Down 25 Points in the 3rd Quarter—Time to Move & Shake!

A "Mover & Shaker" is usually the owner or manager of a company or organization, the person who plans and orchestrates its direction and growth. This person must be a leader who can keep a calm hand on the controls. I watched one of the calmest performances of leadership under pressure that I have ever seen on Super Bowl Sunday…

Small Businesses – the Stars in Our Local Economy

The theme of this issue is “home grown”. That term makes many people automatically think of our locally grown produce; the valley is full of many quality growers. When I think of “home grown”, I look at a bigger picture. Wherever you’re standing, look down the road. Just glance at the businesses to the right or left. Most of what…

Meet the Charles Barkley 
of Indoor Golf

Although I live in the heart of Ski Country USA, I have never been shy about saying that I’m not a cold-weather enthusiast. During my younger days, I did enjoy snowmobiling in Minnesota, which necessarily means frigid temperature and howling winds. But now that there’s a bit of snow on my roof (see portrait photo) I have been working out…

A Month to Celebrate

December brings us a whole host of things to celebrate. My top three? Five wonderful grandkids, drinking hot chocolate and giving gifts. They all bring a smile to my lips, and December brings with it opportunities to indulge in all three.

The Adventure of a Lifetime

As we sit through this horrible political season, endless commercials, ravings of hatred and division, I’m proposing something that may seem overwhelming at first, but with rewards that are never ending. Years ago, I found a poem that has always resonated with me. This was written in 1934 by Peter Dale Wimbrow, Jr. You might like it too.

Symphony of the Rocky Mountains

The valley is rocking with every style of music you can imagine from classical, blues, rock and roll from the 50’s to the latest—Glitch Soulazz. Vocal artists coo, croon and belt out their melodies for all to enjoy. There is another type of symphony that only a small percentage of us get to enjoy—the Symphony of the Rocky Mountains during…

Man’s Most Loyal Friend

I have had two incredibly faithful dogs: Parker, a huge 100-pound golden retriever, and Buster, a 110-pound yellow lab. Parker was with me for 12 years, Buster for 10 years. In time, they both fell ill and had to take the horrible one-way trip. Sad as that thought is, the memories are wonderful. As I write this, I’m smiling. When…

Under the Eyes of the Parent Network

As I was running flat on ideas for this letter, my editor was kind enough to share her letter with me for inspiration. Reading it, I was rewarded with thoughts of growing up in an area where “it does take a village to raise a child.”

The Art of Loafing

I’m sitting at my patio table with my cup of coffee early Saturday morning, trying to get focused on my publisher’s letter. My editor’s threats echo distantly—she wants me to write something about the arts. But my mind is buzzing around like the hummingbird that’s hovering three feet away, staring at me as my wife works her magic with flowers…

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

I'm breaking away from my traditional publisher’s letter to tell a story, and to ask readers to help us to lend a helping hand to some neighbors. A tragic event happened the other day in Glenwood Springs. It kept me thinking well after I went to bed, and it’s still on my mind.

Of Gardening, Greens and Golf

With May, it’s finally spring. So it may—or may not—be time for summer projects to begin. I have already picked up the broken branches, raked up left-over leaves and removed dead grass from the lawn. I have rearranged the garage, cleaned our stored lawn furniture and taken down the deer fencing from around our shrubs. I even fertilized the lawn!…

Nothing Great Comes Easy

So you have this great idea! You have given it a lot of thought. Your friends and family like it, so it must be a great idea. You have talked to a few local businesses about supporting your idea, and you have gotten positive feedback. You are set to revolutionize the world, make your first million. Now you take the…

The Back Door Exit of Winter

It's mid-February as I write this, and I'm counting the days until warmer temperatures arrive. But back in October, I was one of the people who were looking forward to that first big snow. Anticipation even from me, a non-skier! Yes, I’m one of the few who don’t tune skis and check bindings three times in anticipation of the first…

“If It Weren’t for the Last Minute, Nothing Would Get Done.”

My editor has just emailed me another reminder that this letter is due today. (If you’re reading my letter, then I must have lived up to the Rita Mae Brown quote in the headline and got it done at the last minute.) Procrastination is something that I really have to work on. Soon. I seem to be plagued with procrastination…

Your Success Is My Success

“I spend a lot of money marketing in several different media and it works. The problem is, I don’t know which programs work and which waste my time and money.” I hear that a lot. It’s a problem all business people face, and it’s tempting to just opt for online marketing because it’s so measurable. You just count the clicks,…

Happy Birthday Roaring Fork Lifestyle

Wow, time has flown by this year! This December issue celebrates our first birthday – 12 monthly issues printed and mailed to the residents of the valley. Roaring Fork Lifestyle would like to say "thank you" to our marketing partners and to local residents for the wonderful support and encouragement we have received. We have grown in both size and…

Backcountry in the Fall

We all have our reasons to hike the Colorado Mountains in the fall. Most of us are called by the beauty of the fall colors, others for the exhilaration of a chilly fall hiking trail and still others the thrill of hunting big game.

“Where Can I Get a Copy of the Roaring Fork Magazine?

I am happy to say that we have extended our monthly direct mail list to 11,000 homes and businesses in the Roaring Fork Valley. We reach 90 percent of single-family homeowners here each month with a fresh issue of Roaring Fork Lifestyle.

Growing Up in a Small Town

My sister and I lived for five wonderful years on my grandparents' farm. My first school experience was a one-room rural school house complete with a bell that hung outside the front door. The teacher would ring that bell when recess was over. I had 14 classmates, kindergarten though fourth grade.

August 2015 Publisher’s Letter

Each morning, I head to the west-facing window in my home to see what the weather holds. Today appears to be a great day. As I look over the Roaring Fork River, I see that all the incredible snow pack we piled up in the last six weeks of winter – most of it right after the ski resorts closed…

June 2015 Publisher’s Letter

After having a serious auto repair problem that turned out not to be so serious after all, this seems like a great time to give our business community in the Valley a little shout-out.