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Where there's a will, there will be a way. I found proof. - Veronica Roth
I’m smitten with this harsh and hot land. Completely in love. Where some people see failure, death and destruction, I see life. I see it in the little trickles of water, in the Shoshan people, in the creosote, mesquite, the ephemeral spring flowers, the animals and the cacti… …and in those who saw what I see. This is the Amargosa Opera House. It’s the home of the late Marta Becket. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places. You can go read all about it, but in a nutshell, in 1967, Marta, who was a New York Ballerina, got a flat tire, had it fixed in a gas station right across the street, saw, what was then the remains of a row of shops and a dance hall for the old Borax mining company, rented it… …and stayed. She painted the walls, ceiling and stage of the little dance hall, and danced and danced for the next 40 years there. At first she had an audience of maybe 6 people, but eventually, this little opera house and Marta danced their way into history. But I think that the most important this is that Marta did what she wanted …