Thursday, March 28, 2019


MUSIC AND MIND CAMP is the name of our experiment--we have about 80 members and we move about with 20 to 30 people at any given time.  We come and go when we wish.
Our intent is to invent a satisfying culture for a mobile group.

Here we are at Gunsite wash near Why Arizona.  We explored all the area around there including Organ Pipes National Park, the unique RV living arrangements at Coyote Howls, the charming town of Ajo and a community dinner at Why.
One day we did an open house for anyone willing to show off their rig and explain their unique adaptations.  Here we are going from rig to rig--outsid my door.

Another day we explored the Mexican border that has no wall (to speak of)  Here is where Trump wants a 17 ft wall.
Behind me is an incredible waterhole in the bleakest desert.  It is called Quitobaquito and is within steps of the Mexican border---a life saving bit of fresh water in a most unlikely place. Read about it

Here is a bad picture of a rare sight---a crowned saguaro cactus.  This phenomenon occurs when one of these giants is injured.

Ajo, Az has an art school and consequently is a highly decorated town.  Murals are all over town.

Some of them making a political point.  Can you guess what controversy this one is aimed at?

The group moved on to Tucson and visited the Tucson Book Festival--here's one of our members trying her hand at hula hooping.

Here's a guy performing Walt Whitman poetry--A speech I could have done--found myself lip syncing--we had both memorized the same passages.
While in Tucson--at Snyder hill--Frank hosted a Salon where we discussed Happiness. This was a terrific 2 week stay where everybody got to do their individual thing--some went to yoga--others went to museums--most of us went dancing one night.

 Met this interesting, educated hobo--took him and his little puppy with us to Apache Junction area.

And settled in here on State land. (we all got a permit--you can do it by phone or computer $15)
The desert is as beautiful as it's been in 15 years because of heavy rainfall.

The view from my door.

This wonderful lady gave me a personal lesson in efficient use of space.

And voila! one bench is cleared. Her theory is to tackle large and difficult chores in 20 minute segments.
Duraj took me to this cowboy church at a riding stable.   About what you would expect--guitar and spiritual songs.
Lynn took us to an arboretum--my first ever--just terrific--plants from deserts of the world.

RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES:  THIS IS WORKING BETTER THAN I COULD HAVE HOPED.  I have been operating on the premise that a fundamental human need is to know others and to be known by them.  To accomplish this we have developed about 40 "games" or processes designed to reveal ourselves. (opinions, biography, character, values) It's fun and interesting and generates affection for one another.  What I am aiming at is a functional mobile culture that others might find useful. 

Friday, March 01, 2019


This is headquarters---one of 4 buildings owned by the team operating a total of 12 chairs and a staff of 25.  The team has its own laboratory.

They do everything dental at a price you will be happy to pay.

The main office where you will be greeted in English.

I met with two of the three partners (Drs. Montoya left--Rubio right) some time ago offering suggestions from the perspective of Americans coming to Algodones, Mx for dental work.

The third partner is surgeon Dr, Monarrez.

Here is Dr. Rubio, the founder, suited up for implant surgery. He has completed 10,000 plus implants and is probably the best in the world at his specialty. I have 4 of them--rock solid in my mouth.

Here is a fourth member of the team Dr Dominguez--a specialist in root canals and everything related to them.  I have mentioned his terrific skill in saving one of my troubled teeth: click here for the full story.

Dr Dominguez and his staff.

A brand new chair in a brand new wing of the main building. This great dental team is located just across the border from Yuma Az.  google him for more info. here  (to reach their office go to the second intersection south, turn left to the stop sign, walk left 50 feet)

RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: I claim some credit for the success of this operation:  20 plus years ago I searched for a great dentist to fix my mouthfull of troubled teeth.  I found Dr. Rubio working alone in a tiny office.  He did great work using good English and good chairside manners.  I was so happy with the experience that I resolved to support him by recommending him to all my friends.  I like to think that I sent so many that he needed to expand his facility.  Then I got the idea that if me and my set of friends would send him even more clients that we could help him create a huge dental business that could serve the thousands of us Americans unable to afford American dentistry.
Once I brought 30 new patients at once and Dr Rubio let us tour his facility.
When I began blogging on the internet--I told my readers about my plan to support one great VISIONARY dentist who would build a super clinic we could all depend on for our dental care.

TO MY AMAZEMENT--IT WORKED!!  Dr. Rubio has continued to expand his  operation to include his current team of partners.  The genius of their practice is SPECIALIZATION ---each of them focuses on one or more area of dentistry--becoming super good in that speciality.  I believe they are the only clinic that guarantees work for 5 years.

I found a great dental team--supported them with recommendations--and I have managed to hold on to my teeth.  Give them a shot:  928-723-0015 or 928-723-0022