Alone again. I see the silence still has a place for me. - Robert Sund

the seasons change and so do I

ShalomSeasons describes my all-season sojourn in the Colorado high country at our family cabin named Shalom. I continue to add insights about living alone in an isolated, snowbound cabin as well as weather updates, photos of scenic Taylor Park, and more. Scroll down this page to see my occasional blog posts in which I am experimenting with writing down some of my thoughts; the Day to Day page documents general happenings at the cabin.

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May 20, 2018

Bears prowl once again, leaving vanishing images. The season moves on once again.

The Ute Indian peoples, on whose land I now live, and to whom I owe a great debt, celebrate the Bear Dance about now. Now is the New Year when Bear emerges from his den and the people celebrate the Bear Dance with a swe...

April 8, 2018

The Fat Robin sang and caused winter to end and spring to begin. That was the day before yesterday. Yesterday it started snowing big wet clumps and didn’t stop for a long while. I can still hear the robin exclaiming some lustily hoped-for territory back in the woods, but he hasn’t come back to my wi...

March 4, 2018

This part of Colorado received not enough snow this year, but still sufficient for some outings. We had quite a run of near misses and frequently have been just on the edge of the Big One. Exceptional beauty always, however.The light at altitude shines in a stunning way. I've tried to capture some o...

February 3, 2018

Well. It’s a good thing Phil saw his shadow today, because if there is anything at all we need, it’s a good bit more winter. Last year on this day we had 37” snow on the ground with 140” snowfall so far and on our way to 202” for the banner season. Today, we have 14” remaining on the ground (on the...

January 24, 2018

So, winter has been a little on the meek side so far this year leaving me lots of spare time. It IS winter, mind you, with night time temps currently running minus 12° or so and days in the low 20’s under a bright polar blue. About 20” of snow lays about, the meager result of eight or ten errant sto...

January 2, 2018

The annual New Year's Eve bonfire came off without a hitch. Unlike last year with too much snow, the fire actually burned. And unlike most years, the temperature was above 0°. The Moon made a special appearance, too. The company is always good. Have a great New Year! 

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December 24, 2017

Snow finally arrived here at Shalom. I am really looking forward to the joys of winter and sharing some with you. It has been colder, if not snowier, this early winter and I cast a wary eye on the woodpile. Some friends will be arriving at their cabins in coming days to partake of the season. Much a...

December 3, 2017

So, I’m sitting here pondering the meaning of life, like all good hermits. It seems to me that we are here to live our lives thoughtfully and what better place to do that, but at home. Hopefully, we have created a space of beauty and tranquility, where these things come naturally to mind. Some find...

September 23, 2017

Today is the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of fall. The colors came a bit early this year and are fading already. We were blessed to witness these changes.

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August 9, 2017

The Centennial State recognizes its admission to the union in 1876 on August 1 each year. Joyce and I celebrated Colorado Day with a hike on the Tilton Mountain Trail amidst wild flowers, wild peaks, and the wild green of a wetter than usual season. I recently read (and believe) that one's wildernes...

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