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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Shannon Smith

SPE Member since 2005
Member Chapter: Southwest

The Desert Can Be a Tough Place

I’ve heard the phrase many times, “you’ve gotta be tough to live in the desert”. Dust, triple digit temperatures, sharp plants, venomous creatures, little water; but then there are the cooling summer rains, the smell of creosote and desert plants, the magnificence of saguaros, beauty of cactus blossoms, howl of coyotes, desert skies, and light like you wouldn’t believe. It’s as though the tough is rewarded with the beauty. The desert is a magical place that creeps into your heart and steals your soul, that is, if you’re tough enough to let it.

18 Vials of Antivenom


Decorative Cacti


Prickly Pear


Dirt Angel

Saguaro Hugger


Devil's Claw

Urdhva Dhanurasana

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