I’ve been to the desert

This is a problem only a blogger will understand. I’ve been watching the TV show Mercy on Hulu over the holidays. The lead character is a nurse just back from Iraq, working at Mercy Hospital in NJ. She’s played by Taylor Schilling. This is Taylor Schilling.


Here’s a photo of  blogger Heather Armstrong, aka dooce, by hyku.

hyku's photo of heather armstrong

Taylor Schilling and Heather Armstrong look so much alike, it makes me crazy. I keep expecting the troubled nurse character, who has PTSD, to talk about how Leta and Marlo are doing. Or flash photos of her dog. Or for the nurse to say something funny. And really, “I’ve been to the desert,” isn’t all that funny.

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “I’ve been to the desert” or on some topic suggested by the photos.

Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

3 thoughts on “I’ve been to the desert”

  1. I’ve been to the desert and watched the sun sink behind parched mountains. I’ve heard the sound of the wind whispering over the dunes. I’ve lain on cold sand to watch stars blow like molten sand against the night, and I’ve felt the desert day spit heat at the sun.

  2. I’ve been to the desert on a warm spring night with my 8th grade science class. Everyone brought their constellation charts. The sky was so clear. There was no competition from the city lights. Orion, Cassiopeia, Big Dipper, Little Dipper, and others were there as gobbled up our hotdogs and S’mores.

  3. Ive been to the desert and I’ve felt the hot sun beating on my neck as I walked the desert looking for water. I’ve seen the rattlesnake as it crossed in front of me headed for the shade of a Joshua tree. The hot sun finally fell below the horizon.

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