Thursday, August 18, 2016

Desert Trail Column, August 18, 2016

The Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place from 11 am to 1 pm at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, on Wednesday, August 24. Please bring a picture ID or proof of residence address.

We send out Rainbows-of-Peridots-and-Gladiolas to Dominick Bruxer who celebrates his special day this week. Happy birthday, Dominick!

Darlene’s Commentary: I’ve always wanted to read a book about the history of Wonder Valley. I want to know what the terrain looked like 10,000 years ago. What kind of climate was here? Hot like it is now, icy cold, tropical and humid? What animals were common here? What kinds of plants and trees grew and thrived? Did any humans live here 10,000 years ago? Going forward, I would like to know what it was like when the miners and settlers first arrived. I also would enjoy the history of the homesteaders and how they struggled to survive here. I would love to read a book about the different families who made their homes in Wonder Valley, similar to the stories about Twentynine Palms families depicted in “Sand in My Shoe.” Unfortunately, there is no book about Wonder Valley. Is anyone out there interested in writing one?

Karen’s commentary: I would like to write today about the dummy who wrote in our column that the He Provides Ministry would be at the community center on August 15. That dummy would be ME! I am so sorry if this caused anyone any inconvenience. I made the same mistake in July – you’d think I could remember it correctly two months later! The right information is that this wonderful group comes to our community center at 9:30 am on the days of the USDA Food Distributions to give out free clothing and household items to those needing them. They do this each month from September through May, but they do NOT come in June, July and August because of the heat. Hopefully, I will get this right by next year! Again, I apologize.

Animal Action League, located in Joshua Tree just west of the dinosaurs on Highway 62, will spay or neuter pets that live in Wonder Valley at a big discount. They also do low-cost microchipping, nail trimming and vaccinations. Call 760-366-1100 for further information.

Handy Hint: Put ¼ cup of white vinegar in the final rinse cycle of your washer for a great fabric softener. (And no smell.)

Thought for Today: “I have wondered at times about what the Ted Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.” – Ronald Reagan

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