CAFCI

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Mature Content: Kristi’s Legacy

    Kristi Nicholls was a Carbondalian, psychotherapist, triathlete, CAFCI steering committee member and mother of four. On Oct. 30, she legally and peacefully ended her life, with her four adult children at her side, before having to endure the grand mal seizures and strokes that would have been in her future.read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Mature Content: Whose life is it, anyway? — Third and final part

    By Ron Kokish

    “A time to love and a time to die” … Ecclesiastes 3:2

    At 85, my father was failing badly enough for his doctor to insist he stop driving. A few months later I called and casually asked how he was feeling. “Fine, physically,” he replied, “but life… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Mature Content: Whose death is it, anyway? Part II

    By Ron Kokish

    Freedom means having options throughout our lives, including the time during which we are dying. Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) increases our options. Unfortunately, it was not yet legally available in the 1980s, when my friend Dorothy’s father, Michael, died of cancer; so, Michael had no legal… read more →

  • Locations: Letters Published

    Letters - July 28, 2022

    Re: Human-Nature Garden

    Thanks to James Steindler for his lovely article about a gift to our community (“Human-Nature Garden to land on Rio Grande,” July 20, 2022). The Human-Nature Garden would not be possible without the collaboration of Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA), which owns the land where the garden… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Mature Content: Adjust, accommodate, repeat…

    Martha Gallagher, MD, a retired anesthesiologist living in the Boston area, is an avid lifelong backpacker, hiker and wannabe skier. Over the years, she has plied the slopes of Aspen and Snowmass, walked the trails of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness and visited with her close friend, Judie Blanchard of Carbondale.read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Mature Content: Praising the power of pets

    Nancy Peterson worked as a registered veterinary technician, trained dogs for people with disabilities and was the Community Cats Program Manager for The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization. She serves on the boards of the National Kitten Coalition and Neighborhood Cats and isread more →

  • Locations: Opinion Published

    Aging today: Playing a strong hand

    By Ron Kokish

    When it comes to aging, America has changed. Thanks mostly to a reduction in childhood mortality, more than 80% of Americans born in 1957 lived to be 65 this year. At over 54 million, the 65+ group is now almost 17% of the country. In contrast, in… read more →

  • Locations: Columns Published

    One version of a ‘legacy’

    With the author’s permission, the following article includes excerpts from “Clutter Free Revolution” by Evan Michael Zislis. 

    My aging parents hadn’t had the energy to manage their cluttered living space for a while. Overstuffed cupboards, extra-long extension cords, stacks of must-keep papers mixed with expired two-for-one coupons were all… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    A miracle in the Bronx

    Of course there’s a Santa Claus. I saw him up close in the Bronx, in 1959, in the employee bathroom at Alexander’s Department Store. We stood silently, as men do at adjoining urinals, finished our business and returned to our work: he to the Children’s Department on the second floor,… read more →

  • Locations: Columns Published

    Mature Content: A miracle in the Bronx

    By Ron Kokish

    Of course there’s a Santa Claus. I saw him up close in the Bronx, in 1959, in the employee bathroom at Alexander’s Department Store. We stood silently, as men do at adjoining urinals, finished our business and returned to our work: he to the Children’s Department on… read more →