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High Desert Hosts Its First Harmony Circle

Participants in the first harmony circle of Ellie Drake's 2015 Harmony Circle TourA group of women gathered in Victorville Saturday to meet with Braveheart Women’s Ellie Drake and participate in the first Harmony Circle of the 2015 Harmony Circle Tour.  According to event host, Donna Mass of Victorville, the purpose of  a Harmony Circle is to bring women together to connect in a better, deeper, and more meaningful way.  This deeper connection is the mission of Ellie Drake.  In fact, the mission statement of Braveheart Women is “To connect the Women of the world together in order to receive and give Inspiration in the areas of Self-Esteem, Empowerment, Purpose, Passion and Personal Prosperity while enhancing the world by being Brave Women who live from the Heart.”

The high desert's first harmony circle was hosted by Donna Mass

Saturday’s event began with the group of women introducing themselves and sharing one or two details about where they were in their lives at that moment.  Afterwards, Ms. Drake explained to the group about two very different hormones that are present in the body.  Oxytocin and Adrenaline.  Most of us have heard of Adrenaline, the hormone secreted by our bodies in conditions of stress which increases circulation, breathing, and prepares muscles for exertion.  This is referred to as the “flight or fight” hormone.  Ms. Drake described Oxytocin’s effect on the body as the exact opposite of adrenaline.


She further explained that, for men, the anxiety, and adrenaline rush that comes with it, actually helps to push them forward so that they can accomplish the task.  For women, however, this is not the case.  Women do not work at their best potential under a high stress, adrenaline filled, weight.  As a group, we were instructed how to do “Oxytocin Breathing”.  According to Drake, this type of breathing stimulates the release of the hormone oxytocin and helps us to be more receptive to connecting with one another on a deeper level and helps us to move beyond our inclination toward mistrust.


The next component of our experience included a brief introduction to Dybo.  Dybo is a dance that stands for Dance Your Buts Off.  This does not refer to the butts on which you are sitting.  Instead, it refers to getting rid of the excuses that keep you from accomplishing all that is within your potential to achieve.  The Dybo process consists of 5 parts–recognizing, unraveling, releasing, restoring, and rejoicing.  It was high energy and very fun.

Finally, the afternoon concluded with the Harmony Circle where two concentric circles of women faced each other as the outer circle rotated slowly around the inner circle.  Afterwards, one participant stated that she hadn’t felt such a deep and sincere connection with other women in a very long time.  The whole experience was very different than what I had expected, but it was very educational and extremely worthwhile.  I look forward to the High Desert’s next Harmony Circle.

For more information about BraveHeart Women click here

For information about free Dybo Classes in your own home via Skype contact Donna Mass at (760) 308-0404

**Patti can also be found at where she tries to limit her blogging to stocking a pantry, budgeting, and recipes.  She isn’t always successful.


Tomorrow is Father’s Day.  That’s the day we honor those father’s and all that they do for us.  Yep, they are amazing.  Hey, contrary to what the news tells us everyday, the economy is still not flourishing.  I listen to those words everyday as I travel the three hours one way to work and I wonder who has money, extra money?

We can still give our fathers a great day.  Here are ten very reasonably priced presents we can give him:

1.  Breakfast in bed.  (Cost, price of breakfast, the same price you would spend anyways.  A little pampering is appreciated.)

2.  Before breakfast, bring in a pan of hot water and a washcloth.  Give his face a wakeup washing, gently now, he’s not all the way awake.

(Cost, a small amount of water, an item added to the regular washing.  Loving gesture appreciated).

3.  After he eats his breakfast, lead him to his favorite chair and hand him his newspaper.  Make sure he has thirty minutes at least uninterrupted

with his reading.  (Cost:  Quiet time cannot be measured especially if his children are toddler age.)

4.  When you look over and see that daddy has fallen back asleep, let him.  He’s done reading the paper, gets up every day at four to go to work

almost never gets a nap.  (Cost: Zero.  Benefit:  A less cranky dad.)

5.  Get out the lotion and see if he wants a back rub.  Yes, use the lotion because we want it to feel good.  (Cost:  A handful of lotion.)

6.  Make him his favorite peanut butter sandwich.  Don’t forget the jelly.  Present it on a paper plate, he hates dirty dishes. (Cost:  You’re mom

already bought the ingredients.)

7.  Let him watch, what he wants to watch on TV.  No nagging about yard work, housework or daddy work.  Even if you detest golf, or any other

sport, he likes it.  (Cost:  A little extra electricity.)

8.  Make him his favorite dinner.  Yes, his favorite dinner, not what you think he enjoys, what you know he enjoys.  (Cost:  Arbitrary, what you

have already incorporated in the grocery price this week).

9.  Give your dad a hug, pretend to hear the interesting story he has to tell you.  (Cost:  A little ear wax.)  Remember don’t turn up your Ipod to

drown out his words.

10.  Keep a smile on your face all day. No whining, no complaining, no yelling, no hitting your brother or sister, no tattling, and no crying. (Cost:

peace of mind for your father.)


These are some tips that can make a better day for your dad.  He works hard to make sure that we are clothed, that we are properly nourished

and that we have all that we need.  Most of all a simple I Love You can go a long way!

Evolution: What Is Blogging?


Early Man's Need for Blogging

Early Man’s Need for Blogging

Early writers on the Internet wanted to share their views and be seen. Many were already writing in their journals or conversing with others on the first bulletin boards. But something was missing.

As the computer industry began to upgrade its software and develop its early social connections, those who loved journaling indicated that there might be a better networking option. Remember, too, that back then no one was allowed to sell or promote on a social web site. They were allowed only to log their experiences or share ideas.

web + log =blog

Logging and web creations morphed into what we all know today as blogging. The word itself was considered low class due to the insignificance of compressed words, like web + log =blog. It was the early 90s before anyone would truly admit to being a blogger. Blogging was still relatively new. So even the terminology was developing.

Then as the marketing clout of large corporate web sites began to blur with smaller independent marketers who were learning how to establish a presence, advertising restrictions for bloggers began to lift.

tricky business

Now that another 15 years have raced by, bloggers are on equal terms with content marketers, authors, International businesses, major catalog stores, and non-selling journals. Email marketing took a large hit a few years ago when consumers began drowning in advertising blasts. Marketing for consumers was a tricky business.

Even new or established businesses that didn’t have a web site could see the writing on the wall.


Blogging for business rose in popularity only because it was easy, quick, direct from the company owner, and unregulated as far as the frequency of posting a blog entry. Consumers could decide to subscribe to particular blogs that they had a strong interest in. Much less invasive. That made consumers feel like they were in control again.

Next up, “Why Blog? Blogging as a Business.” Please leave your comments here, and if you are living in the High Desert, join us today and Monday at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville from 2-10 pm at the large RelyLocal Business Expo near the Main gates.

Rusty LaGrange

California’s Old West Route 66 Antique Shopping

Source: via Angela on Pinterest


Antique shopping in So Cal’s High Desert should definitely be added to the things-to-do list for visitors to southern California. There are antique and vintage shops to keep one busy for a day or two at least. When a road trip between Los Angeles and Las Vegas is on a traveler’s vacation agenda, shopping in the Victorville, Hesperia, and Apple Valley area will be worth the stop.

Owner Linda Marie of Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures often meets visitors from all over the world that travel the famous Route 66 who stop by her quaint vintage shop. Her shop is not far from I15, and Antique Station is next door. P’s & Q’s Antiques is not far from these two shops, and Vintage Gypsies vintage shop is on Highway 18 in Apple Valley located in the Historic Roy Rogers Apple Valley Inn. Carriage House Antiques in Hesperia only takes minutes to get to from these other shops and definitely is worth seeing.

High Desert Blogging’s featured antique shop this week is Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures. Last weekend one of her new vendors held a grand opening, the Deadwood Mercantile. Browsing the vendor shops outside is what one could imagine taking a shopping trip back to the Old West or to the 1950’s would be like.

A visit to Linda Marie’s shop on Facebook makes it easy to keep up with current vintage finds. The photo collage below captures vintage variety finds the day of March 16, 2013 Deadwood Mercantile grand opening. Guests signed up for giveaway prizes near the gate entry where Nerium Oleander anti-aging treatment cream was displayed by Brand Partner Angela Horn.


Vintage Shopping at Linda Marie's Enchanted Treasures

Linda Marie's Enchanted Treasures, Oro Grande, CA

High Desert Antique and Vintage Shops:
Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures
19222 National Trails Hwy
Oro Grande, California 92368
(760) 484-6300
Antique Station
19176 National Trails Hwy
Oro Grande, CA 92368
(760) 951-2421
P’s & Q’s Antiques
15080 7th St, STE 11
Victorville, CA 92395
Carriage House Antiques
11370 Hesperia Rd
Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 948-5577
Vintage Gypsies
20601 Hwy. 18 Cottage 302
(Located in the Historic Roy Rogers
Apple Valley Inn)
Apple Valley, CA (760) 221-4600

New Season In My Life

Hello Folks!….Well, here it is!….My very first blog in the very first blogging site.  Whew…a bit scary and exciting as well.  I am entering a new season in my life; a time when life seems to speed up and fly by too  fast.  I always wanted to write and explore that creative side of myself and now I am!  Isn’t Fall the greatest.  Call it what you will:  Fall, Autumn, leaf-raking time, fireplace using, crispy, delicious time of year.  That exciting blood-quickening time of the year that precedes Hallo’ween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  That time that you break out the extra blankets or start putting up the storm windows, if you are in the North East.  This  is a breather before the frantic rush of Christmas time; a pumpkiny, spicy, lovely time of year.  My favorite, as you can tell.

In this “gap”  time of year, as in my life, I am reflecting back upon all the crazy and stupid things I may have done in my past so that I can move forward with a fresh spin, so to speak.  The 3 month trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina this past Summer is over with its share of adventure, which I will save for another day.  Some old friends going and new friends coming in.  Who knows for how long.  The promises of a new year just around the corner with new possibilities and excitement all its own.  The left-over memories, figurative and literal flotsam and jetsam crammed in the corner of the “den” in the apartment.  The housecleaning– mental and physical that needs to be done to make room for new experiences, new adventures, a new life.

What is it that makes us pause a moment like the almost endless moment at the top of the roller-coaster before you start your perilous descent?  Isn’t that an exciting limitless-possibility moment before you actually enter time-space again.  A sort of  catch-your-breath time before the screaming starts again and you are rushing pell-mell into the abyss.  This is a time where you must develop total trust in the goodness of the Universe.  For, without that trust, you would be grabbing on to the scaffolding of that proverbial  ride and possibly cause irreparable harm to yourself and others.  So, I say to you, Universe:  I have fear but I also have trust and I have love…to give and to receive…I have yet these to sustain me…so start this journey again, start this ride….may I profit by this lesson.  I am grateful for this time.

New Season--Autumn

High Desert Home Show in Victorville, CA


There is still time to run on over to the High Desert Home Show today, Sunday April 15, 2012, at the Victorville Fairgrounds.  It’s open until 5:00 PM today!  John and I went for a couple of hours yesterday afternoon and it was fantastic.  Cindy Poore, our good friend that is a Landscape Specialist with Perfection Landscape in Phelan, CA gifted us with VIP tickets to come to the Home Show.  We had originally planned to go on Friday but with the high winds and pouring rain we decided to go Saturday instead.

There were lots of vendors and great educational displays that were so inspiring to us.  We are “chomping at the bit” to implement all the things that we learned about yesterday at the High Desert Home Show.  To read more about this great Home Show and some of the vendors there, visit Marti Muses and Marvels blog, another High Desert Blogger from Phelan.

Comments Welcome.

High Desert’s Improv Class

Guest Blogger Andrew Block from Darwin’s A-Team

Whew. Another Sunday of class and fabulous improvin’… This week we did exercises that help us improve our trust in our partners while in scene. One thing to remember when you’re up on the stage fishing for an idea is to trust in your partner to fill in that space. If both of you flounder, then just grab the first thing that comes to mind and run with it. This philosophy can save a scene and produce some truly funny results.

Also, I noticed that our class is shrinking… Say it ain’t so! Where are all our improv actors?! Did we do something to scare you off? If so, I’m sure all of us are sorry! Those of you that just have bigger, better things to do (though I can’t imagine what’d be more important than improv), we hope to see you return soon.

Once again, we have a show coming up at the end of March and hope to see you Darwin’s A-Team fans out there in the seats! And, as always, you can come to class and also fill the seats there! Until next time… For more details check out our website and our Facebook page Darwin’s A-Team.

Improv Comedy in Victorville of the High Desert

Guest Blogging Post by Andrew Block, Darwin’s A-Team in Victorville, CA

Hey there! It’s been another week and another exciting improv class at the High Desert Center for the Arts in Victorville. The last couple of weeks we’ve been using and studying the guidelines in “The Truth in Comedy” to provide the class a sort of path to the light, a book used by many great comedic actors as a guide to their own brands of comedic entertainment. The future success of this path is yet to be determined, but so far is definitely opening the doors of progress and a more organized, steady learning process.
As for the class itself, I’d like to thank and welcome all those newcomers that have come to the classes and decided to stay. Your presence is always welcome and we hope that it is as much fun for you as it is for us. Those of you reading this and wonder what the heck it is I’m talking about are certainly free to come and check us out at the High Desert Center for the Arts on 8th Street in Victorville, California.
For our small fan-base (we know you’re out there!) and those who are more interested in our shows, we have a show coming up on the 31st of March at 7:30pm at, you guessed it, the High Desert Center for the Arts. Hope to see you at our classes or at least at one of our shows!
For more information on Improv Classes or our shows, visit our website,, or our Facebook page, Darwin’s A-Team.

Lowest Gas Prices Today in High Desert Cities

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Improv Class at Desert Center for the Arts in Victorville, So Cal

By Guest Blogger, Andrew Block

Darwin's A Team Improv Comedy Group

Hey there! It’s been another week and another exciting improv class at the High Desert Center for the Arts in Victorville. The last couple of weeks we’ve been using and studying the guidelines in READ MORE »

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