Thursday, March 26, 2015

Desert Trail Column, March 26, 2015

Live Your Dream awards were presented by Soroptimist International of Yucca Valley to two very deserving young women who are in the process of furthering their educations despite daunting odds. Also, columnists who write about the unincorporated areas in the Morongo Basin were honored for their contributions to their respective communities. All were treated to a delicious lunch at the Sizzler, and presented with framed certificates, beautiful live orchid plants and posters bearing their names and the areas they write about. It was a lot of fun getting to meet the other columnists whose words we read every week. Tory Preston who writes about Flamingo Heights, and Nancy Sammons who writes about Yucca Mesa (where our sister Donna lives), sat at our table, and we had a really great time talking and laughing with them. This was the Soroptimists’ 49th Annual Anniversary Awards Luncheon, and we want to sincerely thank them for such an enjoyable afternoon.
Our new MAC representative Teresa Sitz has started a website that is all about Wonder Valley. Go to to check it out – you’ll be pleasantly surprised. 
The Palms, in Beautiful Downtown Wonder Valley, invites everyone to come hear the music of The Field Hollers and our own Sibleys, on Saturday, March 28, starting at 8 pm. Admission is free! The Palms is located at 83131 Amboy Road.
We send out Rainbows-of-Aquamarines-and-Jonquils to Serenity Justicanne Root who turns five this week. Happy birthday, Serenity!
Darlene’s Commentary:  Here are some funny alternate meanings for common words:  
  1. Coffee (n.):  The person upon whom one coughs.
  2. Flabbergasted (adj.):  Appalled over how much weight you have gained. 
  3. Esplanade (v.):  To attempt an explanation while drunk. 
  4. Gargoyle (n.):  Olive-flavored mouthwash. He! He! He!
Karen’s Commentary:  Pictures and graphic details of the cruelties and horrors that affect innocent animals do NOT motivate me to support organizations such as the ASPCA and the US Humane Society. I AM motivated to donate to organizations that show and explain how they achieve their happily-ever-after results.
Animal Action League will spay or neuter your pets at a very reduced rate. They also provide vaccinations and microchips. They are located just west of the dinosaurs on 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. Call 760-366-1100 for further information.

SBC Spay & Neuter Voucher Program
Handy Hint:  Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when hard-boiling eggs to make the shells easy to peel off.
Thought for Today:  “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.” – Alan Alda

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