Desert retirement with Revivals Stores
Meet Larry Boyle and Terry DeBhur.
Boyle and DeBuhr moved go the Coachella Valley from Chicago two years ago. They arrived July 5, 2019, with two dogs and hope for an active and enjoyable retirement. As volunteers at Revivals, they have found that.
DeBhur grew up in Derry, Northern Ireland, during the Troubles, but always knew there was a larger world to explore. Boyle grew up in a small rural town in Iowa, and he left at the first opportunity for graduate school in Claremont in 1971. Terry and Larry met in London nearly 25 years ago and were married in 2014. After retiring from their academic life at Loyola University Chicago, they packed up and left for the desert.
While still living in Chicago, the men frequently visited the Coachella Valley and enjoyed shopping at Revivals. After a year of settling in to desert life — which was interrupted by a pandemic — they began to volunteer as cashiers at the Cathedral City Revivals store. They enjoy working with Revivals staff and volunteers, talking to customers, and doing some shopping themselves.
In addition to the volunteer work at Revivals, Boyle and DeBhur enjoy leading hikes on desert mountain trails. DeBhur is an avid creative writer and enjoys putting his reflections into poetry. Boyle enjoys wildflower hunting and photography.