Thursday, January 23, 2020

Desert Trail Column - January 23, 2020


The official count of homeless people in Wonder Valley will take place today, January 23.

 A Wonder Valley Community Meeting will be held at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, on Wednesday, January 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our Municipal Advisory Council representative Steve Reyes will be running this meeting, with Captain Newport and Lieutenant Niles from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department in attendance. Hopefully, a full update of the work done in our area by Frontier Communications will be available. For information, contact Steve at stevenr26251@outlook.com.

 Most events at our community center are sponsored by our non-profit organization Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov or 760-367-9880.

 We send out Rainbows-of-Garnets-and-Carnations to Vida Hamilton who celebrates her special day this week. Happy birthday, Vida!

 Karen’s Commentary:  Here is the rest of the information about your “body clock.” From 6 to 7 p.m. is the worst time of day for dieters to eat – more calories end up as fat due to fluctuations of body metabolism. From 8 to 11 p.m., the brain hormones serotonin and adenosine shut down the electrical activity of some neurons, causing drowsiness and sleep. From midnight to 3 a.m., blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones all bottom out. And at 4 a.m., the body temperature drops to its lowest level of the day.

 
Darlene’s Commentary:  Many of the homeless people shy away from signing anything or even just saying anything for fear of being accused of something. They also may not have proper identification and of course no proof of residency. Their main concerns are where will I sleep or how will I eat, not talking to a volunteer who’s counting the homeless. So how about this? How about giving some of the homeless a job – counting the homeless! Perhaps a colorful new t-shirt and some pay for their time would truly be a way of helping.

 

The 29 Soaring Club meets at the 29 Palms Airport, 29 Palms Highway at Godwin Road, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to sunset, weather permitting. This is a non-profit organization that owns two gliders and a tow plane. Glider rides are available for $20 to $50 cash, depending on the altitude desired. Non-expiring gift certificates are also available. Call Mike at 760-464-2835 for further information.

 Handy Hint:  For a clogged drain, toss in three Alka-Seltzer tablets, then one cup white vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run hot water down the drain.

 Today’s Thought:  When you feel terrific, notify your face.

 
 
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Mermaid Avenue - The Journey Of A True American Hero




When Billy Bragg and Wilco released Mermaid Avenue way back in 1997  I didn't know all that much about Woody Guthrie's vast catalog of work. There was a huge collection of songs and poems all written from his hospital stays.  Much of the work had been offered to Dylan in the 60's but remained below anyone's radar.

Starting in 1996, twenty-nine years after Guthrie’s death, first Bragg and then Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett began to sift through the pages, looking for the lyrics that spoke to them, that needed to be heard, that were just too good to leave to the archives.

In the documentary Man in the Sand, that details Billy Bragg and Wilco's project to turn the forgotten Woody Guthrie lyrics into songs, Bragg visited Guthrie's hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma, trying to get some idea of what inspired Woody's songs. As Bragg wanders through the now deserted streets, talks to folks, and even discovers what's left of Guthrie's birthplace that's now just pieces of wood stacked in the corner of a local shop, he chats with the owner of an antique store, hoping to find anything that might bring some light to Guthrie's early life as an Okie before he started his journey across the country writing about his adventures. Delighted to show Bragg a link to Guthrie, the owner pulls out a sign displayed in front of the store that identifies Okemah as Woody's hometown.

The sign was in bad shape, Woody's name was covered with spray paint and the words "Commie Red A Draft Dogger" in it's place. The vandals couldn't spell but the message was certainly clear.. This was how Woody was to be remembered in his home town and state many years after he died.


When Wilco and Bragg decided to take on the difficult project of selecting only a small portion of the thousands of lyrics and write the music to turn them into songs Wilco's Jeff Tweedy had this to say; I'd have a really good feeling about things if the result leads a certain number of people back to discover Woody Guthrie.

Bragg, a songwriter based in the UK had been chosen by Woody's daughter, Nora, to bring life to writings that were purely American. Guthrie however, in 1997, was still viewed as a virtually unknown left wing folkie, mostly known for writing "This Land Is Your Land".  Bob Dylan was a fan but most Americans had no idea who he was.

After the release of Mermaid Avenue in 1998 that changed, the posthumous songwriting team of Guthrie, Bragg Tweedy, and Bennett turned out to be brilliance not many would have imagined.

American Songwriter Magazine has said; "The Mermaid Avenue project is essential for showing that Woody Guthrie could illuminate what was going on inside of him as well as he could detail the plight of his fellow man".

The collection of three volumes was voted number 939 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums 3rd Edition.

Oklahoma has finally come to embrace old Woody as a state treasure and now even has the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival that brings fans from all over the world to Okemah to celebrate a truly American hero. In the state house of one of our most conservative states a painting of Woody hangs, something  far different than that defaced sign in the town of his birth.

Billy Bragg and Wilco didn't just alert folks to the brilliance of Woody Guthrie. No... They brought Woody home to the land made for you and me...



All lyrics written by Woody Guthrie; music composers are listed below.

"Walt Whitman's Niece" (Billy Bragg) 

"California Stars" (Jay Bennett, Jeff Tweedy)

"Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key" (Bragg) 

"Birds and Ships" with Natalie Merchant (Bragg) 

"Hoodoo Voodoo" (Tweedy, Bragg, Bennett, John Stirratt, Ken Coomer, Corey Harris) 

"She Came Along to Me" (Bragg, Tweedy, Bennett) 

"At My Window Sad and Lonely" (Tweedy) 
"Ingrid Bergman" (Bragg) 

"Christ for President" (Tweedy, Bennett) 
"I Guess I Planted" (Bragg) 

"One by One" (Tweedy)

"Eisler on the Go" (Bragg)

"Hesitating Beauty" (Tweedy)

"Another Man's Done Gone" (Bragg) 

"The Unwelcome Guest" (Bragg) 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Wonder Valley at Gallery 62

7 Wonder Valley / East-Ender Friends

Reception: 5:30 - 8:30, Saturday, February 8.

Gallery 62
61607 Twentynine Palms Highway
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Featuring: 
Adrian Feld
Sharon Morgan Jenkins
Tal Khaner
Ron Resnick
Suzanne Ross
Ellie Westman
Olive Toscani

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Desert Trail Column - January 16, 2020

Training for the Wonder Valley Homeless Count is being given today, January 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Joshua Tree. The actual Homeless Count will take place in Wonder Valley on January 23. Call Teresa at 760-367-9880 for further information.
A free movie “Overcomer” will be shown at Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, on Saturday, January 18 at noon. Munchies will be available at 11 a.m. For further information, call 760-391-0480.
The Mobile Medical Van will be at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, on Wednesday, January 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A nurse practitioner will provide primary medical care and screenings, prescription refills and referrals for lab tests. No appointment is necessary. Most insurances are accepted, and a discounted fee-for-service is available for those without insurance. Care will be provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Call 760-365-9305 for information.

The Salvation Army Food Distribution will be held at our community center on Wednesday, January 22 from 11 a.m. until the food is gone. Food is from Trader Joe’s and usually includes meat, fresh fruits and fresh veggies.
A Wonder Valley Community Meeting will take place at our community center on Wednesday, January 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our Municipal Advisory Council representative Steve Reyes will be running this meeting, with Captain Newport and Lieutenant Niles from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department in attendance. Hopefully, a full update of the work done in our area by Frontier Communications will be available. For information, contact Steve at stevenr26251@outlook.com
Most events at our community center are sponsored by our non-profit organization Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov or 760-367-9880.
Karen’s Commentary: A little more about your “body clock.” From 3 to 4 p.m. your muscle strength, body flexibility and aerobic capacity reach their peak. At 5 p.m. your blood pressure peaks.

Darlene’s Commentary: With mountains of dishes on my counter and an empty dish soap container, I knew to add white vinegar to the “empty” bottle to make everything sparkle. Thank you, Mom!
To keep up-to-date on all the happenings in Wonder Valley, go to wondervalley.org. Ken and Teresa Sitz keep this website full of information about our area.

Handy Hint: Using your car’s cruise control can reduce your fuel use by seven percent on the highway.
Today’s Thought: “There’s only one way to have a happy marriage – and as soon as I learn what it is, I’ll get married again.” – Clint Eastwood
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Jeremiah and the Red Eyes at the Palms


Some of my favorite music is about the road and sky. Jackson Browne did a great live record "Running On Empty" his fith album that details his life on the road; Motels and truck stops, where the road and the sky collide. It's all about railroads and road houses, back roads and the long haul.

This past Saturday I had the privilege to hear Jeremiah and the Red Eyes at the Palms Restaurant in Wonder Valley.


Jeremiah Sammartano, Flagstaff based, Emmy nominated singer/songwriter who fronts the bluesy/Americana and sometimes one-man band, Jeremiah and the Red Eyes, has covered many miles over the past several years. Saturday it was Jeremiah on guitar, kickdrum and vocals and  Angela on fiddle and backing vocals.



I think Jeremiah accurately describes his music as "Delta Blues and Twangy Grooves" and I would only add his is the sound of the road.  

My friend Kevin Bone gave me a hollar in advance that Jeremiah was right up my alley and lord knows he was right.  Tasty slide guitar and Angela's fiddling with some mighty fine road songs made for a great evening of music with friends. Sitting in the back room of the Palms on a dark Saturday night I couldn't help but think how great this would have been on the back patio and when Jeremiah, with Angela on harmonies, closed their first set with Woodie Gutherie's "California Stars" I couldn't have wanted that more.  I've always enjoyed the Wilco - Billy Bragg version off the great album "Mermaid Avenue".

I’d like to rest
My heavy head tonight
On a bed
Of California stars
I’d like to lay
My weary bones tonight
On a bed
Of California stars
I’d love to feel
Your hand touching mine
And tell me why
I must keep working on
Yes, I’d give my life
To lay my head tonight on a bed
Of California stars



I've since listened to all of Jeremiah's music online and a CD order is warranted.  I'm including links to his music so you to can check out some pretty damn good stuff yourself.

I must also mention Grey Hill who always gets the sound just right at the Palms. Its not easy to do that night in and night out but Grey gets it done. 

Band Website 

Band Reverb

Ronnie Ruff
Wonder Valley, California 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Homeless Count Training.


Join the Friends of Wonder Valley for the Homeless Count in Wonder Valley.

The training is from 10-11 a.m., on Thursday, January 16, somewhere in Joshua Tree (TBA).

The actual homeless count takes place on Thursday, January 23rd. We need three people for our team.

If you are interested in joining us in this effort, please call Teresa Sitz at (760)367-9880.

For more information, and to register, go here:
http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dbh/sbchp/community-projects/point-in-time-count/

USDA -- Date Change


NOTE: The date of this event has been changed BACK to Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon (or when the food runs out) on TUESDAY, January 14, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277. The Community Center is next to the Fire Station.

Low income Wonder Valley residents self-certify on site. No ID or other documentation is required. You may pick up ONE (1) box for a neighbor, or they may pick up ONE (1) box for you, IF a signed pick up form is presented. One pick up per person. Pick up forms are available online at http://tinyurl.com/wv-pickup-form. They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and at the kiosk outside the WVCC the week before the event.

For more information, call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880.

The text below is required.

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

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