The Storytellers of the Southwest
Etched Fall Issue 2015
When my husband, Steve, and I moved our four children and two dogs to southern Utah more than two decades ago, we never looked back. ‘The city’ would always be an attractive location to visit, but the stagnant air of metropolitan life was not the place this rural girl envisioned raising her family. Steve gave up his thriving business to bring me back to the quiescent desert and begin life anew.
Starting over with little in our pockets but a lot of love and an extraordinary work ethic, we literally dug into the harsh red dirt of ‘God’s Country’. Side by side, we labored to plant new roots. Come the weekends, we’d load the kids and the dogs into the car along with an ice chest filled with enough supplies to last us through whatever adventure was waiting. We didn’t know which direction we were heading. Our drive was always determined by wherever the road led.
With seven different maps in hand we roamed desolate dirt roads and climbed to the top of tree-lined mountains, never ceasing to be amazed at the splendor surrounding us. Each location had a story. Sometimes the story was a road sign or historic plaque. Other times, the tale began with one of the kids finding a trinket on the ground. Rusty nails, tree carvings, abandoned homesteads and corrals, all had a story to tell.
Endless hours in the car gave us quality time together. The kids would ask us to tell them stories—some were true, and some we made up. The laughter was infectious. The memories are priceless.
Our children, now adults themselves, are telling their own stories. They can appreciate the sacrifice Steve and I made to begin our narrative in southern Utah. They each know that chapter of our lives well and value their own role in it.
The Fall Issue of Etched Magazine shares the real life tales of those who reside in the great southwest. From notable times and historical places, to people who are changing the landscape, and those who are preserving it. You will meet Teresa Jordan, a captivating woman whose diverse background, talents, and passions inspire new conversations. Journey to the Escalante River, whose preservation is dependent upon community collaboration. Explore a multitude of cultural arts, and experience the desert’s night sky like you’ve never seen it. Such substance and beauty can all be found in this issue.
Everyone has a story. And there are great storytellers amongst us who speak from a space of wisdom and experience. Perhaps they will suggest a new road to explore. Try them all. The page count of your story is endless.
Editor in Chief