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Respecting our Desert Elders— Ancestors of the Leafy Type By Robin Kobaly

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

This one experience influenced the next chapter of my life. That very day, I decided to develop a new program called “Saving The Ancients” under our environmental education non-profit, The SummerTree Institute. I ended up chasing bulldozers to salvage the trunks of as many desert plants as possible, had them sliced, sanded, and polished so ecology students could help us count the annual growth rings of as many sizes and species of native plants as we could find.

Poem: Wreckage and More Wreckage By Don Kingfisher Campbell

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

for an adventure
 we drive 12 miles off road in a desert 75 miles from L.A.

Poem: The Wild Inside By Cynthia Anderson

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

I know it’s time to clean house
 by the grains of decomposed granite underfoot. They track in on the soles
 of our shoes, then needle our bare feet

Poem: Receding Moon

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

They say the moon is receding
bit by bit, like a person who needs to be elsewhere and wants to break it to you slowly, so slowly
you don’t even notice.

Poem: The Last Bird

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

In the trees, along the lake,
countless water birds
breed in the winter months.
Snow-white egrets resting
beside soot-black cormorants,
the mighty open bill storks lived peaceably next to the small white ibises,

POEM: Blue Tattoo

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

we took care of her, the white girl
 the grandson of the last traditional chief of the Mojave Indians told the crow

Poem: Spring Stream

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

A clapping cloudburst created an instant stream in Palo Verde Wash: a small gush of water with a tenuous life span. With one strong breath the cloud fled, leaving the birthing steam.

Poem: Memories of the Sun

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

The housing boom has advanced inland from the coast, bring- ing the rumble and bleat of bulldozers to our bucolic desert community. In almost every vacant lot, houses are built with jackrabbit quickness and sold before their dun-colored stucco coats dry

Excerpt from JANE: The Women Who Loved Tarzan By Robin Maxwell

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

Her age was indeterminate—somewhere approaching thirty, but her presence was one of striking vitality and self- assurance. She was tall and slender beneath the knee-length suit coat of fine brown wool. Her honey-colored hair was tucked up beneath a simple toque of black felt, not one of those large frivolous feathered creations that these days hung perilously cantilevered over a woman’s face

Book Review: Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan By Robin Maxwell

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

Local hi-desert writer, Robin Maxwell, author of O, Juliet, and many other popular works of historical fiction, has written a book about another famous pair of lovers, Tarzan and Jane. The story focuses on Jane, a brilliant strong- minded woman and her relationship with apeman Tarzan.
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