Wild Life

When to Indulge in a Threesome: Trilogies I’ve Loved

Recently Kaylin Walker, a statistics grad student, researched book and film trilogies and found that ultimately “movie trilogies get worse, losing favor with each film, while book trilogies secure higher ratings for book two and maintain them for book three.” Her findings were based on a survey of Goodreads and IMDb ratings. While there’s enough data and graphs on her …

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Music To My Ears: Best Albums Lists

“[Lists] are absolutely subjective, utterly frustrating, always incomplete—and they cause more arguments than religion and politics. In other words, they’re a lot of fun.” So says Steven Van Zandt, musician, songwriter, performer, arranger, record producer, actor, writer, human rights activist, and international radio DJ. He is a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and an original principal cast …

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Speaking of Abstract Art: When Is A Portrait Not a Likeness?

When you walk into an art gallery, what type of art is most likely to first catch your eye? The seascape, mountain scene, or wildlife? Paintings or sculptures of people realistically portrayed? Or are you drawn to a bold design filled with line and form, but no recognizable subject? Many art lovers find pleasure in art that reminds them of …

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Music to My Ears: Why I Get Lost in Rock and Roll

Ohh give me the beat boys and free my soul I wanna get lost in your rock n’ roll And drift away . . . “Drift Away” was written by Mentor Williams and originally recorded by John Henry Kurtz in 1972—back when singles still had a silver-dollar sized hole in the middle. In 1973 it became Dobie Gray’s biggest hit, …

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Earth, Wind, & Fire: The Magic of Clay

On August 1st, a giant of a book about Native American pottery will become available. It is huge not only in size (roughly 14 x 12 in. and 351 pages), but it is probably the most comprehensive publication of its kind. It would make an important addition to the library of any artist, collector, or interested individual who would like …

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Smokin’ Hot: Cheech Marin on Film, Art, and Life

What pops into your mind when you hear the name Cheech Marin? The sidesplitting humor of a stoner smoking the biggest doobie you ever saw? Inspector Joe Dominguez cruising San Francisco in Nash Bridges’ über-cool, lemon-yellow Hemi Barracuda? Or do you chuckle at memories of Cheech as the debonair Ignacio Messina chasing Tyne Daly around the “Judging Amy” set? It …

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San Francisco: Two Artists to Watch

My recent trip to San Francisco to explore its vibrant art scene introduced me to the work of Vanessa Marsh and Philip Buller, two artists to watch, both represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery. Their styles and processes are completely different but each is producing compelling work guaranteed to attract interest. VANESSA MARSH Vanessa Marsh, a California bay-area mixed-media artist, creates …

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Escaping Winter: Four Glorious Southwestern Arizona Days

The desert has always been special to me. For many the desert seems desolate and barren, but to me it is the Phoenix of landscapes, rising each spring to celebrate the season with glorious, piercing color decorating its foliage. I love the architectural quality of saguaro, the skyward reach of the century plant’s singular stretch of blooms, the barrel cactus’s …

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Travels with Sinbad: Motorcycle Journeys: Part 3

The next morning’s weather did not look promising. Around 7:30 a.m. after only a half-eaten breakfast, a nervous stomach, and a load of determination, I packed up Sinbad again, put on full cold weather layers and rain gear and headed north on Highway 550 toward Ouray. I didn’t have much experience with mountain conditions during bad weather and, not sure about …

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Travels with Sinbad: Motorcycle Journeys, Part II

And the adventure continues . . . Creede, Colorado is just as appealing as I had always imagined—a small historic mining town situated at the mouth of a magnificent red rock canyon. Strength and energy emanated from the sheer, wet canyon walls and they shimmered in the crisp air as I parked Sinbad and looked around. Wonderfully restored buildings, some upscale …

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