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  • Carbondale, Co , 1976, a young mother arrived with a baby in hand and the hope that her siblings could help her piece her life back together, after loss of marriage and first born child.

    She had told her sister and brother-in-law before moving in her letter of “I’m coming” that she would not shave her legs and she wasn’t experienced in the counter-culture of 1970’s Carbondale. Little did she know that her true adventure was Carbondale. Like Jack Keroauc finally getting a car and going.

    She was turning thirty in the new year, it was fall in the mountains of Colorado 1976. Never finished college, some bookkeeping experience, wanted to be a teacher, but chose MRS. Degree instead…1965... Go figure.!!! Now 1976...ten years married to frat sweetheart…two kids…new girlfriend…oops, I’ m odd man out.

    Left my five year old in Indiana with his Dad and headed out on I-80 with my sister and our youngest son, four months old--“turtle head” Chris…I had said we will grow together as we drove west, leaving behind a marriage, an oldest son, and an identity…. An artist friend said it best about two years in to my Carbondale family…”we are all a bunch of misfits of society looking for a place to live“, Carbondale embraced us and let us grow into a diverse, and loving family.

    Over the years we have loved and danced and sung together. We have watched each other, supported each other, drifted away from each other; but family is a process and full circle…we always come back to each other.

    Family…the greatest mystery beyond our own personal journey…a never ending cycle of opportunity to be loved, to be supported, to be roasted for our shortcomings; yet the very source of our growth if we stick with it.

    Yin and Yang…myself…my family relationships…my extended family relationships…the very meat of my lessons while in this earthly journey.
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