Shake it off and head on out

Column by Hal Walter Mountain Life – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine THERE WAS AN INITIAL quiet thump, and then another, and by the time I looked up from the kitchen, the old spaniel dog was in a full head-over-heels tumble from the stairs that lead up to my office. It appeared to be […]

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About those Sears houses

Sidebar by Wynelle Catlin Local History – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine My interest in Sears-Bilt homes was sparked by my sister, Shirley Patterson, of Henrietta, Texas, who presented a paper on the subject at the National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock. She said there was one in my area — the Ferris home.

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A mail-order house and a lot of local history

Article by Wynelle Catlin Local History – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine ROB AND KATIE FERRIS are the proud owners of a Sears Honor Bilt Home which is their Tumble Creek Ranch residence in north Chaffee County. For 75 years, the sturdy well-constructed house has stood, surrounded by a white picket fence, on the […]

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Ben Strawn

Article by Sue Snively Local Artist – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine “As an artist, I rely on intuition, spontaneity, movement, immediacy and serendipity. What is important is to be engaging with the media at an intuitive or felt level. My work becomes a record of that process. I want my art to surprise […]

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Giving away the commons

Column by George Sibley Economics – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine LAST MONTH I was mucking about in the morass where private property and the public interest intersect. A fairly messy intersection in this society that doesn’t like to think about the balance between personal freedom and public responsibility.

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What is SWSI?

Sidebar by Marcia Darnell water – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine What is SWSI? The Statewide Water Supply Initiative is a series of forums run by the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The CWCB gathers people in each basin in the state — ranchers, environmental activists, wildlife biologists, farmers, politicians, and just plain folks — […]

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SWSI looks at future of San Luis Valley water

Article by Marcia Darnell water – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine WATER MAY BE THE LIFEBLOOD of the San Luis Valley, but unity is its heart. The Statewide Water Supply Initiative invited a score of water users to a roundtable discussion on October 16 to decide what’s important when it comes to water in […]

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Missing spontaneity

Letter from Slim Wolfe Modern life – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine Missing spontaneity Editors: Amidst all the spectacular tragedies filling the news there’s a less-noticed event which may be the ugliest hallmark of the new millennium: the rapid strangulation of human spontaneity. I’m guessing that’s an old Greek word and if I listen […]

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Forums, Forae, and Grouchy Old Men

Essay by Marcia Darnell Public meetings – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine Last month, I attended three forums in four days. Three forums in four days. Try saying that five times fast. Forums (forae?) are a unique aspect of democracy. People — government entities, concerned citizens, coalitions, contingents, and groups — come together to […]

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More reasons for pessimism — and optimism

Letter from Allen F. Chew Modern life – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine More reasons for pessimism … and some optimism Dear Martha, Your analysis of the decline of our (mythical) middle class (“Divided and Conquered,” September issue) was excellent. However, it omitted a few additional reasons for pessimism:

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Somehow they survived

Letter from Orville Wright Modern Life – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine Somehow they survived Editors: Got November’s issue of Colorado Central on Monday, and noted the thought-provoking piece.

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Principled spelling

Letter from Dick Bulinski Orthography – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine Principled spelling Martha, In the November issue, the Spellchecker let you down. I don’t know how you do this, but it needs to be told that: princiPALS are either friendly people or money (too many people seem to think that money is your […]

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Some Personal Favorites from 2003

Review by Lynda La Rocca Favorite Books – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine I’ve always been fascinated by the way a seemingly inconsequential act can generate unimaginably far-reaching — and unforeseen — consequences. In House of Sand and Fog, a clerical error sparks a crisis that engulfs the novel’s protagonists and culminates in a […]

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