#FF — Oasis


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Oasis

Each morning she slathered on a pharmaceutical witches brew and stepped into The Salton Sea.

Most Bombay Beach RV dwellers scuttled to their metal pods in the heat. Attenuated to the stench and light as lithium, she floated with the gulls, cushioned by tilapia springs. She could see Salvation Mountain when she prayed.

Pink, orange, and yellow sunsets joined her every evening. It was then she said her goodnights to the Sea. Taking a few steps to the freshwater pool, she rinsed off. Sipping from the brandy passed around the fire with her neighbors ended another blissful day.

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My story today is based on a real place, The Salton Sea in California. I first became aware of it in 2004, when I saw, “Plagues and Pleasures on The Salton Sea” at a local film festival. My caring for the Sea has continued since then.

I wrote about this back in 2017 here.

Read more about the movie here.
Read more about The Salton Sea here.

 

 

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the inspiring host of Friday Fictioneers.

41 Comments Add yours

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Sounds heavenly. If only we looked after our planet a bit better.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I am removing the Salton Sea from my bucket list. It is a shame what happened here. California has a big water problem.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      That place is a mess and it’s going to cost a fortune to clean it up. They can’t afford not to.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Gina says:

    magical words, a dream like read – your lines singe the brain – great writing Lisa!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Gina, thank you and am glad you like the story 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. neilmacdon says:

    She seems to have got the hang of living in both worlds

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  5. Sadje says:

    Great story telling Li.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😇

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  6. badfinger20 says:

    I’ve seen a show on that place before..terrible.

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  7. Sandra says:

    “light as lithium” was just the right phrase for this piece. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sandra thank you very much!

      Like

  8. Dear Lisa,

    Pharmaceutical witches brew set the tone for the rest of the story. I went back and reread it after watching both videos. Horrifying and fascinating that these people stay there. Well written story and well placed information.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you for your thoughtful comment. Glad you thought the story was well written.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

      Like

  9. memadtwo says:

    There is no end to it, everywhere…(k)

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  10. draliman says:

    AT least she’s making the best of it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, she is. Happiness is where you find it.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. pennygadd51 says:

    You’ve left me with an image that is a mixture of the beautiful and the damaged. I guess you’ve captured our daily lives rather neatly!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I like the way you looked at my story, Penny. Thank you for your comment 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  12. GHLearner says:

    This is so sad. A great story though.

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  13. plaridel says:

    oh my, she must be high on something. i say that in a good way. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      High on Life, you’re right, Plaridel 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Making the best of a bad lot. Thank goodness for neighbours and brandy! An interesting take on the prompt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Keith 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  15. James McEwan says:

    sounds like a great place, well described.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      James, thank you.

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  16. Dale says:

    Wow… both your story and the videos. Makes one wonder why people choose to stay there.

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  17. I had not heard about that place…. but there are so many places we have destroyed so I am not surprised.

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  18. Laurie Bell says:

    Wow, cool story !

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  19. Thanks for the videos, perfect companions to your story. Left me with a sense of the fragility of natural beauty. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks and you’re welcome.

      Like

  20. Mike says:

    Fascinating story which took me on a journey of discovery. That I enjoyed. I hope they do build a pipeline

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Mike. A couple of ideas I had: 1) put a desalinization plant on its shore; 2) net and compost the tilapia and sell it as fertilizer (I think composting kills harmful bacteria.)

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  21. Nobbinmaug says:

    I’m from California and I’ve never heard of the Salton Sea. Of course, I’m from Northern California. Your story makes it seem much more pleasant than the videos. After watching the videos, little things in your story seem much more ominous under the happy tone. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Nobbin.

      Liked by 1 person

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