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Hello from Landers, CA. I hope people are feeling safe and healthy. Social distancing and isolation continues as we enter deeper into spring, and here in the desert, we’re getting a taste of the hot temps to come.

I can’t say I’ve been doing much. But slow progress prevails. I’ve updated a few things on the website and am meaning to do more. I designed a revamped pamphlet and bleached out some old shirts that weren’t doing it for me. I silkscreened a few more myself which I swore I’d never do again. Did I mention updating the Library page in the last newsletter? If you want any direct suggestions, feel free to reach out. Next I’d like to add more pdfs to the resources page. There is also a special bookmark project that is in the works!

This is a personal collection, but overlaps with IFIAAR if you want to tune into this youtube playlist, there are some very relevant talks and then it degrades into experimental animation.....I'll work on it!


Not sure I feel too inspired to rant about anything in particular today. I’ll admit I’m disappointed in thinking how the possibilities for this global situation to have positive impacts on the environment will be swiftly countered by the US administration- I’m expecting massive attempts at de-regulation in the name of the economy as well as a spike in gasoline cars due to low prices. The environment tends to poll as a matter of least concern when the economy is in trouble. Of course this is a real situation and livelihoods are in terrible positions, but tactics that consider how to stabilize and support people from the get-go tend to be positioned in environmentally friendly economies. There’s such a contrast between political positions that are claiming to put constituents first by promoting loosening restrictions to get people back to work vs those that are waiting until the numbers and experts offer advice on least amount of deaths and infections. $$$ vs. health is a strange and scary battle, especially given those in the most precarious position have so little government support in either. OKokok so I’m feeling a bit depressed.

SO. I just spent the first few hours of the day gardening. My dream for this place was creating diverse habitat spaces all around the property as it was plowed down to just sand when I got it. Its a lot of work though and expensive! I’m taking it slow and just add a little here and there. So happy to have invited in a new palo verde tree yesterday. This one is non-native but doesn’t cause any trouble and offers invaluable shade, nest-making and perch possibilities, and magical yellow blooms over summer. Now I just need to pick up all the loose wood and debris that’s around because, as this newsletter is titled: the snakes are coming out (may also be applied to previously mentioned politicians!) While I LOVE em, and they’re welcome to come say hello, I don’t think either of us want to run into one another when I’m digging around for a 2x4 they’re trying to relax under.  

That's all I got for now. If you have a little bit of dirt to call your own, now is a lovely time to tend to it and get to know who lives there or would like to live there.




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