Friday, February 23

The Crestone Eagle is a nonprofit monthly newspaper serving Crestone and the San Luis Valley

Columns

Our land

By Chantelle Pence “That’s my land,” he said. I was traveling with my kin in the region where he was born. Where his grandparents and their grandparents were from. On paper, the land that he was referring to was “owned” by the National Park Service.  But he didn’t speak of it in the way most have been trained to think of real estate. He spoke as if he were calling his mother’s name. “That’s my land.”  Relationships can be shallow or deep, depending on our awareness and methods of relating. E3ecologic is a Crestone-based organization that is laying pathways for community connections...

Winter programming at CCS

By Thomas Cleary, Crestone Charter School.  Forty-nine students, 12 mentors, six vans and buses, skis, boards, boots and duffles for all, a simultaneous non-Monarch program, and a blizzard on top of it all!  That is how the Winter Friday Programming began in January this year with the Crestone Charter School. This year’s dramatic winter programming expansion is the result of a perfect storm leading to a wonderful silver lining.  When I was a teacher at CCS from 2003 to 2011, the Monarch program included all students and teachers, grades four through 12, a handful of parent volunteers, our fleet of vans, and...

Jessica Forman: In reverent apprenticeship with the land

By Gussie Fauntleroy Almost none of the creative interests that Jessica Forman is weaving together and offering to the world were evident early in her life: a passion for herbalism and other paths to wellness, intuitive communication with ancient ancestors, storytelling, poetry and other forms of writing, and teaching young children to be good humans — all these threads emerged over time. They arose in particular through travel and absorbing the ways of other cultures, through addressing her own health, and through motherhood. Now 39 and reflecting on the place where she grew up — the semi-affluent suburban environment of Irvine,...

Navigating the Vortex: Healthy pacing

By Gina M. Barrett. What I discovered, immediately after moving to Crestone, was that I needed to adopt a slower way of being. The excitement of creating my dream ranch and the work involved often led to feeling dizzy when I moved too fast. During this entry period, I also took a six-month woman’s qigong (pronounced “chi gong”) certification training. The practice made me very dizzy and I had insomnia. I had qi dysfunction and had to adopt qi balancing practices.  Moving fast is my nature. Many of us came from a faster-paced lifestyle. My understanding of the energy vortex here...

Winter programming at CCS

By Thomas Cleary, Crestone Charter School.  Forty-nine students, 12 mentors, six vans and buses, skis,...

Jessica Forman: In reverent apprenticeship with the land

By Gussie Fauntleroy Almost none of the creative interests that Jessica Forman is weaving together...

Navigating the Vortex: Healthy pacing

By Gina M. Barrett. What I discovered, immediately after moving to Crestone, was that I...

Reader Bee: Book review of Island on Fire

By Karina Wetherbee. Island on Fire, by Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe In today’s modern, hyper-connected...

Library News: February

By Amy Garoutte, Northern Saguache County Library District. There is a lot of excitement at our...

Garden Guru: Starting right with fruit trees

By Matie Belle Lakish. Climate is a huge factor when considering the growing of fruit,...

On the shoulders of…Zuki Moon

By Chantelle Pence. It takes a hell of a lot of work to create heaven...

Morgaine Faust: Preparing for the worst, expecting the best

By Gussie Fauntleroy. A young girl who grew up watching her father perform magic tricks...

Reader Bee: Wintering

Review by Karina Wetherbee. No one gets through life without some setbacks or misfortunes; it...

On the shoulders of…Carmin Teeple

By Chantelle Pence. “Define wild...” Carmin’s eyes twinkled when she asked me to go deeper...

Reader Bee: Solito, by Javier Zamora

Review by Karina Wetherbee The immigrant experience is the backbone of the American story, as...

Navigating the Vortex: Hydrate for the Holidays

By Gina M. Barrett. I can’t say enough about the importance of hydration while living...

Who We Are: Michael DiMartino: Promoting full-spectrum regenerative design

By Gussie Fauntleroy For seven years in the small community of Nevada City, California, Michael...

Land, Water & People: Winter in the Mountains

By Kelly Defaye, Visitor Information Coordinator, Rio Grande National Forest. To set the scene, I’ve...

Into the Wild: Snowshoes and snow caves

By Bruce Becker. Anyone can do the things I’ve done if they’re willing to live...

Owner-Builder Conversations: Where are they now? Juniper Good

By John Rowe  I wrote a series of articles five years ago about people who...

Who We Are: Burt Wadman: Expressing and supporting human potential through architecture

By Gussie Fauntleroy Burt Wadman was a very inquisitive 5-year-old when a friend who lived...

Reader Bee: Cave of Bones recounts harrowing exploration

Editor’s note: Karina Wetherbee will be writing monthly book reviews for The Crestone Eagle.  Cave...

On the shoulders of…Dan and Sue Retuta

By Anya Kaats. “The vision was to call forth our students’ very best,’’ explained Dan...

Notes from the Pyre: Open-air cremations growing in popularity

By Sharon Corcoran Since open-air cremations were begun in Crestone, unofficially in 1998 and then...

Garden Guru: Building next year’s soil

By Matie Belle Lakish. Soil, the base for all we gardeners do. Now, I hear...

Land, Water & People: A wilderness tribute

By Gregg Goodland Public Affairs Officer, Rio Grande National Forest We left the trailhead with fully...

Into the Wild: Bear, beaver, brookies, & loons

By Bruce Becker. Anyone can do the things I’ve done if they’re willing to live...

On the shoulders of…Christine Canaly

By Anya Kaats. Early one morning at The Bistro, the restaurant most recently known as...

Reader Bee Book Review:  Seven Steeples, by Sara Baume

Reviewed by Karina Wetherbee. Editor’s note: Karina Wetherbee will be writing monthly book reviews for...
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