Friday, October 12, 2012

Tucson ~ La Paloma ~ Garden Writers Association

"The primary joy of life is acceptance, approval, the sense of appreciation and companionship of our human comrades. Many men do not understand that the need for fellowship is really as deep as the need for food, and so they go through life accepting many substitutes for genuine, warm, simple.”
 ~Joshua Loth Liebman

To understand Tucson, you have to grasp a culture which flourishes like the cactus which grow plump along the roadways. Against the odds. Under the unforgiving summer sun. In the shadow of a black volcanic mountain. Historically, the ruling influences represented by flags have come and gone. The United States and Arizona flags follow the  Spanish, Mexican and Confederate banners.

  At times, the politics of this region is more brutal  than the Sonoran Desert geographic conditions. The lesson of the desert landscape is that what first appear to be insurmountable obstacles should be observed for their potential for uncommon beauty.

La Paloma. The Spanish translation is inexact to if it is dove or pigeon. Something odd to this native English speaker. In the American experience, the birds are distinctly different, particularly when you are not in tourist mode. Yet that is how translations often are. Inexact. 

In any case, it is the name of the beautiful Westin resort chosen by the Garden Writers Association for the annual migration of garden communicators known simply as The Symposium.  
Nightfall does not diminish the beauty of  the desert landscape
 In civics, in family, faith and in our professions, every individual in every community has a need for fellowship.  It is simply how God made us. And one of the great pleasures of being a human being.


OldLady Of The Hills said...

The Desert Plants are amazing and so hearty, under the strangest conditions...!

Oregon Sue said...

I've only been to "Tuck-son" LOL, a few times, but an interesting place. Good restaurants. Enjoy your time there. xo

nikkipolani said...

I love that you look for beauty everywhere -- and find its many nuances.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

That first quote really moved me. It is so easy trying to fill that 'space' with rubbish, instead of concentrating on what really matters - thank you, once again, for reminding me of what actually counts!


debra said...

hi Lydia, your photos are gorgeous and your words totally resonate with me. That was a wonderful symposium and I'm so pleased we got to see one another!!!

Lydia said...

Thank you all for the kind comments. Even if these symposiums weren't so darn informational are so worth going to. I came home a better writer, businesswoman and person for all I absorbed under the Tusconian sun.

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate what you post. You have a new subscriber now.

Lydia said...

Thank you!