Now it’s the cops–what will tomorrow bring at Desert Breeze Senior Living?

What does Desert Breeze Senior Living add to the neighborhood? On May 14, it was the sheriff. And the Riverside County Sheriff joins the Department of Animal Services, Fire Department, and ambulance company among recent visitors at Desert Breeze Senior Living. This residential care business operates in three rented houses in Mission Lakes Country Club, violating a bylaw that forbids commercial… More Now it’s the cops–what will tomorrow bring at Desert Breeze Senior Living?

In June 2014, it was ‘dog overboard’–and dead–at Desert Breeze Senior Living

  After moving into my house in 2013, I got used to seeing a cute little procession through the backyard. Tinkerbell, the white dog, would lead two others: Charlie, the Chihuahua with the red collar; and Sophie, a black-and-white Shih Tzu-type. They toddled around the east side of the house and went out to the street, where… More In June 2014, it was ‘dog overboard’–and dead–at Desert Breeze Senior Living

Last portraits of Shaky, the doomed dog who lived in the sand at Desert Breeze Senior Living

  Here are still photos captured from video that I shot January 3 during my last visit with Shaky. Shaky had been “rescued”–so I was told–but was doomed to a solitary and miserable life in the sandpit backyard at Desert Breeze Senior Living, next door to my house, and developed anemia. Soon after this, Shaky was gone, and I learned… More Last portraits of Shaky, the doomed dog who lived in the sand at Desert Breeze Senior Living

Why taking a walk around here can be fraught with complexity and a unique brand of anxiety

In the cool season I do landscaping and house projects, but in the warm season my custom is to walk during the early mornings. So it was pleasant to get out today for the first time this spring, and I look forward to rolling up some miles in weeks to come. Funny thing about the walking–this is… More Why taking a walk around here can be fraught with complexity and a unique brand of anxiety

Another day, another distress call at Desert Breeze Senior Living

  Emergency sirens wail in the distance, but as they draw nearer to Mission Lakes Country Club, we know where the paramedics are headed: Desert Breeze Senior Living. In defiance of MLCC association bylaws, Desert Breeze Senior Living is the residential care facility that’s poaching in the neighborhood, occupying three rented houses. Neighbors are accustomed to the Riverside County fire… More Another day, another distress call at Desert Breeze Senior Living

Thoughts upon visiting a lonesome bus at daybreak

  Oh lonesome bus at daybreak— buglike profile suggesting six legs, three antennae stretching toward the quarter moon— your body’s own rivets will soon cast shadows, the crust of sand will glimmer inside your crumpled tailpipes.   How did you come to be parked by Dillon Road? Were you self-propelled or dragged along like an old… More Thoughts upon visiting a lonesome bus at daybreak