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Small Town Celebrities – Coaches Gallegos, Key and Smith Lead Youth Football Team

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 6:22am



By Gail Wood

woodshed furnitureThere were a lot of other places they could have been.

But over an hour before kickoff, the three coaches – Tony Gallegos, Shane Key and Leonard Smith – were putting their seventh-and-eighth grade youth football team through some plays, preparing for the game.

“Don’t let them get to the outside,” Gallegos said to his defensive end as a running back ran up field.

It’s Saturday, game day. And for the past 11 years that’s meant Gallegos, as a coach for the Thurston County Youth Football League, is on a football field throughout the fall, coaching the Hawks.

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From left, Leonard Smith, Tony Gallegos and Shane Key are the coaches of a youth football team.

“I love it,” Gallegos said. “I do it because it’s fun.”

It’s not like Gallegos’ life isn’t already busy. In addition to being a dad and a husband, he works for DSHS as a social security disability judicator, and he’s working on his masters in social work through an online program with the University of Southern California. But four times a week – two-hour practices are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with games on Saturdays – Gallegos is coaching.

TCYFL started in 1973.  Currently, there are about 90 coaches in the league.  This year marks an all-time high 2,100 kids playing in the league. There are teams from Lacey, Olympia, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater and Yelm. Teams are divided into five different age groups starting with second grade and continuing through eighth grade.

Without volunteer coaches like Gallegos, Key and Smith, there’d be no youth football. Each of them has or has had a child on the team.

“I do it to spend time not only with my son, but with young kids who are going to be the future of this community,” Gallegos said. “I want to do my part to make sure that they grow up to be productive members of our society. And that they’re making the right choices in life.”

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Gallegos (with hand up), Key (gray sweatshirt) and Smith put their team through plays before their game at Steilacoom High School.

Football, Gallegos will tell you, isn’t just about learning how to block, tackle and throw and catch a football. It’s about how to be a good worker, a good neighbor and a good parent.

“My coaching staff and myself teach the fundamentals of the game,” Gallegos said. “That’s an emphasis. But we’re also teaching these young kids how to be successful adults in life and productive members of society. That’s what’s important.”

Football is the lure.

“At the end of the day, we want to make sure that they’ve got the skills to make them good adults and to make good decisions in their lives,” Gallegos said as he watched his players warm up.

Like Gallegos, Key got involved in coaching youth football because his sons wanted to play football. Key’s oldest son started playing football in second grade and he’s now a senior at River Ridge High School. Even though his sons have finished playing in the TCYFL, Key keeps volunteering to coach. One of the things that keeps him coming back to coach, in addition to just enjoying it, is that he enjoys the ah-ha moment – the time when a player finally understands a technique or strategy.

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Gallegos (blue shirt) and Key give their players some instructions before their game.

“There’s usually a time in the season when it starts to click,” Key said. “And they start to understand. And that’s enjoyable to see when they figure it out. There’s nothing better than to see the light go on.”

Key is clearly all in on coaching football. In addition to coaching in the TCYFL, Key also coaches the running backs on the River Ridge High School football team. So three days a week, Key goes from the high school football practice directly to the youth football practice. He likes what football teaches.

“You have to be disciplined,” said Key, who is a paraeducator at River Ridge. “It teaches you discipline. And your team is like family. Once you start football for that season you’re family.”

Naturally, playing football, Gallegos tells his players, is about trying to win. They keep score and the objective is to score more points than the opponent. But that’s the game-day goal. Coaching, Gallegos said, goes deeper than that.

“And that’s to let them know that there’s people out there that love them and care about them and that they care what they turn into as adults,” Gallegos said.

Smith, a 1997 River Ridge graduate, likes what football teaches you. It goes beyond learning the Xs and Os.

“It teaches you to be part of a team,” Smith said. “To do what’s right. Always try to do for someone else first. Team goals over personal goals.”

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Key (gray sweatshirt) watches as his quarterback is about to take the snap while preparing for their game Saturday.

Smith, who joined Gallegos’ coaching staff four years ago, is still a proud Hawk, 18 years after playing the line for River Ridge.

“He’s the proudest River Ridge Hawk I’ve ever met,’ Gallegos said with a smile. “He loves being from River Ridge High School and being a Hawk. He still has his letterman’s jacket from high school. He’ll wear it to games on Friday nights.”

Part of the reason for Gallegos’ commitment to coaching is what he calls “payback.” As he looks back on his life, he thinks of the coaches who influenced his life.

“I’m also giving back to coaches who helped me out as a youngster,” Gallegos said. “I appreciate the time they spent to help me become the man I am today. If one of the kids I’m coaching today becomes a volunteer youth coach as an adult, then I’ve done my job.”

Smith felt the same indebtedness. He still appreciates what his high school coach, Dan Clark, did for him. He said the influence of a coach is huge in shaping a life.

“I’d still run through a wall for Coach Clark,” Smith said. “I still call him Coach.”


Simon Calcavecchia – A Rugby Player’s Journey Back to the Sport He Loves

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 6:18am



By Nikki McCoy

oly ortho logoEight players, donned in jerseys and sweatbands, and seated in what looks like armor-laden wheelchairs, circle the floor. Then one team makes a play, and it’s the smashing and crashing of wheels, bodies and ball.

Wheelchair rugby may be Simon Calcavecchia’s latest hobby – but it’s not new.

Before an injury that paralyzed much of his body, Simon attended Capitol High School, enjoying life as a typical teenager. A lover of sports, especially anything where he could “run the ball” led him, a group of school mates, and Coach Pete Sullivan, to bring the first organized rugby team to Olympia.  The year was 2000, and Simon was a junior.

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Simon Calcavecchia helps a customer during his shift at the Olympia Co-op. Photo credit: Mark Woytowich

“We had a tremendous bunch of fine young men,” reflects Sullivan. “Simon was a powerhouse, a solidly built rugby player, and he had a really outgoing, dynamic personality and an infectious smile – he seemed to really enjoy this new sport.”

The second year, their team – the Budd Bay Barbarians – won the state championship and took 5th in the nation.

It was after this feat, and graduation, that Sullivan invited Simon to live and play a season in Australia.

“I was sold as soon as he finished his sentence,” laughs Simon. “I was having the time of my life, living on the beach – living with a bunch of rugby guys and just having an incredible time.”

It was a scrum play, during his third game in Australia, which instantly broke Simon’s neck, causing a C-5/C-6 injury, resulting in quadriplegia.

“I woke up with tubes in my throat, unable to move,” says Simon. “I remember waking after surgery with my mom and dad there and I’m just laying there with tubes coming out of me – I can’t talk, I can’t move, tears are just streaming down my face.”

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Simon Calcavecchia prepares to play ball. Photo credit: Tyler Davis

“I never really had that depressing, down and out feeling – except for a couple of moments,” he continues. “I always believed I would walk again – that’s what’s carried me through this entire thing. It helps keep my spirits alive and well, plus I had so much support from the people of Australia. I had only been there a month and a half, and I built all of this community up – I had so much love and support.”

That community spirit resonated with Simon.

Now, he works at the Olympia Food Co-op, he’s an ambassador for GRuB, he volunteers at Olympia Film Society and Hands On Children’s Museum, he graduated from The Evergreen State College, he is a hip-hop artist who goes by the name Abiliti (he just performed at Lord Franzannian’s Vaudeville Show) and has a YouTube channel with more than 40 episodes exploring the life of a quad (stockcar racing anyone?).

His community involvement doesn’t stop there. Simon is also an artist. Last year, he worked with a team to create a komodo dragon for the Procession of the Species. Mounted to his power wheelchair, the dragon came to life.

“I’ve been able to realize that – especially with building the dragon – how much the community is there for me and wants to be a part of the things I’m doing to create these adventures.”

Because of his artistic interests, and his passion for accessibility, Simon is working with members of Earth Bound Productions and Kokua Services, (both agencies support Procession of the Species builders) to bring support to artists year-round, not just during the seasonal Arts Walk.

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Simon Calcavecchia’s dragon comes to life during the Procession of the Species. Photo credit: Bill Lowers

Simon’s own experience made him realize this is something Olympia needs.

“It’s so vital to me to be able to create something and not have to depend on someone, or pay someone to be able to help me,” he says. “It allowed me to express myself in another art form.”

The Inclusive Community Art Space Project, as it will be called, is described by Chris Rasmussen-Barsanti, Executive Director of Kokua, as “a place where people, regardless of ability, disability, age, or socio-economic factors, can come together and create art.”

And her thoughts on Simon?

“Simon’s like a cheerleader,” she says. “I feel like he’s telling the world, ‘Come on guys, life is short, come on and live!’ I find him inspirational.”

This momentum of risk, leadership and success has brought Simon into his next phase of his life – physical activity. Beginning with simple workout routines, then sharing them on his YouTube channel, and viewing others, Simon became inspired to try rugby again, and found his team – Seattle Slam.

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Simon Calcavecchia plays with his rugby team, Seattle Slam. Photo credit: Tyler Davis

“Wheelchair rugby is a great fit for him,” says Coach Jeremy Hannaford. “He’s just got that go get ‘em mentality. He’s a high-spirited dude and was gung-ho from the start.  Even in the beginning, he wasn’t fast  and he didn’t know what he was doing – but he did it all with a smile on face. And now he’s doing really amazing, he’s grabbed on and learned a lot.”

Simon has organized a fundraiser for Seattle Slam to offset travel and equipment expenses. The event is Saturday, Oct 18 at the Olympia Armory. Tickets are $5 and a raffle will be part of the fun.

But, Simon also wants to raise awareness.

“I want to show people, even though we may have disabilities, we can still feel normal by having this outlet to engage in athletic activities,” he says.

“Plus, I want to have a really good time and show my hometown what wheelchair rugby is all about.”

His smile is as big as ever.


Migraine, Migraine, Go Away…Relief Through Oxygen Therapy

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 6:00am



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A soft hyperbaric chamber is used in the private therapy rooms at H3 Therapy Services, shown here fully pressurized.

Life’s a headache sometimes, that’s unavoidable.  But for the 36 million migraine sufferers in the U.S., it’s a much bigger obstacle.  The Migraine Research Foundation says that “Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with migraine” ranking it “in the top 20 of the world’s most disabling medical illnesses.”  Migraine sufferers battle through pain, nausea, and sensory sensitivities and “American employers lose more than $13 billion each year as a result of 113 million lost work days due to migraine.”

While migraine causes vary, there is no concrete illness for physicians to conclusively treat.  Because of this, sufferers face difficulty in finding relief for their intense, often debilitating, pain.  But studies have shown that hyperbaric oxygen therapy, offered locally by Olympia’s H3 Therapy Services, is effective for some patients.

The human brain is only 2.5% of your body’s weight but uses 25% of your total oxygen consumption.  When this oxygen supply is reduced, pain ensues in the form of a migraine headache.  A recent study showed that with sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy “relief of symptoms occurs as quickly as 5 minutes after the migraine.”

Michael Pfeifer, RRT, H3 Therapy’s Clinical Director, says that often sufferers find their headache gone after 10-15 minutes in the chamber.  Hyperbaric treatments work by using “filtered pressurized ambient air in order to dissolve oxygen into the body system, flooding tissues and essential organs with oxygen.”  This “provides the best environment for the body to handle vital cell processes, therefore improving the capacity for the body to heal itself.”

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Educating patients is a primary focus for Michael Pfeifer, RRT, Clinical Director at H3 Therapy Services in Olympia.

By designing their clinic to maximize color and music therapy as well as the hyperbaric chambers, Pfeifer’s “goal is a resting state where your body heals best.”  The chambers can accommodate 1-2 people—with the dual units intended for family or loved ones—and allow for street clothes and the use of electronic devices, music players, and books to enhance relaxation.

Because migraines are something of a medical conundrum, with no definitive cause or cure, H3 Therapy Services works in tangent with Nearing Total Health in Lacey.  There a team of professionals offer naturopathic medicine, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, and an array of complementary treatment options.  As Pfeifer says, “hyperbarics enhance massage, acupuncture, chiropractics…when you combine the therapies it works much better.”

Long-term sufferers may find the cost of continued out-patient hyperbaric sessions prohibitive.  In these cases, Pfeifer and his team will work to enable rental or purchase of a chamber for extended use.  The office facilitates financing and represents all major manufacturers.  Says Pfeifer, “it’s much easier to have a chamber at home where everyone can benefit.”

Hyperbaric chambers can benefit many physical issues, from anemia and carbon monoxide poisoning to burns and bone infections.  They’re used in the military for high altitude flying and by “cutting edge athletes who know it can give an edge that’s not drug related,” explains Pfeifer.  Sessions are approximately an hour long and H3 Therapy Services promises a flexible schedule to accommodate our busy lives.

When faced with a painful medical mystery, it’s good to have a wealth of treatment options at your fingertips.  Migraines have multiple causes and just as many solutions.  Call Michael Pfeifer, RRT of H3 Therapy Services at 360-515-0681 or drop by their offices at 405-D Black Hills Lane SW, at the junction of Harrison and Yauger, to schedule a visit or ask questions of the knowledgeable staff.


Heck and McDonald Debate 10th District Issues

Janine's Little Hollywood - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:27am

By Janine

A debate Monday night between the 10th Congressional District candidates, incumbent Democrat Denny Heck and Republican challenger Joyce McDonald, drew about 60 people. The event was held at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia.Cythnia Iyall, chairperson of the Nisqually Indian Tribe, moderated 11 pre-determined questions, and Allyson Brooks, vice president of the Olympia chapter of the League of Women Voters, asked several questions posed by audience members, written on index cards.

The debate was taped for broadcast on Thurston County Television (TCTV).

Heck mentioned the Seahawks game in progress as a possible reason for the sparse crowd and kept the audience up on the game score during the debate and announced its outcome at the debate’s end, which received the loudest cheer of the evening.

Heck answered each question with confidence while McDonald read some answers about national or international issues from prepared notecards.  She spoke most warmly and effectively about being a former foster parent and softball coach, and her time as a state legislator. McDonald also has several years of experience on the Pierce County council. Questions covered standard election issues: the revenue disparity between rich and poor, federal legislation for curbing carbon emissions, the quality of the rail system with regard to safe fossil fuel transport, immigration, foreign policy, wounded veterans, jobs and more.Questions posed by the South Sound audience were also wide ranging. McDonald was sometimes vague, as was Heck, who also liked to tell stories and use his allotted time to its fullest capacity.

In brief:

Should the Washington Redskins be compelled to change its name or face Congressional censure?

McDonald: …Public pressure should do the job for them…. the market tends to work quite well in these cases...I don’t think it’s the role of government….

Heck: Yes. Nobody has the right to engage in a racial slur….It's deeply insensitive to the First Peoples of this nation....

The Trans Pacific Partnership - How can we protect our local environment and jobs?Heck: Well, I think you've touched upon two of the three criteria I think applies to any proposal for the Partnership...this is kind of a big deal - this is a proposal to enter into a trade agreement with 11 other nations…it is fraught with both danger and opportunity: Three criteria should include: 1) assurance that its adoption will not harm workers…2) Assurance that we are not just exporting low governmental standards… 3) assurances that it will protect our sovereignty….we ought not to delegate the right to set policy for America. 

McDonald:  …At the Congressional level, I would very clearly be working on it depending on what committee picked it up…this is a very important issue, a more important issue for Washington State than for some others so I’d be following this very closely….The proposal to de-list the Great Wolf from the protection of the Endangered Species Act:

McDonald: I wouldn’t support that...I don’t think they’ve come back with enough population to warrant that…Heck: …Science ought to dictate this…it ought not to be a political decision, it ought to be based on science. It just seems to me that it shouldn’t be that difficult to determine whether or not the base of that population is sufficient….

What to do about the high incarceration rate in the United States: Heck: …I think it’s more than worrisome when America has the highest incarceration rate in the world…This is a very expensive way to deal with problems in our’s a lot cheaper to invest up front…in a strong education system so they can see the future of hope….

McDonald: …In Pierce County, we put in place other alternatives to incarceration and allow… alternatives to court such as drug court and veteran’s court…and put people into pathways…rather than just put them in jail and throw away the key…As a former foster parent, I understand that some people have to play the hand they are dealt, but we need to bring people alongside so they can get the help and encouragement and modeling that they need to become productive citizens….Funding priorities and if you would increase funding for the National Park Service:

McDonald: I’d love to but… my priority will be getting on board with a plan that will reduce the federal debt so we don’t continue to burden our future generations….so I won’t be going there to increase funding. I’ll be going there to see if we can’t find a way to maintain…what we have….Heck: The fact of the matter is that we get to the point that the funding for providing for some of these facilities and services is so low that it will end up costing us more in the long term… our national parks have been degraded over the last several years…The bigger threat is sequestration….

If Shelton were to receive 400 new immigrants who are meeting their families in Mason County, who should pay for the bi-lingual teachers and the load on the schools and the community?Heck: It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provisions for the education of all children….It is unequivocal….

McDonald: Unfortunately, the state of Washington would have to pick up the bill for those children… but this is just another example of …where the federal government has…failed to do its job….to enforce existing law. In my perspective, this is something that should be picked up, at the very least, by the federal government….Should President Obama ask for a declaration of war against the Islamic State? How would you vote and why:

McDonald: Well, I think it’s evident that the Islamic State has made a declaration of war against the United States and its citizens by beheading American citizens and other citizens of allies of the United States…I think it’s definitely something that should be debated in Congress. It’s not that simple, an act of declaring war and then we run into a country, and start bombing and put troops on the ground…. War is a very serious matter and people’s lives, people we love, who put their lives on the line….Our military is the best in the world….so I’m just not sure this is the right time to be making a declaration of war….but when the time comes, the President should go with Congress, and with one voice, we should take care of the business that must be taken care of.Heck: …Not once has war been formally declared since WWII….think back to all our conflicts we’ve been involved with in the last seven years – not once, except WWII, did we formally declare war. What’s happening now at least is that the President is operating under…the Authorized Use for Military Force, AUMF, it is called. It was adopted by Congress in 2002, and that’s what he’s using… as his justification… What I do think is appropriate…and it’s past due, is for Congress to at least try…to… make it more reflective of our times… new conditions and/or limitations, new instructions to the President and our Armed Forces with respect to our involvement there….I think it’s a Congressional responsibility… to at least attempt it.

For more information on Representative Denny Heck’s positions, see an article dated January 8, 2014 titled, “One Year in Congress: Is Congressman Heck Giving ‘Em Heck?” go to www.janineslittlehollywood.blogspot.comand type key words into the search engine.  

Unwritten Rules of Archaeology. Version M.0

Mojourner Truth - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:37pm
This summer, the blog Archaeology In Tennessee posted an invitation for archaeologists to submit the "Unwritten Rules" of the profession. I not only procrastinated posting anything, I also failed to follow up and see what Rules were published until linking them just now. Instead, I pecked out a list of my own, and didn't even post anything myself until now. This post is going to be long as hell, and there are no images to delight and distract, but it's about Rules, so what did you expect?

Unwritten Rules of Archaeology  
Who They Think You Are...
Most people think you dig for dinosaurs or gold. You can educate them, maybe. You will chuckle or sneer about them with other archaeologists, later. But try not to be mean to them, for they know not what they do.

In the real world, there are usually people with far less education than you who know a lot more about a particular place, or how people used to live there. Learn from them before you go telling them about their past.

Who You Think You Are...
We belong to what the social anthros call affinal kinship groups (or used to, before several jargon changes), and can trace our lineages back through crew chiefs and academic descent; we recognize families accreted around certain projects of yore.
  • Corollary 1: Be careful when dissing the founder of a school of thought, for the person you're speaking to may belong to that lineage.
  • Corollary 2: Be careful when exalting an archaeological ancestor above all others, for it makes you come off like a zealot.
Unless you are in a field school or surrounded by people with little experience, limit yourself to a single field school story within any given work group. Mostly, these stories show how little you've experienced, and they become tiresome. If you participated in multiple field schools, best keep mum, lest you be branded Dolt or a Dilettante.

As in all anthropological endeavors, listen first and talk later, especially when there are experienced elders involved.

Archaeologists can be real backbiting bastards, but as far as I know that strategy proves maladaptive outside of the shrinking niche of tenured academia, and maybe won't even work there. Criticize all you want, with the understanding that you must either pledge fealty to a strong camp or risk not getting work in your area.

Join your state or regional archaeological society, attend its conferences, and give papers. Archaeology is not the same everywhere, and you'll learn more that is of practical value by meeting and listening to your local/regional peers than you will in several years of national conferences; it's also beneficial to your job prospects, from shovel bum on up to principal investigator. Once you've given a few papers, people think you're an expert, or at least aware enough to be more desirable than the person with a fancy degree but no local reputation.

If you are a young archaeologist enamored with the latest technology, try not to dismiss archaic fieldcraft. When the satellites don't cooperate or the batteries go dead, tech savvy gets you nowhere. Besides, sometimes the old tech works best, which is why the best maps in Hawai`i are still made with plane tables and alidades.

The digital camera may be the greatest technological innovation in modern fieldwork. Take lots of photos to remind yourself of what you did all day. Shoot overviews, mid-range, and details. Take a shot of your GPS screen (see Redundancy). Get photos of flora and fauna for reference, and of anything that will look cool on your archaeology blog.

"Write in Rain" fieldbooks have their limits. Among these: too much rain, rainless but very high humidity weather, the inks of certain pens, and of course those ink-impervious clay smears on the paper. For pencil devotees, remember that after an erasure or two, you may not have full functionality.

The tool you buy needs to be modified. Unsharpened shovels and trowels are are the mark of an oaf. Grab a sharpie and draw a scale on your fieldbook, McGyver up a tool from things you can afford on perdiem (bamboo skewers have no equal in some situations, and stand in just fine for a handful of others). Watch and listen to the vets, but don't assume that they figured out all the best hacks.
Fieldwork...Redundancy is your friend, and its value increases in proportion to the distance of the project area from your office. I know that the GPS unit stores coordinates, but writing them down in your field notebook will one day save you the pain and humiliation induced by lost or malfunctioning GPS units, not to mention software glitches, sunspots, EM-pulse warfare, whatever.

You will find things where you least expect them sometimes, but you never know which times. So stop whining and finish the transect.

After a long day of survey, or at the end of a project, be prepared to find something while walking back to the truck.  If at all possible, plan on a half day on the last day, to allow time to record this find. The worst case scenario is that you find nothing and have enough time for a few beers or maybe even a shower.

Don't pretend to be more precise than your data merits. I cut my teeth (shins, really) on dry masonry field stone features, and measuring these to the nearest centimeter is not only more effort than it's worth, but is fakery. 10 cm increments are fine. Most of the time, think millimeters for artifacts, centimeters for depths, meters for site areas, …
  • Corollary: Larger increments (rounding off to 5s or 10s, for example) can alert readers to uncertainty or imprecision they should be aware of in an honest report.

Unless you are a historic archaeologist working in a Commonwealth, use the metric system. (In the US, this trick mystifies the general public and our stature as scientists is enhanced.)  Be ready to be conversant in feet and tenths thereof when the engineers and project manages show up, though. Also, be aware that when they talk about "1:100," it's inches:feet, which is 1:1200 in like units (this is a trick engineers use to confuse and cow the populace).

The observation so obvious you didn't need to write it down will be the one you forget. (I phrase this truth thusly because the brilliant wording of my initial realization was not written down.)

When writing reports, stick to the facts for the most part, and relegate interpretation to a short section near the end.
  • Corollary 1: However, you should speculate frequently and in depth while in the field, drinking beers when the day is done, and drinking more beers at the local archaeological conference. This can help you discard the ridiculous and discover the creative, although it can end up the other way around if the drinking goes on too long.
  • Corollary 2: Be extremely careful when speculating with non-archaeologists. Off-hand and joking interpretations may be later repeated as facts by people who put a bit too much stock in archaeologist's words.

And Finally,

The Written Rule of Archaeology
It's spelled with two A's. Archaeology, not archeology. Don't be an idiot.

Olympia: Home of the (Halloween) Partiers

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 6:29pm



Submitted by Harlequin Productions

halloweenOlympia loves a celebration. In a town so rich in arts and culture, Olympians are always looking for a reason to throw a festival, a parade, or some other form of organized merriment. The Halloween season is no exception.

It’s no surprise that Olympia is home to an array of fantastic annual events in town this time of year. For instance, on October 25, the Hands on Children’s Museum is hosting Boo Bash, its annual children’s costume party. Don your favorite costume and enjoy educational art and science activities and treats. The museum is planning 20 fun, fall-inspired activities including: face painting, creepy crawly insects, carnival, games, scavenger hunt, mad science lab, and more! The event will take place from12:00-5:00PM and cost $4-$10 per person. For more information on this event, click here.  

Another annual event is taking place on October 18, when the Combined Fund Drive partners with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation to bring you the 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball. This year’s event is held in the Rotunda at the Capitol Building in Olympia. Enjoy food, wine, dancing, psychics, and even a casino night as you don your finest attire and mingle with others. And don’t forget your mask! The event will start at 7:00PM and tickets cost $50 in advance or $65 at the door. For more info, click here.  harlequin nightmare befor improv

For the first time ever, Harlequin Productions is getting in on the annual autumn action by launching their 1st annual Halloween Improv show: The Nightmare Before Improv! On Wednesday, October 15, starting at 8:00 p.m., Harlequin Productions presents a haunted improv show with their celebrated improv comedy troupe, Something Wicked. The Nightmare Before Improv is Something Wicked’s annual Halloween spectacular! Those brave enough to attend can expect frighteningly funny, Halloween-themed improv comedy, a costume contest, and an evening of ghostly delights. Guests are encouraged to come dressed up and join the fun as Something Wicked puts the “Ha!” in Halloween. Prepare to laugh yourself…to death!! More information at the Harlequin Productions website.

So much to do, so little time. If you live in Olympia, there’s never a shortage of reasons to celebrate.


Evergreen’s Galerie Fotoland presents Kirk Jones’ “The Urban Farm”

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:15pm



Submitted by The Evergreen State College

Kirk Jones' "Grey Cherry Tree"

Kirk Jones’ “Grey Cherry Tree”

Galerie Fotoland is pleased to present Kirk Jones’ The Urban Farm–an ongoing effort to document many of the Portland metro area’s urban farms and farmers.

Jones’ passion is examining the environments that we surround ourselves in—“the structure of our housing, and how we co exist… some of the most interesting people and lives can be right next to you and the most exotic places just over the hill somewhere close.” Jones’ observation of beauty and nature in unexpected places comes through in The Urban Farm, where Jones says what interests him most is the variety of farm settings. “Some farms are only side yards hidden within inner Portland neighborhoods – just beyond a normal looking fence there could be 2 acres of working farmland.” Jones goes on to explain that the images of the farms and landscapes double as portraits of the farmers themselves.

For the past five years, Evergreen alumnus Jones has been making photographs with the Gigapan System, creating high-resolution

Northwest Organic Field by Kirk Jones

Northwest Organic Field by Kirk Jones

panoramic images that can be printed in very large format and provide exceptional detail. He prefers a slower work pace, which allows for more an engaging and deliberate process. He likens this high tech approach to photographers of the past, working with large, heavy and unwieldy equipment.

Jones has shown extensively around Portland and the Northwest. He recently received two commissions by Portland’s landmark Pittock Mansion and the Lan Su Chinese Garden. This January, his series on Northwest logging will be included in The Meaning of Wood at The Seattle Convention Center. He has been published, and He is a 2014 recipient of the Bronze Award in the Epson International Pano Competition.

For more information on this series or to see more of Jones’ work please visit his website.

Galerie Fotoland is an exhibition space supported by Evergreen’s Photoland.

The gallery is open during normal school hours most days of the week. For more information regarding this show and others at Galerie Fotoland please contact Briana Martini at



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New L-4 Bridge “Christened” at Grand Re-opening Celebration

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:54pm


Submitted by Thurston County

County commissioners were joined by Public Works staff and guests from the community and partner agencies to break a symbolic bottle of sparkling water to “christen” the new L-4 Salmon Creek Bridge. “Today, we’re not only celebrating the end of noisy construction and detours and delays, we are celebrating the incredible success of taking what was a failing bridge and creating a brand new bridge under budget and ahead of schedule,” said County Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela, whose district includes the bridge. “I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating—we could not have done this project without the help of so many partners,” said Commissioner Cathy Wolfe. “Our county staff members, our contractors, and our partner agencies have all done a top notch job. We are truly grateful for all of your efforts, and I know the community is grateful, too.” The L-4 Salmon Creek Bridge on Littlerock Road Southwest located between 110th Avenue Southwest and 93rd Avenue Southwest was first closed on Monday, January 27 after structural deficiencies were discovered. After thorough inspection, county engineers determined that the damage to the center pier was severe and the bridge structure was compromised beyond the point of repair, and that a new bridge structure with up-to-date safety standards was needed. The L-4 crossing was re-opened temporarily on March 22 thanks to the loan of a temporary Bailey bridge from the Washington State Department of Transportation. Passenger vehicle traffic was able to use the Bailey bridge until Monday, August 11 when crews removed the temporary bridge and began demolishing the old bridge to make way for a new bridge structure. The new bridge has a longer span and is 15 feet wider than the old bridge, which will improve safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. The new bridge does not require a center pier in the water like the old bridge structure, and this will allow better fish passage and can accommodate larger stream flows. It also reduces the potential for the kind of scouring that undermined the center pier of the old bridge structure and caused it to crack, making the old bridge structure unstable and unsafe. The L-4 Bridge project is paid for using a combination of federal highways grant funds and county road funds. The L-4 Bridge project is on track to be approximately 25 to 30 percent under the budgeted amount of $3.4 million—that’s a savings of about $750,000 to $1 million. Along with the Thurston County Public Works Department, project partners include the Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, the Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department, the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Army Corps of Engineers, and contractors Active Construction, Inc. and Zemek Construction.

Westport Winery Adds Patty Cakes to Bakery

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:48pm



Submitted by Westport Winery

Westport Winery owner Kim Roberts and baker Patty O'Conner, creator of Patty Cakes.

Westport Winery owner Kim Roberts (left) and baker Patty O’Conner, creator of Patty Cakes.

Westport Winery has added Patty Cakes to their bakery’s offerings. This is a recipe named after team member Patty O’Connor who has been making these decadent treats for the staff to rave reviews for several years. O’Connor said, “Everyone loves this amazing cross between a cupcake and a bar cookie.”

O’Connor, who joined the then fledgling winery in 2008, is an avid home baker. Converting the recipes to the commercial kitchen was stressful but worth the challenge. Winery co-owner Kim Roberts said, “We created four unique variations of the Patty Cake: Tahitian Vanilla, Chocolate Brown Butter, Pineapple Upside-Down, and Pink Lemonade.”

With the many berries grown on the winery’s Vineyards By-the-Sea farm O’Connor and Roberts also created the Ultimate Berry Shortcake which is a Tahitian Vanilla Patty Cake topped with vanilla bean ice cream, homemade berry compote, whipped cream, blackberry sauce and raspberry sauce.

By popular demand from their guests the winery has added baked fish and chips with wild Alaskan cod and garlic Parmesan Yukon gold potato wedges on both their lunch and dinner menus. And to add a vegetarian option to their appetizers they created Northwest Nachos with Tillamook and Cougar Gold cheddars, green onions and tomatoes topped with winery co-owner Blain Roberts’ made-from-scratch guacamole.

Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with the unique outdoor sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best Northwest Wine Destination in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website


Harlequin Productions Auctioning Off Tom Anderson Custom Stratocaster

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:43pm



 Submitted by Harlequin Productions

Harlequin Tom Anderson Stratocaster (3)Northwest artist Tom Anderson has created a series of works that merges his love of mixed-media artwork and his love of guitars. He starts with a fully-functioning electric guitar, disassembles it, then “decorates” the body in his distinctive style. The guitar is then reassembled, adjusted and “tuned.” The result is an absolutely unique work of art that is ready to play or display.

This particular item is a 2007 Fender Squire Fat Stratocaster with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, Duncan Humbucker pick up and two single pole AINico pickups, and ’60s style matching headstock. It is finished with mixed media metal leaf, acrylic and polyurethane varnish.

These guitars sell for $1,500, but this one comes with some tantalizing extras, like a hard case (also painted by Tom Anderson) plus two 2015 season subscriptions to Harlequin Productions and two $15 concessions cards.

The auction is running now until October 26. Bids may be placed at

Thanks to Dan Weiss for his generous participation in making this item available.


Annual College Rankings Recognize The Evergreen State College

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:28pm


Submitted by The Evergreen State College 

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The Evergreen State College is located in Olympia, Washington.

 Washington Monthly magazine has ranked The Evergreen State College #14 among nearly 700 master’s universities in the country.

Posing a question unique among publications that produce college rankings, Washington Monthly asks, “What are colleges doing for the country?”  The answer for Evergreen is quite a lot.

In its explanation of its latest rankings, Washington Monthly noted, “We all benefit when colleges produce groundbreaking research that drives economic growth, when they put students from lower-income families on the path to a better life, and when they shape the character of future leaders.”  With that in mind,Washington Monthly ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Evergreen received several prestigious accolades this year: the college ranked #4 among public regional universities in the West in US News & World Report. The magazine’s definition of the West reaches to Texas. US News ranked Evergreen #1 in the same category for best undergraduate teaching as well as #11 best for veterans. Evergreen was also listed in the publication as top 15 nationally for best first-year student experiences and top 12 best for “learning communities – engaging students in learning, including outside the classroom.”

The Fiske Guide to Colleges praised Evergreen, notably, as the only public institution on the West Coast to be a “Best Buy” college. Evergreen has made that list every year since 2010.

The Princeton Review ranked Evergreen as one of the Best 379 Colleges in America and lauds Evergreen as a friendly college for veterans and active duty military personnel.

“Because no single ranking can paint the entire picture of an institution,” explained Evergreen spokesperson Todd Sprague, “it’s helpful to have a variety of measures to assess the value delivered to students and society.  Washington Monthly’s focus on social mobility, research and service provides a lens that’s different from most other rankings and a perspective that’s especially valuable for a public institution like Evergreen.”

The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences college known for its distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum, high level of student-faculty engagement and strong emphasis on putting learning into action.

OysterFest – 2014 Photos

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:17pm



OysterFest is likely best known for the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship.  The annual event, held in Shelton, included oysters, wine, microbrews, and live music.  The weekend-long event occurs in early October.  More information can be found here.

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Saint Martin’s University Presents 12th Annual Sacred Music Concert

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:16pm


Submitted by Saint Martin’s University

sacred music saint martinsThe Saint Martin’s University Chorale will perform two free public programs of sacred music Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19. The annual performances, which celebrate All Saints Day and the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, the University’s patron saint, will take place at Saint Martin’s Abbey Church, 5000 Abbey Way SE. The Saturday performance begins at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday performance starts at 2:30 p.m. Doors open 15 minutes earlier. No reservations are necessary.

A portion of the concert will explore the sacred music of opera composers, notably, some of the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini. Rossini and Bellini are composers of the “Bel Canto” era, says Darrell Born, chair of the Department of Fine Arts and the Saint Martin’s University chorale director.

“Bel Canto literally means “beautiful singing,”  Born says. “All three of these composers were melodists who composed some of the most famous and most beautiful operatic arias still famed today.  I am interested in not only introducing our choral students to this great era of music,  I am interested in encouraging beautiful singing by singing repertoire whose primary focus and tradition is beauty of sound.”

“I wanted to explore how these great composers, known  for their secular music, approached the sacred,” adds Born. Highlights of the concert include Mozart’s “Tantum Ergo in B Flat,” Bellini’s “Salve, Regina” and Rossini’s “O Salutaris Hostia”.

The 75-member chorale will also perform Shape Note singing, which Born explains, is “a method of singing  which comes from the American Singing School intended to promote congregational singing and musical literacy in the church and the community.”

“There is a distinct, open, harmonic and melodic sound that comes from this tradition,” he says. “We have several pieces that follow the tradition of the Sacred Harp and these pieces have haunting melodies which promote beautiful singing.”

In a change of pace, the chorale’s performance will include a variety of what Born describes as “fun, rockin’, pop gospel songs.”

Other performances include the Guitar Ensemble, which will present a variety of pieces under the direction of Phil Lawson, a classical and jazz guitarist and an adjunct professor at Saint Martin’s. The concert accompanist is Renata Fell.

Saint Martin of Tours, the University’s patron saint, lived during the early fourth century. A Roman soldier, he converted to Christianity and left military service. He became a monk and, eventually, bishop of Tours, France. Saint Martin is known for his service to the poor and for establishing Christian monasticism in western Europe.

The Order of Saint Benedict, which established Saint Martin’s, was founded by Saint Benedict of Nursia, Italy, in the early 500s. The Order is governed by “The Rule of Saint Benedict,” a document that commends maintaining a balance of prayer, work and study. The Rule also stresses the Christian and monastic virtues of community, hospitality and stability.

The Sacred Music Concert is sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts in collaboration with the University’s Benedictine Institute.


Distinguished Leader Awards Honor Eileen McKenzie Sullivan, Dr. Roy Heynderickx, and Sunset Air/Brian Fluetsch

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:47am


Submitted by Leadership Thurston County 

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Eileen McKenzie Sullivan has been with Senior Services of South Sound for 31 of the organization’s 40 years.

Leadership Thurston County (LTC) and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation are proud to announce the 2015 Distinguished Leader Award honorees. Eileen McKenzie Sullivan, Executive Director, Senior Services for South Sound; Dr. Roy Heynderickx, President, Saint Martin’s University; and Brian Fluetsch, Owner, Sunset Air, will be recognized at the awards event to be held Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

Presented by Twin Star Credit Union, the 14th annual leadership celebration will be held at the Red Lion Hotel, Olympia. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

The event honors outstanding leaders who demonstrate initiative, inspire others and make a significant impact in our community and beyond. Honorees will be recognized through live and multi-media presentations.

This year’s honorees lead by example and are committed to developing a thriving community.

Eileen McKenzie Sullivan has been Executive Director of Senior Services for South Sound, a multi-program agency serving older adults in Mason and Thurston Counties, for 17 years, and has directed the STARS Adult Day Program since 1982. Ms. McKenzie Sullivan has enjoyed a long and successful career in geriatrics, having worked in Alaska, Iowa, Seattle, and finally Olympia. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Tenino Young-at-Heart Theater, the Senior Action Network, and the Washington State Senior Games.

Brian Fluetsch - Owner of Sunset Air

Brian Fluetsch – Owner of Sunset Air

Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., became the tenth president of Saint Martin’s University in 2009. He has worked in Catholic higher education for more than 28 years, 15 of which have been at the senior management level. Dr. Heynderickx serves on the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and has been an evaluator for that Commission focusing on smaller institutions, which has provided a unique understanding of St. Martin’s. He is deeply involved in higher education at local, state, and national levels and continues to make significant contributions to the local business and education community.

Sunset Air, a family-owned and operated business established in 1976, and Owner/CEO Brian Fluetsch are recognized for their continued innovation and success of the business operation, as well as their understanding that the employees of the organization are what built the success that has allowed Sunset Air to contribute to the community’s success through an array of impactful engagements.

Leadership Thurston County is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation and has been developing informed, skilled and committed community leaders since 1994. For information, please click here.


Streetlight Conversion to LEDs Scheduled to Begin in October

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:29am



Submitted by The City of Olympia

olympia streetlightsThe City of Olympia has contracted with Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to replace streetlights throughout the City with new LED lights. These lights are owned by PSE and are typically located on wooden utility poles. This work will complete the project the City started in 2013 when we converted 3,200 City-owned streetlights to LED.

The LED Streetlight Conversion Project will begin on Monday, October 6. PSE’s Contractor, Potelco, will work Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Crews will begin working in the northeast part of the City, move downtown, and then move onto other areas of town. The City will post updates on our web page as crews move from one area to the next. The entire project is expected to be completed early next year.

This joint venture between the City of Olympia and PSE will save the City approximately $60,000 per year in combined energy and maintenance savings and reduce greenhouse gasses.

To learn more, visit our Streetlight Conversion web page or contact Rick Knostman at 360.753.8438.

Flowing, Distilled, Condensed

Maria Mudd Ruth - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:51am

Saturday was a fine day in Mason County, Washington. While the Shellfish Festival was the big draw, my husband and I set off for a hike along Big Creek in Olympic National Forest. The 4.5 mile loop trail follows and crosses gushing and trickling Big Creek, Branch Creek, Skinwood Creek, and No Name Creek and offers many log benches and spots for enjoying the first few falling leaves and the still-warm sun.

En route to El Puerto de Angeles IV, a waterfront Mexican restaurant in Hoodsport, we saw a sign for The Hardware Distillery Co. and decided to venture in. I'm not a big fan of distilled spirits, but I cannot resist and old fashioned hardware store. Well, this artisanal distillery is in a former hardware store building (so just a few relic tools on display) and offers free tastings. And now I have a new vice. The "forty five and rainy" season is coming and I figured a few sips of locally distilled gin and aquavit wouldn't hurt. The Hardware Distillery makes several unique and flavorful spirits, including something they call "Bees Knees" because it doesn't fit the vodka or gin category. Many are flavored with Washington State honey and local fruits.

I also cannot resist a good sunset. This one required several roadside pull-offs to get the right view and eventually found us at Sanderson Field, the airport in Shelton, where we had a big sky view of a pretty normal sunset...but a great cloud set.

For details on the Big Creek hike, click here. NOTE: The campground and parking is closed for renovation/expansion, but you can park along the road. The entire loop is now hikable, thanks to the work of the Rose Trail Crew for repairing the bridges!

For details on The Hardware Distillery, click here.


Hover and click to advance photos in this gallery from Mason County, WA.

Categories: Local Environment

Smith Troy once arrested the man that was running against him for county prosecutor

Olympia Time - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 6:44am
Smith Troy, the 1930s era Thurston County prosecutor, is one of the most fascinating historic figures, must have had brass balls. Seriously, he could not have lacked for guts.

I'd  certainly not argue that he was always on the angel side of things. But, when he acted, he seemed to act with no consideration of alternatives. Full forward.

Like the time in fall of 1938 he arrested the person who was running against him for prosecutor for campaign against him:

Sure, Gruhlke might have stretched the truth. But, it is hardly a lie to say the prosecutor should have arrested more prostitutes. And, no matter how he phrased it, that is pretty much all that Gruhlke said.

And, even if Gruhlke said "I know for a fact that Troy decided not to arrest women of the night!" it is a strange image of a prosecutor running for office arresting his opponent.

Gruhlke quickly and phased Troy down:

But, then months later, after Smith won another term, the parties kissed and made up. Smith was only just over a year away from being appointed state Attorney General. He had just prosecuted a high profile attempted murder case and he had empanelled a grand jury looking into misuse of state funds. And, he arrested someone for campaigning against him.

And, in the end, he got an apology from the man he arrested.

Deidi von Schaewen: Wednesday, October 8, 11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1

Evergreen Artists Lecture Series - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 9:50pm

von-Schaewen-tree-2 For the past 28 years, Deidi von Schaewen has traveled in India, immersing herself in its people and culture, and exploring themes through her photography and video.  For her series on the Sacred Trees, she traveled the length and breadth of India.  The exhibition in Evergreen Gallery is an opportunity to view these lush, complex images in large-scale, to be surrounded by their energy and power.Born in Berlin, von Schaewen studied painting at the Berlin Academy of Arts before deciding to concentrate on photography and film.  Currently she is based in Paris.  She has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, India, North Africa, and the US.  Twenty books of her photographs have been published, with one about Sacred Trees of India due out next year.  A continuing obsession of hers is to capture on film the ephemeral, aspects of our urban and rural civilizations that are temporary, fleeting, or vanishing with time.  For the Sacred Trees of India, it is more a revelation of devotion and accumulation over time, the ability of trees to survive, rejuvenate, transform – in India, trees are not only sacred to the gods, they can actually BE gods.

Evergreen Gallery is extremely pleased to announce the fall exhibition, Sacred Trees of India: Photographs by Deidi von Schaewen.  The exhibition in Evergreen Gallery is an opportunity to view these lush, complex images in large-scale, to be surrounded by their energy and power.

Von Schaewen was director of photography for a feature film by Robert Cordier in 1972 – a time when it was unusual for a woman to be in that position.  She continued as director of photography on other films, and in 1978 she began writing and directing her own films.  One of her films, Sravanabelgola, will be showing in Evergreen Gallery as part of the exhibition.

Opening Wed. Oct. 8, 5-7pm
Exhibition continues through Dec. 3

Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Kyle Dillehay, Quinn Honan and Jeremiah Maddock at Moss + Mineral

South Sound Arts - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 4:43pm

Published in the Weekly VolcanoOct. 2, 2014
untitled drawing by Jeremiah Maddock courtesy Moss + MineralNew works by some old favorites in pen and pencil, metal and dirt can be seen at Moss + Mineral through most of the next two months (exact dates not yet determined). I saw the announcement and was so intrigued with a drawing by Jeremiah Maddock that I had to see the show. I wasn’t disappointed.
The image on the announcement was what appeared to be a drawing or print of two strange, mostly human creatures wrestling. No title, size or media were mentioned on the announcement, nor are they listed on the gallery wall. With a cursory glance I counted 19 pieces hung close together. Most are small in scale. Gallery owner Lisa Kinoshita said they were drawings in pen and pencil and other media on various papers including old book covers. Some of the papers look to be ancient, and I noticed at least one that appears to have been ripped and possibly burned on one corner.
In style and subject matter there is tremendous variety among Maddock’s drawings. Many of them employ an intricate patterned drawing style, which I only recently learned is called zentangle. (I learned that from artist Pam Corwin who works in a similar style.) Some of these patterns look like quilts, some are totally abstract, and many look like buildings from Aztec or Middle Eastern cultures. He also includes figures from many cultures. Some appear to be African and some look Asian. It’s a mélange of cultures and styles, a melting pot that maintains the distinctive flavors of all the individual ingredients. 
You’ll recognize the wrestling figures I mentioned earlier. They’re wearing socks and skin-tight body suits, one is sitting on the other’s back pulling on his leg, and they’re both wearing monster masks. I love this drawing for its originality, its strangeness, and the smoothly flowing lines. I also love a little one of a woman with a pink body. It looks like the pink (diluted red ink or watercolor) was spilled on the paper and Maddock turned it into a comical figure with a few masterful strokes of the pen and a few white dots. 
Originally from Tacoma, Maddock moved to Brooklyn in 2009 and has had solo shows in New York, San Francisco and London. Kinoshita says he lives in the woods somewhere in Oregon now and comes back home from time to time. I hope we get more chances to see his work.
Quinn Honan is known for his architectural metal work gracing buildings and homes throughout the South Sound. In this show he has a large wall piece called “Putting the Pieces Together” that’s a spiral-shaped sculpture made of rusted metal sheets cut in the shape of jigsaw puzzle pieces and bent out from the wall. It’s a powerful sculpture. And he has built a table with metal legs and a slatted top made from a 1963 flatbed Chevrolet truck with a metal gutter around the edge within which grow live mosses and other ground covers.
Also showing is a group of pod-like cast-metal forms by Kyle Dillehay that, like Honan’s table, are filled with living mosses, salal and other native plants. They can be purchases separately or as a group to be arranged in various configurations and can be hung on the wall. Also by Dillehay is a group of black and white photographs of such things as animals and old boots arranged in heavy frames stuffed with straw. They look like rats’ nests, and some of the photos are of rats or mice, one with his head caught in a trap. These are dark, ominous and fascinating works of art.
There is a lot of nice art to be seen, plus ceramics, wood carvings and other utilitarian pieces, many with living plants.“Kyle Dillehay, Quinn Honan and Jerehiah Maddock at Moss + Mineral” Thursday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m., Saturday only for the Oct. 11-12 Studio Tour, and by appointment, through October, some works through November, Moss + Mineral, 305 S. 9thSt., Tacoma, 253.961.5220,]

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