Joyce is Sarah's father's father's
making her a first cousin once removed but we
of her as an aunt. She is one of the lucky ones,
without internet, smart phone, or computer of any
house is a place out of time, a museum of natural
artifacts, a still pond reflecting passing clouds.
In desert mountains
at 7,000 feet, it has the air of a holy retreat, a
place of purification where
the sun never blinks.