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.