kip's desert book club
the wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton
february 1, 2016


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Before Thomas Merton's book, The Wisdom of the Desert, arrived in my mailbox, I knew very little about the author or the 4th century Christian monks that had retreated to the North Africa desert to live in caves. Don't feel intimidated by this translation of ancient texts, this thin volume is filled with short passages that are witty, sometimes funny, and always deeply relevant to a contemplative life in the desert.

1000 Faces, 1001 Nights
at the HDTS HQ
Luke Forsyth and Cyrus Smith

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Join Luke Forsyth and Cyrus Smith of the Joseph Campbell Discussion Group for 1000 Faces, 1001 NIghts, a display and performance exploring themes from 1001 Arabian Nights. Display will be up all weekend with performances taking place at noon on both Saturday and Sunday at the HQ at the Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca Valley.

Kip's Desert Book Club
January: Death Vally in '49

616 The January 4th Book Club meeting will be featuring the book Death Vally in '49 by William Lewis Manly (and also be a party to celebrate my birthday on Wednesday!). This is a detailed chronicle of a man's migration from Virginia to the gold fields of California during the gold rush of 1849. What makes this bona fide desert literature is that the core of the book depicts the risky trip across Death Valley his wagon train attempted in the middle of winter. The ethical problems that rose to the fore will give us much to talk about. Keep an extra book mark handy so you can quickly refer to the excellent end notes, they are super informative. If you are pressed for time, chapters 9-14 are the ones you want to focus on for their harrowing desert survival stories.

Winter programming at the HDTS HQ

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The HDTS HQ at Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca Valley is a place for artists, craftsmen, musicians, visionaries, and friends from our community to showcase their creative work – plus we distribute local information, HDTS gear, postcards, and more.  Open every Saturday 9 am to 1 pm and Sunday 9 am to 12 noon at 7028 Theater Road in Yucca Valley. (Look for us near the Crystal Cave) 

See you at the swap meet!

Announcing the 2015-16 Postcard Series

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We are excited to announce the final selection for the 2015-16 HDTS Postcard Series! There were so many great submissions, thank you to everyone who sent in an image. It was difficult to narrow it down to only 12 but we got there. This year our featured artists include:

Julia Barbee, Jae Choi, Karina Faulstich, Ken Lee, Raul J Mendez, Dylan Palmer, Tyler Quinn, TJ Tambellini, Cori Williams, Nick Williams, and Joe Zaldivar

All proceeds from sales of the postcards support future HDTS projects and programming. They can be ordered from our online shop or purchased at the HDTS HQ at the Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca Valley: Saturday 9 am–1 pm and Sunday 9 am–12 pm. Postcards are also available locally at bkb ceramics and The End. Stay tuned on Instagram @highdeserttestsites to hear where they will be carried in LA so you can make sure to get them in time to stuff in a stocking!