You hold in your hands the 27th monthly issue of Roaring Fork Lifestyle. It’s the last one I will edit.
So far, this publication has had but one editor, yours truly. But next month, I will be moving on, and Caitlin Causey will be moving in. Caitlin’s name should be familiar; she has been writing for this publication virtually since issue one. Because we have collaborated on this issue, I know that I will be leaving “my baby” in good hands.
Three years ago, I worked in Aspen. That entailed an hour-long RFTA bus ride each way. I remember watching the red cliffs fly by, and thinking, “I wish I could spend these lost hours getting to know folks in the mid-valley—neighbors and friends I have yet to meet.” But by the time I got home, I was too tired to meet and greet.
When I became this magazine’s founding editor in November 2014, I had no idea how well that wish would be granted. Over the last two years, writing for this publication has been better than Garrison Keillor’s Powdermilk Biscuits when it comes to giving this shy person “the strength to get up and do what needs to be done.” I have met and befriended so many folks!
Take, for example, the night my husband and I went to the Redstone Inn for New Year’s Eve dinner. Our waitress kept gazing at me in a wondering way, trying to figure out why my face looked familiar. By the time she brought the main course, curiosity got the better of her. She broke the ice by asking my name. “Oh!” she exclaimed, “I love your magazine. I always look forward to your editor’s letter!”
Funny. My editor’s letters always net more mail than any of the many, many articles I have written.
I have reached an age in life when I need to spend time with my husband (how much time have we got together?), and a stage in life when I can do some things I have always wanted to do. (If not now, when? How long have I got?) Thus, I’m devoting my attention to painting (see the Colori Gallery story in this issue). And because I enjoy the rare treat of writing in the first person—and hearing readers’ comments—I have become a columnist in Carbondale’s Sopris Sun newspaper.
I will continue to contribute monthly articles, written in the third person, to this publication. And on occasion, maybe Caitlin will also let me write a first-person Parting Thoughts column for this magazine’s last page—even though Roaring Fork Lifestyle and I won’t really be parting.