Jodi Lea Stewart

Loving and Writing About the Southwest and the South

A knotty world comes with the territory for a protagonist addicted to scarves. Silki, the main character in my three-book adventure/mystery series set on the Navajo Rez uses knots to fit any occasion. For example, her favorite danger knot for tying her scarves end to end is the Double Overhand Stopper knot, a knot strong…

The other day, a man named Scott came to fix the dishwasher in a house we lease. He was bowed in the shoulders and wore knee-high therapeutic socks. He walked slightly lopsided and breathed heavily with effort as he bent to check out the appliance. His knees hurt. His hands were swollen with neuropathic pain. Over the course…

  Do Mules Rule? Of Course! They were “the bomb” before tractors were invented. Especially for farmers who couldn’t afford farm equipment. Imagine trying to transform acres of rocky, tree-infested soil into bountiful crops without mules and their relatives. Mules STILL RULE for many farmers of today. Especially with the Amish who, shunning contemporary machinery,…