Jodi Lea Stewart

Loving and Writing About the Southwest and the South

Sometime in autumn… I’m outside for reasons other than enjoying nature, my mind dripping with copious thoughts of numerous and diverse things, hurrying along, when suddenly, IT surrounds me like a cloak. You might say . . . IT arrests me. I stop. Look around. Listen. IT—the Silence of the Trees—imprisons my spirit. For that…

   One pound hamburger  One pound ground sausage (or use all hamburger meat)  1 lg. egg slightly beaten w/fork  1 small or ½ large onion, chopped  1 jalapeño pepper, chopped fine  1 med. stalk celery with leaves, chopped fine  1 can Rotel diced tomatoes & green chilies, original  1 small can chopped tomatoes  Few dashes Worcestershire…

Rodeo clowns are real heroes. A suspendered dude with a barrel for britches who keeps a 2,000-pound bull from stomping a mud hole in you certainly gets my accolades! But where are the clowns if you’re not a rodeo star? I sure didn’t see any a couple of desperate times while growing up on our Arizona…