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Treasures in the Desert ~ part ten

“Eureka it's named Tenancingo de Degollado”! Squawked Jack.

Bela got the link from Jack and read out loud to the others: Tenancingo de Degollado is a large municipality and also the name of a town and the municipal seat of the municipality, in the State of Mexico, Mexico . Both are commonly known as Tenancingo. The municipality is located in the south of the state, in the Tenancingo Valley, just outside the Toluca Valley. Tenancingo de Degollado is often confused with Tenancingo, Tlaxcala, which is a town in a different state.

“That sounds very confusing indeed.” said Marlene.

“Sweetheart it is confusing and I'm gonna read it a few times to get it stuck in my head”! Laughed Will.

Dora walked in asking about what was confusing and after Bela told her she asked why they were looking up that particular place.

Jack told her last night when he left the others and went back to his room he just could not sleep.

“ I just kept thinking about Rebozo so I looked it up and saw the pattern was associated with Tenancingo de Degollado”.

Dora also read the link:

It is a commercial area known for its industrious people who produce beautiful rebozos (a kind of shawl) which have been woven here since the colonial period on both backstrap and pedal looms. Several artisans also produce baskets and fine fruit liquors. Tenancingo is the home to more than two hundred carpentry workshops that fashion furniture. There are many green houses in the region that produce cut flowers. In fact the flower industry is Tenancingo's largest source of income. It is the home of the Santo Desierto del Carmen, the name of both a monastery and a national park.

“You all may think I'm a little loco but this place sounds beautiful. I think I really would like to go see this place”.

Bela said she had a passport and the funds to go. Jack also could go and Will said he and Marlene needed a vacation and they would also go.

The next week they worked on finding arrangements for airline ticket, lodging together with food and transportation as the elders in the group just could not do a lot of walking. Cameras and a few clothes they soon would be off for their seven day trip.

Mo~Jo was off to the kennel and they all took off for a Holiday together. A Holiday they would never forget!

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Treasures in the Desert ~ part ten

“Eureka it's named Tenancingo de Degollado”! Squawked Jack.

Bela got the link from Jack and read out loud to the others: Tenancingo de Degollado is a large municipality and also the name of a town and the municipal seat of the municipality, in the State of Mexico, Mexico . Both are commonly known as Tenancingo. The municipality is located in the south of the state, in the Tenancingo Valley, just outside the Toluca Valley. Tenancingo de Degollado is often confused with Tenancingo, Tlaxcala, which is a town in a different state.

“That sounds very confusing indeed.” said Marlene.

“Sweetheart it is confusing and I'm gonna read it a few times to get it stuck in my head”! Laughed Will.

Dora walked in asking about what was confusing and after Bela told her she asked why they were looking up that particular place.

Jack told her last night when he left the others and went back to his room he just could not sleep.

“ I just kept thinking about Rebozo so I looked it up and saw the pattern was associated with Tenancingo de Degollado”.

Dora also read the link:

It is a commercial area known for its industrious people who produce beautiful rebozos (a kind of shawl) which have been woven here since the colonial period on both backstrap and pedal looms. Several artisans also produce baskets and fine fruit liquors. Tenancingo is the home to more than two hundred carpentry workshops that fashion furniture. There are many green houses in the region that produce cut flowers. In fact the flower industry is Tenancingo's largest source of income. It is the home of the Santo Desierto del Carmen, the name of both a monastery and a national park.

“You all may think I'm a little loco but this place sounds beautiful. I think I really would like to go see this place”.

Bela said she had a passport and the funds to go. Jack also could go and Will said he and Marlene needed a vacation and they would also go.

The next week they worked on finding arrangements for airline ticket, lodging together with food and transportation as the elders in the group just could not do a lot of walking. Cameras and a few clothes they soon would be off for their seven day trip.

Mo~Jo was off to the kennel and they all took off for a Holiday together. A Holiday they would never forget!

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My lover is deep inside my mind

My lover is deep inside my mind

the touch is acceptably inviting

caressing the touch of remembered love

our love will nevermore linger

Hold me close to you oh so warm

listening to your pulsing heart

your touch is so acceptably taken

our love will nevermore linger

your whispers are kind to my ear

the words you say are pleasing

slowly I respond back to you

our love will nevermore linger

It seems we are two of a kind

the loss we shared is no longer biting

our sadness flew off on the wings of a dove

our love will nevermore linger

together sighing within every form

a developing eager love will start

the subdued trust will start to waken

our love will nevermore linger

love words are a pleasure to hear

perhaps some actions and teasing

its the trust between me and you

our love will nevermore linger

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My lover is deep inside my mind
My lover is deep inside my mind
the touch is acceptably inviting
caressing the touch of remembered love
our love will nevermore linger

Hold me close to you oh so warm
listening to your pulsing heart
your touch is so acceptably taken
our love will nevermore linger

your whispers are kind to my ear
the words you say are pleasing
slowly I respond back to you
our love will nevermore linger

It seems we are two of a kind
the loss we shared is no longer biting
our sadness flew off on the wings of a dove
our love will nevermore linger

together sighing within every form
a developing eager love will start
the subdued trust will start to waken
our love will nevermore linger

love words are a pleasure to hear
perhaps some actions and teasing
its the trust between me and you
our love will nevermore linger

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Treasure in the Desert part seven

“Mr Daniels surely you jest. None of the rocks look like gold or diamonds. Well one does resemble gold just a bit but the other looks like an old piece of coal”! replied an amazed Dora.

“Who's the Geologist my dear and do call me Jack”. said a whoop ass laughing Jack.

Will started laughing then Marlene giggled and Mo~Jo yipped. Then Dora started laughing.

“The two books by D H Lawrence look fascinating and I have ordered them from Amazon and they should be here in a couple of days. I can not wait to read them especially Mornings in Mexico”. replied Jack.

Jack was on a roll and continued saying: “Mornings in Mexico is a collection of travel essays and he is fantastic in catching the 'Spirit of Place' in a vivid manner.

The eight essays in the original volume are:

"Corasmin and the Parrots"

"Walk to Huayapa"

"The Mozo"

"Market Day"

"Indians and Entertainment"

"Dance of the Sprouting Corn"

"The Hopi Snake Dance"

"A Little Moonshine with Lemon"

This is a magnificent book! The collection of essays covers almost all that Lawrence was thinking about the importance of the American world between 1922 and 1928 and complete essays about Mexican and Southwestern Indians. I'll bet he was going to go relocate somewhere in Mexico.

My Dear Dora when I am finished I will lend my book to you for reading material on your quest to find the answer to your big mystery”.

“I get to read the book before Dora”. Said Will

They all sat down together and tried to put all the clues together. The bag Dora found contained the letter which was a big clue with a few important names. Dr Jess Craine was researched and nothing was found so far. His wife Bella Craine would be researched today by Bela, Jack, Will and Dora while Marlene tended to Mo~Jo.

Will finally contacted a colleague of his asking if he had ever heard of a Dr Jess Craine Md. His friend said he had heard of him.

The friend told Will that there was a doctor living in Mexico. The doctor asked no fees except an occasional dinner. The locals called him Dr Jess. He went to the local bar once a week where he bought one drink and then sat around with Senior Carlos the owner of the bar who was a close friend just shooting the breeze and asking him about the family. Senior Carlos said he was going to go sneak into the United States so he could bring his Mother back to Mexico. It seemed that his parents had lived in the states a long time but his father had recently passed away and the mother wanted to come back home.

Senior Carlos was going to just go over to the states through Nogales, pick up his MaMa and bring her right back. Dr Jess said he had left something in that area around Nogales and would travel with him if he did not mind. The two went on and when Dr Jess got to the area he told Senior Carlos he had to pick up a bag then he'd be right back. While Senior Carlos was waiting he heard some gunfire shots and a couple of men laughing. He waited until he heard the men laughing and carrying on then he got out of there and went to his MaMa's house. He quickly took her another way across the border to his home. He said he waited to see if Dr Jess would contact him someway such as phone or a letter but he never heard from Dr Jess again.

Will told them now they had to all do more research if a body had ever been found in the desert.

“We do make a great team, let's all take a trip to the park for hot dogs and milkshakes. That will be my treat” said Jack.

“I'll drive then” said Dora.

Marlene and Dora had a wonderful time with Mo~Jo while Bela and the men discussed the mystery. On the way home from her day with new friends, Dora thought how exciting to find out this information about where Dr Jess Craine had ended up living. She and the others figured he was going to find the buried bag and bring it back to Mexico but was interrupted by the men that were firing the gun.

She figured the next investigation was to find out if there had ever been evidence found of the doctor or his body. A real mystery.

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Treasure in the Desert part seven

“Mr Daniels surely you jest. None of the rocks look like gold or diamonds. Well one does resemble gold just a bit but the other looks like an old piece of coal”! replied an amazed Dora.

“Who's the Geologist my dear and do call me Jack”. said a whoop ass laughing Jack.

Will started laughing then Marlene giggled and Mo~Jo yipped. Then Dora started laughing.

“The two books by D H Lawrence look fascinating and I have ordered them from Amazon and they should be here in a couple of days. I can not wait to read them especially Mornings in Mexico”. replied Jack.

Jack was on a roll and continued saying: “Mornings in Mexico is a collection of travel essays and he is fantastic in catching the 'Spirit of Place' in a vivid manner.

The eight essays in the original volume are:

"Corasmin and the Parrots"

"Walk to Huayapa"

"The Mozo"

"Market Day"

"Indians and Entertainment"

"Dance of the Sprouting Corn"

"The Hopi Snake Dance"

"A Little Moonshine with Lemon"

This is a magnificent book! The collection of essays covers almost all that Lawrence was thinking about the importance of the American world between 1922 and 1928 and complete essays about Mexican and Southwestern Indians. I'll bet he was going to go relocate somewhere in Mexico.

My Dear Dora when I am finished I will lend my book to you for reading material on your quest to find the answer to your big mystery”.

“I get to read the book before Dora”. Said Will

They all sat down together and tried to put all the clues together. The bag Dora found contained the letter which was a big clue with a few important names. Dr Jess Craine was researched and nothing was found so far. His wife Bella Craine would be researched today by Bela, Jack, Will and Dora while Marlene tended to Mo~Jo.

Will finally contacted a colleague of his asking if he had ever heard of a Dr Jess Craine Md. His friend said he had heard of him.

The friend told Will that there was a doctor living in Mexico. The doctor asked no fees except an occasional dinner. The locals called him Dr Jess. He went to the local bar once a week where he bought one drink and then sat around with Senior Carlos the owner of the bar who was a close friend just shooting the breeze and asking him about the family. Senior Carlos said he was going to go sneak into the United States so he could bring his Mother back to Mexico. It seemed that his parents had lived in the states a long time but his father had recently passed away and the mother wanted to come back home.

Senior Carlos was going to just go over to the states through Nogales, pick up his MaMa and bring her right back. Dr Jess said he had left something in that area around Nogales and would travel with him if he did not mind. The two went on and when Dr Jess got to the area he told Senior Carlos he had to pick up a bag then he'd be right back. While Senior Carlos was waiting he heard some gunfire shots and a couple of men laughing. He waited until he heard the men laughing and carrying on then he got out of there and went to his MaMa's house. He quickly took her another way across the border to his home. He said he waited to see if Dr Jess would contact him someway such as phone or a letter but he never heard from Dr Jess again.

Will told them now they had to all do more research if a body had ever been found in the desert.

“We do make a great team, let's all take a trip to the park for hot dogs and milkshakes. That will be my treat” said Jack.

“I'll drive then” said Dora.

Marlene and Dora had a wonderful time with Mo~Jo while Bela and the men discussed the mystery. On the way home from her day with new friends, Dora thought how exciting to find out this information about where Dr Jess Craine had ended up living. She and the others figured he was going to find the buried bag and bring it back to Mexico but was interrupted by the men that were firing the gun.

She figured the next investigation was to find out if there had ever been evidence found of the doctor or his body. A real mystery.


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Treasure in the Desert part six

Bela was a sharp cookie for the young age of ninety and after a wonderful dinner of split pea soup with fresh roll and salad she, sat with the other residents were waiting for a lovely dessert of Apple dumplings with fresh whipped cream. She sat at a table with three other people she liked very much. Doctor Will Carlton and his wife Marlene.

Marlene was in the first stages of Alzheimer’s and since they both were in their late eighties Doctor Carlton had the same outlook on life and the future as Bela had about having someone else do all the cooking of meals and cleaning of the rooms plus a place safe for Marlene to live before she completely lost all memory. He had the monies to do this and he could still be with his beloved wife all day long.

The other person at their assigned table was Jack Daniels a geologist. Jack got a lot of people kidding him about having Jack Daniels whiskey in his room. Jack was also age ninety and had been buried in a land slide years ago resulting in his needing to use a walker and / or cane at times. He still enjoyed his rock samples and would tell you in detail about each specimen in his room scattered along the window sill and on a few shelves. If you had a rock and did not know what it was he would tell you immediately what it was after a short examination he knew where it had come from including the country.

Marlene asked if the lady named Dora were her Granddaughter.

“No, Marlene, she is a nice young lady I met in the park and she has a real sweet dog named Mo~Jo. I am helping her with some research on a letter she found in the desert.” said Bela.

Wills ears caught wind of the conversation between his wife and Bela. Bela was so good with Marlene’s questions never being impatient that they were repeated. He was so glad he came here instead of having a live in caretaker.

“Say, did Dora tell you exactly where she found this letter out there in the desert and if it were in a box or can or some sort of protection?” asked Will.

Bela told him Dora had found it in an old medical bag. The name plate on the bag was Dr Jess Craine. Bela said the letter indicated he was writing to his wife Bella that he was leaving her with all their assets and he was going to parts unknown. It seemed that she had two children by another man but told him, Dr Jess Craine that they were his but that was quite untrue because he had found out later in life that he had become sterile as a child from a bad case of mumps. He indicated that since she had deceived him all those years and the children were now grown he did not wish to be a part of her life anymore and he was setting her free.

“Well if it is agreeable with you and Dora I will help you with your research. I have lots of spare time when I am not with Marlene and I may have some contacts so lets meet this new friend of yours and see if she even wants me involved because I love a mystery and that’s all I want is to help her solve something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain. It is just a challenge I would love to be involved in.” said Will with enthusiasm.

Bela wrote to Dora and explained what Will had offered.

Dora agreed to come over tomorrow with Mo~Jo to meet the Carlton s.

That evening Dora pulled the wrapped boxes out of the satchel and stacked them into two kitchen cupboards to look at later. At the bottom of the satchel was a bag containing a few rocks and two books Mornings in Mexico [D. H. Lawrence and Under the Volcano by Malcom Lowry.

The next morning after breakfast and Mo~Jo’s breakfast and a good thirty minute outing she collected the rocks and books along with the letter and headed off to see Bela and her friends. Marlene and Mo~Jo hit it off right away/ Will was interested in the letter and the books. And Jack said “Dear Dora, these “ROCKS” are gold and diamonds!” Everyone gasped.

Dr Will Carlton said

”I do love a mystery.”

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Treasure in the Desert part six

Bela was a sharp cookie for the young age of ninety and after a wonderful dinner of split pea soup with fresh roll and salad she, sat with the other residents were waiting for a lovely dessert of Apple dumplings with fresh whipped cream. She sat at a table with three other people she liked very much. Doctor Will Carlton and his wife Marlene.

Marlene was in the first stages of Alzheimer’s and since they both were in their late eighties Doctor Carlton had the same outlook on life and the future as Bela had about having someone else do all the cooking of meals and cleaning of the rooms plus a place safe for Marlene to live before she completely lost all memory. He had the monies to do this and he could still be with his beloved wife all day long.

The other person at their assigned table was Jack Daniels a geologist. Jack got a lot of people kidding him about having Jack Daniels whiskey in his room. Jack was also age ninety and had been buried in a land slide years ago resulting in his needing to use a walker and / or cane at times. He still enjoyed his rock samples and would tell you in detail about each specimen in his room scattered along the window sill and on a few shelves. If you had a rock and did not know what it was he would tell you immediately what it was after a short examination he knew where it had come from including the country.

Marlene asked if the lady named Dora were her Granddaughter.

“No, Marlene, she is a nice young lady I met in the park and she has a real sweet dog named Mo~Jo. I am helping her with some research on a letter she found in the desert.” said Bela.

Wills ears caught wind of the conversation between his wife and Bela. Bela was so good with Marlene’s questions never being impatient that they were repeated. He was so glad he came here instead of having a live in caretaker.

“Say, did Dora tell you exactly where she found this letter out there in the desert and if it were in a box or can or some sort of protection?” asked Will.

Bela told him Dora had found it in an old medical bag. The name plate on the bag was Dr Jess Craine. Bela said the letter indicated he was writing to his wife Bella that he was leaving her with all their assets and he was going to parts unknown. It seemed that she had two children by another man but told him, Dr Jess Craine that they were his but that was quite untrue because he had found out later in life that he had become sterile as a child from a bad case of mumps. He indicated that since she had deceived him all those years and the children were now grown he did not wish to be a part of her life anymore and he was setting her free.

“Well if it is agreeable with you and Dora I will help you with your research. I have lots of spare time when I am not with Marlene and I may have some contacts so lets meet this new friend of yours and see if she even wants me involved because I love a mystery and that’s all I want is to help her solve something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain. It is just a challenge I would love to be involved in.” said Will with enthusiasm.

Bela wrote to Dora and explained what Will had offered.

Dora agreed to come over tomorrow with Mo~Jo to meet the Carlton s.

That evening Dora pulled the wrapped boxes out of the satchel and stacked them into two kitchen cupboards to look at later. At the bottom of the satchel was a bag containing a few rocks and two books Mornings in Mexico [D. H. Lawrence and Under the Volcano by Malcom Lowry.

The next morning after breakfast and Mo~Jo’s breakfast and a good thirty minute outing she collected the rocks and books along with the letter and headed off to see Bela and her friends. Marlene and Mo~Jo hit it off right away/ Will was interested in the letter and the books. And Jack said “Dear Dora, these “ROCKS” are gold and diamonds!” Everyone gasped.

Dr Will Carlton said

”I do love a mystery.”

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Treasures in the Desert ~ part five

Dora spent several days on the internet researching Dr Jess Craine and Bella Craine. Then she started in on the hunt for Jesse Crane. She found an obituary for a lady by the name of Bessie Crane who passed away in an automobile accident along with their two children. Her husband Jesse Crane was out of state when the accident happened.

Dora diligently kept searching for more information only stopping to take Mo~Jo outside for his play time and doggie duties. When she went to feed him she realized she had not eaten that day.

“This is crazy, I am obsessed with this letter.

I'm even ignoring poor Mo~Jo. Now I'm even talking to myself!

Self you are going to the park with Mo~Jo.” she said laughingly.

Mo~Jo heard the word park and scooted off to get his leash. Smart dog -well taught.

At the park Dora consumed two chili dogs, a chocolate milk shake and a large french fries! mo~Jo knew not to beg but he sat and watched just in case she dropped a treat. She always dropped one tiny treat for her buddy but just one.

“Ya all got yerself a well trained buddy there Missy.” said a little older lady sitting on a park bench the next table over from Dora.

“Yes I do. My name is Dora and this is my Mo~Jo.” replied Dora with a smile and firm handshake.

“ They call me Belinda but I prefer Bela. I live at the Old Folks Home the next street over and they don't like my hankerin' to walk over to the park everyday to feed the birds but I done tol' them ifin they stop me one day I would jest keep on a walking and they wouldn't get their pay from me each month” chuckled Bela.

“Ma I ask why you just don't stay in your own home or apartment instead of the Old Folks Home?” Asked Dora.

“ Well Dora I sat down one day and figured out that since I have outlived my three husbands, parents and my two children, who never had children I'd better get someone to take care of me when I got old. I looked around at Old Folks Homes, nowadays they call them Assisted living centers, but they are Old Folks Homes, and I liked the way this one is clean, with activities, good food and the staff is very helpful and caring. I have the money in the bank and because I am thrifty I sold my car and house.

I then asked them to show me a room with morning sun and room for two beds. You see I only wanted one bed but the other space I set up a table with four chairs just in case I ever need one of those wheeling chairs. Plus I have a computer to write little stories the other residents tell me.

I am healthy fer a ninety year old and still have my mind. I carry this cane over here at the park for protection and have learned how to use these cell-phonies. This way I'm around people, get three meals a day and so forth. I only pay one bill a month and they take care of the rest.” happily chuckled Bela.

Dora told Bela she was very smart to plan ahead for her future. Bela asked Dora why she was eating like she had not eaten for days. Dora laughed and said she was consumed with tracking down information about a Craine and a Crane family because she had a letter that should go to any survivors. Bela's ears picked up because she loved a mystery.

Dora said she was now researching a Dr Jesse Crane whose wife Bessie and their two children were killed in an auto accident while he was out of state.

Bela said if she did not mind could she help with the researching because it kept her mind sharp and alive. Dora said of course and how about we exchange e-mails and addresses. We can meet in the park and eat hot dogs.

Bela agreed. She said she was getting tired and had to walk home but Dora said she would have none of that and she and Mo~Jo were going to drive her home. Bela told her that would be fine and Dora must come see her room. Mo~Jo was also welcome but had to be carried and secured in her room with a leash. Dora stayed for coffee and saw Bela's room.

“This is not a room it is a delightful apartment with everything you need. I had better go and let you rest before your dinner. I will have to get back to my research so I can put these pieces together so I can finish with the other family research. With your help this mystery can be solved.” replied Dora.

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Dora spent several days on the internet researching Dr Jess Craine and Bella Craine. Then she started in on the hunt for Jesse Crane. She found an obituary for a lady by the name of Bessie Crane who passed away in an automobile accident along with their two children. Her husband Jesse Crane was out of state when the accident happened.

Dora diligently kept searching for more information only stopping to take Mo~Jo outside for his play time and doggie duties. When she went to feed him she realized she had not eaten that day.

“This is crazy, I am obsessed with this letter.

I'm even ignoring poor Mo~Jo. Now I'm even talking to myself!

Self you are going to the park with Mo~Jo.” she said laughingly.

Mo~Jo heard the word park and scooted off to get his leash. Smart dog -well taught.

At the park Dora consumed two chili dogs, a chocolate milk shake and a large french fries! mo~Jo knew not to beg but he sat and watched just in case she dropped a treat. She always dropped one tiny treat for her buddy but just one.

“Ya all got yerself a well trained buddy there Missy.” said a little older lady sitting on a park bench the next table over from Dora.

“Yes I do. My name is Dora and this is my Mo~Jo.” replied Dora with a smile and firm handshake.

“ They call me Belinda but I prefer Bela. I live at the Old Folks Home the next street over and they don't like my hankerin' to walk over to the park everyday to feed the birds but I done tol' them ifin they stop me one day I would jest keep on a walking and they wouldn't get their pay from me each month” chuckled Bela.

“Ma I ask why you just don't stay in your own home or apartment instead of the Old Folks Home?” Asked Dora.

“ Well Dora I sat down one day and figured out that since I have outlived my three husbands, parents and my two children, who never had children I'd better get someone to take care of me when I got old. I looked around at Old Folks Homes, nowadays they call them Assisted living centers, but they are Old Folks Homes, and I liked the way this one is clean, with activities, good food and the staff is very helpful and caring. I have the money in the bank and because I am thrifty I sold my car and house.

I then asked them to show me a room with morning sun and room for two beds. You see I only wanted one bed but the other space I set up a table with four chairs just in case I ever need one of those wheeling chairs. Plus I have a computer to write little stories the other residents tell me.

I am healthy fer a ninety year old and still have my mind. I carry this cane over here at the park for protection and have learned how to use these cell-phonies. This way I'm around people, get three meals a day and so forth. I only pay one bill a month and they take care of the rest.” happily chuckled Bela.

Dora told Bela she was very smart to plan ahead for her future. Bela asked Dora why she was eating like she had not eaten for days. Dora laughed and said she was consumed with tracking down information about a Craine and a Crane family because she had a letter that should go to any survivors. Bela's ears picked up because she loved a mystery.

Dora said she was now researching a Dr Jesse Crane whose wife Bessie and their two children were killed in an auto accident while he was out of state.

Bela said if she did not mind could she help with the researching because it kept her mind sharp and alive. Dora said of course and how about we exchange e-mails and addresses. We can meet in the park and eat hot dogs.

Bela agreed. She said she was getting tired and had to walk home but Dora said she would have none of that and she and Mo~Jo were going to drive her home. Bela told her that would be fine and Dora must come see her room. Mo~Jo was also welcome but had to be carried and secured in her room with a leash. Dora stayed for coffee and saw Bela's room.

“This is not a room it is a delightful apartment with everything you need. I had better go and let you rest before your dinner. I will have to get back to my research so I can put these pieces together so I can finish with the other family research. With your help this mystery can be solved.” replied Dora.

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Treasure in the Desert part four

Dora carefully opened the yellowed and fragile envelope that was addressed to Bella Craine but no street address nor city and state. The letter was written with real ink. It must really be old to be written before the ball point pen was used. She read the many sheets of paper being careful to lay them on her table in order to preserve the delicate paper.

Dear Bella my wife,

We met under Rainbow Bridge at Lake Powell near Page Arizona. I admired you from the start riding  fourteen miles on horseback across Navajo Reservation Land to see this National Monument.

You were on this trip with friends and I was on a short photography vacation from Medical school.

We exchange names and addresses then went our separate ways.  We did write occasionally and decided to meet under Rainbow Bridge the following year. Our letters were more frequent then I finally became a doctor.

We were married and we were so happy. The first four years you were not so happy that we were not having children. Goodness we tried often. I was working long hours at the hospital and I did feel bad about that but I did shower you with gifts and a beautiful home.

 A few years passed and you announced you were with child. 

We were delighted when little boy was born. You named  him Jesse after me ( Jess ). Within the next two years a little girl was born and you named her Bella after yourself.  I always felt bad  that I was not included  in the naming of our children but you were happy.

     Over the years I provided you and the children a happy home with everything you three needed. I know I was away fro home a lot but I was establishing my practice.  I did set aside family vacation time for all of us always going to the places you and the children picked.  It was funny I thought that you and they always picked the same place every year and the same cottage every year.  It was also funny that the children had carrot red hair. No one in my family had red hair and in our family as far as you said you had known.

One year, while on a family vacation, when Jesse was close to  eighteen I saw him enter the cafe where I was seated in the back and about to raise up and call him to my table when I saw an older man wave him to his table. Neither had seen me and I could hear their conversation. This man, about my age had that same carrot red hair as my children. Jesse and he spoke low but I heard Jesse say when Bella was eighteen  they were going to come live with him.  Then Jesse said "Good-bye Pa Pa until next year." Then I saw the resemblance between him and the stranger right down to the same build!

     I  was amazed as I knew they would be going off to college but I never thought off with a stranger. I kept quiet but told my story to a close colleague  and he told me to consult with a doctor friend of his about seeing if I were able to have red haired children. This doctor said I was sterile due to my extreme case of mumps I had as a child.  

I then hired a private detective to see who was this man. It turned out his name was Jesse Crane and he and his late wife had four children. Now I see you were all going to abandon me and go live with this man.

I decided to write this letter and tell you I have decided to leave my practice and move far far away. The house, auto, bank account and everything else. I have taken some cash for myself but the rest is for all of you to do as you wish with your new family. Do not hunt for me as I will be gone. This letter is proof.

Jess

Dora thought what a sad thing to find out that your children were not yours but another mans with practically the same name as yours. How could his wife deceive him all these years? Dora then thought she would search these names and see if she could give this letter to the rightful owner. Seeing another envelope in the bag she pulled it out and saw there was a photo of Rainbow bridge. There were also sealed boxes in the bag.

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Treasure in the Desert part four

Dora carefully opened the yellowed and fragile envelope that was addressed to Bella Craine but no street address nor city and state. The letter was written with real ink. It must really be old to be written before the ball point pen was used. She read the many sheets of paper being careful to lay them on her table in order to preserve the delicate paper.

Dear Bella my wife,

We met under Rainbow Bridge at Lake Powell near Page Arizona. I admired you from the start riding  fourteen miles on horseback across Navajo Reservation Land to see this National Monument.
You were on this trip with friends and I was on a short photography vacation from Medical school.
We exchange names and addresses then went our separate ways.  We did write occasionally and decided to meet under Rainbow Bridge the following year. Our letters were more frequent then I finally became a doctor.
We were married and we were so happy. The first four years you were not so happy that we were not having children. Goodness we tried often. I was working long hours at the hospital and I did feel bad about that but I did shower you with gifts and a beautiful home.
 A few years passed and you announced you were with child. 
We were delighted when little boy was born. You named  him Jesse after me ( Jess ). Within the next two years a little girl was born and you named her Bella after yourself.  I always felt bad  that I was not included  in the naming of our children but you were happy.
     Over the years I provided you and the children a happy home with everything you three needed. I know I was away fro home a lot but I was establishing my practice.  I did set aside family vacation time for all of us always going to the places you and the children picked.  It was funny I thought that you and they always picked the same place every year and the same cottage every year.  It was also funny that the children had carrot red hair. No one in my family had red hair and in our family as far as you said you had known.
One year, while on a family vacation, when Jesse was close to  eighteen I saw him enter the cafe where I was seated in the back and about to raise up and call him to my table when I saw an older man wave him to his table. Neither had seen me and I could hear their conversation. This man, about my age had that same carrot red hair as my children. Jesse and he spoke low but I heard Jesse say when Bella was eighteen  they were going to come live with him.  Then Jesse said "Good-bye Pa Pa until next year." Then I saw the resemblance between him and the stranger right down to the same build!
     I  was amazed as I knew they would be going off to college but I never thought off with a stranger. I kept quiet but told my story to a close colleague  and he told me to consult with a doctor friend of his about seeing if I were able to have red haired children. This doctor said I was sterile due to my extreme case of mumps I had as a child.  
I then hired a private detective to see who was this man. It turned out his name was Jesse Crane and he and his late wife had four children. Now I see you were all going to abandon me and go live with this man.
I decided to write this letter and tell you I have decided to leave my practice and move far far away. The house, auto, bank account and everything else. I have taken some cash for myself but the rest is for all of you to do as you wish with your new family. Do not hunt for me as I will be gone. This letter is proof.

Jess

Dora thought what a sad thing to find out that your children were not yours but another mans with practically the same name as yours. How could his wife deceive him all these years? Dora then thought she would search these names and see if she could give this letter to the rightful owner. Seeing another envelope in the bag she pulled it out and saw there was a photo of Rainbow bridge. There were also sealed boxes in the bag.

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Treasures in the Desert ~ part three

Awakening at five in the morning Dora felt relaxed even tho she had fallen asleep in her chair all night. Her TV was still on the History channel and a repeat of treasure hunting was still there. She watched it a bit then remembered the big brown satchel in the back of her car. Thinking after putting on some coffee to brew and a bit of breakfast she would go out to the garage and haul that heavy bag out to see what was inside and if there was any information inside as to who might be the rightful owner.

It was lighter outside so she carried the bag to the back patio where she barely got it up on the table. Using a whisk broom to clean off the dust then a soft wet cloth run over the nameplate she started examining where she might open the bag without breaking the lock.

The nameplate was covered in thick grungy dirt and desert debris so she went to the kitchen and got a little bowl mixing in a few tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of baking soda rubbing the mixture onto the nameplate until the grime began to come off. She was polishing it with a clean cloth when her phone rang. It was Dr. Blake asking if she could pick up her dog, Mo~Jo, early so they could close the office early.

“Yes of course I will come pick him up right now.” replied Dora.

Mo~Jo was happy to see Dora after four days being the kennel. When they arrived home they spent a good thirty minutes playing catch the ball.

“Mo~Jo you wear me out come on let's go inside.” commented Dora.

She saw the nameplate she had been working on and it turned out pretty readable and that made her quite happy. The name on the plate said: DR CRAINE MD

“Oh my goodness he spells his name the same as I do. I wonder if we are related?” she mumbled out loud.

Mo~Jo came over and cocked his head looking at her with a curious look then put his paw on her knee. You little stinker she called to him. She went over to the satchel and carefully tried to open the lock but it was stuck pretty tight. Who knows how long it had been in the desert. She decided to put a bit of WD-40 on the latch only and let it sit for a while.

She then went to her computer and started a search on

Dr Craine MD. No luck but there is lots of time.

Dora heard a rattling of her back screen door and it was the neighbors cat, Be-Be. She let the cat in and she went over to Mo~Jo's water dish for a sip. Mo~Jo came over to see his friend and they sniffed each other then all of a sudden they started racing all over the kitchen. Dora came back into the kitchen and said sharply: “OK you two energy ball outside right now!”

She held the screen door open and out went Be-Be as fast as she could with Mo~Jo soon behind right after he knocked over the satchel and a few of the contents spilled out onto the floor. A long envelope was showing.

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Treasures in the Desert ~ part three

Awakening at five in the morning Dora felt relaxed even tho she had fallen asleep in her chair all night. Her TV was still on the History channel and a repeat of treasure hunting was still there. She watched it a bit then remembered the big brown satchel in the back of her car. Thinking after putting on some coffee to brew and a bit of breakfast she would go out to the garage and haul that heavy bag out to see what was inside and if there was any information inside as to who might be the rightful owner.

It was lighter outside so she carried the bag to the back patio where she barely got it up on the table. Using a whisk broom to clean off the dust then a soft wet cloth run over the nameplate she started examining where she might open the bag without breaking the lock.

The nameplate was covered in thick grungy dirt and desert debris so she went to the kitchen and got a little bowl mixing in a few tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of baking soda rubbing the mixture onto the nameplate until the grime began to come off. She was polishing it with a clean cloth when her phone rang. It was Dr. Blake asking if she could pick up her dog, Mo~Jo, early so they could close the office early.

“Yes of course I will come pick him up right now.” replied Dora.

Mo~Jo was happy to see Dora after four days being the kennel. When they arrived home they spent a good thirty minutes playing catch the ball.

“Mo~Jo you wear me out come on let's go inside.” commented Dora.

She saw the nameplate she had been working on and it turned out pretty readable and that made her quite happy. The name on the plate said: DR CRAINE MD

“Oh my goodness he spells his name the same as I do. I wonder if we are related?” she mumbled out loud.

Mo~Jo came over and cocked his head looking at her with a curious look then put his paw on her knee. You little stinker she called to him. She went over to the satchel and carefully tried to open the lock but it was stuck pretty tight. Who knows how long it had been in the desert. She decided to put a bit of WD-40 on the latch only and let it sit for a while.

She then went to her computer and started a search on

Dr Craine MD. No luck but there is lots of time.

Dora heard a rattling of her back screen door and it was the neighbors cat, Be-Be. She let the cat in and she went over to Mo~Jo's water dish for a sip. Mo~Jo came over to see his friend and they sniffed each other then all of a sudden they started racing all over the kitchen. Dora came back into the kitchen and said sharply: “OK you two energy ball outside right now!”

She held the screen door open and out went Be-Be as fast as she could with Mo~Jo soon behind right after he knocked over the satchel and a few of the contents spilled out onto the floor. A long envelope was showing.

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Treasures in the Desert part two

Dora looked around for a sharp stick to dig around the old brown leather satchel bag but only found rocks.

Searching she found a long thin pointed rock and carefully dig the caked desert sand around the bag. It took a while to loosen the crust then digging was easier because the sand was loose. Finally after about fifteen minutes it was loosened. Not wanting to pull on the handle less it would break she lifted the bag by the corners then finally rocked it out of the hole in the ground. It was pretty shabby looking but the leather looked secured from the weather. She tried lifting the bag with the handle.

“My oh my this is pretty heavy, probably about forty or fifty pounds but I'm strong and can carry it back to camp.” Dora said out loud. Off she trudged toward camp. No one was around so she placed the bag into the back of her car well under her folded down seats thinking she'd look at it later that night. Sitting down at the cold camp fire she picked up the old gray coffee pot and poured a cup of cold coffee. There was no food around as it was hanging up in a tree and she just did not have the energy to get up and hoist it down so she settled for another cup of cold thick coffee. Soon she heard the others coming back down the trail.

“ We have to ring the bell and get Dora here quick so we can pack up and get Roy to the hospital quick.” called Herman to the others.

Dora went to her car and honked three times to signal she already was in camp.

“Good to see you Dora, help us pack up we need to get Roy to a hospital quickly. He fell on a tree snag and has to get his upper leg tended too soon.” said Herman.

Everyone packed the gear and tents away in their rigs and someone climbed up to retrieve the food. Since Dora's back seats of her car were folded down the friends set up a place for Roy to lie down on his good leg with makeshift pillows all around him. His wife and brother both wedged in each side of Roy to keep him from rolling around.

Roy's wife told Dora to drive with caution but as quickly as she could down to the edge of the pavement where an ambulance was waiting to transport Roy to the hospital. All went well with the transfer and later on Dora found out Roy was stable and doing well. Exhausted she took a long shower then went out to the kitchen and made herself a grilled cheese sandwich and a small salad. After dinner the dishes were done and she fell asleep in a favorite chair watching a TV show about finding treasure.

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Dora looked around for a sharp stick to dig around the old brown leather satchel bag but only found rocks.

Searching she found a long thin pointed rock and carefully dig the caked desert sand around the bag. It took a while to loosen the crust then digging was easier because the sand was loose. Finally after about fifteen minutes it was loosened. Not wanting to pull on the handle less it would break she lifted the bag by the corners then finally rocked it out of the hole in the ground. It was pretty shabby looking but the leather looked secured from the weather. She tried lifting the bag with the handle.

“My oh my this is pretty heavy, probably about forty or fifty pounds but I'm strong and can carry it back to camp.” Dora said out loud. Off she trudged toward camp. No one was around so she placed the bag into the back of her car well under her folded down seats thinking she'd look at it later that night. Sitting down at the cold camp fire she picked up the old gray coffee pot and poured a cup of cold coffee. There was no food around as it was hanging up in a tree and she just did not have the energy to get up and hoist it down so she settled for another cup of cold thick coffee. Soon she heard the others coming back down the trail.

“ We have to ring the bell and get Dora here quick so we can pack up and get Roy to the hospital quick.” called Herman to the others.

Dora went to her car and honked three times to signal she already was in camp.

“Good to see you Dora, help us pack up we need to get Roy to a hospital quickly. He fell on a tree snag and has to get his upper leg tended too soon.” said Herman.

Everyone packed the gear and tents away in their rigs and someone climbed up to retrieve the food. Since Dora's back seats of her car were folded down the friends set up a place for Roy to lie down on his good leg with makeshift pillows all around him. His wife and brother both wedged in each side of Roy to keep him from rolling around.

Roy's wife told Dora to drive with caution but as quickly as she could down to the edge of the pavement where an ambulance was waiting to transport Roy to the hospital. All went well with the transfer and later on Dora found out Roy was stable and doing well. Exhausted she took a long shower then went out to the kitchen and made herself a grilled cheese sandwich and a small salad. After dinner the dishes were done and she fell asleep in a favorite chair watching a TV show about finding treasure.

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Treasures in the Desert part one

Dora and friends were camping in the Arizona desert for a few days. All were aware the desert was beautiful as well as harsh. All were well learned in how to treat the desert with respect.

Rambling out in the desert with her camera, looking for something unique to capture, Dora looked up at the powder blue sky seeing red tailed hawks circling overhead in search for desert rodents she takes in the stark beauty of the desert. A beautiful place, especially in Spring with new birth of the brilliant wildflowers of the desert. All shades of golden yellows, various blues and outspoken outrageous reds. A Spring desert will mesmerize you into wandering too far unless you have landmarks or compass to guide you back to camp before darkness and the larger animals such as jaguar, coyote and javelina that one would not wish to meet face to face in darkness or even full moon lite. Dora heard a slight noise carefully looking around, without moving, seeing that it was not a rattlesnake she became a bit relaxed when she saw a curious jackrabbit behind sparse branches of a desert tree curiously looking at her. Moving her camera slowly up toward her eyes with a steady hand she snapped four photos. The rabbit sat as though it was posing for her. The light behind the rabbit revealed the veins in it's large ears. Dora felt as though there were another pair of eyes watching so she turned slightly and saw another jackrabbit, this one even larger quickly dashing off. Her 'posing” rabbit followed her mate leaving Dora laughing alone in the desert.

Dora continued back towards camp traipsing carefully in the desert

while looking for picture treasures to capture with her camera. She did see a Devils Claw plant in bloom with it's tubular pink and white blossoms hidden under the large dark green leaves.

Looking up she saw birds making noises in a tree and as she walked closer to the tree she tripped over a rock that seemed to grab or hold onto her boot. Seeing that her camera was not damaged she looked down at her boot. She was not hurt and no tree or hole in the ground had hold of her boot. It looked like a handle of an old brown leather satchel bag had grabbed her attention.

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Dora and friends were camping in the Arizona desert for a few days. All were aware the desert was beautiful as well as harsh. All were well learned in how to treat the desert with respect.

Rambling out in the desert with her camera, looking for something unique to capture, Dora looked up at the powder blue sky seeing red tailed hawks circling overhead in search for desert rodents she takes in the stark beauty of the desert. A beautiful place, especially in Spring with new birth of the brilliant wildflowers of the desert. All shades of golden yellows, various blues and outspoken outrageous reds. A Spring desert will mesmerize you into wandering too far unless you have landmarks or compass to guide you back to camp before darkness and the larger animals such as jaguar, coyote and javelina that one would not wish to meet face to face in darkness or even full moon lite. Dora heard a slight noise carefully looking around, without moving, seeing that it was not a rattlesnake she became a bit relaxed when she saw a curious jackrabbit behind sparse branches of a desert tree curiously looking at her. Moving her camera slowly up toward her eyes with a steady hand she snapped four photos. The rabbit sat as though it was posing for her. The light behind the rabbit revealed the veins in it's large ears. Dora felt as though there were another pair of eyes watching so she turned slightly and saw another jackrabbit, this one even larger quickly dashing off. Her 'posing” rabbit followed her mate leaving Dora laughing alone in the desert.

Dora continued back towards camp traipsing carefully in the desert

while looking for picture treasures to capture with her camera. She did see a Devils Claw plant in bloom with it's tubular pink and white blossoms hidden under the large dark green leaves.

Looking up she saw birds making noises in a tree and as she walked closer to the tree she tripped over a rock that seemed to grab or hold onto her boot. Seeing that her camera was not damaged she looked down at her boot. She was not hurt and no tree or hole in the ground had hold of her boot. It looked like a handle of an old brown leather satchel bag had grabbed her attention.

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WE R US

Our Love

started late

with learning

of each other's

Both our needs

caring

sharing

caution

Admiration

respect

and soon

much Love

Forever

Our love finally

became we plus us

WE R US

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WE R US

Our Love
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of each other's

Both our needs
caring
sharing
caution

Admiration
respect
and soon
much Love

Forever
Our love finally
became we plus us
WE R US

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