Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #216

Our little Community has been floating along in the most glorious weather: warm days and cool nights. There’s a whole lot of yellow on the ground and in the creosotes, as wildflowers and Larrea burst into bloom. Yellow flowers always seem to show up first, closely followed by all the other colored blossoms. Spring is officially here: Happy Vernal Equinox everyone!

Columnists for the “Neighborhood News” section of the Hi-Desert Star were honored at the Soroptimist International 49th annual awards luncheon, last Wednesday. We all gathered at Sizzler’s on the Highway and, as always, the food was utterly YumE-licious! We were each given a special, framed Award, a personal poster and a gorgeous Orchid, from Gubler’s Orchids, in Landers. Stacy Moore, editor-in-chief of this newspaper, wrote a wee blurb about each of the Columnists and as each story was read aloud to the audience, I was touched by the time and care she put into choosing her very kind words about us all. Thank you, Stacy.

It was a wonderful event, specially arranged for us by President Sarann Graham and Vice-President Linda Paino; along with the skills and talents of this amazing group of  women from Soroptimist International of Yucca Valley. This organization is specifically oriented towards the betterment and encouragement of women and girls worldwide: a goal I can wholeheartedly wrap myself around. Thank you all so very much. 

It was lovely to meet all the other Columnists who write about their Community’s news and events. I was also absolutely delighted to see Crystal, Lahni and Vicky from the EOPS department at Copper Mountain College; as well as Sandy from Copper Mountain Foundation. These super women were all there to support our very own DeAnn Brunelle, who won a special award as first-Runner Up in the Soroptimist International “Live your Dream” scholarship. WhooHoo: you go, Girl!

Phew: it’s been a whirlwind week for me! Psychology midterm, draft paper and library paper due last Monday; Sociology paper due Thursday and Biology midterm on Friday. By the time you read this, I shall be relaxing and taking a breather: stay well!

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