A Note from the Publisher
Thank you to our advisory board whose talents, insights, and passions
contribute to the quality of this publication
Executive Director, Joshua Tree National Park Association
Festival Founder and Director, Joshua Tree Music Festival
Owner, Rancho De La Luna Recording Studio, Musician, Producer
Musician, Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man
Owner/Creator of FurstWurld, Artist
About the front cover photo:
Muralist and Artist, Emily Tayman, right, and her work on “Bruno” the Buffalo Bull sculpture at Spaghetti Western.
Photo by Monique A. LeBleu
About the back cover photo:
Photo by award winning Sandra Goodin.
A Note from the Publisher:
A Note from the Publisher:
Welcome to 2023 (she typed the day before Christmas)!
True confession: I was not feeling very “holiday-ey” as we began to put this issue together – more like overwhelmed, exhausted, and even a bit anxious. But once again, with the contributions of some fantastic writers, photographers, a dash of divine choreography, and an inspirational community of people doing outstanding things, my spirit has been elevated. It is my hope that yours will be too.
In honor of the people whose contributions fill these pages and make each issue something we can be proud of, I’d like to begin to share a little bit about each of them with you, featuring one person a month.
This month, I am honored to exploit Monique A. LeBleu.
Monique’s photography is featured on the cover and throughout this issue, along with her stories on Bruno the Buffalo’s artist, Emily Tayman, and on active solutions to desert dumping. Freelance writer, photographer, and shameless foodie, Monique A. LeBleu, is a high desert resident who comes from a background in film and technical theater. Her journalism covers entertainment, the arts, high desert life, and the ever-growing diverse culinary landscape of Southern California where she currently searches for the perfect mac ‘n cheese. We are very fortunate to have her on the JTV Team.
Cover Photo: Monique A. LeBeu
Cover Art: Lisa Lynn Morgan
Layout & Design Wizard: Jeff Day
Web Guru: Chelsea Van Es
Editing & Social Media Czar: Tricia Witkower
Staff Photographer: Sandra Goodin
Morongo Basin Distribution: Sandra Goodin
Palm Springs/Coachella Valley Distribution: Bill Wesley
San Diego Country Sales & Distribution: Ashly Morgan Orate
Orange County, LA County: Pinky’s Distribution
Owner/Publisher: Lisa Lynn Morgan
Owner/Principal: Ray Rodriguez
OUR REALLY AWESOME WRITERS
Monique A. LeBleu, JTV Glitterazzi and Story Wrangler
Katie Nartonis, The Art Boss
Philip Bonafede, Snake Wrangler, Wild West Actor, and Desert Gardener
Lisa Lynn Morgan, Wrangler of Wranglers
Ray Rodriguez, Ringleader (insert circus music here)
Emily Art Florida