HOLIDAY UP-TO-DATES FOR 2009
Another eventful year in Durango, Colorado for Marilyn and Bob. Each year feels full of both busy activities and relaxing endeavors. Last year started with lots of snow… and it was cold! We did a lot of digging and snow-removal, keeping the old snow-thrower going until the recent purchase of a new and so much better machine! Bob is so happy.
Marilyn had a number of medical encounters this year, all of which ended up revealing how overall healthy she is~ let’s hear it for high-tech facilities and highly qualified professionals right here in Durango! Meanwhile, Bob’s health continues to be great, and we both stay active and have fun around the Four Corners and beyond.
Bob has been teaching a number of workshops for Elderhostel (recent name change to Exploritas) in both Moab, Utah, where there are gorgeous red rock arches and slickrock formations and in the Yellowstone/Teton parks, where the scenic views, geysers and wildlife never stop. These are all very unique places and there are no places in the world like them. The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College created a wonderful Mountain Lion Exhibit which opened in August of this year. Bob’s photos represent about 95% of the images in the exhibit which will go on the road to be presented in museums and nature centers around the country after it is taken down in October 2010. Visit this website for more info http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/ Click on the photo of the Mountain Lion. Bob did not take a group to Africa this year, but is planning for a late-summer trek to Kenya in 2010. There are still a few places available~ anyone interested? Visit his website http://www.robertwinslowphoto.com/ and click on the navigation bar the says Kenya Safari 2010.
Marilyn had another great week this summer in Flagstaff, Arizona for bagpipe school, and there were plenty of bagpipe gigs this past year. The Westwind Pipe Band remains one of her enduring consistent activities during retirement. She also continues to knit, sing and read. Conveniently, she meets with a knitting and book club right in the neighborhood! We love our monthly get-togethers, and we all walk to our meetings. Speaking of Marilyn’s pursuits, the new one this year is Fire Spinning. Some of you might know what that is- the art of spinning poi (poi= balls on a string or cord) is well represented in Durango, and there’s a group of folks who spin Fire Poi, which we soak in fuel, light, and spin in intricate patterns until the fuel burns up. It’s a dramatic and thrilling performance art best presented after dark, and Marilyn is working on getting even better. See this website for a Fire Poi gallery.
Marilyn and Bob took a fall trip to Yellowstone, including Idaho and the Tetons. Bob photographed wildlife models in Idaho at the Earthfire Institute facility. This is a wonderful animal sanctuary and education center that is always in need of additional donations. Visit their website at http://earthfireinstitute.org/ We hiked and saw the sites in the two big National Parks. We caught the gorgeous fall colors, and left just as the snow came, so the drive was quite picturesque. We also pulled the trailer to Tucson at Thanksgiving, to visit Bob’s mother and sister, Phyllis. Bob’s mother has been recovering from a serious illness in late-summer and fall, and her rehabilitation has been extraordinary! She is one spunky 89 year old woman! This turned out to be the last trip for Rafiki, our dog, who has been living with cancer for a year, and who was peacefully put to sleep in early December this year. Please see Bob’s moving tribute to this great dog in a separate gallery on this website. We are now dog-less, and will continue thus for a while, using this opportunity to plan a few travels overseas, and other activities that preclude companion dogs.
Speaking of overseas trips, Marilyn goes to Eastern Europe in June, 2010, along with other members of the Durango Choral Society. We have been invited to be part of a summer music series in Budapest, Vienna and Prague~ we will sing the Mozart Requium and some Haydn. Marilyn has never done anything like this, and is VERY EXCITED!
Our families are doing well; as mentioned, Bob’s mom is amazing, and we so enjoy visiting and chatting with her, as we often reflect back on Bob’s family’s early memories. Marilyn’s sister, Melissa and brother, Bill and his wife Tammie are thriving as well. Melissa’s two kids are having fabulous adventures- Celine is spending her junior year in college in Chile, where she’s speaking Chilean Spanish, traveling, beachcombing, partying, studying and volunteering at an organic farm for part of her summer (our winter). Jackson is preparing to graduate from the University of Colorado, and has been working two jobs all year in preparation for his own trip abroad; along with a couple of friends, he will participate in a program called Birthright, which will take him to Israel to explore his Jewish roots, then he plans to travel in India and Indonesia.
We hope that our nation will push harder toward progressive reforms, equality for all and a cleaner environment at home and abroad. Yes, this is a lot to ask, but we must continue to dream and aspire to such goals.
We wish you and yours a wonderful, prosperous and enlightening year to come: 2010!