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My favorite quote from the latest Moonshine Ink edition (on stands today!): “I don’t hang out with any chickens, but my sister Olive acts like one.” –Flip Speckleman of Flip’s Friends (he’s a canine columnist, if you’re not a regular Moonshine reader)

And while you’re reading, be sure to check out my DiStill Life column on Detours: Tahoe City, an installation art exhibit coming to town in August and September. Just look for my face and the image above in the back of the paper!

UPDATE Or read it here: Art Less Traveled

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Fun times for Moonshine Ink this month… I traveled to Reno to chat with Reno Bike Project’s head honcho about the upcoming We HeART Bikes exhibit for my DiStill Life art column, and then hit the Tahoe City and Truckee streets to conduct ad hoc interviews for Do Tell, Moonshine‘s monthly community question.

I must say it was crazy how many people turned me down for such a benign question: Which of your father’s traits do you most admire? So many folks were afraid to have their photos taken. Props go to Dan Lee Rowell, my first taker. He was in need (asking for spare change outside the post office) yet giving with his time and words. Thanks Dan! I’ll add in the links as soon as the stories are live on Moonshine‘s website.

(photo of North Tahoe Museum’s Saddle Time art exhibit, via Tahoe Mountain Sports‘ Facebook page)

If you haven’t checked out the new Moonshine Ink that’s on stands around Tahoe/Truckee, do it! My latest DiStill Life column is on the new grant-funded Arts For the Schools programming, and it is quite exciting stuff. Project Bandaloop is the first performer on the playbill, and I can’t wait for the show next weekend… they’re dancing in the air, off the side of the Resort at Squaw Creek building. yowza!

For my DiStill Life art column in this month’s Moonshine Ink, I delve into the many ways to create and enjoy art outside. Topping my personal list was spray-painting these planters last spring. Check out my column on page 64 for more ideas!

Also this month, don’t miss Jackie Varriano’s adventures in cheese-making on page 50, Flip Speckleman’s most spiteful—and hilarious—column of the year on page 41, and news of Tahoe’s hottest ride, the new Red Truck mobile cafe, on page 56. I am so loving the paint job. I’m a sucker for gap-toothed yetis!

photo via Red Truck on Facebook

I am in love with the work of Natalia Williams, the featured artist in my current DiStill Life column in April’s Moonshine Ink. Using dried flowers, sand and other elements of nature alongside traditional collaging material (newspaper, magazines), Natalia creates such textural works of art. Check out my story on stands now, page 53. Here’s some more of her work since it couldn’t all make the print version:

Also don’t miss my picks in this edition:

-Beth Ingalls’ column defending our right to line-dry

Not Your Average Dog Walk by Eric Wallis… a look into the sport of skijoring

-The feature on Kings Beach homebrewer Kevin Drake

-Seth Lightcap’s recap of the G.N.A.R. game—I was wondering what happened there

-And Tim Hauserman’s Growing Up in Tahoe column

This month’s Moonshine Ink is a visual feast… starting with its cover, my favorite yet. Besides reading my DiStill Life column on the amazing Susie Alexander, who bested a van Gogh legacy in February (see page 60), here are my picks for the month (click the links to read if you’re not in town to pick up a copy):

-Practical Wellness columnist Linda Lindsay’s exposé on radon: its startling Tahoe statistics, and how to test and protect your home, page 20

-the fun design and great reader-submitted images in the Winter Photo Annual, page 27

-the tater tot photo on page 44

-Robert “Fro” Frohlich’s Glacier Point adventure, page 46. He’s one of my favorite local writers — always good for a laugh!

-Olivia Dwyer’s profile on local Etsy artisans, page 58, well written and so nice to see folks doing what they love for a living

-and of course, Seth Lightcap’s tribute to C.R. Johnson, page 49, who died at Squaw Valley on February 24

It’s Moonshine time! I love it when my column gets inked every month… just seeing on the page is exciting, but especially when it’s chosen to be in color. My interview with photographer Ryan Salm got two full-color pages (pg 54–55), so be sure to check it out. You can see even more of his work on his new gallery website.

A few other highlights, in my opinion, are (links and page #s provided):

-the photo of “Taxi James” in Do Tell, pg 2 (he he!)

-Beth Ingalls’ call for patience, pg 9

-Olivia Dwyer’s Vancouver Olympic round-up… what locals to watch, and when to watch them, pg 31

-Flip Speckleman’s diary column… be sure to read his Feb. 1 entry, pg 39

-Jackie Varriano’s Knitting Factory (pg 53) and Courtesy Call (pg 56) profiles. Courtesy Call front-woman Elyssa Lee cuts my hair, and she rocks!

And don’t forget to submit to Moonshine’s winter photo annual (deadline is March 3) and/or the Moonshine Ink 500 writing contest (due April 19). Details on pg 6 of the current issue.

Very excited for this month’s Moonshine Ink (on stands today) as I profile oil painter Brooke Bishop in my DiStill Life column. As you can see, her work is extraordinary… layers, textures, color, the whole shebang. Check out her work in person on the 18th, when Spirit Gallery in Truckee hosts an opening reception for her “Path to Heart” exhibition, 4–8pm. (*the exhibit runs through January 3)

Also, this month’s edition marks a new milestone for me and Moonshine as I’ve taken on a new role to edit the Wellness & Learning section. Check it out and let me know what you think!