My visitor and I had a good time, we did a long hike on the Estrella Vista property (the second one I have attempted since my stroke), and I have a clean house until the wind stirs up the dust again.

What began as a grey, windy day yielded to a clear night and second day of sunny, blue skies and warm temperatures. He saw for himself why the place is called “Estrella Vista”.

“I haven’t seen this many stars in years,” he exclaimed on the night of his arrival.

He asked me lots of questions about my vision, seemed satisfied with the answers, and offered many suggestions for how it might be achieved. I asked him very direct questions whether the vision seems to him a potential reality or pipe dream. He is a very practical man; he is paid in his work to identify how any number of government systems will not work or go awry. He replied that the vision seems do-able and necessary to him.

We even discussed missteps made by trusting the wrong people who set us back temporarily from achieving our goals. Inevitable growing pains. It was a frank, no-holds-barred discussion.

Now all my nervousness prior to his arrival seems ridiculous. In the future, preparations will be more focused on the needs of visitors, and not my egocentric concerns. More mission-centric.

The only negative was that our primitive private road inflicted an injury to one of his tires which, at only 12,000 miles, required a replacement before his departure this morning. Luckily, the town of Terlingua was able to accommodate his problem with a minimum of money, trouble, and loss of travel time.

The most important thing to me is that a voice has been transformed to a full-bodied personality and has impressed upon me the importance of the work we do, not only on the beneficiaries of our work, but all who participate. It impressed upon me the fact that our work provides an effective framework for the redemption of all lives including those who are on the helping end of the equation.

My friend’s last words to me before he drove out the drive were that he now knows what “off-the-grid” means. “You bring new meaning to primitive living,” he said. He will be back again, and will probably bring one of his sons with him.

He suggested the following song as the “Groove of the Day.” It overstates the reality by two, but it was his suggestion, not mine.


Groove of the Day

Listen to Marty Robbins performing “160 Acres



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