Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Roughley Manor

I belong to a book group that recently read Elizabeth Crozer Campbell's classic, The Desert Was Home. Elizabeth and her husband Bill moved to the desert in the 1920s because of his health--he had been gassed in World War I, and the dry desert climate saved his life. They settled in Twentynine Palms and ultimately built the beautiful two-story stone house you see here. For the past 20 years, the home has been a bed and breakfast known as Roughley Manor. Owners Gary and Jan give guided tours of the manor upon request--so here is our group getting a tour!

This portrait of Elizabeth and Bill Campbell was painted from a photograph by renowned local artist Chuck Caplinger. The Campbells were prominent early citizens of Twentynine Palms. They also took up archaeology, and the Southwest Museum published two papers by Elizabeth about their discoveries. The Desert Was Home is out of print, but there are many copies available in the San Bernardino County library system, along with the Southwest Museum papers.

The property has been beautifully maintained and upgraded. This is one of the upstairs rooms in the main house. There are also separate cottages on the grounds, some with kitchenettes.

The grounds are an oasis of trees, flowers, and fountains--and, there is a pool and spa. If you are looking for charming, reasonably priced accommodations near Joshua Tree National Park, Roughley Manor is the place!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Shared Visions: A Talk at CMC on January 16

"Ghost Rider" copyright 2012 by Bill Dahl

Copper Mountain College Celebrates National Book Month with
Shared Visions: The Art Of Bill Dahl & Cynthia Anderson

Husband-and-wife team Bill Dahl, a photographer, and Cynthia Anderson, a poet, have collaborated on three books—Shared Visions, Shared Visions II, and In the Mojave. They will share their work, discuss their creative process, and describe how they publish their books at Copper Mountain College’s Bell Center Community Room on Thursday, January 16 from 12-12:45 pm.

Bill Dahl’s photographs have appeared in juried shows and won awards in the Morongo Basin as well as Santa Barbara and Ojai. He is self-taught, starting out in a conventional darkroom and switching to digital about 10 years ago. His special interests include photographing landscapes and desert curiosities.

Cynthia Anderson’s poetry has been widely published and won many awards. Locally, her poems have appeared in The Sun Runner Magazine, Writing From Inlandia, and Phantom Seed. She is the co-editor of an anthology titled A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens.

At 12:45, hear CMC students read their literary works from Howl Magazine. 

This event, part of the 3rd Thursday Cultural Series, is free and open to the public. The series is sponsored by the Cultural Educational Enhancement Committee and the CMC Foundation.