Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

About The Author

I am a balding octogenarian retiree who maintains a delight and fascination for many good things.

These things will become apparent as my internet journal continues and develops.

I’ve been married to and obsessed with Jo Ann for over 60 years now. She is all the delight and fascination any man could hope for. Jo Ann is gorgeous. She is also kind, wise, fun and calm to live with.


I am a retired clergyman. Had a good and successful ministry of 45 years. It was fun. I did some good. Since then I made some clay pots that pleased both me and some other people as well.

We recently moved into a delightful “casita” in a senior life-care community that makes it possible to live a totally independent life-style combined with living adjustments that can be made as we grow older. I also continue to work with clay on my potters wheel, photography, gardening, blogging, cooking (currently infatuated with rice) and making walking sticks and canes. Both of us read prolifically on our Kindles. We still follow the Green Bay Packers, the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks. We exercise regularly with our Aquacise class.

We’re busier than either one of us had anticipated, but love every moment.

This section will change from time to time as I figure out new aspects of who I am and what I am becoming.

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11 responses to “About The Author

  1. John Staton esq. March 24, 2006 at 9:01 pm

    Roger, your musings are wonderful. bothentertaining and thoughtful, full of joy in living, insightful into our time of history, contentment all over the place – with your longtime buddy and lover beside you all the way.

    I’m tickled you’ve planted this site, and are adding to it daily. Photos are great too.

    You have the freedom to give away,to change, to grow in unsuspected directions, andshare with others who you are andthe things you value.

    I’ve just delighted this morning in reading a bit of all this richness, and truly thank you for such a gift at the beginning of another blahhhh Indiana day with spring still promised but evasive as hell.

    Please greet JoAnn for me, the dogs, your citrus, your own weathered soul that keeps pilgrimage alive.

    Love you, Jn

  2. citrus March 24, 2006 at 10:15 pm

    well, John.. I can’t thank you enough for the encouraging words. Blogging is both creative and therapeutic. The thing that amazes me is how things keep bubbling to the surface and crying out for expression. I keep asking, “where did that come from?”
    It has been a lot to assimilate in 2 weeks, but what a blessing it is!


  3. Reno May 9, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Hi I am from Bali, like to write poem, i am still learning write English, but i wrote some English in my Blog.

    I love your photo with a beautiful lady, can we be friend ? maybe if you come to Bali come to our house. My husband is an Australian.


  4. Brandon Newman May 30, 2007 at 10:27 am

    I want to thank you for the kind and inspirational submissions you have on your site. I am a 26 year old attorney. I worked as a minister while in Law school after studying theology in Edinburgh. I worked for a small baptist church in an artist community in Mississippi. I have grown really discouraged since leaving the church in Mississippi. I find that I have an increasingly difficult time finding Christians with whom I share social beliefs. I feel surrounded by a Christian subculture which has a foundation of beliefs with which i just do not agree. Reading your blog helps me keep hope there are people out there who are religious but compassionate toward others. Feel free to send an email to me. I would like to discuss some of these issues further through correspondence.
    Once again, thank you.

  5. storiesafterthefall August 5, 2007 at 11:21 am

    Hello, sir. I noticed your blog because Steinbeck is one of my most favorite writers. I’m glad I clicked it. May I have your permission to add you to my blogroll? Thank you. I can’t wait to read you past and future entries. 🙂

  6. Owen August 11, 2007 at 11:05 am

    One of the loveliest “About” pages I’ve ever read. Certainly you are thriving. O |

  7. Rhonda August 14, 2007 at 5:45 am

    What a wonderful blog. Absolutely refreshing. I am from Tucson, transplanted in Connecticut. My husband and I also have five kids… 2 living in the West and 3 still at home.

    I miss my Arizona (I was a 5th generation Arizonan) horribly.

    Keep up the great blog.

  8. Brandon L. Newman August 22, 2007 at 11:48 am

    I have been reading your blog almost daily for months now and really enjoy it. I am on face book. please add me to your contacts. I live in Jackson, TN.

  9. coolwaterworks January 9, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Hello there…

    I really like your new format here, and I have always been a fan of your photos that’s why I added you in my blog roll without your permission (when this blog was still titled as “Romancing the Desert”)…

    Great writing with great photographs… Please do keep them coming….


  10. Faith Olson September 27, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Thank you for sharing your sense and sensibility.

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