Paonia - Winter Lake

Hello from Paonia, CO

What a time it has been since I learned in May that I had to move from the home that I built

over 36 years in the foothills of Boulder. I had to be out by August 1st and had no idea where to

go. After searching around the Boulder area for an appropriate space, that had to include an

office room, to be able to continue to work on my animated musical, The MicroCosmic Cartoon

Show, I was drawn to the town of Paonia on the western slope of the Rockies. This is where one

of my sons and his family live.

My friend, Forrest, also had to move from his abode at the same time. We decided to pool our

resources and find a place together. We came down to check it out and fell in love with the

sweetness, simplicity, creativity, and beauty of the place and the people. There are many

transplants from Boulder here.

As luck would have it, we found the perfect place for us right on the Paonia Park with

magnificent trees, little traffic, and a house with an upstairs for me (office included) and a

downstairs for Forrest.

Paonia offers a wonderful collective workspace, The Hive, where we have meetings, events,

classes and a social hub. I am meeting delightful people in every walk of life. Everyone is so

friendly. The area is very much focused on healthy living and nurturing the planet, with many

farms and orchards. Shopping, however, is limited with no large box-stores in the vicinity.

This is beginning to sound like a travelogue. I am discovering the pace of living, once again, in

an unhurried atmosphere where one can breathe easily. I used to have that when I lived in

Ibiza, Spain, the Cotswolds of England, and the community of Auroville in South India. That was

in the ‘70s. Of course my mountain retreat was pretty peaceful, too. Even though I came from

New York City, I have always been at home away from the city.

Talk about slowing down! A few weeks ago, I slipped on some ice and broke my ankle. That

brought me to a full STOP! Well, at least, I can write this blog.

Have a very blessed and joyous Holiday, filled with wonder and fun.

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