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Desert Lady Diaries

Oct 13, 2020

Rosa Ficara was born in Scafati, Italy- one of nine children.
In 1973, despite a bit of a language barrier, Rosa began a long-distance, letter-writing romance with the love of her life, Gioacchino, who brought her first to Connecticut, then to Yucca Valley, CA in the early 80’s.
At the age of seven, Rosa...

Sep 29, 2020

With turtle as her spirit animal, Supinda Sirihekaphong says wherever she is, is home.
She was in awe of the colors and the sky on her first trip to the desert.
Born in southern California and raised in New York City, Supinda has also lived in Thailand, Philadelphia and studied abroad in Australia. Supinda...

Sep 14, 2020

Artemis first experienced the desert as a five year old visiting her godparents home in the desert. And again, a few years later on a visit to see her stepbrother in Nevada. Artemis remembers staring out the car window, admiring the stars and the quiet open spaciousness.
Artemis is a licensed marriage and family...

Aug 31, 2020

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Karen Harper came west at the urging of a friend. Looking down at the landscape of the Reno, Nevada desert from a hot air balloon, Karen loved it.
While in Reno, Karen was accepted in the Job Corps  vocational program where she tried her hand at welding and culinary arts. Upon...

Aug 18, 2020

Originally from New Jersey, Melissa Grisi was living in San Francisco and working at Ameoba Records when she got into listening to alt-country.
She and her boyfriend - now husband, Ben - were digging the music and history of Gram Parsons. So, before moving back to the east coast in 2002, the pair decided to make a...