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Receptions for writers

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Left to right are Alayne and John Kane and Frank and Ellen McCourt. The Kanes hosted the reception for the McCourts. (MEH)
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Winter Words, the series of author readings and talks given by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, is halfway through its season, and receptions have been held for each of the writers. Alayne and John Kane hosted the reception for Frank McCourt, while Holly and David Dreman hosted a luncheon honoring Ann Patchett. McCourt is the author of the international best-selling memoir “Angela’s Ashes,” and his recent book is titled “Teacher Man.” While in Aspen he also talked to students at Aspen High School and many of them attended the reception, where he gave the kids more advice: “Find what you love and do it. And don’t worry about your major in college … your major is your life.” Patchett is the author of several novels including “Bel Canto” and her recently published “Truth and Beauty,” which is the story of her friendship with fellow writer Lucy Grealy. Lucy is the author of the acclaimed “Autobiography of a Face,” which tells about losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, the years of chemotherapy and radiation, and then the endless reconstructive surgeries.There is still one more talk by James Patterson, author of a detective story series about Alex Cross, including “Along Came a Spider” and “Mary, Mary.” His talk is Saturday, March 18, at the Wheeler Opera House.In a beautifully photographed article in the March-April issue of Veranda magazine, Aspen caterer Peter O’Grady is featured putting on a picnic in the fantastic garden of Angela and Jeremy Foster in Emma. Peter is known for using locally grown, organic ingredients. He says of the picnic: “This was a family occasion in an outdoor setting, so I kept the presentation casual and let quality and flavor shine.”

The March 2006 issue of the Santa Fean magazine includes an article demystifying the Santa Fe Institute with a significant part of the story focused on physicist Murray Gell-Mann, who spends summers in Aspen with the Aspen Center for Physics. Murray is one of the founders of the Santa Fe Institute, which is at the center of complexity science or the interdisciplinary study of the deep commonalties among such complex systems as forests, societies, the Internet and the human immune system. The article says that SFI is trying to account for the order and self-organization that emerges in flocking birds, hurricanes and the world economy.

An art exhibit titled “Creations With Water” will be held throughout March at the Red Brick Center for the Arts with a reception on Thursday, March 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. Artists featured are Tammie Lane with watercolors, Cliff Mohwinkel with photography, and Mary Russel with watercolor.Undercurrent …The little birds that I feed each morning seem to be stricken with spring fever … they dive-bomb the front door until I go out and fill the bird feeder.


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