Thursday, December 22, 2016

Desert Trail Column, December 22, 2016

The Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place on Wednesday, December 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road. They are only able to transport 50 boxes, so be sure to get there before they are all gone.

We send out Rainbows-of-Narcissus-and-Turquoise to Teresa Sitz, Laurel Seidl, and Glenda Berndt who celebrate their special days this week. Happy, happy birthday to all of you!

We also send out best wishes to Mary and Les Lindsley who celebrate 35 years together this week. Happy anniversary to you!

Darlene’s Commentary: How about that wind last Friday?? I think that had to be one of the strongest windstorms in the last 30 years. I had an appointment in Yucca Valley, and had expected wind and dust, but boy, howdy! When I was halfway home, the sandstorm had lowered the visibility to less than a mile. Then it started to clear a little here and there, and I thought it was almost over. But Instead of seeing the familiar mountains where we live, we could only see a huge dust cloud so dense and brown that it looked like a giant mud pie hovering over our valley. Finally reaching Amboy Road, we slowed to a crawl due to not being able to see five feet in front of us. Whew! Dorothy and Toto were right – there is no place like home!

Karen’s Commentary: If you have old hearing aids, eyeglasses or mobility equipment that you’d like to donate, here is some information for you. For hearing aids, contact the Starkey Hearing Foundation at or (800) 328-8602, the Lions Club Hearing Aid Recycling Program at, or Hearing Charities of America at
or (816) 333-8300. For eyeglasses, look for Lions Club donation boxes at City Hall, the post office and other places of business, or contact New Eyes at For wheelchairs, walkers, canes and shower chairs, contact the ALS Association at, the Muscular Dystrophy Association at, or Wheelchairs of the World at Usually these donations are tax deductible.

Reach Out Morongo Basin will give you a ride to and from the 29 Palms Nutrition Site on Tuesdays. Pick up is at The Palms at 10 a.m., drop off is at 2 p.m. If you have a transportation problem and cannot get to The Palms, ROMB will pick you up and drop you off at your home. Please call (760) 361-1410 for further information.

Handy Hint: WD-40 cleans piano keys.

Thought for Today: Love is blind, but marriage opens your eyes.

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