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Beathard: When and where matters a lot

Jill Beathard

Fat Tuesday was this week, and while there was an obvious excuse to party in Snowmass, it’s a celebration that like most others I’ve always noted.

In my family we pretty much mark every holiday. I called both my grandmothers first thing in the morning on Valentine’s Day. Growing up in Catholic school, my mom used to organize a Mardi Gras parade in our elementary-school gym. We also celebrated things like Day of the Dead and Mexican Independence Day, given the culture of our community.

A lot of those holidays stick with me. I’m not a hugely practicing Catholic anymore, but for some reason I always do Mardi Gras, followed by Ash Wednesday. That balance is one of the things that sticks with me from my upbringing — that celebrating is a good thing, in fact it’s important to mark occasions, but everything has its time and place. Ash Wednesday is a time to reflect on the past year and on the things you want to work on in the year ahead — but not without a huge blowout first.

That’s how life is to me: There’s a time for reflection, and a time for celebration. A time to work, and a time to rest.

I don’t go to church on Sunday these days, but it is still the time that I rest, go to bed early and reset for the week ahead. If I don’t, I’m off all week. If I don’t pause to reflect on my life a bit, I’m off for months.

Here in the mountains, it’s easy to be in a constant state of revelry. But if you live it throughout the seasons, you’ve gotta slow down sometimes. Call your granny. Have a cup of tea. Read a book. Don’t let your mind turn to mush.

Jill Beathard is the editor of the Snowmass Sun. Email her at

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