John A. Duerk

Monthly Archives: April 2020

In December of 2000, I moved to Rockford, Illinois and for the next five and half years I thought about leaving.  Almost daily.  Eventually, I did, but not before I had a handful of experiences that affected me in different ways.  Here I briefly share some of them.  While I appreciate the lessons and friendships, I won’t ever miss living there.  Moreover, I don’t understand how people (who have a choice) resign… Read More

My plan to hike more has turned into a monthly routine with four consecutive visits to Prison Hill Recreation Area, which is several miles from our cottage.  It’s the perfect place to go as you wait for the snow to melt that’s higher up in the Sierras.  Last Saturday, I set a new personal record of 11.4 miles in 6 hours.  That included multiple stops to look for rattlesnakes (unfortunately, I didn’t… Read More

Eight years ago when I accepted a teaching position in western Arizona, little did I know just how much I would fall in love with the Mohave Desert.  Hands down, it’s the most captivating place that I have ever lived or visited.  One evening in early November I drove home from work under the most amazing sky that I have ever seen.  After I pulled my car into the garage, I witnessed… Read More