John A. Duerk

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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

I abruptly moved to Houston, Texas in late 2013 after accepting a teaching position that required me to start in January.  Unfortunately, I hadn’t done much research on the rental market (lesson learned) and took the first unit that I could find.  Total mistake.  I moved into a complex of drug dealers, a creepy drug user next door who lived with his mother, a prostitute, angry children who ran around the parking… Read More