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Randsburg, March 2016

Billy Small | Posted 01.09.2017 | Travel
Billy Small

"Where am I?" "Mojave," the cashier said, ringing up my Cheez-Its. "How much further to Randsburg?" "Who cares? Turn around and drive home," ...

FiSahara Film Festival: Nothing short of a miracle

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 12.19.2016 | Arts
Stefan Simanowitz

"I must have attended almost a hundred film festivals over the years but I'd never been to one in a refugee camp deep in the desert," says Neil McCart...

Into the Eye of the Lut - A Team's Pioneering Journey Across Iran's Fiercest Desert

Christine Amour-Levar | Posted 12.19.2016 | Travel
Christine Amour-Levar

Visibility was almost nil. The howling sandstorm rendered walking along the narrow ridge almost impossible; engulfing us in a dense cloud of razor-sha...

Sirocco (Poetry & Politics)

Jonathan Handel | Posted 01.14.2017 | Politics
Jonathan Handel

Music/FX credits: piano Amir Mofrat; flute Jensmuse; wind Mark DiAngelo. Click here if the player above is not visible. An ill wind blows Strai...

No News Is Good News: Why We All Need To Go To the Desert Until This Campaign Is Over

Marty Kaplan | Posted 09.06.2016 | Media
Marty Kaplan

No Trump. No Clinton. No polls. No tweets. No wars. No disasters. No -- as I later learned -- Anthony Weiner or Colin Kaepernick. Instead, the boulders casting shadows on the mountains, the turkey buzzards riding the thermals, the smell of chaparral.

Summer In Palm Springs Gets A Bit Cooler With Splash House Festival

Todd VanDuzer | Posted 09.01.2016 | Entertainment
Todd VanDuzer

In Palm Springs, temperatures in August easily soar past 100 degrees, but that didn't stop the fun at Splash House earlier this month. Thousands of fe...

Tiny Stray Dog Finds Her Human When She Joins Him For 77 Miles In Race

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 08.05.2016 | Good News

Talk about going the distance. Thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign, Dion Leonard, an extreme marathon runner is adopting a stray pup he met ...

My Desert Adventures: The Sands of Time in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.04.2016 | Travel
E. Nina Rothe

I'm convinced that just as one single body of water separates us, called by different names in different parts of the world, also one, sole, unique de...

Arizona City Buys Man's House For $4 Million, Lets Him Live Rent-Free For The Rest Of His Life

Atlas Obscura | Posted 07.28.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

An Arizona homeowner made the best deal of his life this week. The Arizona Republic is reporting that Shawn Murphy has sold his 17-year-old, 2,600-square-foot home to the city of Scottsdale for $4 million, and he doesn't even have to move out.

8 Outback Towns in Australia You Need to Visit Now

Courtney Lambert | Posted 08.04.2016 | Travel
Courtney Lambert

Thrill seekers flock to Australia to experience all this country has to offer, but to really get off the ol' beaten track, travelers with a taste for the unknown are turning to the outback towns in Australia, where lonely landscapes stretch to the sun, mining history tells the story of challenges and chance in the search for prosperity and everything from the bizarre to the beautiful can be discovered.

My Desert Adventures: The Falcon and the Saudi Man

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.26.2016 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

If you build it, a city like no other to rise out of the sands of the desert, they will come. Whenever I'm in Dubai, I discover something new that m...

Don't Call Me a Christian.

Corinne Rogero | Posted 06.13.2016 | Religion
Corinne Rogero

I told myself I wasn't going to do this. I said I was going to wait until my trip to Montana was finished before I processed these last several months...

This Plant Could Help Keep Pee Off Your Pants

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 06.08.2016 | Technology

Drop the mop. Scientists have figured out the inner workings of a plant that’s exceptionally good at sucking up water, and their research could be ...

City, Sea & Sand In Qatar

Black Tomato | Posted 06.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

Qatar is fast becoming one of the Middle-East's most interesting spots. With people choosing to spend more than just their three-hour layover explorin...

8 Reasons to Go to Arizona's Saguaro National Park

Stefanie Payne | Posted 05.31.2016 | Travel
Stefanie Payne

There is no symbol more emblematic of the American southwest than the saguaro tree -- standing tall with two arms reaching out from it toward the sky.

Contemplation at Whitewater Canyon

Jim Burklo | Posted 04.26.2016 | Religion
Jim Burklo

This is the purpose of human existence: to be God's eyes and ears, hands and feet, showing reverent attention to all that is, and letting this loving, observant way of seeing and being manifest in all our relationships.

This Earth Day We Must Start Talking About Desertification

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Reforestation is one of the primary weapons we have against climate change and -- crucially -- against ever-expanding desertification, a scourge that affects two thirds of the world's countries and about one billion people.

Desert Solitaire: Hiking the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in Northern New Mexico

James Orndorf | Posted 04.15.2016 | Travel
James Orndorf

Until very recently, the Bisti and De-Na-Zin Wilderness areas of northwest New Mexico were a locals' secret. They were miles from anywhere, and you were more likely to see cow than a person when hiking around the 45,000 acres of dramatic and desolate desert.

The Magic of Anza Borrego

Michelle Rae Uy | Posted 04.05.2016 | Travel
Michelle Rae Uy

Anza Borrego (Photo: Michelle Rae Uy) The stillness of the desert looms over us as if in warning, as we hastily drive-for the very first time-through...

Holy Dirt and Modern Pilgrims: El Santuario de Chimayó

James Orndorf | Posted 03.10.2016 | Travel
James Orndorf

Known as the "Lourdes of America," el Santuario de Chimayó, 40 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage ...

Yes, This Giant Sand Dune Is Surprisingly Located in France

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 02.22.2016 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

Am I on planet Mars? Imagine the large dunes of Africa and the hot sand of deserts of the World. Well, here you are: the giant dune of France, the largest one in Europe has been a strange phenomenon from day one

Drought in the American Southwest: 5 Questions for Dr. Michael Bogan

Tim Ward | Posted 02.11.2017 | Green
Tim Ward

Climate change will mean more extremes in wet and dry cycles in the American Southwest, including longer and more intense droughts than the region has...

Made In Algeria: A Colonial Laboratory

Frank Browning | Posted 01.26.2017 | Arts
Frank Browning

Once again, leave the glory of the French capital and head to Marseille if you want a fresh insight not only on how France became France but still mo...

36 Hours in the Desert of West Texas

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 01.03.2017 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

The frontier land in the desert, the last bit of North American soil and rocks, the tall cliffs is where the greenish Rio Grande calmly slithers against the massive mountains separating the two lands, Mexico and the USA.

Veterans: California Desert National Monuments Would Protect WWII History and National Heritage

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 11.18.2016 | Green
Garett Reppenhagen

When American troops were called on to join the greatest global conflict the world has ever seen, WWII, there was a need to train new tank units under...