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High Desert Everyday Survival Kit that Will Help Your Blogging

Here is a High Desert everyday survival kit: a toothpick, rubber band, Band-aid, pencil, eraser, chewing gum, candy kiss, tea bag. Here’s why:

TOOTHPICK: to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others. This includes your kids. And remember if you’ve got a supervisor, boss, or owner of the company who never say a word about your work and you know you are doing the very best you can, say out loud to yourself a big thank you.

RUBBER BAND: to remind you to be flexible, things may not always go the way you would like, but it will all work out. Just wait and see. If you’re brittle you will break, and all the little things you fret about is not worth having a heart attack over. Fifty years from now nobody will even know.

BAND AID: to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else’s. Humans are emotional creatures. Learn to control your emotions.

PENCIL: to remind you to list your blessings. Hey, you could be dead, but you’re above ground so thank your God. You’ve got friends, family, food, house, a vehicle-if not a car catch a bus.

ERASER: to remind you that everybody makes mistakes. When my daughter was little and she would spill her milk I would tell her, it’s okay, baby, even big people spill their milk too. I never condemned her for making everyday mistakes. So if you’re a High Desert nitpicker, go get an eraser now.

CHEWING GUM: to remind you to stick with it. You can accomplish anything. I went to a private party to raise money for the disabled kids. One of the “disabled” kids who just won a gold medal in the handicap Olympics said in his speech, “We may be disabled, but if you remove the “dis” then we’re “able”. I stood there thinking, OMG, I’ve got two good legs and arms and I never won a gold medal.

CANDY KISS: to remind you that everyone needs a hug and kiss. Get ‘er done.

TEA BAG: to remind you to relax and take a break . Smell the flowers while you drink your favorite tea.

After reading this, it should make you blog like a house on fire. Get ‘er done.

Desert Reptiles to Beware in the High Desert

Coiled Rattlesnake Ready to Strike

Have you ever slept with the devil? I’m not referring to your spouse. But really did you wake up facing death? Here in the High Desert at times you will find a spider in your boot or shoe.

When I was in Iraq I met a military guy who told me a story. He was on patrol and his captain told him to set up a gunners nest on the side of the hill, so he did. He  spent the night on the hill in the desert. The next morning he woke up, looked over his side, and saw a rattlesnake curled up next to him sleeping (I feel the warm fuzzy love here, don’t you?). Well he couldn’t just get up or try to jump and run because rattlesnakes, when they’re in a deep sleep dreaming about eating mice or chasing kids across the yard, they don’t take it too kindly when someone suddenly wakes them up. So using great wisdom and patience, he slowly picked up  pebbles and lightly bopped the snake on the head. After a very long time that felt like an eternity the rattlesnake finally got mad and left.

When you set a goal to blog, it will seem like every snake in the grass will show up to distract you. The snakes of  frustration, busyness, sickness, relationships going south, bill collectors, and the list can go on and on. This is what you can do to that mean old snake; throw a blog at him. At first he may not budge, but keep bopping that ugly mess on the head with more and more blogs. Keep blogging till he leaves.

Remember, you don’t have to sleep with the devil. Enjoy your next blog, my friend.

Clutter in the High Desert

Messy Car

The economy must be getting really bad in the High Desert land. One sunny day sitting at a coffee shop next to Lowe’s in Apple Valley I was doing what I do best, sitting. A car pulled up to park. It was an older vehicle, and the driver looked around mid 30ish. There was something else I noticed. His car was full of paper, not like recycle stuff, but trash like Burger King wrappers and paper coffee cups, newspapers, lots of paper and junk. It was stacked up to the level of the top of the seat. The passenger seat next to him was full, the back seat completely full of trash. When Mr. Hoarder got out of the car, he shut the door then LOCKED it. You know, it’s a good thing he did. There are a lot of criminals on the streets these days, and if you leave your door unlocked, those bad guys will sneak up real slowly,  reach up, slowly open that door and steal a paper cup!

If you’re reading this blog, I’m sure you’re not a teenager or a college student. Most likely you’re in your fifties or older. Looking back I cringe at things I’ve said and done. Some of it I meant well, and other times it was out of pure stupidity on my part. Hindsight is a learning time and a time of regrets. But no one can change the past, and the only option we have now is working on changing the future  in our short lives.

In your clutter life it’s time to clean out the trash. Open all the doors, and start ripping out all the papers, wrappers, and coffee cups. Then do yourself a favor. Burn that old car, set it on fire so it will never tempt you to go back hoarding your past. Truth will set you free, and now you’re free to blog some awesome blogs.

Homelessness in the High Desert

John with Blankies and Towels For Animals

Homelessness in the High Desert? Coyotes, rattlesnakes, jack rabbits and more creatures here in the High Desert have homes. Educated human beings who are able to work build things and communicate with others in the High Desert, yet unlike animals, have no home. There are great people like John Breckenridge who is the coordinator for Blankies and Towel’s for Animals. They collect comfort items for homeless pets in Apple Valley, Victorville, and Hesperia in the High Desert area. Their phone number is 760-666-9519 and email,, if you want more information about donations.

There are many folks like John that have a heart to help starving little animals. Yet we have High Desert homeless shelters for the needy. In California there are 656,129 homeless. Who’s counting? How do they do this? Someone walking in the woods shakes a bush and says, ” Hey! Anybody in there somewhere?” Okay, however it’s done, 656,129 homeless.

What are some of the reasons for Americans like you and I living in the streets? To start with, there are depressed wages, stagnant unemployment, unrelenting housing cost,  the lagging pace of economic recovery, and mental illness, some due to alcohol and drugs. I can understand the situations of these people. I came close myself to becoming homeless. The people I don’t understand are the ones who decide to live on the streets when they have all the abilities to be successful. Here’s a perfect example: Paul got out of prison. He came to our halfway house, and the first night we had to help him kick heroin. At one time I was using heroin and believe me, it’s not a piece of cake. After a hell-hole night, Paul broke free, started going to church, got married, had two boys, owned his own business, drove a nice car, lived in a nice house, then one day he walked away from everything and became homeless. A friend of mine tried to talk Paul to come back but this is what Paul said: “Why go back when I have a place to sleep (under a tree)?  I have food and clothes, so why go back? Paul died shortly after and how sad because when he was on top of the game, people liked him. He was great at helping others and fun to be with. What a waste of a life.

I will never know why Paul threw in the towel, gave up, and quit; but what I do know is when he stopped, he lost the best things in life, the ones who loved him. An old-time preacher once said,”Faith is like an airplane. When you stop, you drop.”  Maybe Paul wanted out of the system. Let’s face it. When you’re in any system, it’s going to challenge you almost on a daily basis. You learn the system at childhood with your parents. It’s called submitting to authority. Later you may have to submit to a coach, teacher, police officer, employer, military officer, and spouse.

This Sunday is the NFL Super Bowl. Somebody had to submit to a coach, and look what happened. Super Bowl time!! Some people want to be the independent. Okay, that could be good if you live in the jungle, but the truth is you’re not swinging from any vine in the High Desert (and if you are please e-mail me). Guess what rebel dude, you don’t submit to authority and it could  be you’re kicked out of the house, cut from a team, dropped from the class, arrested, fired from the job, given a dishonorable discharge, divorced. You’ll be sitting on a curb somewhere wondering where your next meal is coming from.

Bob Dylan wrote a song in 1979, “You’re Gonna Have to Serve Somebody.” When I think about High Desert Blogging, I have a choice to stay in the system or get out. If I choose to get out, then I’m at the mercy of the raw cruel world of being employed by someone who decides my income. High Desert Blogging is a system I choose to submit to because the more I work at it, the higher I’ll climb to reach my goal. So don’t stop like Paul, but keep posting blogs. Stay in the system. Remember the more you do, the more you’ll have.

Solution to Writer’s Block for High Desert Bloggers – Listening to Radio Talk Shows

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What Your High Desert Blog Reflects About You

Obsidian Glass

The first manufactured mirrors were pieces of polished stone such as Obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass. The Obsidian type of mirror was found in Anatolia which is now modern Turkey and has been dated to around 6,000 b.c. In civilization back in the day, before man could find an explanation for everything, they turned to God. Then they associated the ruler with the god. That began the god-kings like Incas, Pharaoh’s, and in China the Chinese believed the Emperor had been determined by heaven starting with the Chow Dynasty. Can you imagine what would go through that god-king’s mind the first time he saw himself in one of these mirrors, “Yo dog, waz up with this jive, turkey.” The servant would reply, “Master, it’s Obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass we found 6,000 years before Christ.” The king, still admiring himself would say,” K, dog I can dig it, man, I can really dig this stuff.”

In early America there was the old time circus with the house of mirrors. You walk inside to get lost, confused, bumping into the mirrors, banging your head, then start kicking yourself for wasting money to look like a fool. The bending mirrors make you look real tall or short, skinny, or fat. The image is all distorted. Looking at yourself thinking, “It’s me, but that’s not what I look like. But I look like that now. But it’s all wrong. A mirror is only reflecting. That’s all it does. Reflection of the past or what’s behind you. The car mirror shows you what you’re passing; and if you look too long in the past, you’ll wrap your car around a tree. Remember the old saying, “Mirror memory. Reflection of everything you put inside your brain is there to remember or reflect upon, recall.

The reason of this blog today is very simple. The more you learn of this trade, blogging, the more power you”ll have and therefore, the more you’ll be successful. The house of mirrors will distract and confuse you. The bending mirrors of drunkenness will deceive you. Mirrors were made for a time of reflection but not to live in.



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High Desert Blogger Discovers Love and War Story Near Knott’s Berry Farm

Couple Tells High Desert Blogger Love and War Story

Part Three of High Desert Blogger Discovers Love and War Story Series

Aurora had been divorced for fifteen years and was as beautiful as she is today. You know every doctor, staff guy, and the homeless wanted to marry her in that day. She said she never felt it was time yet until she saw Joe again. Goodbye, boyfriend; hello, Joe. READ MORE »

High Desert Blogger Discovers Love and War Story Near Knott’s Berry Farm

Couple Tells High Desert Blogger Love and War Story

Part Two of High Desert Blogger Discovers Love and War Story Series

The service shipped Joe off overseas to the South Pacific Theater. Joe was a gunner, 50 caliber, making himself known to the enemy in New Guinea. The bad guys really didn’t like Joe – he kept shooting at them. After three years of fighting for our country and spending some time in a Philippines hospital, his ear drums were in pretty bad shape from shooting 50 calibers all day. (Note: Joe is 85 years old now and has never been in any hospital since the war was over. He has perfect health.)

Joe returned to the States, went back to the old neighborhood, and there was no Aurora, no address, and no phone number. She had moved.  READ MORE »

High Desert Blogger Discovers a Love and War Story Near Knott’s Berry Farm

Red Roof Inn Near Knott's Berry Farm

Part One of High Desert Blogger Discovers Love and War Story Series

At the Red Roof Inn on Highway 91 and Beach Road, Angie and I met Mr. Bill Belew for a High Desert meeting to talk about cool stuff like how to make money blogging since this is how Bill makes a living full time. As typical High Desert people we were hungry, and next door was a Black Angus Steakhouse …Mmmm. The table across from our table was reserved. Okay, no big deal; we had our table talking and so on. Close to 7:00 pm a cute elderly couple came in and sat at the reserved table. They were both dressed up nice, and the waiter brought them their wine. Just above their heads on the wall were two candles. READ MORE »

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