Ileen Sanchez Digital Journal


Stinging Dust and Forgotten Lives

February 12, 2016

Vast lands were available…Crops were planted and harvested. The economy was strong as money poured into the hands of the producers. Then, the economy crashed. The rains stopped and the people felt the stinging dust. In the aftermath, thousands were left to struggle. Lest we forget the warning from forgotten lives.

As the dust settled across the Plains, inhabitants began to assess the damage. For as far as the eye could see, it was a scene from science fiction. Desolate and silent. Colorless and gritty. Questions of the future would be on the minds of nature’s victims. Or were they humanity’s victims? The Dust Bowl of the 1930s was an extraordinary period in environmental and human history. It was a benchmark between human complacency and changes that would protect the landscape from further degradation.

Of Mice and Men Chapter 3 - The fight scene

February 15, 2016

Curly was asking around if anyone had seen his wife. Moments later, Slim came in, followed by Curley and Carlson and Whit. Slims hands were black with tar and he was scowling. Curley hung close to his elbow. Curley tells Slim that he didn't mean anything when he asked him if he had seen his wife. Slim tells Curley that he's tired of him asking for his wife all the time and that it's not his fault he can't take care her. Eventually, Carlson and Candy joined the discussion and Curley starts telling them things. Unfortunately, Lennie was still smiling with delight at the memory of the ranch. Curley exploded thinking Lennie was laughing at him and he slashed at Lennie with his left, and then smashed down his nose with a right. Lennie's hands remained at his sides; he was too frightened to defend himself. All he did was cover his face with huge paws and bleated with terror. Slim jumped in but George stopped him and told Lennie to get Curley. So when Curley's fist was swinging Lennie reached for it. The next minute Curley was flopping like a fish on a line, and his closed fist was lost in Lennie's big hand. By now George was telling Lennie to stop. Since that didn't work George was slapping Lennie's face over and over again until suddenly Lennie let go of Curley's hand. By now Slim helped Curley up and Carlson took him to the doctor.