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'NOTHING HELD US BACK'
The legendary Stonemasters conquered grueling climbs at Tahquitz and Suicide rocks

FINDING COOL IN DEATH VALLEY
How Eva Slater, one of Orange County's most promising and mysterious painters, traced the abstract art movement to an unlikely source.

THE NEW SUBLIME
Artists working at the Salton Sea capture the beauty and decay with a fresh perspective

THE SMOKETREE SCHOOL
Painters respond to the call of the desert

LOST AND FOUND
Louise Teagarden disappeared--in the
style of "Into the Wild"--in the Santa Rosa Mountains in 1959

DESERT DECONSTRUCTION
Is mid-century modern landscaping
anti-nature?

ALFREDO'S AZTLAN
Alfredo Figueroa locates the lost
heartland of the Aztecs in homely Blythe.


BY THE COLORADO, BETWEEN WORLDS
Tracing the route of Indian captive Olive
Oatman along the lower Colorado River.


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HEALTH

A LITTLE STING
When a routine blood draw goes bad.

THE POETRY CURE
Doctors prescribe healing verses.

THE SIESTA CURE
Sometimes the best medicine is to
do nothing at all.

MOVEMENT OF FAITH
Women integrate walking exercise
with prayers for their neighbors.

THE PLEASURE OF SOLITUDE
A writer is threatened by a cougar while
hiking alone--and keeps on going solo.

FORGIVENESS
Marietta Jaeger found a way to forgive
the man who kidnapped her seven-year-old.

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A FERAL FAMILY ALBUM
A family goes back to the land in the Anza
Borrego desert 80 years ago.

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO BESSIE
AND GLEN?

A couple's mysterious 1928 disappearance
in the Grand Canyon.

A BETWITCHING REALM REOPENS
Tahquitz Canyon is Shangri-La to Hippies,
Hermits and Evil Spirits.

PRIDE IN PLACE
Maj. Gen. George Patton and his Desert
Training Center.

A TRIP IN TIME
Harry Quinn recounts the early days of
Highway 74, the Palms to Pines Highway.

WILLIE BOY
In a startling twist on an old Western, the Indians say Willie Boy got away.

MONUMENTAL TREASURE
Exploring the new Santa Rosa and San
Jacinto Mountains National Monument.