Friday, May 24

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Notes from the Pyre

Why volunteer with CEOLP? Amy GriffinBy Gussie Fauntleroy. Volunteers play a vital role in the continued success of the Crestone End of Life Project (CEOLP). There are many ways volunteers contribute to the activities needed to make an open-air cremation or natural burial happen. While motivation for volunteering may vary, all agree that what they do is immensely meaningful and sacred.  In the following months, we'll be doing a periodic Q&A with CEOLP volunteers to share their thoughts on the roles they're involved with and what it means to them. In this issue, we introduce Amy Griffin, a dedicated volunteer who...

Library News: May

By Amy Garoutte, Northern Saguache County Library District Are you seeking grants for your small business, non-profit organization, religious affiliation, or yourself? The library now offers GrantWatch. This is a subscription-based database that is available at both branches for our patrons. The service allows users to search for available grants throughout the United States. We hope our patrons will take advantage of this service. Our ROOM booths are up and running. These booths provide a space for private telehealth appointments and other virtual meetings. Each branch has a telehealth kit, laptop, and now private space for virtual conversations with medical providers.  Call the...

Reader Bee: The Way: Meaningful Spirituality for a Modern World

By Karina Wetherbee It is commonly assumed that discussing politics or religion is a guaranteed way to make enemies, and to write a book about such polarizing topics can be seen as sheer folly. But when author and frequent Crestone visitor, Larry Jordan, decided to tackle his own relationship with spirituality, he was determined to approach the effort with an open mind and a relinquishment of ego.  His recent book, The Way: Meaningful Spirituality For A Modern World, attempts to do just that, and he admits early on that when he began to study his connection with his faith, he was...

Navigating the Vortex: Communicating with kindness

By Gina M. Barrett The loss of a long-standing and active community member Paul Shippee inspired me to write this wellness column.  Paul played a major role in resolving conflict in Crestone. He consistently offered Nonviolent Communication (NVC) training to the community and was usually the one who was called upon to help resolve conflict when it arose at public meetings and in community groups.  Navigating the vortex and off-grid lifestyle of Crestone is no joke, especially during the challenging season of extended periods of high winds and the unbearable mosquitos in the summer. When we are stressed with basic survival and...

Mandala Market to Real Estate 

By Staff Desiree (Desi) Faraci announces collaboration with First Colorado Land Office (FCLO) based in Salida, Colorado as a Real Estate Associate Broker.  She will be conducting home and land transactions specializing in the Crestone region and Saguache County.  Additionally, Desi plans on providing property management services to Crestone and the Baca Grande Subdivision in a community that endures challenges with long-term rentals. With a creative entrepreneurial spirit, Desi has always enjoyed exploring self-employment endeavors. At her 4th generation family Italian restaurant in New York, Desi learned how to run a business from an early age and realized entering the workforce...

Who We Are: Nicholas Penn

A musician’s journey into wellness By Gussie Fauntleroy. Fairly early in his musical life, Nicholas Penn abandoned the mainstream musician’s attitude of “Look what I can do!” and shifted instead to: “Look what you can do.” He tried the conventional approach for a few years, writing songs and playing in bars and clubs, mostly in the Lexington, Kentucky area where he’d graduated from Georgetown College. But he was miserable in the competitive world of self-promotion, and even the fanciest clubs involved an enormous imbalance between effort required and what he got paid.  So, in 2016, he decided to stop playing those gigs....

On the Shoulders Of: Robin Blankenship

By Chantelle Pence. Crestone has come to be known as a spiritual community. But is it really? What if it’s just a place. A place that people came to for practical reasons. What if spirituality is found in the simple things? Water. Food. Shelter.  It’s the simple people who seem to hold the qualities that spiritual paths seek; those who live close to the earth and use their hands. They do the work quietly. With honesty. Focus. Discipline. It’s only those who are shored up within themselves who can then lend a hand to their fellow human.  Robin Blankenship is such a...

Into the Wild: Let’s take a walk in the woods

By Bruce Becker. “Anyone can do the things I’ve done if they’re willing to live the life I’ve led.” ~ Fool’s Crow “The bear went over the mountain to see what he could see.” I think that is the reason most people go into the woods. The anticipation of seeing something they haven’t seen before. I used to go for the challenge, the excitement, the fun. Now I go for the deep peace, the deep meditations, my medicine. I wash my mind of thought and just immerse myself in the woods. I stop myself from thinking about anything except what is...

Library News: May

By Amy Garoutte, Northern Saguache County Library District Are you seeking grants for your small business,...

Reader Bee: The Way: Meaningful Spirituality for a Modern World

By Karina Wetherbee It is commonly assumed that discussing politics or religion is a guaranteed...

Navigating the Vortex: Communicating with kindness

By Gina M. Barrett The loss of a long-standing and active community member Paul Shippee...

Mandala Market to Real Estate 

By Staff Desiree (Desi) Faraci announces collaboration with First Colorado Land Office (FCLO) based in...

Who We Are: Nicholas Penn

A musician’s journey into wellness By Gussie Fauntleroy. Fairly early in his musical life, Nicholas Penn...

On the Shoulders Of: Robin Blankenship

By Chantelle Pence. Crestone has come to be known as a spiritual community. But is...

Into the Wild: Let’s take a walk in the woods

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

Navigating the Vortex: The Wind Element

By Gina M. Barrett. I find that the windy season of spring adds to the...

Crestone Charter School news: Crestone Charter School “Ends Policies”

By Thomas Cleary, Crestone Charter School director. In last month’s article, you read about the...

Notes from the Pyre – On death and dying: Top film picks from the CEOLP library

By Gussie Fauntleroy Last month the Crestone End of Life Project (CEOLP) presented book recommendations...

Library News: April

By Amy Garoutte, Northern Saguache County Library District We are excited to report we now offer...

Land, Water & People: Roads in the Rio Grande Forest

By Kelly Defaye. I know, this column typically discusses current matters in the mountains surrounding...

Spotlight on Business: New baker bringing new tastes to the Cloud

By Lori Nagel. While Bryan Brattin just started baking at Cloud Station in January, he...

Hooper Junction: New tasty treats & healthy eats in the SLV

By Lori Nagel The struggle for healthy, prepared and affordable food in Crestone is real...

Haidakhandi Universal Ashram: February snows

By Ramloti February has been a wintery month with fewer visitors and some much needed...

Reader Bee: Book review of The Vaster Wilds

By Karina Wetherbee. The Vaster Wilds, by Lauren Groff The solo survival story is a common...

Crestone Artisans Gallery spotlights artists Chris and Sydney Argenta

By Joni Franks Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with gallery artists Chris...

Crestone Charter School News: New and Returning Enrollment at CCS

By Thomas Cleary, Crestone Charter School director. The season is upon us to start to...

Library News: March

By Amy GaroutteNorthern Saguache County Library District We will continue bringing library services to the Town...

Navigating the Vortex: Self-care isn’t selfish

By Gina M. Barrett. Why is it that when someone you know goes on vacation...

Into the Wild: Kivas and canyons

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

From the managing editor: A momentary lapse

By Matt Lit. Some of you like the idea of burning issues of The Crestone...

Spotlight on Business: Thrift Horse & Company-Resilience, community, and a vision beyond business

By Jennifer Eytcheson. Nestled in the turquoise-painted octagonal building on Hwy. 17 — where T-Road...

Standing on the Shoulders of: Our land

By Chantelle Pence “That’s my land,” he said. I was traveling with my kin in...

Crestone Charter School News: Winter programming at CCS

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