The Good Life: Part 2 – nature and community

I feel that “The Good Life” must include time for fun, community and getting out into Nature. Creativity is spurred by rich experiences in the natural world and time out in the world with people you enjoy, participating in stimulating cultural events. Two recent experiences stand out in my mind….


Not long ago I went on my first swimming expedition of the summer down to the Rio Grande with a friend, who graciously shared her favorite swimming spot with me. Once there we found gorgeously refreshing water, fun gently flowing current and sun-warmed, river-sculpted basalt boulders to lounge and picnic on in the sun. It was so supremely relaxing to be in the water, play on the sand, and lounge on the rocks. But we kept it real too….remaining always on the lookout for rattlesnakes, a very real element of being immersed in this place. (We were both grateful we didn’t see any that particular day.)

Recently, I had the honor of attending a wonderful community event – a production of Shakespeare’s, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at the new community venue Teatro Serpiente in Des Montes, in Northern NM. Proceeds from the production will benefit NAP (the Neighborhood Art Project), created by my good friend and educator extraordinaire, Siena Sanderson. (I have posted images of my recent volunteer day with NAP here .) Through out the evening we dined on Elizabethan Fare (locally grown by Ladybug Farms), drank homemade Grog and a enjoyed a splendid rendition of the famous play by an all-ages, community cast.

Hats off to everyone involved, especially to the gracious and talented hosts Mandy Stapleford and Jeremy Jones, who are creating community by opening their home to the community. I am inspired!

Let’s hear it for the good life!

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