Sunday's column was about the date business in Palm Springs. Dates are difficult little devils to grow and need constant attention. It's hard to understand why Mr. and Mrs. Shields left their Iowa home in 1924 to come all the way out here to grow them.
But the Shields' prospered and became successful. People will travel miles to sample one of their "date shakes," I didn't on my visit, although at 10:00 a.m. there were lots of people milling around in the gardens and outdoor cafe, where breakfast was being served under the spreading palm trees.
Palm Springs is at its best at this time of the year and for people up above the snow line it's only two hours away; not a long drive for a 50 degree improvement in temperature.
Of course in the summer it's the other way around to get away from the scorching heat that is the desert. But for now, enjoy the wonderful climate change and perhaps a box of dates from Shields visitor center.