March 27, 2018

Gayle Austin, Tattoo Artist, Business Owner (photo credit Jenna Hunt) ~ Young Gayle in the desert.

Gayle's family moved to the desert when she was four years old and they got a bit of a chilly reception... it snowed!  In this episode, Gayle reminisces about exploring in the desert and a few of the festivals and events for which people traveled for miles to attend.  Even after two moves away from the desert, Gayle says she always knew she was coming back. She and her husband, Tom, were married in her parents front yard in 29Palms (old timers and the California DOT spell it: Twentynine Palms) and they now own 'Ink and Steel' their tattooing and piercing business in Joshua Tree. Gayle is involved in the Joshua Tree community servin...

January 16, 2018

Hilary Sloane Photographer, Writer

Hilary heads back to Tanzania Africa next week for three months, so I was thrilled she made the time to be on the podcast.  In this episode, Hilary discusses the life-change she experienced, bringing her to the desert permanently in 2009. With a 35-year career as a producer and stylist for print, film and commercials in the rear view, Hilary is now creating in a different way after using her first year in Joshua Tree to learn German and take photography classes online. Her photography is in galleries in Joshua Tree and Los Angeles and her writing has been in the local Hi-Desert Star, Luna Arcana and Palm Springs Life. Hilary's trips to Africa are with an organization called Raleigh Internationa...

August 8, 2017

 Miri Hunter came to the desert to relax and unwind for a few months...she ended up staying and fronting her band, Hunter and the Wick'd. In this episode, Miri talks about  finding her community, her 'marriage', and how the expansiveness of the desert allows freedom and time for creative expression of all kinds. Find more about Miri at

Also mentioned in this episode:

Hunter and the Wick'd on Reverbnation

Hunter and the Wick'd on Facebook

Joshua Tree International Dark Sky Park

29 Palms Art Gallery

Handmaids Tale

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