Thursday, July 23, 2015

Desert Trail Column, July 23, 2015

The meeting with our Basinwide MAC representative Teresa Sitz on July 13 was very informative and interesting. Reps from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Roads Department were there, answering numerous questions from the audience. Wonder Valley Community Watch signs, WV pencils, WV postcards, flyers and informational sheets were given out, and a lot of subjects were discussed.

Seniors and disabled persons can apply for free painting, light carpentry and light repair work. Call 760-361-1410.

Leo Calice and Gerhard Treml from Vienna, Austria will screen the very unique “Eden’s Edge” at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, on Saturday, July 25 at 8 pm. “Eden’s Edge” consists of nine shorts, one of which is Darlene’s story of raising worms in the desert! This collection of short films is like nothing you’ve ever seen – it will be well worth your time to attend. More details at

We send out Rainbows-of-Rubies-and-Larkspurs to Star Javier, Isabel Austin and Mary Anderson who are all celebrating their special days this week. Happy birthday to all of you!

Karen’s Commentary:  Thanks to Jan Peek for stamps, cards and coupons. I just sent two big boxfuls of cards to St Jude’s Ranch for Children. An update on the ants:  They came back! So I am now a true believer in the powers of original blue Dawn as opposed to the cheap stuff. I applied a thin coating of “OBD” about two inches wide on the kitchen counter top all along the wall, and no more ants!

Darlene’s Commentary: Gerhard Treml  emailed me from Vienna, Austria about the showing of “Eden’s Edge” at The Palms this Saturday, but I will unfortunately be unable to attend due to my upcoming surgery. Gerhard, Edith and their team came here a couple of years ago to interview folks that had a story to tell about life in our beautiful and unique piece of desert. I was so honored to have my story selected and developed as one of the nine short films in their project. “Eden’s Edge” has been screened at art film festivals around the world, including Germany, Poland, South Korea, France, Austria and Slovenia.

If you want to ask about, complain about or cheer about our road maintenance, call 760-367-9880.

Handy Hint: To prevent a door from constantly blowing shut, put one part of an adhesive-backed Velcro fastener on the end of the doorstop and the other part on the wall.

Thought for Today: All Chinese bar codes start with the number eight, because it is pronounced in Chinese the same way as the word for “prosperity” and considered to be a lucky number.

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

Rain storm over the north of Amboy neghborhood in Wonder Valley, 7/19/15, Teresa Siz