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The Slab City Series #5-The pastors and the people

“I was on my way to Quartzsite, and I was reading a book. I got to Slab City, and I never finished the book.” What Rick did instead was to start the Haven, a drug- and alcohol-free place for people to hang out, grab a coffee, and often, to get help. It isn’t meant to […]

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The Slab City Series–#4 The day the dog died

“Did you hear what happened last night?” Scot was on his bike outside my trailer. “No.” I had heard some ruckus by the hot springs, but I locked my door and went to bed. “A bunch of kids beat up Jerry got pretty bad. I tried to stop them. By the time we got back […]

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The Slab City Series–#3-Scot (one t)

“I’m a professional chef,” said Scot. “Once I had a bakery in San Juan Capistrano, and then I had a restaurant in Boulder.” I was visiting my neighbors at the Jesus Lives bunker. Jerry’s puppy was molesting Lance, Scot’s Rottweiler, who finally trotted into the desert in disgust. The puppy then began working on my […]

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The Slab City Series–#1 Salvation Mountain

  “Whatever you do, don’t go to Slab City.” I didn’t have the heart to tell the nice man in the big motorhome that that’s exactly where I was going. Slab City isn’t on any map. You won’t find it on your GPS. To get to Slab City you drive along the east shore of the […]

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Camping with the Dinosaurs

  I was happy to cross the Yaqui Pass and descend into Borrego Springs after a week in Blair Valley. The wind had blown so fiercely the previous night that I felt like the baby wondering when the bough would break and dump me and my cradle all over the desert floor. Borrego Springs is […]

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