Ommen Historical Contributor For over two decades Terry Ommen has researched Tulare County history and has covered a broad range of local historical topics. However, as a career lawman he has a special interest in the early peace officers and the “badmen” who gave these men with badges so much grief. He has written hundreds of local history columns and articles in publications including Lifestyle Magazine. In addition, he authored a book called Then & Now Visalia, Wild Tulare County and wrote Christ Lutheran Church, A Gathering Place for a Half Century. In addition to his writing and research, he enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife of 41 years Laraine, daughter Lyndsay, son-in-law Chad and grandchildren Maggie and Lars.


lifestyle CONTRIBUTORS Aaron Collins - Writer Aaron Collins is an ADDY Award-winning writer. He is known for numerous Lifestyle “Home Tour” cover stories, arts & culture reviews, urban planning & public policy articles, and health subjects for various California monthlies. Beyond mainstream media, Aaron has authored catalog essays for art museum exhibitions, papers on New Urbanism advocacy, and is currently authoring a book on noted architect Arthur Dyson. Aaron currently serves as Communications Director for Sequoia Riverlands Trust.

Carole Firstman - Writer Carole Firstman’s personal essay, “Liminal Scorpions,” was named a Notable Essay of 2013 in the Best American Essays anthology series (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). For more than seven years Carole has provided Lifestyle with numerous articles. Carole was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and teaches English and writing at California State University Fresno. She also works as an editorial assistant at The Normal School, a nationally distributed literary journal. Ryan Lucas - Chef Ryan Lucas started his culinary career at a young age, working at various local restaurants in the city of Visalia. In his early 20s, he landed a job in the kitchen at a fast paced Italian bistro down south, where his passion for cooking caught fire. After moving back to Visalia, he was hired at Bravo Farms in Tulare as a prep chef. As the Visalia location drew closer to opening, he was fortunate enough to be offered the Head Chef position. Since then he has contributed numerous recipes to Lifestyle. He is blessed to have the creative control and great kitchen crew to see their culinary ideas come to life each day. He hopes to keep improving and creating food that is well flavored, balanced, and interesting. 14

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James Jessen - Chef A five-time winner of downtown’s Taste of Visalia, James Jessen, along with his wife Michelle, have spent the last 10 years building and expanding their restaurants, Tazzaria and Pizanos, in downtown Visalia. His achievements include developing recipes for Odwalla Juice Company as part of a nationwide culinary project, cooking at the Governor’s mansion for various fundraising events, as well as judging and competing in culinary competitions. James also spent four years developing recipes and writing for Lifestyle Magazine’s “Culinary” section. Tazzaria has been recognized and published in Bon Appétit magazine and Jessen’s restaurants have won several awards for their culinary excellence. Corey Ralston - Writer Corey has been writing and photographing for local newspapers and magazines for six years. He is a contributor to Lifestyle Magazine and enjoys many other freelance opportunities. Corey is a local theater director and performer. He owns his own photography business and is a real estate agent for Keller Williams.

Sonny Martin - Wine Contributor Sonny Martin has more than 35 years of experience in all things food and wine. In the restaurant kitchen he went from dishwasher to Executive Chef and in the front of the house he also held every position from busser to managing partner of a white tablecloth restaurant. As a bartender he holds a record for number of drinks made. In the wine business he has been a rare wine importer, supplying the cellars of Bellagio et al., a partner of a wholesale distribution company, founded a retail fine wine and gourmet deli, Urban Gourmet, and started his own wine label Tesoro. Over the years, Sonny has served as Lifestyle’s wine aficionado and has contributed various articles on the topic.

C COMMUNITY Dear Lifestyle Staff, I’d like to congratulate you on the 10th anniversary of bringing Lifestyle Magazine into the homes of Visalians. You persevered during some of the most challenging economic times. You continually produce a high quality, informative and entertaining magazine that provides the community with resources for decorating, travel, fine cuisine and my favorite, community events. I commend your staff and contributors, made up of local talent, for their hard work and attention to the finer details that truly set Lifestyle Magazine above the rest. Here’s looking to the next 10 years! Sincerely,

Mayor Amy Shuklian City of Visalia

Dear Lifestyle Staff, Congratulations on Lifestyle’s decade of success!! Your magazine has been a wonderful community asset providing great coverage and information on many of the events that make Visalia so unique. Lifestyle helps make Visalia a great place to live, work and play. I look forward to many more years of great Lifestyle editions! Sincerely,

Leslie Caviglia Assistant City Manager


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MORE HOPE Text by Jordan Venema


ost apocalyptic. That’s how Visalia native Jerrod Turner described Haiti after he had visited the country just months after the 2010 earthquake had struck and left about a 100,000 Haitians dead. “You know the movie Book of Eli? It’s real. It exists, and it’s Haiti,” he said. Like many Americans who watched the news with empathetic horror, Turner wanted to do something. “I had the same feeling when Katrina hit, that I needed to get there. But the job I had at the time didn’t allow that to happen. I had felt called to go [to Haiti], and I had no idea why or what I would do when I got there. But I knew I was supposed to be there, which,” he mused, “is a response that a lot of people have in those situations.” But not a response that many people act upon. Turner did, and in July 2010 he joined a small group from Visalia’s Radiant Church as a member of a relief and missions team. Like most people responding to the many needs of the country, they served as they were needed. They constructed a roof, met minor medical needs, played with children, and Jerrod even preached at a church, “which was kind of bizarre,” he said – and humbling. “I was listening to my iPod on the way over [to Haiti] with a belly full of McDonald’s from the airport. I didn’t really know what to say other than we were for them, God was for them, and we would go together, go forward together.” If Turner didn’t know what moving forward would look like, he wasn’t the only one. The entire nation was reeling from a quake that left the country with virtually no infrastructure. The capital, Port-au-Prince, had transformed into a large refugee camp, where makeshift tents spread over the city like a quilt, where supplies dropped from the sky by parachute. Yes, post apocalyptic. There aren’t too many people who would willingly rush back to a scene that they had described as post apocalyptic, “but,” said Turner, “by the end of that trip I knew I was supposed to go back. I fell in love L I F E S T Y L E | O C T O B E R 2 013


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with the people that were there. When you can look at somebody who has gone through what they’ve gone through, and they’re still standing, still smiling, there’s just something about it that made me think a piece of me will always be here.” Three years later, Jerrod was given the opportunity to go back to Haiti, and for him accepting the invitation was a “no brainer.” About 18 months ago, he gave up his position as a graphic designer and accepted a full-time position with Radiant Church as their Community Pastor. In that capacity, Turner has helped the relatively young church find a longterm relationship with an overseas organization as part of their commitment to the “greater” community outside Tulare County. “We wanted to focus in on a couple long-term relationships,” said Turner. It just so happened that one of those organizations is based in Haiti, Three Angels Children’s Relief. According to its website, the mission of Three Angels Children’s Relief “is to help children in Haiti escape poverty so that they may experience God’s love, become part of a healthy home, and grow into who they are called to be.” That Three Angels’ mission involves “programs aimed at sustainable change” had to appeal to Turner who expressed that mission work should never be about imposing one person’s view onto another. “We shouldn’t change them. There’s a difference between our cultures, and we don’t need to make Haiti look like the United States.” So nearly three years later to the day he left, Turner returned to Haiti with his wife, Rachel, and another couple from Radiant Church, Eric and Lori Riley. It was also Eric’s second trip to Haiti, who admitted that he was nervous to go. “I had been to Haiti 13 years ago for a short two-week missions trip and had found the country very difficult to be in.” Riley experienced a “severity of poverty, not just in financial terms, but a poverty of hope. My initial experience,” he explained, “was hard and so as I considered a return visit, now three years after one of the most tragic events of this country’s history, my expectation was that hope and love and life would be even further depleted.” The “ambassadors” spent five days in Haiti, July 22-26, mostly at the orphanage run by Three Angels. “I could tell you about children that had been left in dumpsters, abandoned in refugee camps, placed in garbage bags on the side of the road, and they now are healthy, happy little kids that are in the adoption process,” said Riley. “It’s an incredible sight to see – something amazing that only God could orchestrate.” Riley had expected to find less love, less life, less hope in Haiti, but instead he found the opposite, and his experience of this trip compared to the last was the difference between night and day. This was not as


Photos submitted by Jerrod Turner

much a surprise to Turner who had experienced a strong sense of hope during his last trip. “There was devastation around, but there was hope, a real spirit of hope. It wasn’t written on people’s t-shirts or on fancy posters. It was living in people.” That sense of hope, said Turner, returned to him again this trip. Little differences suggested change, like buildings rebuilt or “where there had been people sleeping in the streets before, now people were cleaning the streets.” While there have been some overall improvements in the daily lives of Haitians, Riley believes there’s still work to be done. “Circumstantially things have not changed for the better since the earthquake,” he said, “and many things have become much more difficult – work opportunities, healthcare, food availability, sanitation, etc. However, there is hope for Haiti … I’m thoroughly convinced that God is at work in this country. Our experience with Three Angels was proof of His presence there and Jesus’ ability to change a nation.” For Turner, one of the moments that made this trip most worthwhile came where and when he least expected it. They were building a gym in the home of a family that had moved to Haiti to live and serve full-time. While putting together exercise equipment, he thought to himself, “This is bizarre. I’m in a third-world country and putting together an elliptical machine. But,” he explained, “we invested in people who are investing in people.”


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That was the kind of service they brought to Haiti. “Feeling out what they need at the moment and adapting to it,” explained Turner. Essentially, it’s making oneself available to the needs of others. “It helps line things up properly when you’re outside yourself and your normal sphere. So just as much as Haiti needs us, we need Haiti. We need to see outside ourselves.” Turner shared a quote by Mark Twain: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” In light of that quote, Turner added, “It’s a weird reality to live in, that I am benefitting from this trip, and probably a lot more than they are.” Radiant Church plans to continue its long-term relationship with Three Angels, and send teams there twice a year. Both the Rileys and the Turners plan to return with those teams, and both are excited that more people will have the opportunity to get outside their little corner of the earth. “I’m jazzed that other people are going to have the opportunity to go and experience this country,” said Turner, “but it’s not like you have to go to Haiti.” For Turner, the destination is irrelevant. “You know,” he said, “if you really care about humanity, if you love people, it will show up in all your life” – no matter where you are.




wo debut authors provide some creepy critters to help bring out the goose bumps this spooky time of year. The Black Isle (Grand Central Publishing, 2012) by Sandi Tan is crawling with ghosts. Ling, who later becomes Cassandra, starts seeing ghosts at the age of seven in her native China. When she migrates to the Black Isle in Malaysia with her father and brother, even more ghosts show their faces. But the plentitude of ghosts aren’t as frightening as the living she encounters, especially the Japanese invaders during World War II. Ling/Cassandra’s life swings from poverty to plenty, ease and elegance to wretchedness, and weakness to strength, as she lives through the decades of changes on the isle. The Beautiful Land (Ace Trade, June 2013) by Alan Averill won the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Most of the lands his heroes – geeky adventurer Takahiro O’Leary and shell-shocked Iraq vet Samira Moheb – flee through are far from beautiful. Tak is sent by a controlling corporation and its crazed scientific genius to explore time travel. What Tak discovers is these are not past and future times but alternate timelines. The mad and the moneyed hope to use this for their own gain. As Tak and his maybe girlfriend Sam flee feathered entities that have more in common with zombies than baby birds, they try to patch up their own wounded psyches and understand their relationship. More Scary Stories Some books that top lists of scary stories are Stephen King’s The Shining, Chuck Palahniuk’s Haunted, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves, Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers, Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, Charles MacLean’s The Watcher, Joe R Lansdale’s The Drive-In, Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and Clive Barker’s Books of Blood. Valley Writers The Kindle edition of Elizabeth Strickland’s From the Arvin Migrant Camp to the American Dream was released earlier this year. The book tells stories from 56 dustbowl migrants commonly known as “Okies.” Strickland writes about community sings, dances, citizens committees, co-op grocers and more events of daily life in the camps. She was a laborer in the fields herself a generation later. Gary Soto’s latest book, What Poets Are Like: Up and Down with the Writing Life, was published in August. The book shares 60 or so vignettes of the poet’s life. He writes of his pleasure in the written word and the toll taken by ever-present rejections. Soto has published 11 collections of poetry and 35 books for young readers. He has won a shelf-full of awards including the Bess Hokin Prize, the US Award for International Poetry Forum, the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Levinson Award. 24

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Long Overdue While Tim Z. Hernandez’ new novel, Mañana Means Heaven, brings up memories of beat generation writer Jack Kerouac, another iconic fifties writer is also in the current limelight. J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye has been an enduring classic since it was published in 1951. In the next 59 years of his life, he published only three books – Franny and Zooey, Nine Stories and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, though he reported that he wrote daily. Over the decades, there has been much speculation about what he wrote. Now, his latest biographers, David Shields and Shane Salerno, say they have uncovered more of his work and plan to publish it. Two of the subjects said to feature are Holden Caulfield of Catcher and the Glass family of Franny. The Shields/ Salerno book is titled simply Salinger and published by Simon and Schuster last month. Look to the Stars Writer’s Digest’s “There are No Rules” feature first had a column on “4 Things Star Trek Can Teach Us About Writing.” Then a fan of the other Star series took up the challenge with “8 Things Star Wars Can Teach Us About Writing.” Thomas Smith explains why it often is necessary to kill off your “red shirts” and why you should boldly go where no other writer has gone before. James Duncan points out that “even the death star had a weak spot” and sometimes you have to “get in the trash compactor.” Writing Workshops The Big Sur Children’s and Young Adult Writing Workshop will be held December 6-8 at the Big Sur Lodge in Pfeiffer State Park. Many previous attendees have found agents with Andrea Brown Literary Agency while at the workshop. Among them are Jennifer Castle who is published by Harper Collins and Shannon Messenger, published by Simon and Shuster. Details at: The Last Word “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”—Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)


A Look Back at Courthouse Square


Text by Terry L. Ommen


or more than a century, Visalia’s Courthouse Square was a bustling hub of community activity. Bounded by Court, Church, Center and Oak streets, this one square block area attracted people from throughout the county. They came to conduct county business, work at their jobs or to be entertained. Still others came against their will and were forced to stay at the Tulare County Jail. Despite the abundance of activity at this once important place, Courthouse Square today offers little hint of its amazing past. Visalia began in 1852 and the following year it became the county seat of Tulare. In 1854 the Board of Supervisors acquired a square block of land in the center of town to serve as public land and a place on which future public buildings could be built. County services were few in those early years; however, maintaining law and order was a high priority. The sheriff provided law enforcement services so the need for a court became obvious. The county’s population at the time was small so officials rented buildings as needed. But by August 1857 the county was ready to build its first courthouse on the public square.

Of all of the courthouse buildings to occupy the site, clearly the most impressive was the one built in 1876. The handsome building was the pride of the community. The most beautiful feature was the dome that sat on top of the three-story structure. It afforded those who climbed the stairs a great view of the city and surrounding area. Mounted on top of the dome was a large hand-carved redwood statue of Minerva, the Roman Goddess of Wisdom. By 1908 the courthouse building was already too small for a growing county, so in order to maintain the building’s pleasing appearance, two matching wings were added. One adjoined the existing building on the north and the other on the south. The expansion was received well by the community. The Visalia Delta called the two wings “perfectly balanced” and they predicted the new enlarged courthouse building “will be significantly large to answer all purposes probably for all time.” But their prediction was wrong. By the 1930s again the call was made for more courthouse space. The county applied for Works Progress Administration (WPA) funding for another expansion. In 1935 the new building was finished. The structure was PICTURED: Tulare County Courthouse with the 1908 wings in place. Notice how nicely the style of this addition matches the original building. Circa 1921.


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attached to the west wall of the old courthouse and was squeezed between it and Court Street. For about 15 years, the heavily remodeled and expanded courthouse served the county. That service was abruptly stopped on July 21, 1952, when in the early morning hours a 7.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Tehachapi rumbled through much of California including Visalia. The 1876 building suffered major cracks in the walls, bricks were loosened and large chunks of plaster fell from walls and ceilings. Inspectors closely examined the building and found it unsafe and condemned it. Later it was demolished. The 1935 WPA annex building passed the inspection and still stands today, although vacant. But Courthouse Square included more than a courthouse. For over 30 years it was home to the Tulare County Jail with cells in the courthouse building. The jail portions were primitive. In one of the early lockups, prisoners were actually chained to an oak post in the cell floor. The first courthouse and jail buildings were regular targets for editorial comment by the Delta. In 1861, they pointed out, “The courthouse is in a very dangerous condition and unless walls are repaired immediately, the building must necessarily fall.” Jail escapes in the early years were common. Poor building design and construction and sloppy security practices made it easy. Deplorable jail conditions didn’t help. The 1861 Tulare County Grand Jury reported, “We find the jail unsafe as regards to security of prisoners. Having a dirt floor, the cells not being ventilated, all inmates upon incarceration in said prison are instantly liable to contract sickness of a dangerous character. The evil, which is great, should be remedied immediately.” With jail responsibility came the unpleasant task of carrying out punishment in capital offences. In the 1860s there were at least 28

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three men who forfeited their lives on the gallows in Courthouse Square. In 1890 the county jail was relocated from the courthouse to a new jail building across the street on the northeast corner of Church and Oak. During the active years of Courthouse Square, county offices were housed in the court buildings with officials and employees coming and going frequently. But there were other less serious and more enjoyable uses of the Square. During the early years while the courthouse and jail buildings were being criticized, the grounds were being improved. Decorative fencing was built around the perimeter and grass and ornamental trees were planted. Native oaks were trimmed and diseased trees were removed. Picnics, musical concerts, and political and patriotic gatherings were common with band concerts especially popular. Even courtrooms doubled as public halls for dances and church services. By the time the twentieth century arrived, raised decorative granite curbing marked the square. More improvements were added or at least contemplated such as fishponds, benches and a drinking fountain. Electric lights dotted the grounds. After the 1952 earthquake, Courthouse Square ceased to exist. The block was still there of course, but its adventurous era was over. This amazing piece of real estate in the heart of Visalia had seen it all. Now it rests quietly on the sideline.

TOP LEFT: This is a current photo of the annex building on the east side of Court, between Center and Oak. TOP RIGHT: Tulare County Courthouse. At the very top of the dome is Minerva, the Roman Goddess of Wisdom. She can be seen at the Tulare County Museum at Mooney Grove Park. Circa 1900.

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Building a Secure Path to Retirement

What Steps Should You Take Along the Way? Text by Donald DeJonge, Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual


he definition of financial security changes as we age: The needs and wants of a newly married 30-year old are, not surprisingly, very different from those of a 70-year-old retiree. There is one thing that stays the same, however: planning and achieving your retirement goals is a lifetime process - one that requires you to first build assets and manage retirement risks for the future, and then to turn those assets into a stream of income in retirement that will last as long as you need it to. To understand how these steps work throughout your life, consider the following: Stage 1: Saving for Retirement The key to affording the lifestyle you want in the future is maximizing your savings opportunities now. That’s because, by saving as much as you can, as soon as you can, you can put time on your side. Time to plan, time to weather market cycles and, most importantly, time to let your savings and their earnings grow and compound. The specific investment strategy you use to maximize your savings will vary with your age. In general, the younger you are, the more aggressive your investments can be. How can you get on the right retirement path? Consider the following steps. 1. Build an emergency fund. Aim to set aside at least six months of living expenses in a savings or money market account for emergency needs. 2. Make sure you’re covered. If you haven’t signed up for health insurance at work, do so at the first opportunity. The same goes for life insurance and/or disability income protection. 3. Maximize your contributions. If you have a retirement plan at work, contribute at least as much as you need to take advantage of any matching contributions your employer may offer. 4. Prepare a basic estate plan. A will and durable powers of attorney for finances and health care can help ensure your needs and those of your loved ones are met should something unforeseen happen. Stage 2: Approaching Retirement (10-15 years before retirement) As you approach retirement, begin to focus on the kind of lifestyle you want. Share your dreams with your spouse; now is the time to work out any differences you may have about how you’d like to spend your time once you stop working. Financial experts often recommend that you “practice” for retirement. For example, if you’re thinking about relocating to a warmer climate, try visiting there several times – and not just during high season. What other key issues should you consider? 1. Take stock of insurance. Make sure your coverage is sufficient to maintain your family’s lifestyle should something happen to you. This includes addressing future long-term care needs. 2. Save whatever you can. If you are age 50 or older, take advantage of catch-up contributions that allow you to sock away extra money in your employer sponsored plan and/or IRA. 3. Rebalance your assets. Transition a portion of your higher-risk investments into less volatile (and usually lower returning) assets to help protect the wealth you’ve worked hard to build. 4. Review and update your estate plan. Update the beneficiary 30

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designations for your insurance, investment/retirement plans, and any guaranteed income annuities you may have. Also review your will and your financial and health care powers of attorney. Stage 3: Entering Retirement (3-5 years before retirement) For many, retirement represents a new and exciting chapter in their lives. To prepare, you’ll need to shift from accumulating assets to creating a plan that turns your savings into a steady stream of income that supports your lifestyle for the rest of your life. Consider these steps to get started: 1. Create a budget. Calculate your needs (essential expenses) and wants (discretionary expenses) to determine exactly how much money you’ll need to live on; then identify your sources of retirement income. The goal is to match your essential expenses with guaranteed sources of income. 2. Research Medicare and other health care options. Also review your survivor needs as well as long-term care protection arrangements. This is especially important if you plan on retiring early. 3. Transition your portfolio. Continue to shift assets to more conservative options. Keep at least a few growth investments to help protect against inflation and the increasing cost of living. 4. Know your options. Speak with your benefits department at work to understand your options with regard to your pension or retirement plan. Among other things, you’ll need to decide whether to rollover your 401(k) assets into an IRA or keep them in the 401(k). Stage 4: Living in Retirement Retirement planning doesn’t end once you stop working—your needs and wants, the economy and the financial markets are likely to change over time. As a result, it’s crucial to review your retirement plan on a regular basis. 1. Set up an account to manage expenses. Consider putting enough money into a money market account or cash reserve to cover your expenses for up to two years. This can help ensure you don’t have to tap investments during periods of market volatility. 2. Develop a distribution strategy. Work with your financial advisor to determine a reasonable withdrawal rate, then decide which retirement assets to use and when. Remember, the order in which you withdraw funds can have a significant impact on taxes. Your advisor can help you make these decisions too. 3. Fine-tune your asset allocation. Make any needed adjustments to ensure you portfolio continues to reflect your risk profile and life expectancy. 4. Review your estate plan. Take a careful look to make sure you estate plan protects you and your heirs and that it benefits the people and organizations that you intend. Financial security is the confidence that comes from taking action today to provide for tomorrow. It’s an ongoing process during which you should be disciplined but flexible to adapt to changes over time. Working with a qualified financial professional can help you manage these decisions as you approach, enter and live in retirement.






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Text by Aaron Collins | Photos by Angela Eller Photography

he Titanic sank in 1912, five months before Marjorie Brandon was born. William Howard Taft was President. More locally, the City of Exeter was newly incorporated. Marjorie’s 10-decade-long story offers some helpful context as Lifestyle Magazine celebrates its 10th year of publishing. With so many memorable stories from Lifestyle’s first decade, the November 2003 feature on Marjorie stands out from what was only the second issue; a reminder that Lifestyle remains an upstart in the big scheme, compared to Marjorie’s longevity. When Lifestyle first told her story, she was a tender young 91. One can learn a lot about success at life from her story, Life 101 you might call it. Now 101, Marjorie isn’t stuck in her ways, unless one means her way of always having fun; keeping an active social calendar; always welcoming new people into her life; affirming what is good; remaining open to new experiences and learning about new ideas. She has defied her age by those means, though she is physically a little more frail. But unlike many her age or even a few decades younger, her ways and thinking are the source of her vitality. Thanks to her good health and independent spirit, Marjorie continues to play a central and vital role in the social and cultural life of Visalia, the chosen city of a native Angeleno who has

Y YEAR ONE called the Jewel of the Valley home since the 1940s. She’s stuck in her way of going out regularly, attending art openings and cultural events, dressing with the stylish flair of an artist (she’s a collage artist and painter), hosting a monthly salon at her Green Acres home that features a wide-ranging program of speakers on subjects from holistic health, to alternative spirituality, and arts and culture, among many other fields. What else keeps her going? Unlike many her age, Marjorie has never stopped living in the present. It’s not that she won’t occasionally regale you with a long-ago story of the time she auditioned for legendary Golden Age Hollywood director Busby Berkeley, or the 1955 deluge that swamped the Frank Robertdesigned home that she and her husband commissioned in Three Rivers, among the very first Modernist residences built in Tulare County whose adventurous design reflects her willingness to embrace the avant garde. It’s that Marjorie is much more interested in life right now, in staying among the countless people who love and admire her, interacting with hundreds of people who think of themselves as Friends of Marjorie Another thing she says keeps her going: Ego. She’s the first to

admit that she needs to be involved in her world and to feel like she is helping others; to feel important to people in her large social circle. But despite her claim of having a healthy ego, she is just as curious about the writer covering her story as she is in telling her own, a display of her characteristic self-awareness, honesty – and humility. She still isn’t sure why her church named its BrandonMitchell Gallery after her, even though she is among the church’s founders, having regularly hosted the first handful of attendees in her home as the church formed decades ago. She remains important to her family in Laguna Beach, where she enjoys a “home away from home” and has a large circle of friends there, too. She lost her little brother in an accident when she was young, and outlasted two husbands but now mainly remembers the good times, proof that grief can be endured. She never judges others. She’ll tell you that what we affirm becomes manifested, and what we oppose is only strengthened by our resistance and opposition. Like the Chinese proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is right now,” Marjorie is still planting at 101, but not so many trees these days as planting the idea that everyone around her is of worth.


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“Culinary” features. Over the years we’ve worked with Visalia’s top chefs and every recipe has been outstanding. But for this issue it just felt right to ask our first Chef Contributor, James Jessen of Tazzaria, to help us out with our 10-Year Anniversary issue. James wholeheartedly agreed and we couldn’t wait to see what he came up with. The day of the shoot we almost couldn’t stand the wait for the braising to finish, but it was definitely worth it. Coincidently, it’s Tazzaria’s 10-Year Anniversary as well, like we needed another reason to celebrate.


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Recipes by James Jessen | Photos by Taylor Johnson


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4-5 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces 4 T mild olive oil 2 large onions, diced 3 carrots, peeled, diced 2 celery stalks, diced 4 T all-purpose flour 1 bottle Boudreaux wine 6 C beef stock 6 C beef or veal demi-glace 10 sprigs flat-leaf parsley 2 fresh bay leaves 5 cloves of garlic ½ C blackberry preserves 2 C fresh or frozen blackberries Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper D I R E CT I O N S

Preheat oven to 350°F. Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in small batches, brown short ribs well on all sides. Add onions, carrots, and celery to pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until onions are browned, about 5 minutes. Slowly add the flour. In one minute deglaze with all of the wine. Bring to a boil; lower heat to medium and simmer until wine is reduced by one third. Stir in stock, demi, parsley, bay leaves and garlic. Bring to a boil, cover, and transfer to oven. Cook until short ribs are tender, approximately 2 ½ hours. Transfer short ribs to a platter and set aside. Spoon fat from surface of sauce and discard, puree the remaining sauce and veggies, then strain through a course sieve, adjust to taste with salt and pepper. Return ribs to pot, add the preserves and black berries, simmer or place back in oven for 20 minutes prior to serving.

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2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes 2 heads celery root 2 T olive oil 1 head garlic, peeled and sliced 3 ½ qt water, divided 4 T unsalted butter ½ C heavy cream 1 ½ C low fat milk Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper D I R E CT I O N S

Bring 2 quarts of cold salted water along with clean, unpeeled potatoes to a boil, and cook until tender. Drain and set aside. Wash excess dirt off of the celery root, cut off the bottoms and tops, cut into quarters and peel. Cut potatoes into ½-inch thick dice. Heat the olive oil in a 4-quart saucepan over low heat just until it simmers. Add the root, garlic, salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, just until it begins to soften. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the remaining water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender and easily pierced with a fork. Drain the celery root and return to the pot. Add the peeled potatoes. Place the butter, heavy cream, and milk in a skillet and heat over medium high until it is about to boil. Pour over the celery root and potatoes in the pot, puree with a stick blender until smooth.


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3 quarter inch thick slices of pancetta 2 T extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 shallot, chopped 1 ½ lbs Brussels sprouts, halved ⅓ C dry white wine 1 C chicken broth Salt and pepper to taste D I R E CT I O N S

Julienne pancetta crossways with a knife. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium high heat; add pancetta and brown stirring frequently. Once browned, transfer to paper towel lined plate-leaving oil in the pan. Add remaining extra-virgin olive oil to the pan; add shallots and sauté for a minute. Add Brussels sprouts and coat in oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook brussel sprouts for 2 minutes deglaze with the wine and cook another 2 minutes then add broth. Bring broth to a bubble, cover and reduce heat to medium low. Cook 8 minutes, or until tender. Transfer sprouts to a serving dish with a slotted spoon and top with the cooked pancetta

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1 C baking cocoa 1 C boiling water 1 C butter, softened 2 ½ C sugar 4 eggs 2 t vanilla extract 3 C cake flour 2 t baking soda ½ t baking powder ½ t salt 8 oz. sour cream D I R E CT I O N S

Dissolve cocoa in boiling water; set aside to cool. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Add cocoa mixture and mix well. Pour into 3 greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350F° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.


1 ½ C cold heavy cream 1 ½ t confectioners’ sugar 2 T granulated sugar 1 ½ T cocoa powder 1 T anisette liqueur (optional) ⅓ C mini chocolate chips D I R E CT I O N S

Beat the heavy cream, anisette liqueur and confectioners’ sugar until soft peaks form. Gently fold in the granulated sugar and cocoa until combined. Frost the cake with the chocolate whipped cream mixture and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips. For an extra kick, add 2 T anisette liqueur into your cake batter.


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Lifestyle REMEMBERS There’s nothing quite like putting 10 people in a room trying to get a consensus on anything, much less the 10 most inspiring “Home Tours” of the past 10 years. With every home having already gone through a Lifestyle screening process before ever gracing the pages, it was impossible. They were all “best.” But, we needed to narrow it down and select specific features about a home we could all agree on, regardless of personal style or year originally featured. Following are the staff picks in categories ranging from outstanding “view” to “architecture.” We’d like to again thank every homeowner for sharing their personal space with us, and to each contributing writer and photographer for capturing the true heart of each home.


Freeman Home, May 2010


ubbed “Rancho Salida del Sol” for its amazing views of the sunrise over the Sierra Nevada, the Freeman home tops our list for home with a view. The entire rear of this Southwest style home is comprised of windows and French doors to soak in this fantastic view. The home’s large open floor plan, connective indoor and outdoor living spaces and numerous courtyards make this home the perfect place to take in the surroundings. Original Text by Aaron Collins | Photos by Forrest Cavale


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Original Text by Aaron Collins | Photos by Forrest Cavale

OUTSTANDING KITCHEN Albertoni/Maldonado Home, August 2010


eaning “abundance” or the Italian ethos of “more than you need,” Villa Abbondaza is lavished with attention to detail in every area of the home, most remarkably in the kitchen. The kitchen is both a high-tech culinary center and a popular social hangout featuring rustic ironwork and historical finishes. With a style the owners describe as “Tuscan Gothic,” we can’t get enough of the rustic yet inviting feel this kitchen radiates.


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Benbow Home, November 2010


he European exterior style of the Benbow’s home features the old world elements of a copper roof cresting atop a mansard roof and stonework accenting arched doors. These elements work together to create a regal entrance but what sets this home’s curb appeal apart is not only the prominent red door, but the stately and massive valley oak tree positioned in the front yard. This beautiful oak tree anchors the property to a history measured in hundreds of years, back to when Native Californian Yokuts likely sought summer refuge under its canopy. The Benbow curbside appeal is truly one of a kind.


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NDING CURB APPEAL Original Text by Aaron Collins | Photos by Forrest Cavale

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BEDROOM Original Text by Aaron Collins | Photos by Forrest Cavale

Scrimshire Home, March 2011


enise Scrimshire’s use of “Feng shui” in her master bedroom captured the eyes of all our staff members. With open room to wander back and forth from the bedroom to the bathroom, this space serves as both the comfort of a home, and the privacy of a day spa. The natural tones and distinctive zebra textures give the room a sleek look, with a bit of flair. The contemporary style of the master bedroom includes unique art features, and a calming atmosphere that one can feel without actually being in the home, which is why we chose to feature this refreshingly designed master bedroom.

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OUTSTANDING OUTDOOR SPACE Meendering Home, November 2012


yle and Lorri Meendering decided to create their own little piece of paradise, and we couldn’t agree more with their idea to transform their backyard into a Cabo San Lucas inspired outdoor space. The variety of colors and textures, tiling and landscaping incorporated into this backyard immediately interested our staff, wishing we could escape to their private resort for a day, (or weekend). The Meenderings travel to Cabo annually, but on every other day of the year, this backyard is their nirvana.


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Original Text by Lisa McEwen | Photos by Taylor Johnson


OUTSTANDING HOLIDAY DÉCOR Original Text by Aaron Collins Photos by Forrest Cavale

Story Home, December 2011


he Story’s describe their completely remodeled home as neoColonial meets “Tahoe Cabin” – a style that creates the perfect backdrop for a traditional yet cozy holiday. The stockings are hung and beautiful greenery adorns the substantial brick fireplace, which anchors the home. The formal dining room is embellished with elegant ribbon, glittering ornaments and dazzling lights. At Lifestyle, we are all about the details, and in this home, no bow is left untied and each ornament is perfectly placed. 52

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Crawford Home, June 2009


ith robin’s egg blue colored walls, and snappy black and white marble floors, this bathroom was an immediate eye catcher for our staff. The Crawford home is filled with eccentric colors and the mix of French and Asian influences. But here the eclectic designed bathroom has modern features, like the glass shower with marble flooring and countertops. Don’t miss the vintage flair from the chandelier over the classic white bath tub. By combining the two era’s of past and future, we find a perfect state of a comfortable yet grand lifestyle.


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Original Text by Aaron Collins | Photos by Forrest Cavale


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Valov Home, June 2011


ith their four kids, it’s no surprise that the Valov’s have a pool that is used for entertaining and outdoor activities. The Mediterranean styles reflected throughout the home only continue as you travel to the backyard. From their travels back and forth to Santa Barbara, Jimi and Tammy became inspired, and wanted a home that served as a resort to them. With a swim up bar and colonnaded outdoor entertainment center, you can’t go wrong. The unique design of this pool, not to mention the inviting blue waters, made the staff here at Lifestyle ready to say, “Cannon ball!”


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OUTSTANDING POOL Original Text by Aaron Collins | Photos by Forrest Cavale

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he Gregory home has become a place of permanent residence for native Visalian Cindy Gregory, since we last did this feature in August 2009. Her seaside home sits on the tiny Hat Island, on the stunning coast of Washington State. Our staff not only fell in love with the view, but the idea of living on a 1.5 sq. mile island, that offered seclusion and relaxation. The home was designed with guests in mind, with ocean views located in each room for perfect sunsets and sea animal sighting. On such a small island, she is surrounded by friends and neighbors, which we felt was a quality of life that most are jealous of.


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Original Text by Aaron Collins | Photos by Forrest Cavale


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OUTSTANDING ARCHITECTURE Original Text by Aaron Collins | Photos by Forrest Cavale


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Kinosian Home, April 2011


odd Kinosian’s Scottsdale inspired contemporary home has a bit of an edge and displays outstanding architecture with the infinity water feature for the pool and spa. With so many contributors to the Kinosian home, the natural tones and modern flair makes this home a true work of art. The open layout of the home allows for guests to see the backyard from the living room, and keeps this outdoor area clear for entertaining. The clean details immediately captured our attention. All of the elements of this home look effortless, although we know that is truly not the case. Works of art take months or years of inspiration, and the Kinosian home is nothing but extraordinary.Â

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W WINE Text by Sonny Martin



ith literally tens of thousands of choices to pick a wine, what drives the decision? My answer to that question begins with what I believe wine brings to the table: lifestyle enhancement! Nourishment can be found by foraging in the park, but invite your friends over to serve them the recipes James Jessen has given us this month and you are guaranteed to get rave reviews! Sure, a good part of the love will come from the savory taste that develops during the braising of the short ribs, enhanced by the interplay that goes on when you take a bite alongside the mash. Chocolate and anise evokes sexy, so ingredients surely play a role alongside of technique, but I suggest that is only the tip of the iceberg. Experience drives lifestyle enhancement and I believe it is the major force behind most choices made of lifestyle enhancement goods! Meals, wine, art, music, fashion; what you want most is to relive a positively memorable experience. If you want to choose a wine that isn’t in a box then the story connected to the bottle is at least as important as the grape variety 62

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harvested to vint it. And, not just any story but a story that you emotionally connect to. That is something that will flood your brain with dopamine and have you craving to relive it over and over. I’ve been visiting Napa Valley since my early teens and I can assure you the transformation from a sleepy little agricultural valley to the adult play land it has now become, is nothing less than astounding. With more than five million visitors a year Napa Valley goes back and forth with Disneyland as the most popular destination in California. Is wine really that attractive or, is there more to the story? Napa Valley offers adults a breadth and depth of opportunities to generate an emotional connection like no other place. Whether you are drawn to an ode to the Persian roots of wine, more than 4,000 years ago, or a 12th century style Tuscan castle winery you can be immersed in that experience at Darioush or Castello di Amorosa. If environmental aspects of farming intrigue you then you might choose to visit one of the pioneers of the biodynamic movement at Quintessa winery. If spectacular views are what floats your


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W WINE boat, you are in the mother lode visiting Napa Valley. Whether it be the renowned view from the terrace at Silverado Vineyards (coincidently owned by Walt Disney’s daughter) or the picnic tables overlooking Lake Hennessey at Chappellet Vineyards it is hard to find a spot that doesn’t evoke romance. But, with all of the natural, architectural and ambient beauty the depth of the emotional connection that draws people to come back year after year is the personal stories of the individuals behind and working in these wineries. Every time I drive up Highway 29 in Napa Valley, I pass Manley Lane and the mental image of a young Sullivan family, camping out on the four acre vineyard that started their Napa Valley journey, in the early 1970’s, is brought back to the forefront of my mind: it just makes me smile. The Arger-Martucci winery evokes the memory of the sound of a jeroboam of 1985 Domaine Dujac Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes hitting the brick floor of Kosta Arger’s wine cellar at his home in Reno, NV; while I was unpacking the other of the two bottles I had flown in from Switzerland. The sound of shattering glass resonates in my ears. Kosta was a personal friend of Jacques Seyesses, the founder of Domaine Dujac and stayed at his estate when he made his annual pilgrimages to Burgundy. But, despite this relationship, the two bottles were so rare that even Jacques couldn’t provide them for his friend. Almost a decade later Kosta formed a partnership with Rich & Carol Martucci and a new winery was born in Saint Helena. These are just a couple of the remarkably powerful emotional connections that wine has for me. I am blessed that every day my work gives me the privilege of listening to the personal stories from people all over the country who have created an emotional bond with their favorite beverage. Visalia is centrally located in California and, more importantly, to the various fine wine regions of this great state. Take advantage


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of the less than two hour proximity to the Paso Robles wine region to make day trips and learn the stories of the people behind an up and coming wine region. A little more planning is all that is required to make a trip to Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley or Santa Barbara wine country. If you want an experience back in time, to experience how California wine country began, take a trip up to the gold country and visit Amador County wineries. Just go and create your own emotional bonds and memorable experiences that you will seek to relive over and over again. Recently, the woman behind some great Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon wines enamored me. Amy Aiken produces around 700 cases of wine a year under her Meander and Conspire wine labels. The picture on her website, standing in front of the 1958 Morris Minor truck she found on eBay radiates the warmth, drive and passion that I connected to sitting in her “tasting salon” overlooking the pool at her house in Saint Helena. She sat for a few hours telling her story and everyone in our party was hanging onto every word. It was so powerful everyone there retells the story she gave us of how the name Meander came into being. The 2008 Meander Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (445 cases made) that we tasted was the first wine that came to my mind when I read James’ menu. It is made from grapes grown in two vineyards that she has personal connection to, Lewelling Vineyard in Saint Helena and Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford. It is a very plush wine filling the palate with soft tannins that will complement the short ribs well. Aromas of black fruits like the black cherry signature of Morisoli Vineyard and black plums are intertwined with the brown spices that evoke fall like cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. The black licorice/anise finish of this wine brought it to the forefront of my thoughts about finishing the meal, and the bottle, with the chocolate cake with anise frosting.


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n entire day could be spent just walking and absorbing the energy of New York City. Anything you want is there and usually it’s just a block away. Even then the average traveler can feel overwhelmed with so many choices; worried they will leave after experiencing only a small nibble of what the Big Apple has to offer. But with planning and a pair of comfortable shoes, visitors really can take a big bite. Manhattan, just one of the five boroughs (counties) that comprise New York City, is your actual destination when visiting the city. Smaller than Visalia in actual square miles, it’s densely inhabited. When its population doubles to well over four million during the work week, the traffic becomes outrageous, even by L.A. standards. Most Californians can’t imagine life without a car. But with monthly parking fees the highest of any U.S. city, most people living in Manhattan don’t even own a car. To spend more

time seeing the city, rather than sitting in traffic, the savvy tourist mimics New Yorkers and walks or takes the subway. The key to understanding this city is to no longer view it as a single entity with scattered attractions. I realized this years ago when staying in a hotel 10 blocks south of my brother-in-law’s apartment. When I called to ask them the best location for pizza, they didn’t know because we “weren’t in their neighborhood.” We were half a mile away, less than a 10-minute walk, and located on the same street! But with about 70,000 residents in each square mile, shops abound at street level. For the most part, people frequent businesses within five square blocks of home, where there are probably a dozen places to get a pizza. Even with this replication of services, few are simply copies of those blocks away since each has the distinctive character of the given neighborhood. And therein lies the beauty and uniqueness of New York City; a place more L I F E S T Y L E | O C T O B E R 2 013



like many small towns than one anonymous city. Central Park is an 843-acre green oasis that separates the Upper East and West Side neighborhoods. If your tastes lean towards treelined streets, art museums, fine shopping and the best of Central Park, head to the Upper East Side. Having stayed in many neighborhoods, this one remains my favorite. The area includes 50 blocks of streets that dead-end at 5th Avenue on the park’s east side. From the park’s north end, visit the Conservatory Gardens at 5th between 104th and 105th street. With tranquil gardens so true to their country’s distinct style, you feel transported. Loeb Boathouse (near 74th) is a popular destination to rent rowboats and bikes, or simply watch model boats sail on the lake. Along that same walking route are two museums; the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim (89th and 5th) and the huge Metropolitan Museum of Art where there are magnificent park views from the roof garden (between 80th- 85th.) One block west, Madison offers lovely shops, restaurants and a concentration of high-end designers from 70th to 63rd with ABOVE LEFT: Located at the sight of the twin World Trade towers destroyed on 9/11, One World Trade (previously called the Freedom Tower) has surpassed the Empire State Building to become the tallest building in New York City.


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Barneys at 61st. Park Avenue, with its wide median filled with flowers and greenery, lies one block west. Covering the entire area in one day can be done, but significant museum visits or shopping will require more time. On the opposite side of Central Park lies the Upper West Side featuring more flavor and cultures than the east. More accessible to the Theater district, it also offers more affordable but quality hotels, people watching at Columbus Circle, the Museum of Arts and Design, Lincoln Center, and the American Museum of Natural History. Check out the discounted designer merchandise at the huge Century 21 store and fine jazz music at Dizzy’s Club Even if jazz isn’t your taste, take the same elevators to the 4th floor (above the shops) in the Time Warner Building. Just to the right of the club are floor to ceiling windows with the best views of the Circle, especially at night. Just below Central Park are the Theater District, Times Square and Midtown. As one of the busiest pedestrian areas in the world, Times Square is worth seeing but is extremely congested for a hotel stay. Discounted tickets for same day theater seats as well as full price future seats can be bought at the red TKTS booth (www.tdf. org), located underneath the “people watching” bleachers in Times Square at Broadway and 47th, seats are available at excellent prices but purchasing ahead online ( ensures tickets for a particular show. The best seats however, may actually be outside in the middle of Times Square. In 2009 Mayor Bloomberg closed a portion of Broadway to traffic and filled it with plastic lawn chairs as an experiment. Many laughed but the joke was on them when the chairs were a hit. Sturdier chairs have replaced the plastic and they’re a perfect spot for watching the “show” that Times Square’s energy creates daily. Further south, Midtown offers sites like Trump Tower, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Museum of Modern Art, Madison Square Garden and Rockefeller Center. The Rockefeller Center complex has a separate entrance on west 50th street with elevators to the “Top of the Rock” observation levels. With a covered 67th floor, open deck with glass windshields on the 69th floor, and a completely open 70th floor, 360-degree views of Manhattan are always possible despite the weather. Two next-door neighborhoods south of Midtown are Chelsea, once largely industrial with immigrant tenements, and the Meatpacking District, once the center for the slaughter and butcher industry. Both were transformed when art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and clubs transitioned away from MIDDLE: In New York even the parking is high-rise! When space is at a premium, building (or parking in this case) is the way to go.


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TOP: The New York County Courthouse is located near City Hall and looks so familiar because it has been used as a backdrop for court scenes in many TV and film productions, including the Law and Order series. INSET: Columbus Circle on the Upper West Side is located at the southwest corner of Central Park. A statue of Columbus is in the center of the circle surrounded by fountains and is a great “people watching” spot

soaring rents in SoHo. It’s the repurposing of the once abandoned freight tracks that’s uniquely connected the two. Slated for demolition, local residents convinced the city to turn the elevated railway into a green walkway, accessible via elevators and stairs from the street. The route has stretches of tracks and wild grasses (reminiscent of the deserted tracks) integrated into the landscaping and even passes through buildings where cargo was once delivered. Three stories above ground, the High Line allows walkers to descend frequently to shop, eat or visit a gallery. The Financial District is located at the southern tip of the city. Begin a walking tour at Wall Street, the Stock Exchange and Charging Bull statue. Stop in at Trinity Church with the Freedom Tower in the distance (where the twin towers once stood). Continue south to Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty and walk along the Esplanade, turning back into the city at the North Cove Yacht Harbor. From here it’s a short walk to Ground Zero, the 9/11 Memorial (reservations available at, and all the new trade center buildings. Continue east to City Hall to see the instantly recognizable New York County Courthouse staircase and pillars pictured in every episode of Law and Order. 70

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Visiting multiple museums or attractions? Consider buying a CityPass and save on admission, The Statue of Liberty has reopened after repairs from Hurricane Sandy but Ellis Island is still closed. Visits to the statue require a ferry ticket, Panoramic views from Liberty’s feet are wonderful and even better from her crown. But those last 154 spiral stairs come after the 22-story walk from the lobby to the first platform. The Central Valley weather doesn’t prepare us for cold, humidity and weekly rain. Winter visits require wearing everything you own and you will still be whining as the wind whips around the buildings. Summer’s humidity ensures that 85-90 degrees will often feel like a sauna. Spring and fall are spectacular, just pack a small umbrella. Subway maps are readily available and anyone can direct you to the closest station. Know your train and destination before entering the station and check the sign at the stairs to be sure both the train and direction are correct. Stations have vending machines (larger stations have manned booths) to buy Metro cards. At $2.50/ride, add money to the same card for the entire stay. For an instructional video online, go to There’s even a subway art tour, www. To hail a cab, choose a larger street heading the direction you need. Stand on the corner of the intersection to allow oncoming cabs to see you. Available cabs (not off duty or busy) have the center light with taxi number turned on then raise your arm. Always know the intersection or closest cross-street to your destination. Cabs often have credit card screens in the back for payment just follow the prompts. Central Park is only 3 1/2 avenues wide but curved pathways turn “cross-park strolls” into major hikes only to reach destinations on the other side. Take a cab! 


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Dear Lifestyle Staff, CONGRATULATIONS on reaching the 10th Anniversary of Lifestyle Magazine! Ten years is a great accomplishment on its own, but given the economic challenges we’ve faced for many of those years, you and your team deserve extra credit for not only surviving, but thriving. Lifestyle has become a household name in our community because of the creativity, quality, and unique content, which has characterized it from the very beginning. Visalia is a unique community within the Valley, in large part because of the thriving arts and cultural elements which exist here. Lifestyle has played an important role in shining a spotlight on these important components of our quality of life and has contributed to making them more vital as a result. In addition, we applaud your willingness to dedicate space in Lifestyle to helping our non-profit organizations tell their story. So many of them are doing great work, but have a difficult time finding ways to let the rest of us know. You have provided an important outlet for that conversation. All in all, job well done! The Chamber looks forward to continuing to partner with you and your team for the next 10 years and beyond. All the best,

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Bounty of the County:

TULARE COUNTY FARM BUREAU By Carole Firstman | Photos by Tulare County Farm Bureau


mid acres of fragrant orange groves surrounding landscaped gardens of native flowers and plants, a farm-to-table dinner organized by the Tulare County Farm Bureau (TCFB) sought to remind residents that agriculture remains a key part of the county’s makeup, with a wide variety of farm products available to them. Held at Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch on Sept. 28, the event gave more than 350 participants a chance to interact with farmers and learn more about farming in the county. “This was a grower-appreciation night,” said TCFB

Executive Director Tricia Stever Blatter, “and it was also an occasion to help the public understand and learn about the farming community.” Twenty-four restaurants, specialty shop owners, wineries and chefs served locally sourced dishes and spirits. With the live music of Poor Man’s Poison playing in the background, guests mingled beneath dapples of late afternoon sun, tasting a variety of delectable treats and chatting with vendors, chefs and farmers about where the foods came from and how they were prepared. TOP: Finely etched wine glasses provided for all guests for the Bounty of the County event. BOTTOM LEFT: Poor Man’s Poison entertained with live music at the event. BOTTOM RIGHT: Exeter folks, Dave and Tiffany Smith Nielsen, Robert Blattler, and Dan and Patty Dreyer enyoing their food and drinks.


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A Few Farming Facts (and Some Numbers)

Founded in 1916, TCFB is a non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to economic development, social advancement, and educational improvement of the region. “We are agriculture’s voice in the community,” Stever Blatter explained in a post-event interview. “For well over 90 years the Farm Bureau has helped people recognize the value and importance of farming.” Today, Tulare County is the second largest agricultural-producing county in the entire nation (second only to Fresno County). The county’s dairy industry alone is worth more than $1 billion dollars a year – “That’s ‘billion’ with a ‘B,’” Stever Blatter said for emphasis – which is a significant factor in the bigger ag-picture: California’s farmland accounts for 13 percent of the nation’s gross cash receipts. Agriculture also happens to be the largest private employer in the county, with farm employment accounting for nearly a quarter of all jobs. Processing, manufacturing and service to the agriculture industry provide many other related jobs. Six of the top 15 employers in the county are food handling or processing companies, which includes fruit packing houses and dairy processing plants. One in every five jobs in the San Joaquin Valley is directly related to agriculture. It’s interesting to note that Tulare County has relatively few farms and farmers compared to other parts of California; fewer farms, yet more crop yield and more gross value. “That’s because of the unique climate and geography of the San Joaquin Valley,” said Stever Blatter. The Mediterranean climate, fertile soil and mild seasons create ideal conditions, lending to our extreme productivity and unique ability to grow many specialty crops, including numerous varieties of citrus, stone fruits (nectarines, peaches, plums), nut crops, berries, livestock, hay and silage crops – and of course lots of milk (for bottled milk, cheese, yogurt and all the other dairy products that fill grocery store shelves nationwide). All in all, Tulare County produces over 240 agricultural products – 46 with a gross annual value of $1 million each. In 2012, total gross production value for Tulare County was $6,210,693,000. The county is also a leading exporter, sending products to more than 80 countries, including Korea, Japan, China, Mexico, Taiwan, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, Indonesia, New Zealand and Canada. “We truly are the fruit and vegetable basket for the world,” Stever Blatter said.


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TOP: Tulare County Farm Bureau Officers, Steve Godlin, Ed Needham and Larry Peltzer enjoying the evening. BOTTOM LEFT: Winning the award for the Most Savory Dish, The Vintage press served salmon wrapped phyllo to the guests. BOTTOM RIGHT: Assembly candidate Rudy Mendoza samples some wines provided by Farm Credit West.

Enjoying the Bounty While dizzying numbers of ag-economics affect all Valley residents (either directly or indirectly), that was not the focus of the Bounty of the County event. Rather, folks were there to eat, chat, listen to music, and maybe make a few new friends – to truly enjoy an authentic farm-to-table link. To that end, Brewbakers poured handcrafted beers; Exeter Meats served marinated tri-tip; Sue Sae’s Catering wowed the crowd with bacon-wrapped dates; ice cream, goat cheese and bread pudding were a hit; and a variety of wineries uncorked a number of local vintages. In friendly competition, awards were given to few restaurants. The Vintage Press won Most Savory Dish for its entrée, a salmon wrapped in phyllo, topped with lemon and sauce. Café 225 won Best Fresh Dish for a marinated grilled vegetable medley served over rice or salad. Jack and Charlie’s won Best Dessert for a flan made with fresh goat milk. And in addition to the food’s local sources, the music also fit the theme of local-gone-national. Poor Man’s Poison, whose members hail from Hanford, recently won national recognition when they were awarded a $100,000 prize in the Texaco County Showdown. The group, which frequently tours throughout the state, played a mixture of sounds during the Bounty of the County event. “The music was perfect,” said Stever Blatter, describing a diverse performance of hillbilly, rock ’n roll, gospel and country songs. “The night was a huge success. What we do locally does impact others around the country, around the world. This event reached a lot of our own people – people right here in the community. We showed our appreciation for the farming community and allowed the public to experience a delicious link – from farm field to dinner plate.”


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TOP 10WARM-UPS Text by Sharon Mosley


hen a new fashion season arrives, it’s time for celebration, especially when it comes to fall. Let’s face it – as the summer winds down, we’re ready to chill out and warm up to cozy sweaters and boots. Here are 10 of fall’s favorite must-haves to put on your shopping list:

A knee-length coat. I know it may be a bit early to think about buying a new coat, but the toppers this fall are breaking bad. The newest silhouettes are roomy, menswear-inspired, knee-length designs that will wrap you up in style. And if you really want to get in on the latest coat trend, go pastel and think blush pink. The chunky sweater. Another fall warm-up, the knits this season are bigger and bolder – perfect to wear with skinny jeans or leggings. Think thick fisherman cables or Fair Isle patterns in pullovers and even vests. The fuller skirt. Time to twirl. While the classic pencil skirt is always a style basic, the flirty “tulip” skirts are flipping out this fall. They’re the swingy counterpoint to the belted ’40s-style suit jackets and coats that plays off the Dior fitand-flare silhouette. The moto jacket. It’s leather weather, and the motorcycle jacket outfitted with a military vibe and lots of hardware is one of fall’s most revved up looks. Pair it with 78

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distressed jeans for a casual look or a tweed skirt for a creative work style. The plaid prints. Think plaids have to be for the preppy kids only? Think again. The popular tartans have way outgrown their Ivy League past and now have more of a tough-girl edge showing up in designer collections in everything from short cropped jackets to babydoll dresses to skinny jeans. Pair your plaids with leather or black and you’ve really got the new pep in prep. The wide leg pant. Move over skinny jeans! Here comes the swagger. Wider leg pants are sailing into fall with great style riding the wave of the pajama party. Easy and breezy, these pants are best teamed with the cropped jackets and fitted sweaters. The fluffy fur. Get ready to go wild and wooly with the plush new furs. Whether you like the real thing or prefer to do faux, you’ll find plenty of the fluff stuff from boleros to vests. Even shoes and sunglasses get the furry treatment this fall.

A colorful tweed suit. Suits are back in classic nubby tweed. And these tweeds have come out of the mothballs. Miss Marple? Not! The newest tweeds will brighten up any wardrobe with vivid youthful colors like cobalt blue or emerald green or hot pink. The pointy toe pump or boot. It’s an instant update. Change your shoes; change your fashion life. And this fall, it’s time to get to the point. Pointed toes are the newest way to go whether it’s a pump with a metallic toe or a lace-up granny bootie. Tip: Don’t get cramped with these new styles. Experiment with one size larger and use gel inserts for cushioning. The foldover clutch. This one is a no-brainer. These envelope-style handbags can hold it all – from iPads to iPhones, files and more. They can go from day to evening and back again and easily slip inside a bigger tote. The latest updates include lots of embossed snakeskin details, metal studs and zippers. A little punky purse can go a long way on style this fall.


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alley Oak SPCA hosted its 4th Annual “Wine & Wags Gala and Auction” on September 14. At a beautiful home adjacent to the Visalia Country Club, it was an amazing evening of wine and food tasting, live and silent auctions, and outdoor entertainment. Proud supporter and former SPCA board member, Mayor Amy Shuklian, worked the audience as she served as the auctioneer for the 10 live auction items. The event sold out, bringing together 200 people, and raising $20,000; all proceeds from the event support Valley Oak SPCA’s efforts to raise funds for the new Adoption and Education Center where they will be able to save more lives, educate pet owners, and offer a variety of programs for pet owners and animal lovers. The new center will also allow the Valley Oak SPCA room to grow, offer a better living environment to our homeless animals, and the opportunity to offer better programs and resources to our community.


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Dear Lifestyle Staff, My warmest congratulations on Lifestyle Magazine’s 10th anniversary – a wonderful accomplishment. What a great publication with a wonderful group of people. Lifestyle Magazine continues to provide timely, fresh and entertaining content to your readers, and I am one of your fans. On behalf of Boy & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias we want to extend our best wishes as Lifestyle Magazine celebrates these past 10 years. As a member of the non-profit community we are very thankful Lifestyle Magazine has made promoting non-profit causes a core part of its content. Lifestyle Magazine is held in high esteem by my nonprofit colleagues for tirelessly featuring the fundraising efforts that are so important to our mission. Thank you. Once again, congratulations, and here’s wishing another 10 successful years to a great magazine. Sincerely,

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uan Luis Guzmán remembers his fourth grade teacher, Linda Arreola, for a special reason. One day, in class, she took him aside and gave him a copy of Robert Frost’s Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening. The reason it was so meaningful was that he had just returned to school following the death of his seven-year-old sister. She was the baby in the family and, at nine, Juan was the child just older than she was. “I think because I was the kind of kid who always read and was always enthralled by literature, she knew I would understand, even at that age,” he said. “And it really was because of that teacher I began to have an interest in poetry and writing about those emotions and life experiences.” The life experiences that Guzmán writes about include incidents from his early years. He was born in Reedley but grew up in Selma. His parents emigrated from Mexico to work in the fields and Guzmán’s childhood memories are of the agricultural world, of being with his parents in the vineyard while they were picking grapes and always working. His grandparents were hardworking people, too, but in addition, they were storytellers. “My grandparents were almost these mythical figures,” he said. “They were always telling us these stories of this land we didn’t know. They were the first storytellers that I encountered; the first storytellers that I related to. Writing poetry or fiction or anything for me is something that comes from my ancestors and is passed

JUAN LUIS GUZMÁN A COMMUNIT Y OF WRITERS GUIDES POET ON HIS PATH down to me – so I have this duty to continue that tradition.” His grandparents, Arreola – and Frost – were among the earliest of many who helped put Guzmán on the poet’s path and kept him on the right track. Successful writers generally find writing is not the solitary endeavor it can appear to be. Honing craft and learning what works takes interactions with others. Guzmán attended Selma schools – including Eric White Elementary where Mrs. Arreola taught – graduated from high school, and went on to California State University, Fresno. He has always felt close to his teachers and one of them at Fresno State was Martin Paul. “We had to write this essay,” he said. “After class, he gave me my essay back and said this is not an essay, but you should be writing poetry. He found something in the language, maybe, that I was using.” Dr. Paul recommended that Guzmán take a class with Connie Hales who became one of Guzmán’s mentors. Hales has now published five collections of poetry. Her most recent work, To Make it Right, won the Autumn House Poetry Prize for 2010.


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L LITERARY ARTS After graduation, he submitted to who is known best for her novel, House After graduation, Guzmán entered the on Mango Street. She is the recipient journals everywhere and developed the Master of Fine Arts program at Fresno of a National Endowment for the Arts thick skin required to face the constant State. Part of the reason he values the Fellowship and numerous other awards. program is that it requires students to rejections experienced by most writers who The foundation began as a workshop in work in a variety of genre, not just in their don’t give up. Cisneros’ kitchen and grew rapidly. The special interests. The classes he took not “You have to spend a little while feeling foundation’s work expanded into aspects only taught about poetry and fiction, but sorry for yourself,” he said. “And feeling such as community building and nonalso composition theory and new writing like ‘What am I doing? This is probably violent social change. theories. He also appreciates that the not going to work out for me.’ But you get The foundation accepts a few writers students have an opportunity to teach either over that because writing is not a luxury. each year to the group. Among them are creative writing or composition. It’s just something you have to do. So you writers such as Richard Blanco, While studying in the poet who read his poem the program, Guzmán at President Obama’s second concentrated more on inauguration, Alex Espinosa, honing his craft and a member of the Fresno State experimenting in poetry faculty and author of Still than seeking publication. Water Saints and Julia Alvarez, He had the sense of being author of How the Garcia Girls protected by the faculty and Lost Their Accents and In the mentors in the program Time of Butterflies. while he tried out different “As a member of this group, methods of expression Macondo, that’s when my – which is not to say he writing started to flourish,” he was coddled while in the said, “to take a new direction program. and become empowered.” “It challenged my writing He also was a 2012 Fellow as well,” he said. “You know, of CantoMundo, another while you’re growing up, community for Latino writers. people tell you your writing The organization seeks to is great. Then you get in this nurture, learn about aspects of program and have people “WRITING POETRY OR FICTION OR Latino poetics not discussed who know what they’re in the general population talking about tell you your ANY THING FOR ME IS SOMETHING and provide networking for writing is not so great. THAT COMES FROM MY ANCESTORS Latino poets. Cave Canem They kind of whip you into AND IS PAS S ED DOWN TO ME—SO I is a similar group focused on shape.” HAVE THIS DUT Y TO CONTINUE THAT African American poetry and They also point the Kundiman is dedicated to students toward the kinds TRADITION.” Asian American poetry. of books that they should “This is another group where know, because one of the –JUAN LUIS GUZMÁN you show up, and there’s all biggest components of these great writers,” he said. writing is reading. All of “You go to the conferences and the great writers, past and work on creating new poems. present, are available to There’s a support network and show by example how to put the kind of group that really together written words. empowers you and finds you “At Fresno State, they do new opportunities for your such a great job of creating a writing.” diverse group of writers and Guzmán’s recent publications accepting a well-rounded include a poem in Huizache, group of people into the the literary magazine of CentroVictoria, program,” he said. “That was very nurturing keep writing even though your work keeps getting rejected.” the Center for Mexican American for me as a writer. I needed that kind of After his prose poem, “Paternity,” was Literature and Culture at the University of community to keep me writing and to keep accepted by BorderSenses, he felt highly Houston-Victoria. He is in good company me on the right track.” motivated to write and began looking for in the publication with Gary Soto, Tim When he graduated, he did become a a group that could continue the support Z. Hernandez, Alex Espinosa and other teacher. He taught part time at College system and networking that he had esteemed Valley writers. His work is also of the Sequoias and Reedley College and in Pilgrimage Magazine and on the blog of experienced at Fresno State. just started full-time this fall in his new the California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe He applied to the Macondo Foundation, position teaching composition at Fresno Herrera, who also has Valley roots. City College. which was founded by Sandra Cisneros, 86 L I F E S T Y L E | O C T O B E R 2 0 1 3










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HEALTHY VISALIA FESTIVAL Bring the family out for a fun-filled day of entertainment, music, prizes, family activities, informational booths, health screenings and much more. There will also be a great skateboarding competition. When: Oct. 19, 10a-1p Where: Visalia Recreation Park, 345 N. Jacob, Visalia Contact:


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This is a beautiful opera with incredible music, put on by the Visalia Opera Company. It is the wedding day of Figaro and Suzanna, the valet and maid in the palace of Count Almaviva. With many twists and turns through the story, one may expect many comedic situations and dramatic events. When: Nov. 8-10 Where: Main Street Theatre, 307 E. Main St., Visalia Contact: or e-mail


A ghoulish Halloween stage show of music, magic and comedy! This seasonal Halloween production includes wardrobe, sets, props and special magical illusion effects designed for the show. This production will surely amaze, excited, and fully entertain audiences of all ages in the spirit of Halloween. When: Oct. 30, 7:30p Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 Main St., Visalia Contact: 625-1369 or visit


The multiple Grammy Award–winning American Chicano rock band from East Los Angeles, Los Lobos, will be performing their Rock and Roll, Tex-Mex, Country, Folk influenced music. Also performing will be the The 44’s Band - real Rock, Blues and Boogie music! This is a benefit to assist Folklorico Legacy Foundation in providing instruments to children who need them, while educating them about the Mariachi Tradition. When: Nov. 8, 8p Where: Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia, Visalia Contact: 713-4040, or visit

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The American country singer-songwriter will be playing his hits at the Visalia Fox Theatre this fall. Gill has had success as a country rock musician and as a solo artist, which led him to become a high demand guest vocalist and duet partner. When: Nov. 11, 7:30p Where: Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 Main St., Visalia Contact: 625-1369




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Experience the world’s must-see destinations – along Europe’s magnificent rivers, including the Rhine, Seine, and Danube – or from Moscow to St. Petersburg, or to the Far East on a cruisetour along the Yangtze or the Mekong Delta.


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A talent competition for any Visalia Unified student performer (solo or group). Proceeds will benefit the Visalia Education Foundation in support of grants and scholarships for the performing arts and classrooms in Visalia. Tickets are $10. When: Nov. 16, 2p-4p Grades K-6; 6p-8p Grades 7-12 Where: L.J. Williams Theatre, 1001 W. Main St., Visalia Contact:


OCT 27

Join us in this intimate, interactive setting where you can truly learn, ask questions, and make an informed choice about your future river cruising plans. Viking River Cruises representative, Michael Weldon, will be joining the Cruise Experts to share more about Viking’s 2-for-1 pricing and their 14 new revolutionary designed vessels. Come learn, plan, and save. There’s limited space available. Call and reserve your spot today.



Local artist Varian Mace is proud to display her artwork at two Exeter locations this fall, the Wildflower Café and Main Street Exeter. In addition to these exhibits, you can see her work “Poppies and Lupine” a mural in downtown Exeter, and a mural at St. Paul’s School in Visalia. Be sure to stop by her reception and take a look at her beautiful works of art. When: Reception is Oct, 27, 1p-5p Where: Main Street Exeter, 145 N. E St., Exeter Contact: 733-2254


OCT 24


ProYouth/HEART invites you to their Legacy Dinner and Auction. The night will honor Laurie Isham, founder of ProYouth/Heart. In 1993, Laurie had a big vision and that was that every child deserves an opportunity to excel in a safe after-school environment. With the support of local businesses, educators, and the community, they created HEART: Homework, Enrichment, Acceleration, Recreation, and Teamwork. When: Oct. 24, 6p Where: Visalia Marriott, 300 S. Court St., Visalia Contact: 625-5933


Join Sequoia Natural History Association’s team of experienced cave naturalists for a day of spooky Halloween fun at Crystal Cave. This special one-hour long tour will stop in beautiful cave rooms and along the way we’ll meet the “ghosts” of Crystal Cave’s past. Participants must be 8 years old or older, and tickets must be purchased at either the Foothills or Lodgepole Visitor Centers in Sequoia National Park. When: Oct. 26 & 27, 11a; 1p; 3p Where: Crystal Cave, Sequoia National Park Contact: 565-3759 or




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This two-day event is the largest health related event in the San Joaquin Valley. The show focuses on optimal health and features local and national exhibits including: health food and nutrition, fitness and sports, weight loss, personal growth and dental health, just to name a few. As a community event, the fair is free to the public. Many speakers will be in attendance, giving inspiration and advice to those who are willing to listen. When: Nov. 2-3, 10a-5p Where: Fresno Convention Center, Valdez Hall, 848 “M” St., Fresno Contact: 445-8200 or visit


Twin Rivers Vintners Association welcomes you to come experience fall in the country with their annual event. Each winery has something unique to offer with signature wines, and craft beer but also vendors, music, and food. With six wineries in five miles west of the 99, the Fresno County Wine Journey has something to offer everyone. This is a free event with your own wine glass as your entry fee. When: Nov. 9-11, 12p-5p Where: The Wineries of Fresno County Twin Rivers Vintners Association Contact:


This show will showcase hundreds of new cars, trucks, sport/utility vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles and more as they take over the Fresno Convention and Entertainment center. Attendees will even be able to test drive select models right outside the show. When: Nov. 15-17, 10a Where: Fresno Convention Center, 848 “M” St., Fresno Contact: 445-8100


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23TH ANNUAL TASTE TREATS IN TULARE The Tulare Historical Museum presents this highly anticipated food-tasting extravaganza. Sample the best foods and beverages in the valley without leaving town. The area’s finest restaurants will be offering tasters of their best dishes, drinks and deserts. Tickets: $50. When: Oct. 28, 6-8:30p Where: Heritage Complex International Agri-Center, 4500 S. Laspina St., Tulare Contact: 686-2074 or


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The Tulare County Office of Education and the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency invite you to the 4th Annual Red Ribbon Week Celebration. The celebration will promote positive choices and healthy alternatives to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. This FREE family event will feature youth performances, hands-on activities, and community resource booths.  When: Oct. 26, 12p-4p Where: International Agri-Center, 4500 S. Laspina, Tulare Contact: Al Rodriguez at or call 559-651-0155

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