I'd like some advice from the community. As readers of this paper know, the Douglas Public Library District recently purchased the old Safeway building at 100 Wilcox in Castle Rock. We are now in the process of soliciting proposals from a few choice architects. By the end of next year, we intend to move all library operations currently run out of the Philip S. Miller Library and its annex into the new location.
I once wandered into a big gathering of people in the Southwest -- a sort of outdoor philosophy conference. At one point, a man with a flowing beard proclaimed, "In groups, people are stupid. Those of you who would like to discuss this further, meet me by the pool in an hour."
That struck me as pretty funny. If being in groups made you stupid, why get together to talk about it?
I recognize that there are people who love to be outside, love to dig their eager hands into the fertile ground, love to clip and prune and pull, love to plant and tend and fret over the earth's bounty.
I mean them no disrespect when I say that I am not one of them.
I'd like to say that it all goes back to having grown up doing yard work in the Midwest. It is certainly true that when I mowed the lawn back there, I faced harrowing enemies. For years I battled mutant weeds, weeds that sprang up some 4 feet in the span of an evening. I'm not kidding.
Let me recommend a book. It's called "Passage," and the author is Connie Willis. Willis is a Colorado native, now living in Greeley, and at this point, has won more Nebulas and Hugos (the top science fiction writing awards) than anyone else, living or dead. "Passage" is destined to win her another one. She's written many fine books; "Passage" is her best.