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Friday Photos: Working From Home Edition

Heidi Kyser, senior writer and producer: The feather in the pen bucket is from a backpacking trip on the Toiyabe Crest Trail. The yellow flowers are from the cassia bush in our front yard. Below that, there's a snowglobe featuring a vignette from the 1947 alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, NM, where I was raised. I originally picked out the desk and chair from antique shops for my husband's flower shop. When he redecorated, I brought them home for myself.


Andrew Kiraly, editor: On the left is my to-do journal; next to that are my prized Pelikan fountain pen and equally prized fidget spinners. Above that is my MFA degree from UNLV (go Rebels!). The lamp on the right is from an antique store in Boulder City, and the '60s green abstract painting is from the Charleston Antique Mall. My desk is a beast; it's 8 x 3.5 feet, and was custom-made by a local woodworker Jeffrey Roybal. We had to bring it in through the window in two pieces!

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Brent Holmes, graphic designer: My standing desk at the Nevada Public Radio offices. It's got my various photo gear and file-processing stuff.


Scott Dickensheets, deputy editor: I need a certain amount of (hopefully!) creative eccentricity in my work life, which explains Edward Zombie Hands and the two weird balloon dogs fighting over the bourbon-scented hand sanitizer. It probably doesn't explain the muskrat skull, which reminds me of my mortality, or the 2018 New Yorker cartoon desk calendar, which doesn't. The strip of photos are of my wife and first son. The desk is an antique library table from my grandma. The cat was the late Pandora, a first-ballot hall-of-famer. 


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Christopher Smith, art director: On the right is my moose mug, my go-to feel-good mug for coffee on the morning. Not sure why, maybe because it’s a moose and reminds me of Canada, which recalls simpler times in my life. I forget the origins of my tree-branch lamp, but I've grown fond of its organic structural composition and artificial light. The issue sketchbook/notebook is where all of the design ideas are kept for the issue. Mounted to the wall is my TV. When the call to the couch to binge-watch comes, I can resist its attraction and have a show play in the background while focusing on the tasks at hand. 


Scott Lien, senior designer: Here’s my home office … ukulele for musical interludes, notebooks, shot-up propane canister found in the desert that's now a lantern, various depictions of Joshua trees, an old Hopi kachina carving, and a painting by Joel Nakamura. The desk is a Spanish Colonial-style dining table repurposed as a desk.



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As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.