altared faces

a river of questions

August 6, 2011
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“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” -Shakespeare   Where we live shapes the narrative of our lives. In Ireland people can afford to be liberal with water. But where I live, in the western part of Colorado, you feel the desert just down the road from the bend in the river and […]

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laughing into learning

March 11, 2011
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I’m in love with this photo; a star of skis. This is the shape I made falling down the mountain after 17 inches of new powder fell and so did I. I was a snowball star made of skis and arms and legs. Today this lovely shape is my altared space because falling with teammates […]

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alchemy of order

February 11, 2011
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           I experienced a pleasant transformation after talking with Liz Canavan at Alchemy of Order. That conversation gave me an altared space to eliminate the rules I’ve had about tidiness. As a result, my home has been less cluttered.           I have trouble keeping my kitchen island neat. It piles up with papers. I go […]

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changing leaves and changing lives

October 12, 2010
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          Today my altared space is this colorful small town where I live and its big appetite. I have lived here now for four years and one of my favorite traditions is Color Sunday when we celebrate the changing aspen trees. The 4-H kids host a big dinner and feed a gaggle of tourists who […]

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flowers that grow on fences and other art that transforms

August 19, 2010
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        Today my altared space is an urban garden made of yarn. The Ladies Fancywork Society hung these crocheted flowers along a construction fence in downtown Denver. They refer to themselves as yarn bombers, tagging the town with a softer edge of graffiti.           There are 5 women who stitch together the Ladies Fancywork Society. […]

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can swords sharpen ploughshares?

July 19, 2010
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       Today my altared space is this ploughshare. I don’t know if this is a legitimate ploughshare, but it’s close. We found it after the fire last spring and it really is used for dragging behind something (horse or tractor) to dig up the ground and get things ready for planting. I think swords could […]

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teaching kids the fiscally smart way to love money

April 15, 2010
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      There was a time when the love of money meant soaring stock prices and rampant consumerism. Karen Troester is teaching her community that money can make people giddy instead of greedy. She’s organizing a bank of over 130 volunteers to offer financial classes to the public schools of Grand Junction, Colorado.       As a […]

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capturing the light with peter fay

April 8, 2010
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      I took a trip down the Grand Canyon with photographer Peter Fay. It was like getting to see through a borrowed set of eyes more capable than my own. He taught me to see with more clarity by teaching me to focus.        “The light is spot on,” he’d say, or perhaps he’d comment […]

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falling into fun

February 25, 2010
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       “Every good party has to have an element of danger,” that’s the philosophy of Chris Brown, owner of Brown Cycles in Grand Junction, Colorado. That’s why he didn’t hesitate when his friend, Nate Wilson, asked him to bring over a truck load of antique bikes to a summer barbeque.           The van doors opened […]

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imagine a place you belong

February 11, 2010
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       The first time I met Kate Belknap she asked me to close my eyes and imagine skiing in puffy white snow, powder knee-deep, soft and silent. There were forty of us at least, in a classroom, with our eyes closed. It was late October and we were dreaming about skiing before even a snowflake […]

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parachuting into a new future

February 4, 2010
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       To go from a 6 figure salary and a plush home in an elegant Denver suburb to sleeping on the floor of your in-laws garage in an out of the way town that wouldn’t support a Costco is not the transition every wife dreams of making. But Crystal Morris not only tolerated her husband’s […]

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