IMGP1967 Living in Telluride is about adventure. Readers of Telluride Inside... and Out know that Ben Clark and friends, including Erik and Chris Dalton, are in Nepal. David Byars will be corresponding from Ghana. Susan and I are currently on the island of Crete. There are plenty of adventures available in our backyard in Telluride, but Telluriders seem to be a wandering clan.

One of the reasons Susan and I travel is for the opportunity to meet new friends. Our first morning in Heraklion, Crete, we met 27-month-old Odysseas Pavlides, and through him his parents, Dr. Lefteris Pavlides and his wife Stephanie, both architects in Rhode Island.

[click "Play" to hear Charlotte Jorgensen's conversation with Susan]



1__#$!@%!#__unknown October 7 marks the Telluride Council for the Arts & Humanities' final First Thursday Art Walk of the 2010 season. The popular day-long event is a chance for Telluride to flaunt its robust fine art scene. It is also a meet-and-greet for locals and guests: galleries, stores and studios stay open late until 8 p.m.

(The free Art Walk brochure is available at participating venues, hotels, and coffee shops and includes a self-guided map. Or go to

[click "Play", Meredith Nemirov speaks with Susan]



Nemirovposter2010 Meredith Nemirov is a familiar name in the Telluride region. But the artist is also on the national radar. Nemirov has shown her work at the Brooklyn Museum, Yeshiva University Museum, The American Museum of Immigration and more. There have been more recent shows in Denver, both at the airport and at the Red Line Gallery.

In 2008, Meredith Nemirov was awarded a residency at the world-famous Anderson Ranch outside Aspen. In April 2010, a grant enabled her to spend a month as Artist in Residence at the prestigious Vermont Studio Center, a kind of think tank for artists of all persuasions, including painters, sculptors, print-makers, and photographers, 50 in all, who live in this artistic community and work in private studios. While in Vermont, without the pressure of having to produce yet another major one-person show, Nemirov created the very mixed body of work that will be on display Thursday, October 7, at the Stronghouse Studios, 283 South Fir, for the October Art Walk.

IMG_7909 Telluride Inside... and Out immediately called Shlomi Eldar's "Precious Life" one of the most powerful films we saw at the Telluride Film Festival last month.

"Precious Life" is a documentary about a Palestinian family trying to save the life of their infant son in an Israeli hospital. Susan had only a few moments to chat with Shlomi after the screening, as he was being rushed off to another event. Shlomi promised to take some time after the dust settled (he was headed for the Toronto Film Festival immediately after Telluride) to do an interview with Telluride Inside... and Out. This article, conducted by email, is the result of that conversation.

S_1 Susan Viebrock: At any point in your life did you imagine yourself directing a major documentary?

Shlomi Eldar: I started this project only because I couldn't get into Gaza Strip after Gilad Shalit has been kidnapped and after the blocked of Gaza by Israel. I had to find new stories so when I have got the e-mail from Dr. Raz Somech I said to myself "let's try and make a piece about it, it might be interesting." Only when one single person donated the whole amount of money I found myself following the process and the journey of saving Muhammad. Something inside me told me that it can become a film. In short I didn’t think or mean to make a major documentary and I didn’t realized that I could take 3 years working on that film.

 This week's video from Ted Hoff of Cottonwood Ranch and Kennel gives us a view of some of the criteria we should use in selecting a dog. You are thinking about getting a puppy. Have you thought about...

by Lauren Metzger
Ah Haa School for the Arts

Massage  Pardon the pun but I could not resist. Yes. The 500 Hour Massage Therapy Certification program is back at the Ah Haa School for the Arts this fall. The Connecting Point School of Massage will be starting this unsurpassed hands-on experience October 18th and it will run through April 6th. What a great way to spend your winter!

Comprised of Swedish and advanced massage techniques, anatomy and physiology, business and ethics, the program offers a variety of healing modalities, such as Reiki, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Spa Therapies. The objective of this 500-Hour Massage Therapy Certificate Program is to teach students how to become dynamic, effective and successful massage therapists. Which all of us massage lovers will thank you for. Listen to Susan Viebrock's interview with the Connecting Point's Caycee Ames for more details on this program, which is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork for entrance to the national exam for massage certification.

 Ted Hoff of Cottonwood Ranch and Kennel talks about proper conditioning of your dog, especially important at this time of year if you are working with your dog as a hunting partner. Toughening feet, proper hydration, monitoring body...