A Sharp Edge

Growing up, there was always a small piece of whitish gray stone in the kitchen knife drawer. It was flat, about 2 inches square and not quite ½ inch thick, and had obviously been broken off of a larger piece of an Arkansas Stone. On a daily basis, it whetted the kitchen knives – all…

Simple Pleasures

When the temperature soars to 110 degrees and above, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than in a pool with good friends and a glass of wine. The only improvement on that is the arrival of a steady rain with icy cold drops that make splash rings in the water and sting the…

Dance in the Rain

Desert dwellers are known to dance in the rain – especially when it’s been a long dry spell, but those of us who live off-grid, i.e. on solar power and water catchment probably dance a little more joyfully than those who live with grid electricity and “city” water. We become absolutely giddy while watching the…

What’s for Dinner?

One would think, given its rather remote location, that Terlingua would be something of a food desert, but you would be surprised. Cottonwood, our local grocery/general store does an excellent job of meeting the widely varied culinary needs of our rather diverse little community, but there are other times, like today, when something as commonplace…

An Unfinished Porch

TV shows abound in which a home is gutted, completely renovated, and beautifully decorated in a matter of weeks; sometimes even days. It’s perfect, and the homeowner  never had to lift a finger. It’s almost instant gratification. The typical pattern of construction in Terlingua, however, is a little different. Construction workers are hard to find…

Sweet Relief

Summer in Terlingua will very quickly weed out the faint of heart, and June is the month that is usually the most brutal. It brings blazing heat without the cooling relief of the afternoon thunderstorms we get in July and August.  This is the month during which tourists who thought they wanted to live here…

One Little Cloud

Last year, we were spoiled by wonderfully rainy weather in the late spring that turned the desert green and prompted wildflowers to bloom in abundance and to dot the hills with bright green ferns.  It’s one of my favorite plants, the Resurrection Plant, and with a little rain, it changes from something that looks like…