It’s Love-uary once again. After finding Heart Rock with my daughter for last year’s February issue, I kind of wondered what I would do to follow up. As it turns out, finding stories built on a foundation of love in Joshua Tree is like finding pollen in a super bloom – you don’t have to go looking for them, they find you. Love isn’t a noun in these parts – it’s a verb, and I am honored to be celebrate it.
In honor of the folks whose contributions fill these pages and to those who work behind the scenes to make each issue something to be proud of, I’ll be sharing a little bit about one of them each month.
This month, I am honored to brag on Editor and Social Media maven, Tricia Witkower. Many of you were greeted by this pretty, sharp-witted brunette working the reception table at The Joshuas last October. She was the one with the warm smile waving everyone in saying, “You’re on the list? You can’t find your ticket? That’s ok, we trust you!” All smiles, that is until she was “stabbed in the foot by an Attack Yucca.” We told her that it was just part of her hi-desert initiation (and she believed us). I’ve known Tricia almost 9 years now. She works a regular full-time job in addition to her dedicated duties here at JTV, and on top of it all, she is raising one of the cutest 2-year-old characters ever. She manages single mom life better than anyone I’ve known, even though she’ll tell you she’s hanging by a thread at times. She rarely fails to have a sense of humor about things. She is hands down, my funniest friend and colleague, and if you have one of those, you know how vital they are. If you get the chance to meet Tricia, greet her with warm hugs and then say, “Oh look! A Yucca plant,” just to watch her freak out. It will be fun.