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A Tuam connection in the California desert

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019 11:21am
A Tuam connection in the California desert

Shaun Glynn (in hat) with brother Gerard, niece and nephews..jpg

A Tuam connection in the California desert

Shaun Glynn (in hat) with brother Gerard, niece and nephews..jpg

By Mary J Murphy

IT’S the sheer scale of the place that confuses our normal radar. Everything’s bigger, hotter, drier, spikier, thornier, emptier, wider. Like the Dixie Chicks’ “wide open spaces”, there’s room to make a big mistake there. As Donovan’s pal, Gram Parsons did. And you could die out there, too, in the Mojave, like poor Parsons did.
Really. Danger lurks behind the scorching beauty of the sun-bleached desert at every turn. Skulls and bones scattered all around serve as memento mori to the brave or the foolish.
Gnarled trees languish blackly after being spiked by lightning. Up above, vultures wheel and glide and await their chance, knowing it’s only a matter of time before something dies, while on the desert floor the dry sticky sand grips into the sole of the shoe in a way unfamiliar to Irish walkers.

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