As we mark one year since the novel coronavirus pandemic struck Colorado and changed daily life here, the Aspen Times is writing another chapter in the Aspen Silver Lining story.
In the spring of 2020, in the early days of the pandemic, the Times launched its Aspen Silver Lining project, an effort to bring together the community and elevate some positive stories during a stressful and scary time. The paper collected photos and stories from more than 100 readers who told us about the silver linings they were finding in the hardships of the stay-at-home period, school and business closures, and disruptions brought on by COVID-19.
We capped the project with the summertime publication of Aspen Silver Lining – a commemorative magazine filled with reader entries as well as stories by Times reporters and columnists capturing the spirit and grace that carried Aspen through the early months of the pandemic.
Now, with a year of pandemic life behind us, we’re telling the stories of locals we’ve been talking to over the past year about their key experiences over the past year. We’ve talked to people about milestones like births, marriages and graduations, experiences with death and mourning under the public health constraints, job losses and career changes and new avocations and callings they’ve found on the pandemic’s rocky road.
We’ve also recently launched Aspen Silver Lining: Launch Intention, through which we’re asking readers to look back on their experiences and offer hopes for the post-pandemic days to come. You can view and submit here. Submissions are open through April 26.