As an Anglo American (Scottish descent), and as an ephemeral human being, I am aware that I am a guest here. Desert living and survival is something that can be learned by watching and learning from those who have been doing it for centuries-- and we are going to need their wisdom and connections to earth's changing rhythms now more than ever. Euro-American leaders are being challenged to account for centuries of entitlement and control. The top-heavy Christian hierarchy I grew up in is becoming predictably unsustainable, and post-2016 America is paying dearly for being delivered into the hands of a snake-oil salesman and his criminal syndicate. Meanwhile, our planetary host reminds us that, at the end of the day, Nature bats last. We cannot make honey without sharing in the fate of bees.
Institutionalized brutality combined with casual loss of life (some by political idiocy but most by systemic design) on such massive scales makes creative energy a tough slog sometimes, so I must enjoy things that matter in my local world. My family. My dogs. Projects around my little home and yard. My community, remotely... the simple gift of Now. The sweet desert air. And of course, the exquisite Arizona sunsets. As Zuni farmer Jim Enote put it so beautifully: "We are part of a Collective Magnificence."
* Semi-tropical, the Sonoran Desert is the earth's most biologically diverse desert and the sole home of the majestic saguaro cactus. The name sonoran means "full of sound".
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