Thursday, November 21, 2019

Desert Trail Column - November 21, 2019

On Saturday, November 24, there will be a Thanksgiving Potluck following the 10:30 a.m. service at Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road. This is also the last day to turn in Christmas shoeboxes that the church is collecting for children at an orphanage in Mexico. For further information, call 760-391-0480 or 760-401-6128.

 Also on November 24, Godwin Christian Fellowship, 6389 Godwin Road at 29 Palms Highway, will have a Thanksgiving Celebration Luncheon following their 10:30 a.m. service. Call 831-234-6848 or 760-449-8683 for further information.


We send out Rainbows-of-Chrysanthemums-and-Topaz to Sharon Fangmeyer who celebrates her special day this week. Happy birthday, Sharon!

Karen’s Commentary:  I deposited a check into US Bank’s ATM, the machine malfunctioned, my deposit wasn’t credited and out came a printed notice instead of a receipt! I stood in a LONG line inside, then was told my ONLY option was to call the number on the notice. I called and was told that the check SHOULD be credited to my account WITHIN 10 WORKING DAYS, and my “claim” SHOULD be resolved within 45 DAYS!! Customer, beware.

 Darlene’s Commentary:  When I look into the western sky at another gathering of unbelievable colors and shapes that change before my very eyes, I know I am in Wonder Valley! I have never lived anywhere else where I could watch such gorgeous, incredibly beautiful sunsets while sitting in my own yard. Thank you, Mother Nature! I like you when you’re not making a huge killer wind or a lightning and thunder symphony!

Susan Doggett operates a federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility right here in Wonder Valley. She receives no outside funding, supporting her facility by designing and selling custom jewelry and custom logo sportswear. She is an accomplished artist who teaches many types of arts and crafts to both adults and children, and she is an instructor for the State of California Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Care Standards. If you would like to help Susan continue to save wild birds, please consider purchasing a one-of-a-kind necklace, bracelet, anklet or pair of earrings from her jewelry line “For the Birds.” If you find a sick, injured or orphaned wild bird, call Susan at 714-637-8355 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

 Handy Hint:  Check all states where you’ve lived to see if they are holding money from a savings account that you forgot, an insurance policy or an uncashed refund check. Go to, find your state and enter your name.

 Today’s Thought:  “Times have not become more violent. They have just become more televised.” – Marilyn Manson


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