Around Aspen: Luncheon for MS |

Around Aspen: Luncheon for MS

Mary Eshbaugh HayesAspen Times WeeklyAspen, CO Colorado

In mid-August a luncheon was held on the grounds of the Aspen Historical Society for “Women On The Move, to free the world of MS (multiple sclerosis).” Guest of honor was Cami Walker, author of “29 Gifts,” an inspirational book about how she came down with MS just a month after her wedding day and how she has coped with the neurological condition. She had had a high-stress job with an advertising agency and the condition left her barely able to walk, thinking her life was over. An African medicine woman, Mbali Creazzo, gave her a prescription that turned her life around. The prescription was to give 29 gifts in 29 days – anything from money to a phone call, even a Kleenex, as long as it was authentic and mindful. Cami followed the prescription and found that her life became meaningful again; she wrote “29 Gifts” to help others with MS or any other devastating illness.Sponsors for the luncheon were Aspen Public Radio, the Aspen Historical Society, the Herbert & Fritzi Owens Family Foundation, Biogen Idec and Ruth Owens. Also giving a talk that day was Claudia Curry-Hill, a former Aspenite who is struggling with MS.Artist Gerry Eskin of Aspen and Iowa City, Iowa, is having an exhibition of his work the first week of November at SOFA Chicago, the annual Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Fair. Gerry’s exhibit is titled “Ceramic Forms and Photographic Landscapes,” which pairs large-scale architectonic pieces with recent panoramic photographs of desert vistas of the American Southwest. Gerry and his wife, Zoe, have a home in the Castle Creek Valley. Undercurrent … I still think there should be a book of listings for cell-phones. It seems that people I need to call no longer have land lines and I don’t have their cell phone numbers yet.

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