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Meredith C. Carroll: Shame on the climate shamers

January 22, 2020

During the winter I often sleep with the heat on and window open. Bathrooms in my house are stocked with disposable Dixie cups. My family goes through paper towels like we’re auditioning for a Bounty...

Paul Andersen: Positive materialism and plasticizing people

January 20, 2020

After years of excoriating “materialism” as the cause of the consumer religion that underscores mainstream American values, I was wrong. Materialism is good. I learned this from Alan Watts, a Zen master, Beat philosopher and...

Elizabeth Milias: ‘Grab ’em by the Skippy!’

January 18, 2020

It didn’t start with the video. Young councilman Skippy Mesirow’s recent tirade on social media denigrating our holiday visitors was not, as he proclaimed, the result of gastrointestinal distress from steak with compound butter following...

Paul Andersen: Ushering in the Age of Unity

January 13, 2020

The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport stinks — literally! The noxious fumes rising from Sardy Field are choking Cross-country skiing the Owl Creek Trail or doing laps at the golf course is supposed to be a health...

Lion through its teeth

January 8, 2020

My good friend and neighbor called me the other day to let me know a lion had attacked its prey right behind her house. “It was screaming in terror and crying,” she said. She hadn’t...

Paul Andersen: POW is not enough to save Aspen winters

January 6, 2020

Snowmaking machines don’t make snow; they make ice. Only nature can produce the beautiful crystalline snowflakes we equate with winter. Man-made ice is no substitute for the real thing. Yet, many think we have it...