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Blending conservation, home gardening and urban sprawl politics in the desert Southwest

By Dan Bodine

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! Call this our little bit to Save the Planet. Conservation amidst urban sprawl is in prime time! And what many cities call a New Urbanism is just around the corner.

In addition to regional news and opinion pieces we’ve added a newsletter to the site, too, indeed, one on desert gardening and conservation — all in this present urban sprawl. The Southwest is booming! Gardening may not be just for homebodies, dear readers, but it sure fits my new senior years lifestyle. I’m into it!

Desert Greens, the newsletter, is about plants and working in the yards — mostly with native plants you buy here in the nursery centers in the desert Southwest, yes — and fashioning beds, arbors and whatever else you can that helps you “feel at one with your surroundings.”

After one retires and gets old with a list of health ailments nagging at you, that kind of thinking becomes more important, trust me! So describe the newsletter like that, only add while not going off the deep end in spending, too, neither on materials nor on water usage either.

And yes, political concern in many cities is shifting to defending conservation and the environment amidst urban sprawl. Politics is how we shape the deadbolt on the door that protects our world, of course. This is my two cents worth on the subject for now. But you can sure bet there’ll be more later!

A little history. I’m a native of the Dallas – Fort Worth area — spent many college years, i.e., working at Texas Instruments, Inc. — and then spent almost 20 years in Texas newspapers before coming to Presidio in ’89 to take over a little weekly. And found a wonderful woman there; and a new life! (Here’s a link to Noemi’s story, found on this site under Border Stories, if you want to know more of her!)

But I sold The International a few years after taking on a Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace job; we later married and built a family; and after retiring we all moved to El Paso. I’d developed numerous health problems by then, yes, and driving to medical specialists here in El Paso was becoming too costly.

Noemi and our daughter, Maiya Kareli.

Noemi and our daughter, Maiya Kareli, admiring what we think is a Jacob’s Coat rose bush in front of our El Paso home. Threw away the tag after planing, wouldn’t you know! It’s a beaut! We live in the Las Tierras neighborhood northeast a ways off of Joe Battle — dense housing, small lots, but still space for gardens!

But this new beginning in my life from D-FW — one I’m forever grateful for, of course — included not just a new family, friends and new culture, but this strange and exhilarating new desert mountain environment out here in Far West Texas, the strange plants that manage to hang to it; as well as a better way folks in general seem to treat each other. Maybe thru it all, on a more personal note, it helped me pass a maturity crisis. But I feel obligated to write of it all.

600-03004109Some of what you’ll read in these pages will be events concerning what we as a family are doing now, especially as we struggle yet again to put in another garden, i.e., as Noemi reminds me occasionally.

Water, water, water, too, is always a topic of concern in the desert — especially amidst urban sprawl — and conserving it along with the fragile environments that depend upon it are all dear to my heart also, always. Thus look for current news concerning a gamut of such topics here.

Be sure to sign up for the occasional newsletter so we can spread even more cheer. Unconventional we are a bit, yes. But we spend a lot of time on these desert plants that I’ve grown to love. And merging all that with environmental conservation to help preserve such treasures for future generations is important to us.

Check out the site often. Postings aren’t regular by any means but always interesting. Even though they may be both off the wall and off topic! Sign up both for the blog and the newsletter.  And thank you always for your visits.

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