As a Euro-American (Scottish mutt), I am aware that I am here under the stain of American Manifest Destiny. My home sits on O'odham land that was Mexico until 1854. Arizona didn't become a state until 1912. Living near the border has taught me a lot about humanity and humility that I wouldn't have learned otherwise and I am eternally grateful.
The Trump Era tested my faith in humanity like no other. I have gone through the Five Stages of Grief and then some. I am weary of the circus. Amanda Gorman's shining presence and words give me hope and renewed appreciation for its enduring, ephemeral nature.
“The new dawn blooms as we free it
We will continue to climb and cliff-hang with bloodied nails until Truth is no longer feared: that ALL people are created equal. Only then can there be liberty and justice for all.
That is The Dream...
Meanwhile, at the end of the day, Nature bats last. We cannot make honey without sharing in the fate of bees. My refuge in life has been with nature, and through these times I have learned to enjoy the simple abundance of life's everyday wonders. My family. My dogs. The birds in my yard, projects around my little home. Being responsible in my community. The simple gift of Now. The sweet desert air. And of course, the exquisite Arizona sunsets. Ed Keeylocko was right: "A person has to get back to the land..."
* 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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