How lucky are we to live, work and play here?

This past Presidents’ Day weekend gave many of us a much welcomed opportunity to catch up on work and play. I got to wear many hats, as usual, but each one was comfortable and warm.

Our Telluride-based New Community Coalition work continues apace with community responses to the Slow Money/Transition Colorado presentations still going strong.

A small group is meeting in Telluride to form a Slow Money Investment Club. Let me know if you’re interested. And Transition Ouray has become the 114th Transition Initiative in the United States! For more information about that initiating group contact Paula James in Ridgway at and to find out more about Transition Towns in general check out and The next local gathering is this Friday the 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.

As part of SWIRL, the Southwest Institute for Resilience, along with Executive Director Daniel Aragon and Patti Low, we sent out revised Rules and Regulations for the 2012 Telluride Farmers’ Market. As we speak, producers are gearing up even as the snow continues to fall – yes! – planning and planting in order to bring the highest quality, organic produce and locally raised meats, as well as fantastic artisan offerings to the region starting June 8th. That may seem a ways down the road from here and now, but summer is just around the corner.

Last Saturday,  I got to travel to a new friend’s place. It’s not far from here and has such amazing potential. Thinking about designing permaculture systems is one of my pleasures in life. Add hanging out with new friends and being able to introduce them to Orvis. At the risk of redundancy: Life is grand.

Last but not least, the play part. It is mighty fine to be able to slap on the cross country skis and head out across my mesa neighborhood on a beautiful day. We had been blessed with six inches of fresh, fluffy powder snow, on top of recent accumulations. The sun was bright and the dog, as always, eager. If you know Hastings Mesa at all, you know that the road across is not plowed in the winter. This makes for an awesome ski opportunity. It was quiet. It was first tracks. It was insanely beautiful. And it was followed with a wonderful massage in our plant and art-filled greenhouse! Combine all this beauty, the resident elk herd, the soaring red-tails and eagles, with the exciting drive to the highway that leads to our amazing community.

Tell me why would anyone live anywhere else.

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