September 29, 2014


Blue Mesa, Arizona 2016

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hello, Folks,

It is a beautiful sunny day in Holbrook, Arizona.

The dogs and  I spent the weekend doing all manner of things.

Friday:  We packed our gear in a hurry, and headed north, trying to outrun the Monsoon, and the warnings of tornadoes.

On our way north, I took a tour of the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert. My grandmother had been out here several times; she really loved that desert. The petrified forest is just weird, but the desert is quite beautiful. Never the same view twice, even when you’re standing still.

With the Monsoon on our tail, we decided to stay the night in a Motel 6. Good thing. There was significant flooding, with wires down, and power outages scattered around the state.

I finally found an Italian restaurant – but it isn’t the Cicalese House, or Iliano’s. Really. Send someone from ‘Jersey or Italy out this way!!

Sunday I went to Peace Lutheran Church in Holbrook. We had camped here on 

our way out. The pastor and his wife had been missionaries, and they gave me all kinds of helpful information about culture shock, self-care, and etc. The church was very welcoming – both in July and yesterday. It sure was nice to be in a welcoming, and alive, church! It made me realize (again) how much I miss CFC. Glad to know there is somewhere nearby where I can worship.

I met a number of folks after the service. Two of them work at Sun Valley Navajo School. I will be stopping there today to see if I can be of service. According to the one teacher – she teaches K-3 – due to a teacher shortage – the school needs teachers, kitchen staff, and office workers. I can do that. I am going to look into requirements for alternative certifications. Arizona doesn’t have course requirements; I just have to be able to pass the tests. So, I’ll see what happens, and then study and test accordingly.

We drove to Homolovi State Park yesterday. I need a guide. Otherwise, it’s just rocks and mesa plants.

We drove back to Holbrook via the Navajo Nation. Talk about beautiful! I spoke with some teachers about potential openings, but they didn’t know of any.

The dogs are doing well, even if we are  beginning to drive each other nuts. We camped in Holbrook KOA last night. Sometime overnight, Mae sprung herself from the leash, and had a Walk About. All four of them bolted out of the dog park to go visit the dog up the way. Note to dog park construction teams: Include a double-gate entry, and make sure the space between the gate and the wire is tight enough to contain a misbehaving but adorable puppy.

I’m running out of dog biscuits, and have to shop, or those critters will NEVER come!

I very much appreciate the encouraging emails, and prayers. Several of you commended my bravery. I burst into tears. Brave? Are you nuts? I’ve spent the past 7 days trying to figure out what the heck I’m doing driving around the desert. I totally get why the Hebrew Children began to reconsider their lives under Pharaoh as a fond memory – and I’m driving a car!


Anyway, Orion is visible in the early morning hours, so I don’t feel totally isolated, no matter where we are.

I hope today brings answers, and good prospects. I think of returning to Connecticut, but I don’t think I belong there. I think I belong out here somewhere. I’ll have to wait and see.

Thinking of all of you, with gratitude and wonder,


“… whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, this do ye also unto Me…”


Matthew 25: 31-46


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