by Ricardo Small
Jim started spending winters in Southern Arizona about 15 years ago. He’s been a full time resident for two years. He happened upon the Refuge during a November Festival years ago and hiked on the Refuge ever since. He’s volunteered for a couple years.
Jim said, “BANWR is a wonderful place filled with quiet, beauty, solitude and nothingness. A delight to hike and volunteer in, BANWR rewards the person with joy and tranquility. It is sublime.”
Jim volunteers other places, too, because he likes to contribute to our cultures, our surroundings and our communities, building a happiness for all participants.
Jim thinks places like BANWR should never be lost. He said, “Charles Bowden stated it perfectly in The Importance of Being Nowhere. It defines why I love the BANWR.”
I didn’t remember reading that Bowden essay, so I searched online. Here it is at this link: www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/the-importance-of-being-nowhere/Content?oid=1070669. The Tucson Weekly republished this wonderful essay back in August 2002. Bowden wrote, “God, in his infinite wisdom, has created places like Sedona and Santa Fe as sacrifice areas. Out here in nowhere, we are lucky. Nothing happens. Progress seems nil. We have a future.”
Jim is a wise man to define why he loves BANWR with Bowden’s essay. Jim is a great asset to our Refuge. Thank you, Jim.