It's a good thing

Years ago when I used to backpack with Mitch, I came to appreciate how little one needs for sustenance. Food, water, a companion, shelter, and in my case, a good read or knit. (A raincoat and the nip of an adult beverage didn't hurt, either.)

When we take people to Westcliffe, I am frequently nonplussed by comments that run along these lines: I could never live here.

That was me in my 20s, when I thought I needed cinema and theater and restaurants and malls and book stores, when what I really needed was a solid boyfriend, meaningful work and good friends and family. Though I still wonder whether I'm suited to rural life, I've come to appreciate that the things that give me real joy are mostly quite simple: A nap with the cats. An hour of trouble-free knitting. A morning of productive writing. A good book and the time to read it. Cooking and sharing a wonderful meal. An afternoon walk when you can feel the ground bursting with spring. A great conversation. OK, and skin care.

Westcliffe has all these things as well as an active fiber community (though if a fine urban-style yarn shop were to open there and thrive, it wouldn't break my heart) and good people who bring casseroles when there's trouble.

Just curious. What are your essentials?


Comments (4) -

February 26. 2008 01:43


I'm with you. Monument doesn't have night life or culture but the feeling of serenity I get from living with trees and fields and ponds around me instead of house-let alone the people-makes up for all that other stuff - although I like it close enough to visit weekly!!!

Susan |

February 26. 2008 03:55


Too bad Westcliffe is 80 miles from Buena Vista. Serendipity yarn shop. Wow.

Deborah Robson |

March 1. 2008 01:24


I have been thinking about this question all week - I want choice of places to food shop from luxury to basic. A farmers market, good choice of coffee shops, several yarn/fabric stores and not having to resort to the internet to buy stuff I cannot get locally. Good, plentiful and reliable public transport at all times of the day/night/weekends etc. Galleries, museums and I personally would also always like to be within easy reach of the ocean/sea ie within an hour or so's drive. I have lived in many different locales - and on 2 continents but always all of the above has been present, well maybe not the public transport where I live right now....
I have never lived in a remote location - although I must admit I have dreamed of doing so more than once. But looking at all of the above, I am not sure that I would like to do so on a permanent basis. I don't think it would be for me.

carol |

April 29. 2008 08:10

We invite you to invest some extra time looking up black book stores in washington dc web pages. |

Comments are closed