December 2014

Cover Story
Hope Springs Nocturnal
 
As the human population has exploded and urban areas have expanded almost exponentially, it has brought many problems—one of which is the erosion of dark skies. While some might see it as only a trivial concern, a recent book by author Paul Bogard called The End of Night charts the dire problems to losing the night.



Photo by Ralph Schmid

In Range
The Reflective Season
The start of winter leads to an opportunity to turn more inward, to slow down and to reflect. It’s also a special time to interact with the natural world, when it’s a little slower and a little quieter. Essayist Jean Rukkila shares her thoughts on this time of longer nights, shorter days and snow-filled forests.

 


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DEPARTMENTS

The Dish
We explore the wonder and greatness that is soup season with some of our favorite bowls from around town. So grab a spoon and enjoy the seasonal bounty.

BOTTLES & SPIRITS
With Christmas here, we could not help but pick a few cocktails that go well with the season and gatherings with friends and family.


ART SEEN
Flagstaff artist Mike Frick has had multiple shows this year and caught the eye of many art lovers by painting stunning portraits on, of all things, cardboard. The haphazard medium blends with Frick’s eye for humor and heartbreak.

SOUND AND STAGE
We interview Tony Sutera, who will play Kris Kringle in the Theatrikos production of Miracle on 34th Street about Christmas, theatre tradition and the challenge of playing Jolly Old St. Nick.

MIND & BODY
We talk to a local therapist about Seasonal Affective Disorder.


NATURAL SELECTIONS
With wintertime here, it’s a nice chance to look at the evergreen trees, as the evergreens make their way into many living rooms for Christmas and stand out as beautiful scenes when draped with snow.

HOMES AND SPACES
For a different kind of Homes and Spaces tour this month, we elected to tour and feature the Re/Max office, which actually is a refurbished historic building located on Riordan Road. It’s a wondrous example of classic architecture.

DÉCOR AND MORE
We offer a few fun ideas for helping make the holidays a little more eco-friendly this season.

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