I came of age just north of Chicago, in the turbulent sixties and seventies. We had race riots in my junior high school. In high school, we had anti-war protests, gang wars, walk-outs, and both the Campus Crusade for Christ and the Young Socialists.
My graduating class numbered a thousand, and I would say that we were united only in that it was hard to know who we were supposed to trust. Nobody over thirty, certainly.
Last week, I wrote about my beliefs concerning leadership. Since then, I finished a 9 day course on the subject, put on by the University of Colorado-Denver's Center for the Improvement of Public Management.
I have to say that I'm still processing what I've learned. But here's what's on my mind so far.
There have been three parts to my experience here.
Isabella Lucy Bird is one of the striking characters of Colorado history. One hundred and twenty-five years years ago, this remarkable Englishwomen climbed Long's Peak.
Isabella recorded her journey in letters back to her ill sister. These letters were later published (1879) as A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains.
There are costs to living in remote rural areas. You can't just run down to the supermart. There are no movie theaters or big hardware stores. There aren't, when it comes right down to it, many of the trappings of civilization.
But some might call these benefits, not costs. There are no traffic jams. There are no stoplights. At night, you can still see the stars. Deer wander your land. It is quiet.