Cuisine in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert: Cholla Buds

Miles and miles of endless, empty roads, only the occasional passing freight truck for hours on end, vast open spaces on either side, sagebrush, sand, merciless sunshine, roadrunners darting across the asphalt, jarring hypnotized drivers awake faster than a double Big Jolt. The desert, to the uninitiated, seems barren, lifeless, a place to be gotten … More Cuisine in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert: Cholla Buds

Arizona Highways Heritage Cookbook: Riding through History via the Mouth and the Stomach

When my father died in 2015, my mother pointed to a box of his cookbooks and told me to take anything I wanted. She’s never been much of a one to use cookbooks. And she hates clutter. One of the books in the box caught my eye, its bright blue cover filled with the sort … More Arizona Highways Heritage Cookbook: Riding through History via the Mouth and the Stomach

Dreaming of the Sonoran Desert: Metaphors for Escape in the Time of COVID-19), Part 1

Thanks to the COVID-19 virus, I’m missing Mother Nature. And Arizona. When I opened the July 2020 issue of Arizona Highways, I realized just how deep my discontent has become. Twenty-five writers and photographers tell stories of the places they yearned to see once quarantine ended, when they could clamber into a Jeep and hike … More Dreaming of the Sonoran Desert: Metaphors for Escape in the Time of COVID-19), Part 1

In a State of Siege: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Days 23 & 24

Solitude: a silent storm that breaks down all our dead branches, yet sends our living roots deeper into the living heart of the living earth. ~ Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam The virus still lurks, despite the fact that statistics suggest fewer new cases are showing up. So I am still crossing off the days … More In a State of Siege: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Days 23 & 24

Breaking the Silence of the West, and Words Near to Fail Me

Thanks to the shenanigans of Mother Nature and corpus meum, I’ve been confined to the couch and a big screen. Or at least the 27-inch one hugging my desktop computer. (Yes, I love the dinosaur, because it responds to me better than my laptop, which reminds me of a willful four-year-old I know. And as … More Breaking the Silence of the West, and Words Near to Fail Me