THE SEATTLE TIMES MAGAZINE / SEPTEMBER 23, 2001

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On the Cover: Patricia Barker was lucky to be born with elegant feet and high arches. "They're important for the aesthetic line of a dancer," says the Pacific Northwest Ballet's principal dancer, now celebrating her 20th professional year. "You want a nice line from hip to feet, and your feet need to work like your hands do - you've got to use the shoe as if it were a glove." Dancing "on point" puts a lot of pressure on toes. Lost and blackened toenails, calluses, corns, bone spurs and "turf toe" - most commonly suffered by football players when a big-toe joint gets jammed - are part of ballet's terrain. "Our toes are what hold us up and our feet are what create that beautiful line."
Now & Then: Next Stop, Salvation
  WRITTEN BY PAUL DORPAT
Essay: Steady Rain
  WRITTEN BY JEFFREY SHAFFER
ILLUSTRATED BY PAUL SCHMID
Cover Story: Barefoot and . . .
  WRITTEN BY SARA JEAN GREEN
PHOTOGRAPHED BY BETTY UDESEN

Want to learn a lot about a person's life? Look at their feet. We did.
Plant Life: The Arborist's Advice
  WRITTEN BY VALERIE EASTON
PHOTOGRAPHED BY MIKE SIEGEL

Before you follow the urge to plant a tree on that parking strip, listen to the calm advice of a veteran city arborist.
On Fitness: A Good Balance
  WRITTEN BY MOLLY MARTIN
ILLUSTRATED BY WHITNEY STENSRUD

Muscles need not only strength and flexibility, but a good working relationship with each other.
Taste: Out to School Lunch
  WRITTEN BY GREG ATKINSON
ILLUSTRATED BY JULIE NOTARIANNI

It's not the food that makes school lunches, it's the memories.
Northwest Living: Wild Around the Edges
  WRITTEN BY VALERIE EASTON
PHOTOGRAPHED BY BENJAMIN BENSCHNEIDER

With plenty of plantings, rock and water, a beach-side garden comes together - naturally.
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