Moving In, Moving On—
My Parting Thoughts

This is not a letter from this magazine’s editor, just a note from her stand-in. This month, I left my artist’s studio to come back for an editorial encore performance. The reason? This magazine’s real editor, Caitlin Causey, has been attending to a more important assignment—the birth of her first child.

Mae came into this world on July 25, and both mother and daughter are doing fine.

Thus, it seems appropriate that this back-to-school issue of Roaring Fork Lifestyle focuses on young people, schools, and learning. Trina Ortega explores how Jazz Aspen Snowmass has opened possibilities for musical kids throughout the valley. Carolyn Watt-Williams, a local college counselor, shares her experience in helping to pick out Rune the Mustang for Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s horse program. Frequent contributor Genevieve Villamizar takes readers behind the scenes at SoL Children’s Theatre, digs into the edible gardens at Ross Montessori School, and shares a deeply evocative “Parting Thoughts” essay on the fierce and unquestioning response that a parent feels when her child is placed in sudden danger.

Caitlin Causey shares the views of six young poets who attend Glenwood Springs Middle School; they were in teacher Paige Hahn’s sixth-grade language arts class at the time of the article. Last year, Genevieve Villamizar and I had the privilege of visiting Hahn’s class, meeting her students, and talking to students about writing. Judging from the sophisticated questions Hahn’s students asked, I’m not surprised to learn that at least one of them, Brady Johnson, is aspiring to a writing career, nor am I surprised to learn that he’s pondering the meaning of life. As Johnson writes:

If you know the meaning then you will be,
A sun, a star, a person of wonder,
The one and only key
To help the world stay and not
Just think, that could be me.

Yes, any one of these kids could be the key to unlocking better tomorrows, and collectively, I think today’s kids are going to be alright.


Caitlin Causey will be back as editor for October’s magazine. For me, it’s back to the drawing board and my painting easel. I have works to finish for a scheduled show at the Basalt Library in November.