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.