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Aspen’s nurturing environment

Connie Baxter Marlow

Dear Editor:I am writing with a small but important correction to a lovely article titled “Turning the Page on Sedona” that ran in the Aug. 27 issue of the Aspen Times Weekly. Your very sensitive and articulate writer Stewart Oskenhorn, who had written a perceptively accurate article, “Ancient Wisdom, New Hope. Shining light on forgotten ideas and practices of indigenous peoples,” about our family photography exhibit at the Red Brick in June 2005, somehow got the impression that I “was looking for a way to get out of Aspen” because “my spiritual interests were seen as odd” when he interviewed me for his article on Page Springs/Sedona.I want the people of Aspen to know how much my 25 years in Aspen meant to me as a nurturing environment for my growth as a person and a voice. Aspen is a home town to me, where unconditional love and acceptance allowed me to flower as person who pushed the envelope of ideas in the name of the human heart and the human spirit as a mother and a person seeking a better way for humanity.I want to publicly honor four people who are gone now who showed up for me with love and support even though they didn’t necessarily agree with my ideas or philosophy: Dr. Harold Whitcomb, Nick DeWolf, Katherine Thalberg and Dr. Bill Comcowich. Their passing is a tremendous loss of wise elders to Aspen far too early in their lives. There are many left, but perhaps it is time now for us “boomers” who are hitting 60 to step up to the plate. Our generation started something in the ’60s and now that we’re 60, maybe it’s time to finish the job and stand up for a world in balance.My move to Sedona was circumstantial. A change of life, of partners. Andrew Bailey and I are co-authoring books, doing films, and we have created The Page Springs Institute along with the Page Springs Bed and Breakfast as vehicles of ideas for the future. Unsuspecting people who come for a vacation in Sedona find themselves somehow changed by a connection with the indigenous peoples we honor with our room themes. Our photographs and artifacts from the indigenous people Andrew and I have come to know and love decorate our rooms at the B &B (www.pagespringsbandb.com).Aspen will always be one of my heart’s homes, and the first thing Andrew and I plan to do, once we are able, is to buy a home in the Roaring Fork Valley. I never want to lose the honor, respect and friendships in Aspen with people from all walks of life there – these are the gifts of time and shared experiences that money can’t buy. Meanwhile, my life is taking me on a great adventure. I will keep you posted on developments. All because I was able to rehearse my “shtick” there in a safe and supportive environment.Thank you, Aspen, for loving me. I miss you.Connie Baxter MarlowPage Springs, Ariz.


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