Pondering “What is Transition”, I awoke in a 1960 decor home in the splendor and wide open feeling of Joshua Tree. The juxtaposition of the home, symbol of the way we were, and the desert–vibrating with life, storm clouds, winds, chollas glowing, lizards scampering between the quail–gave me pause.
Ten transition friends met to deepen bonds, form some new relationships, have fun, and consider where we are going as a community. This experiment, emphasizing Rob Hopkins' Transition mandate to ‘be cheerful in all proceedings,’ was a success. The uncommon wilderness, that was sneaking right up to the back door of the house and in full view out the grand windows, offered a constant delightful reminder of the Earth as our home, the basis of our economy.
Saturday Morning at the Joshua Tree Farmers Market, we met three Transition Joshua Tree folks at their booth. They were sharing seeds and native grasses in their small seed library. They had mesquite beans and flour for sale, and offered us mesquite flour muffins that were so yummy. They were so delighted to feel our support for their project. We were heartened to feel their cheer.
By Saturday evening we gladly handed Thomas, our host and a Transition member, the rental money for use of his home. The payment felt good for what we had shared and for the clear evidence that he uses it to support local artists, people thinking outside the box, making beauty with found objects, inspired by the hardiness of being alive in the vibrant desert.
— Therese Brummel