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Letter: An invitation to celebrate Thompson Divide

An invitation to celebrate Thompson Divide

Dear Editor:

My name is A.O. Forbes and I have been a teacher in the valley for the past 27 years. I grew up in Aspen, attended schools in both Aspen and Carbondale. I have raised my children here and feel uniquely lucky to have spent so much time here, and to have the connections to this valley that have given me so much.

This valley and all of the communities in it are all about relationships, relationships between people that are born out of relationships to the land. As a child, riding my horse with my mother up the side of the Highlands Thunderbowl through the aspens on a June morning is for me the essence of this reciprocal relationship between a place I love, and people I love.

Aldo Leopold writes so eloquently about the need to revere that connection to place, and to live within that relationship, and to feed it constantly.

To that end, I invite all to come to an event from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 13 at Two Rivers Park to celebrate our reverence for the land we live in, the land the land raises our families, feeds our souls and gives us sustenance in every way imaginable. The landscape that we will celebrate is the Thompson Divide; please come, eat, listen to music and lets discuss, and celebrate our connections to this beautiful place. Come, and help us collectively speak to the future of a place that we all love.

A.O. Forbes


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