Kudos and Kindness from Aspen Times readers (Oct. 22, 2017)
Count your blessings, Aspen residents
Every Labor Day weekend for close to 15 years my apparel brand PLASTIC has traveled to Aspen to sponsor the longtime Motherlode Volleyball Classic.
We work at Koch Lumber Park for the week with the brand and then stay in town for another week to enjoy one of the finest small towns in America. In this time my family and I have made local friends from all walks of life. I’ve had ski boots fitted by one of the best boot fitters in the country, been invited to an after-party at a Red Mountain mansion (well, more than one) and enjoyed drinks on the house at an incredibly expensive bar. I’ve choked on sweet fresh powder from secret mountain stashes and caught some stunningly beautiful fish on secret private land. I caught the mountain-bike bug on the Government Trail. I’ve eaten great ribs in a park under lightly turning aspen leaves and had my mountain-biking ass kicked later that day by a guy who brews some great beer.
These illustrations paint a picture not of my accomplishments but of the opportunity your town affords. I don’t have the money to really be in Aspen, and neither does anyone else I’m talking about above.
Yet somehow it works. The town has built a strong live-here community that harbors happiness, sharing, productivity, creativity and inclusivity. Somehow the parks remain perfectly manicured, the housing lottery provides integrated housing for affordable pricing, the bus service is free and good, the schools are great and things are safe.
My family and I travel and live in an RV every summer, sponsoring the biggest volleyball events around the country before returning to our home. As you can imagine, we are well traveled and know where to go. I realize Aspen has its challenges and sometimes it may seem to be changing for the worse, but I can tell you with honesty and authority that you are living in one of the best places to live in the country.
Enjoy every day here, and keep making the town your own — because it is.
A productive conference about life and death
Many thanks to Aspen Valley Hospital and specifically Julie Jenkins and Michelle Miscone for creating an excellent conference on palliative care last week. The speakers combined important information around the subject of life and death and the kind of care and decisions we may need to make for ourselves or loved ones when death is near.
The speakers gave concrete tools for nurses, caregivers, physicians and social workers to implement in the care given to patients that may need palliative care. Thank you to Aspen Valley Hospital for supporting their staff and our community in educating us all in a very important area. I believe everyone who attended learned something new or at least opened to a new way of caring for those at a difficult time.
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