Growing Up with 
Free-Range Childhood

For several reasons, I have never had children of my own. Sometimes, that omission leaves a hole in my heart. But as longtime readers of this publication know, I was fortunate that my young neighbor Sam Stableford adopted me as his "Carbondale grandma" almost as soon as I moved into my house.

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 Wild West Lives on at the Rodeo

Held every Thursday from June until late August, rain or shine, the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is run by a not-for-profit, volunteer organization committed to keeping the Roaring Fork Valley’s western heritage alive. Here's the proof that our Western heritage is strong, gathered from recent rodeos. Photos by George Hendrix.

YouthEntity Goes Whole Hog at Fundraiser

YouthEntity, a nonprofit that served more 2,000 youth during the last academic year, hosted its annual pig roast in June. The benefit featured suckling pig from Tender Belly in Denver along with Chilean sea bass, prime rib, corn and blueberry salad, baked mac-n-cheese and watermelon salad. Photos by Draper White.

Around Town

In late June, Colorado Creative Industries and the Boettcher Foundation announced Carbondale's certification as a new Creative District, along with five other new districts in Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Fort Collins, Mancos and the Golden Triangle in Denver. Governor John Hickenlooper commented, "These 2016 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit…

Andrea Kemp: Extraordinary Moments in Ordinary Life

Painter Andrea Kemp, whose “Cowboy Coffee” painting graces the cover of this magazine, says that her work “strikes a balance between visual depiction of the world I live in and what seems unique about it to me.” Kemp’s subjects—a boy transfixed by fireflies, a bicycle mechanic fighting the wind, a still life of white roses on a tiled table, a…

Walking the Labyrinth in No Name

I walked my first labyrinth with a girlfriend about five years ago. That particular labyrinth was created on a private lot in a quiet neighborhood in Carbondale. Access to it is word-of-mouth; if you need to know, it will find you, welcoming all spirits that feel its pull.

Clinic Gardens: A Locally-Grown Rx for Health

Conservationist and essayist Wendell Berry observed that “People are fed by the food industry which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.” Thankfully, this is changing.

Beauty Bred in the Bone

Local jewelry designer Colby June recently unveiled her “Bone Collection.” This new collection, which includes necklaces, rings earrings and studs, was inspired by the texture and shape of a small bone. The Bone Collection reveals sharp angles and smooth surfaces in silver, bronze and 14-carat gold speckled with diamonds, sunstone and onyx. Of her design inspiration, June says, “The bone…

Steve’s Guitars – a Homegrown Treasure

"He welcomes the passionate, talented high school band with the same enthusiasm as a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician." 
- Renee Ramge, concert photographer "There are no TV's, no random drunks and it has a truly unique vibe that can not be found elsewhere." 
- Music donor Jesse Ogle of Hello Doll Face


Remodeling Gives Old Barn A New Lease on Life

Sam Rayburn, a Texan who served as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives for 17 years, once observed, “A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.”

Controlling Pests and Disease Organically

There has been considerable press recently about the dangers of common pesticides, and at various times, I have written about the problems that the birds and bees—our pollinators—are experiencing, possibly due to the use of some insecticides. Many people have also experienced health issues resulting from insecticide use, and some parents are concerned that pesticides used on lawns and gardens…

YouthZone: 40 Years of Serving Youth

Parents try their hardest to maintain stable, loving, nurturing homes, to be positive role models and to be active in a child’s life. They take on the responsibility of ensuring that the child will grow up to make healthy life decisions through open communication and mutual respect.

For the Love of a Chicken

Her name is Lenore and she is far more than “just a chicken.” She is my heart and an incredible light in my life. I have 25 hens, but there is only one Lenore.

Viking Chickens in the Roaring Fork Valley

Two years ago, I sold my CPA firm and, after two decades, left Summit County seeking some arable land and solitude. I discovered my little piece of paradise in this beautiful valley. It called to me—and to my chickens.