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Curiosity Tickled by High Desert Nostalgia at the Fair’s RelyLocal Business Expo

God Bless America

God Bless America










High Desert Bloggers were honored to participate in the RelyLocal Business Expo of San Bernardino County Fair on Memorial Day weekend. It was a weekend for fun at the fair but also a time of honor while we reflected on our U. S. Armed Forces and their service to ensure that our nation is safe. It’s a time of nostalgia and remembering soldiers who have served or given their lives for our country.

A time of nostalgia

Meeting Nina with Photography by Hart brought that nostalgic feeling closer to home for me. Nina described some of the High Desert’s enchanting and historical sites that Photography by Hart has used as portrait backgrounds for pin up and boudoir beauty clients. The vintage shop, Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures, and the amazing Bottle Tree Ranch in Oro Grande are two of my favorites. The historical Harvey House, a former train depot in Barstow, makes the perfect backdrop for those who love nostalgic World War II portraits. Contact Nina’s Photography by Hart to schedule your very own enchanting portrait. Going to these sites with Nina for portrait shoots would be like taking along a historical guide as well – she loves and knows her High Desert history.

War Stories

Listening to Nina tell about the history of the Harvey House reminded me of war stories my dad, a World War II veteran,  has told me. He remembers the GI’s decorating their barracks with pictures of pin-up girls. Recording nostalgic heritage and war-time stories handed down to us by our families and war veterans is important to me, so much that I published a collection of World War II veterans’ stories in the book, Phantom Seven. You can find this book and several others by local authors at Oasis Book Store on Jacaranda in Hesperia.

A true book oasis

Incidentally, have you visited the Oasis Book Store lately? Owner Donna welcomes her customers with a cozy atmosphere of books, Wi-Fi, tables and chairs, coffee, and tea. You might even discover a delightful cookie or other snack as an additional treat. If you are able, take a moment to bless Hostess Donna with a tip to show your appreciation for her generous hospitality (hint: there’s a cup for such blessings near the coffee). High Desert Bloggers, a FREE group that meets at least once monthly at Donna’s bookstore, has fallen in love with Donna and her fabulous book oasis. The tables and chairs make the perfect spot for our bloggers to gather and discuss current blogging needs and events. Visit and the events page at to find out planned events our bloggers have scheduled for Hi Desert Book Oasis.

RelyLocal Business Expo Alyssa








Special thanks to High Desert’s RelyLocal Team

Another thing I’ve especially noticed about Donna is her genuine smile. Beaming smiles run in the family. Donna’s daughter, Alyssa, has been particularly blessed with an amazing personality that draws people to her – especially all of the business owners connected to RelyLocal Victorville. A special thanks to all of High Desert’s RelyLocal team – Alyssa Penman with RelyLocal-Victorville, Tari Blalock with RelyLocal-Hesperia, and Willis Whitlock with RelyLocal-Apple Valley. Their joint efforts made the RelyLocal Business Expo successful.  .

Willis Whitlock, RelyLocal-Apple Valley

Willis Whitlock, RelyLocal-Apple Valley

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