- Desert Mountain Times


Desert Southwest Plants & Politics tied by Country Philosophy


Welcome aboard, folks! We’ve gone through a little metamorphosis in the few years we’ve been publishing but have always stuck to being opinionated and being interesting! So please come join us! In addition to regional news and opinion pieces we’ve added a newsletter to the site, too, one on plants and yardscapes.

Desert Greens is about not only desert plants but working in the yards with mostly plants you buy here in the nursery centers in the desert Southwest.  And also, yes, on our concern about the environment and conservation topics. Politics is how we shape the deadbolt on the door that protects our world.

A little history about Desert Mountain Times though, the idea. It started long ago in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with Southwest Times, Inc. A friend and I bought a weekly newspaper in 1985, incorporated it; and added three small ones to it in a common dream.

We wanted a strong regional publication as a weekly, heavy on human interest features, opinions and reader participation, all that subscribers could embrace more or less as family.

But that dream fizzled out in a bad economy; the corporation folded. And my life as I knew it then more or less ended. I ended up alone, more or less flat on my back, and hundreds of miles away–in the hot, dry, rugged mountains of the Chihuahuan Desert! With the repo man dogging my heels, alone and without any wheels to my name, walking the dusty, gravelly streets of a small border town with dogs in hot pursuit. Quite a memory.

Big Bend Counties 400Ended up with hardly nothing more than a very small paper in a in far West Texas, Spanish-speaking community, and having to take on a second job as the town’s sole judge later just to help pay the printing costs and keep the paper alive.

But God was smiling on me. Few people will be lucky enough to gather such experiences while starting their life anew. And survive thru it all to that Better Day.

Rest of family: Noemi, right, and our daughter, Maiya Kareli Bodine, seen a few years back at a resort at Rosario, Baja California. (DMT photo)

Rest of family: Noemi, right, and our daughter, Maiya Kareli Bodine, seen a few years back at a resort at Rosario, Baja California. (DMT photo)

The New Beginning included, above all, a new family and new culture–this strange, exhilarating, new desert mountain environment and a better way folks in general treat each other here–as well as a stable of new good friends. And it’s all combined in this yearning in me to keep the dream alive that the late Don R. McNiel and I started back in the Dallas-Fort area, all those many years ago .

600-03004109Now retired, our family living upstream a ways from Presidio but still in the desert mountains (in El Paso), we’re going back to some extent to what Don and I started in 1985–only in electronic publishing. And at a much slower pace, too, obviously.

But hang in with us. You’ll learn a little about these people here and the places they’ve come to love. Along with some news about environment and conservation efforts.

Be sure to sign up for the newsletter so we can spread even more cheer. Unconventional we are, yes. But we spend a lot of time on backyard landscaping, hobbying for me, on these desert plants that I’ve grown to love.

The occasional newsletter will chronicle it, and bring you latest conservation news in these old Southwest deserts — as well as how some of the plants are able to take it all it, and make a showing for themselves, too.

Check out the site often.  And thank you always for your visits.

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