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…

We’re All Tourists

At some time in our life, each and every one of us is a tourist. But, what exactly does that mean? Is there some minimum distance you must travel before you cross the line of demarcation between being a local, or a native, and become a tourist?  Does being a tourist require an overnight stay,…

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…

The Cone of Protection

When firefighters walk into the flames of a fire, a cone of water is what protects them, and knowing how to create that cone and use it is something you want to figure out before it’s needed. So tonight, I was on EMS standby as our local volunteer firefighters practiced attacking a car fire. These…

Anticipation

For the first time in over four years I’m taking an actual vacation. I’m going back to Mexico – the interior that is. I live near the border, so crossing over for things like shopping and dental appointments is pretty commonplace, but it’s been a long time since I’ve traveled in the interior of the…

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…