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High Desert Blogging is a blog focused on the community of Southern California’s Victor Valley, its people, businesses, arts and crafts, desert gardening, places to shop and eat, and events, etc. Introducing entrepreneurs, writers, and artists from the area is an important part of what our bloggers enjoy. When finding out information on local services offered by businesses, books written by authors, or art advertised for sale, getting to know the owners or individuals behind those products and services is appreciated by consumers.

One of the High Desert’s entrepreneurs is Angel Gonzales, a friendly face you often see when walking into the Mailmax Postal Center on Main Street in Hesperia.

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Mailmax Postal Center
Hesperia, CA

A Time Spent at Mailmax Postal Center

By Angel Gonzales, Mailmax Postal Center

A few weeks ago I had the blessing of my son’s visitation from the U.S. Navy for his annual family reunion, and like all the other times he visits, that thought of how quick the time will go still gnaws me to death. I was under the impression that perhaps something was wrong with me in feeling this way until my son began describing to me the very same feelings that I frequently had while he was home. In fact, he shared a story with me about a conversation that he had with a peer that worked in his department on how he communicated his feeling of not wanting to come because he hated the leaving to return to base in Georgia from his home in California. I do some serious soul searching regarding this phenomenon of mine, and what I came up with is two things.

  1. God really cares about even the smallest things that concern or move you
  2. He provides hope when all odds seem against you for God delights Himself in the impossible situations of your life to prove himself strong on your behalf.

Let’s start with the first. So here we are on July 15th, 2015 on a Wednesday at 12 Noon headed for the Ontario Airport to drop off my son and his girlfriend April to board their flight at 2:00 pm ending our two-week, fun-filled time together. My mind had played the scenario so many times during those fourteen days while he was with us. The heavy sadness would plague me as I would have to say goodbye for now, and now we were here on that day living it out. While driving down the 15 freeway headed south approaching the 10 freeway about to head west, and as we were passing the Ontario Mills Shopping Mall, I say to my son “Look, Dave and Busters, my favorite hang out.” I told him that the next time he visits, we would have lunch there. He simply responded with, “Yeah, Dad, next time.” The walk up to the terminal felt like someone strapped a 500-pound iron yoke to my neck, I was so heavy with sadness. As we approached the U.S. Airways counter, the lady at the computer terminal informs us that their flight was delayed a whole day and that they would not arrive on their military base until the 16th and very late at that. So after a short convening between the two of them, they decided to call the higher ups and explain the situation regarding their air flight which happens a lot in the military world. Their superior simply replied, “See you guys in a day or so.” I turned and looked at my son and say to him, “Dave and Busters?” He lets out a laugh, pats me in the back and we head back to our car to reload their luggage to our lunch destination to…well, you know where!

While walking towards the Ontario Mills, my wife along with my son and April followed about 10 feet behind me as I laughed and praised God exceedingly for removing the stigma of what I anticipated becoming a very sad day to a day of rejoicing and a good time awaiting us just one more time. In the midst of all this, I heard a still small voice speaking to my inner man that said, “I gave you not only this day, but the desire of your heart is about to come to pass.” It was as if the Lord did this one act to show me that he can and will, plain and simple.

The days that followed would prove my second point in that God moves the impossible for you. My son, being slightly determined to reenlist in the Navy, was pretty adamant about going international with his next move. It really felt like someone just knocked all the wind out of me. I will never manipulate the Lord for my will, but I will certainly make my voice and feelings known to him and with that said, before I knew it, my son sent me a text three days after he got home informing me that he put in for a transfer to San Diego, California Naval Base which is only a one and a half hour drive from our home. God surely moves mountains.

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. (MATTHEW 17:20)

NOW GO GET YOURS!

 

Mailmax Postal Center, 15555 Main St., Ste. D-4, Main Street in Hesperia offers printing services, faxing, mailbox rental, and is an authorized shipping center for FedEx, UPS and USPS. 
(760) 244-6867

 

Running and Walking in the High Desert, California

Submitted by Guest Blogger Beverly Prine

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5K, Hesperia, CA

5K, Hesperia, CA – 9/11 Remembrance Run on the Hills of Ranchero, Wednesday, September 11th, 2013. Taken at the corner of Danbury Ave and Ranchero Road.

 

 

As a resident of the High Desert for over twenty years, I often enjoy taking long walks along the California Aqueduct Trail. During the summer months, early morning is the best time to walk the Aqueduct, aka “AD.” Walking with someone is ideal, just in case of trouble. The “Buddy-System” we learned in kindergarten applies to walkers and runner of all ages.

Since June of this year, I have started running, which is not any faster than my walking pace, but it works a different muscle-group than walking. Running with a buddy, or two or three, is even better than walking with a buddy. I got the chance to meet some running-buddies at the Ranchero Underpass Opening Ceremony on June 29th, 2013. At first I was intimidated when I was approached by an extremely fit young woman who introduced me to her group called “Mom’s Run This Town,” also known as MRTT. This individual was an experienced marathon runner (that’s 26 miles) and invited me to look up her group on Facebook.

I joined the Facebook group, “High Desert, CA Moms RUN This Town,” but a few more weeks passed before I actually made the commitment to meet up at a running event. This first event I attended was a run around Malibu Park and surrounding area on a Saturday morning. It was a nice surprise to see a familiar face, and meet six new people. One of the new friends I met runs at my pace, and we quickly became running buddies. I am so glad to have found someone who is like me, a beginner, and who is working at increasing miles and pace. Some in the group took off fast and ran the five miles in record time. Others ran and walked and finished before Mar and I, who brought up the rear of the group.

Not long after, Mar and I met many from the first run at the Maple AD trail, and I was glad to have company on “my” home-trail. The almost-five miles from Maple to Main Street on the trail of the aqueduct was very pleasant, as we watched ducks and ducklings in the water, and heard a coyote cry in the distance.

Mar and I have been running together three times a week for the past two months, and we are enjoying our progress. There are days when I need her encouragement to get going, and there are other days when she needs me to push her. This morning, for instance, we ran my favorite trail, which is the Ranchero Underpass. We start at Ranchero Road and 7th Avenue, and run east toward Danbury Avenue. On the return from Danbury back to 7th, I was about to quit and give up, but she was at my side, giving me words of encouragement to keep going.

At the beginning of each run at five-thirty in the morning, before the rooster crows, we love to look up at the stars and constellations still visible before sunrise. During the time of the Super-Moon last week, we marveled at its beauty, as we chased the setting of the moon on the return run, from Danbury back to 7th. The bonus about this running route is the trains that pass us overhead as we run. The Hesperia Airport is nearby, and sometimes we watch helicopters and airplanes land and take-off.

The highlight of September was running with MRTT at the Hesperia Days 5K, and Mar and I both improved our time, coming in at thirty-five minutes and thirty-eight minutes, respectively. I am no longer intimidated by others who are faster. The whole point of running is to get off the couch and get outside, exercise and get moving. The bonus is meeting new friends who encourage and inspire each other, not only in running but also in life in general. This quote from George Sheehan at Runner’s World sums it up:  “It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”

 

 

Hesperia Days Brings Humanitarian Projects to Light

In the celebration of Hesperia’s 25th Year as a City, a colorful assortment of vendors filled the Hesperia Lakes and Park Saturday and Sunday. Food vendors and carnival games entertained the large number of young families with children. If you strolled through the entire Park, you would have seen many small businesses shoulder-to-shoulder with non-profit and humanitarian groups.

One that caught my eye was the Wagon Wheel Ranch Foundation. These folks are working to bring awareness to children who are challenged by not being fully aware of their environment. With training at the ranch, the organization enhances the children’s ability to understand and work with nature. They are combating a condition called Nature Deficit Disorder.

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Help children learn how they can work in their environment

Children join a horse camp there and learn not only to ride, but care for the animals and accomplish tasks as a team. They  have numerous activities that help strengthen their goal to interact with their environment and their community.

In keeping with these activities, Wagon Wheel Ranch is hosting a special event — Hands, Hearts & Horses — with animal chiropractor Dr. Rod Block. Block is a famous chiropractor to the animal stars and human celebrities of Hollywood. With 42 years of experience, he is offering class time with those who wish to understand animals, their energy, and how to understand them better.

 Ever wanted to figure out the emotional and psychological components of your horse? Here’s a chance to do that. A portion of proceeds from this one-day clinic will go to the Wagon Wheel Ranch Foundation to help them develop their programs. The date is this Saturday, Sept. 28th beginning at 9 am. Entry fee is $10 with additional fees for specific elements of the clinic. Call for clinic reservations if you wish to bring your horse for a session, too.

Opportunity Drawings will be held all day, and food

Child & Horse Therapy at Wagon Wheel Ranch

Child & Horse Therapy at Wagon Wheel Ranch

 is available from Triple S Concessions. Call for directions to Wagon Wheel Ranch 760-389-2002, or email to wagonhelranch7@msn.com, or go on line to www.wagonwheelranchfoundation.net. The ranch is 3 miles south of Hesperia airport at 5676 Telephone Canyon Rd.

 

 

 

 

Rusty LaGrange

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September 21-22, 2013 Hesperia Days Event in the High Desert

 

On Your Mark...

On Your Mark…

 

Hesperia Days kicked off this gorgeous cool morning with the 5K Run/Walk/Skate. You can’t beat this kind of weather for a morning workout. Amazing turnout!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The skaters got a head start with runners next and walkers following.

GO!

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A terrific representation of families and people of all ages. It’s a great way to promote health and fitness and family fun in the High Desert. Look at the strollers. Even family dogs joined in on the fun. Gotta keep the pets fit, too.

And there they go!

And there they go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fit for a 5K!

Fit for a 5K!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interested in training for a 5K run? Commit to a regular training program similar to what John and Karen have done, a husband and wife team (Karen, on the right in above photo and husband John in the middle, pose with their friend from St. Joseph Health, St. Mary in Apple Valley.) John and Karen commit to a regimen of cardio workouts, walking, running, and biking. They will participate in The Apple Valley Reverse Triathlon on September 28th.

Willard, a member of the High Desert Branch of the CA Writers Club

Willard, a member of the High Desert Branch of the CA Writers Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willard is a member of HDCWC, the writers club that meets at the Apple Valley Library every second Saturday monthly.

Visit HDCWC.com to find out how you, too, can learn to write and publish a book. HDCWC is hosting a writers conference in the High Desert in October.

Home Based Business Part 1

As I look around and listen one thing has become distinctly clear.  The change in the job market is affecting millions.  One recent report would state that the rate in  fulltime employment has seen a rugged drop, meanwhile the rate in part time employment made a tremendous climb.  As nurse who has been working as an on-call status–yet working fulltime hours over a year now–I get the implications.  It really is simple: why buy the cow when you get the milk for free.  I rely on my wages to support my household, and nothing short of a fulltime paycheck will do.  However, when the employer chooses to cut the fat, or drink low fat milk from their free cow, I feel strangled and run into  frenzied panic.  I do not get benefits nor do I get accumulated paid time off, so a loss in twelve hours is a complete loss.  I won’t  get into my political views about the entire thing as I am not a political commentator, more of a satirist when it comes to government.  But there is a definite change on the horizon and I realized that relying on some corporation’s budget left me as more of a pawn in a financial game of Risk.

When the world around me is intent on finding their bottom line and peaking the profit scale at the expense of expendable employees, I realized it was time to reevaluate my strategy for survival.  Now, I have a fire escape strategy in place at home, I have a burglary strategy, I have a stranger-danger plan, I’m working on becoming on a Ninja for my own safety net, and my zombie apocalypse plan is multi-tiered.  What I am lacking is an economic plan for survival. Sure I’ve acquired some savings, but only enough to get me a few loaves of bread.  What I needed was something that I would be in control of during these times of economic flux.  I needed to be my own boss and take charge of my own destiny, and believe me, this isn’t the first time the thought has hit me.  I am definitely not built to be a link on someone else’s chain and thusly decided it was time to make my own chain, but I didn’t know how or where to look and knew that trying to start my own business was a bad idea in the current market and in the small desert communities.

This left one option: home based business! Yikes. I’ve tried that one before and lost more than I made, plus I really needed something I could stand behind.  And low and behold, like a beacon of light, my friend asks me to try her body wrap thingy. As a nurse I was skeptical and would say no or just ignore it all together.  Then she said she was trying to get a bonus and needed some people to try her wraps, and trying to be a supportive friend, I said I’d try her confounded concoction.  Guess what? That little piece of paper that smelled like the spa really did work, and within a month I was now part of one of the fastest growing home based business companies in the states. Why? Because it was a product I believed in.  I believed in it so much that I showed everybody my before and after pictures, and I have never been so excited to show my stretchmarks, cellulite, and large belly . . . until I could show after pics with it.  Selling something you love is easy and I found that within a month I had already hit several bonuses and was well on my way to being able to put money away for a rainy day (ie, cut backs at the hospital) or to pay for publication of my next book.

In this day and age when people are so starved for income that they will take a part-time position working fulltime hours with no benefits or paid time off, I say this: I know how it feels.  I also know this, that many people are now turning to home based businesses, because with the proper motivation even a shy and quiet person can become a home business success.   I never though this was true, and being somehwat of a numbers and research nerd, I read a million (or a dozen) articles before committing to this business and I learned oh so much.  Too much for one blog, so I’ll write a part two on how to shop around for the business that suits you best, what to look for, and the pyramid scams versus the pyramid to financial independence.  The first part of picking a home based business is this: sell for money or sell for love a product? It really helps if you can have both, but if selling for big profit you must research the payouts.  If selling to make some pocket cash then make sure this is something you love,because the more you love the product the easier it is to sell.  Make a list of popular products you know and do a little research, know your start up budget, but do not invest just yet. There is more to know.

If you’d like to know more about the company I am working for feel free to contact me via email at hdsurfgirl@hotmail.com or set up an appointment by phone at 909-896-2494 or visit my website at TightenAndToneTheWorld.MyItWorks.com (my indep. site). And please have a look at my books which is still my biggest passion in life  BeStillNovel.com

Tania L Ramos, RN, Author, and on the road to independent wealth in the high desert

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Competing for Air

Think it’s just people who get hot in the desert, think again? All the critters in the house have been shaved down for the summer, since many of them are long haired critters.  We left some fur, enough to protect against the sun, but do they still get hot? Yes! How do I know? Because I am not only competing for the glorious cool flow from central A/C, but the animals are also.

I walk into my room on the second floor where it is nearly ten degrees hotter than the first floor.  The first thing I think is, “I wanted a one story house, but nooooo, someone had to have the two story.” As i’m peeling off the first layer of clothes not particularly caring if anyone is watching–because in sweltering heat, I don’t care–I kick open my bedroom door.  Yes, I kick it open, because my shirt is currently being pulled off so I have to use my feet to gain access to my place of semi-solitude.  I’m desperate to roll my chair under the vent until I’m so cold I need a sweatshirt.  Then and only then will I be content.

As I run into the room, shirt finally being tossed on the floor, I am met by not one set, not two sets, but three sets of sleepy and content eyes lounging under the A/C.  What? Can it be? My hard worked for income is going to Edison to pay to cool off the pets? All sets of eyes blink and then lazily lower until they are lost beneath fur.  The cat is not shaved, her fur carelessly flows under the forced air and she lets out a long yawn and stretch as if she deserves this siesta under my paid for air.  The moochers!

“Oh no you don’t,” I yell out.  But they don’t move.  They don’t even bat an eye, and the cat’s fur is still blowing in the cool breeze.  My eyes squint until I can barely see through them.  This is my air and I will take it back! I pick up the cat and place her on the bed, which she is obviously not pleased with.  The dogs pretend to not see me and curl into tighter balls.  I give the first one a gentle nudge, but he does not budge.  The second dog opens one eye and then quickly closes it.  “Ah ha,” I call out and push him across the carpet into the bathroom a few inches away.

He isn’t having it and walks back over to the solstice under the A/C vent.  I pick up the first dog, but she lets out a concerning and throaty yelp, as if I have somehow hurt her.  My daughter rushes into the room and scolds me for hurting the beasts.  I try to explain I need cold air to survive, but she waves a finger and says animals can’t fend for themselves and how we become responsible once we take ownership of pets.  Yes, the six year old said responsible and ownership.  And now there is a six year old, two dogs, and here comes the cat laying under MY A/C.

I’ve resorted to placing ice packs under my armpits, for however many minutes that will last, and laying down sprawled out on my all too hot bed.  Who knew I would be competing for air with our four legged family members? Next issue: who gets the bed at night?

Tania L Ramos, RN, Author, It Works Independent Distributor

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What Isn’t There to Love About the High Desert?

I’m Tania L Ramos, nurse by trade, author by choice, and now an independent sales rep for It Works Global.  You’ll be seeing a lot more of me around here now that I know how to log in.  I’ve lived in Hesperia for going on ten years, and moved up here to escape the traffic, smog, and lifestyle L.A. had to offer. It just wasn’t for me, and I knew that at a very early age.  A good friend and colleague told me about Hesperia, his hometown, and I called him crazy among a bunch of other wordy things.  But after searching “down the hill” for weeks, I gassed up the SUV and drove up the Cajon Pass from Claremont, where I was selling my twonhouse.  I found my home that day, and ten years later I can honestly say that I’ve found my roots up here.

There are many desert natives who say they dislike the boom and influx, and usually I nod my head and smile–not wanting others to know I’m not a born and raised High Desert gal.  I love it up here.  And what isn’t to love? Three hours to Las Vegas, three hours to San Diego, forty-minutes to two local ski resorts, and hour and a half to Newport Beach, maybe forty minutes to Angel’s Stadium, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.  The way I see it, we highlanders are sitting in utopia central.  The best of California is well within our reach without traffic (minus those pesky Cajon jam ups), and we can easily head to the mountains on a whim on those hot days, or commute into warm Nevada on cooler days.  I ask again: what isn’t there to love about the desert?

We are above the brown skyline that I cringe at every time I drive down the pass and see what looks like floating mud across the sky.  We have our very own weather climate, so when it is gloomy and raining down the hill, we often times are sitting out under clear blue skies.  Speaking of skies, stars were scarce in L.A., but on a cool and crisp desert night the sky twinkles in a cosmic show of shimmering glitter dusted across the wide spans of our horizon.  We see snow at least once year, and that is wonderful.  Usually not enough snow to be a huge disaster, yet enough to have a day of fun and enjoy and welcome the ivory powder.  What isn’t there to love about the desert?

We have colleges, malls, a variety of theaters and restaurants.  There are outlets in either direction and let’s not forget the summer night trips into Barstow to watch a movie outdoors at the Skyline Drive-In.  I love the high desert: the atmosphere, the people, the central location, the weather, the small town feel, the closeness,  and where I could do without some of the wind, it is certainly overlooked by all the wonderful friends I have made here.  I feel like I am home, probably because I am.

Tania L Ramos, RN, Author, It Works Ind. Distributor

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High Desert Bloggers Meet Up for Brainstorm

There’s no cloud in the sky but a huge storm is brewing whenever High Desert Bloggers get together. This Saturday morning from 9-noon meet other High Desert Bloggers who are learning their craft, honing their newest skills, and brainstorming over new ways to generate traffic to their blogs.

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The storm is all of their enthusiastic ideas that they share. Don’t miss out on getting more traffic to your blog and “Taking Your Blog to the Next Level.”

Bloggers meet at Bodacious Bundts in Hesperia. The address is 17051 Main Street between “E” and “G” Streets on Main. It’s a tasty little place with wi-fi and sweet treats.

 

Rusty LaGrange

Join a Free Blog Meetup in the High Desert

High Desert Bloggers Meetup, Bodacious Bundts, Hesperia, CA

Network for free when you attend a Meetup with High Desert Bloggers. This group meets to discuss blogging topics such as network with bloggers, get answers for blogging questions, learn about increasing blog traffic and make money blogging. This opportunity is made available for bloggers, whether they blog for money or for hobby.

Where? Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, and other High Desert cities and communities. We meet at coffee shops, bakeries, or facilities equipped with Wi-Fi, electrical outlets for laptops, and available seating for a group. Join us at Meetup.com. Enjoy networking and connecting  with other bloggers in your area.

Entrepreneurs, grow your business through blogging and networking with other bloggers in the High Desert. Meet like-minded bloggers who, like you, want to get the word out to the High Desert about a unique service or product available. The High Desert Bloggers meet at various places in the High Desert – and it doesn’t cost you a thing (except coffee or pastry you purchase for yourself perhaps).

 

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