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195608 Desert Magazine 1956 August

195608 Desert Magazine 1956 August

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By KATHERINE
L.
RAMSDELL
Tempe, Arizona
D'
ya
reckonGod made mountain peaksTo keep folks trimmed
to
size.Or carved out His Grand CanyonSo folks would realizeHow small an' unimportantMan's mightiest works must standWhen set against the wondersWhich His greater wisdom planned?I kinda thinkHe never meantTo curb man's busy mind,But left His marvels lyin' roundSo everybody'd findSome piece
o'
His creationBranded deep, 'way down inside.Which ties him
to
th' Big Corral,His heart a-stretchin' wide.
FIELD SKETCH
By GRACE PARSONS HARMON
Desert Hot Springs, CaliforniaA rainbow
in
the desert
is a
thing
of
beauty
rare—
Mist
and
sunlight making magic, gleamingin the air.It tiptoes
on the
rangeland,
and it
gentlystrokes the skyIn caresses soft
as
whispers
light
and
fleeting—passing by.A vivid, breathless moment
of a
beauty fewcan know,That
He
sketches
on His
canvas when
the
desert sun
is
low!
BARSTOW
By WILLA MAE BOONE
Formerly
of
Barstow, California"The desert will grow
on
you,"
I've
oftenheard said.
"No.
Never,"
I've
answered, shaking
my
head.With nowhere to go, and nothing
to do
The desert just bored me;
I
knew
it was
true.
Mile after mile
of
Cactus; sand,
and
justrockThat
I'd
miss
it, I
considered mere talk.I finally admitted, t'was pretty,
at
thatBut not quite the place to hang up my hat
So,
when
I
left
it one
day,
I
was glad
to
be free.You can't imagine what's
the
matter with
me!
I'm dreaming
of
Cactus; rocks,
and
justsand;Mile after mile
of
Beautiful LandEven missing the wind, howling aroundBlowing the tumbleweeds over the ground.Where
is the
most wonderful spot
in the
world?I know—Naturally you've guessed
it.
It
is
Barstow.
SOLITUDE
By MRS. LON CLARKE
Santa Barbara, CaliforniaA lonely spot on the desert,An iron cross lifted high,A name plate idly swinging-—We paused and wondered why.Long years ago marked his passing.And
in
solitude still he lies,With only the sage brush
to
guard himAs he sleeps 'neath the desert skies.
THE DESERT HAS
A
COVENANT
By AMY VIAU
Santa Ana, CaliforniaThe desert has
a
covenant with night,For silence, deep;For mellowed shadows
on its
moonlit face.Like gnomes asleep.The desert
has a
covenant with wind
and
sunTo stir
its
sand,To shine with fervency and heat the breathsOf desert land.The desert covenants with lure, intangibleAs rainbow span,To tend its desert vastness with designFor luring man.
By TANYA SOUTH
I see today,
as I
had never seenIn the stark Past.I
am
today, what
I had
never been.I now hold fastA secret Strength that
I had
neverknownIn the stark Past,An inner Wisdom that
is all
my own.I know
at
lastNo soul
has
might
to
shatter
me at
core,
But
God to
guide
and
cherish evenmore.
DESERT MAGAZINE
Cowboy Soliloquy
Gleaning
 
DESERT CBLEHDBR
July 29-August 4—Black Hawk In-dian War Reunion, Santaquin, Utah.August 1-September 16—Navajo SandPaintings, Museum of NorthernArizona,
Flagstaff.
August
1-3—County
Fair, RooseVelt,Utah.August 2—Old Pecos Dance, JemezIndian Pueblo, New Mexico.August 2-5 National High SchoolRodeo, Reno, Nevada.August 2-5—Burro Races, Apple Val-ley, California.August 3-5—Las Vegas, New Mexico,Rough Riders and Cowboys' Re-union.August 3-5—Northern Arizona SquareDance Festival,
Flagstaff.
August 4 Santo Domingo Pueblo,New Mexico, Corn Dances.August 4-5—Jaycee Rodeo,
Flagstaff,
Arizona.August 4-5—Billy the Kid Pageant,Lincoln, New Mexico.August 5—Annual Becker Lake Re-gatta, Springerville, Arizona.August
6—Pet,
Doll and Hobby Pa-rade, Clayton, New Mexico.August 9-10 Arizona State CattleGrowers Conclave,
Flagstaff.
August '9-12—Gallup, New Mexico,Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial.August 10—Annual Fiesta, San Lo-renzo (Picuris) Pueblo, New Mex-
ico.
August 10-12—Rodeo, Payson, Ariz.August 11—Smoki Indian Ceremo-nials, 8 p.m., Prescott, Arizona.August 12 Annual Fiesta, SantaClara Pueblo, New Mexico.August 13-15—Fiesta of Our Ladyof Belen, Belen, New Mexico.August 15—Assumption Day Fiestaand Dance, Zia Pueblo, New Mex-
ico.
August 15-16—Kearny Entrada, Ra-ton, New Mexico.August 15-18—V-J Day Rodeo, Ar-tesia, New Mexico.August 16-18—Rodeo, Logan, Utah.August 17-19 Horse Show, Santa
Fe,
New Mexico.August 25-26—Rodeo, Winslow, Ariz.August 25-26 — State ChampionshipCutting Horse Contest, Santa Rosa,New Mexico.August 28—San Augustin Fiesta andDance, Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico.August 31-September 2 — ArizonaGame Protective Association Meet-ing,
Flagstaff,
Arizona.August 31-September 3—Annual Fi-esta, Santa Fe, New Mexico.Early August Carrizo Rodeo andIndian Dances, Ruidoso, New Mex-
ico.
Date not set.Month of August — Old FashionedMelodrama, Knotts
1
Calico, Cali-fornia, Ghost Town.Late August — Hopi Snake Dances,Mishongnovi and Walpi, near Wins-low, Arizona. (Date announced bytribal leaders 16 days before event;check with Winslow Chamber ofCommerce).
Volume 19AUGUST, 1956Number 8COVERPOETRYCALENDARRECREATIONFIELD TRIPCLOSE-UPSEXPERIENCEEXPLORATIONFICTIONPHOTOGRAPHYWATERHOLENATUREPRE-HISTORYGARDENINGLETTERSCONTESTTRUE OR FALSENEWSMININGURANIUMHOBBYLAPIDARYCOMMENTBOOKS
Navajo Family, by JOSEF MUENCHCowboy's Soliloquy and other poems .... 2August events on the desert 3National Park in Nevada is Proposed .... 4Gem "Harbors" in the Ship MountainsBy HAROLD O. WEIGHT 6About those who write for Desert 10The Gods of Hostin Yaz'zihBy AUDREY MAC HUNTER 11Blue Water Voyage in the Little ColoradoBy KITTRIDGE WING 13Hard Rock Shorty of Death Valley 18Pictures of the Month 19Jemez Springs, by WALTER FORD 20Desert Owls I Have KnownBy EDMUND C. JAEGER 21Wupatki Monument, by JOHN BLACKFORD . 22Vines for the Desert HomeBy RUTH REYNOLDS 24Comment from Desert's readers 25Picture-of-the-Month Contest announcement . . 26A test of your desert knowledge 27From here and there on the desert 28Current news of desert mines 32Latest developments in the Industry 33Gems and Minerals 36Amateur Gem Cutter, by Dr. H. C. DAKE ... 41Just Between You and Me, by the Editor ... 42Reviews of Southwestern Literature 43
The Desert Magazine is published monthly by the Desert Press, Inc., Palm Desert,California. Re-entered as second class matter July 17, 1948, at the postoffice at Palm Desert,California, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Title registered No. 358865 in U. S. Patent Office,and contents copyrighted 1956 by the Desert Press, Inc. Permission to reproduce contentsmust be secured from the editor in writing.RANDALL HENDERSON, EditorBESS STACY, Business ManagerEUGENE L. CONROTTO, Associate EditorEVONNE RIDDELL, Circulation ManagerUnsolicited manuscripts and photographs submitted cannot be returned or acknowledgedunless full return postage is enclosed. Desert Magazine assumes no responsibility fordamage or loss of manuscripts or photographs although due care will be exercised. Sub-scribers should send notice of change of address by the first of the month preceding issue.SUBSCRIPTION RATESOne Year $4.00
Two
Years $7.00Canadian Subscriptions 25c Extra, Foreign 50c ExtraSubscriptions to Army Personnel Outside U. S. A. Must Be Mailed in Conformity With
P.
O. D. Order No. 19687Address Correspondence to Desert Magazine, Palm Desert, California
AUGUST, 1956

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