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Friday, July 3, 2015

Institute for Challenging Disorganization

Location: 1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Professional Organizer, Nancy Castelli and Mayor Gierlach
at The Institute for Challenging Disorganization
My friend, Nancy came to Denver to attend the Institute for Challenging Disorganization conference.

This intrigued me, not realizing that an organization like the Institute for Challenging Disorganization even existed. They address issues like Compulsive Hoarding Behavior.

Just the prospect that this organization exists, validates my fear that I am a hoarder preparing for the next power outage or national disaster. In some ways, the 1,000 year Boulder Flood now indicates that it can happen again much sooner than 1,000 years from now. This only justifies more hoarding. Even my compost pile is Feng Shui.

Nearly three decades ago, I met Nancy after an eventful trip where my friend Steve and I changed a flat tire in less than three minutes in order to see the Police Synchronicity Tour. The concert was at a venue in Cincinnati where eleven fans had been trampled to death at a Who concert, many years prior.

Now Nancy Castelli is the CEO of BALANCE: Turning Matter Into Energy, and a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). She explains in this blog post why I am not a compulsive hoarder, but I find the process of organizing, disorganizing, and reorganizing, to be fascinating. Not so much focused on my personal organization habits, but how does a town reorganize after a national disaster? How can the organization prepare for a more resilient future?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

High Peaks Art Festival - This Weekend

Location: Nederland Town Offices, Roosevelt National Forest, 45 West 1st Street, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
High Peaks Art Festival Owner and Show
Coordinator, Cathy Stiers with Mayor Gierlach
photo by Lance Jones

This weekend, the High Peaks Art Festival  returns to Nederland for it's Fifteenth year. It is the brain child of long time resident, Cathy Stiers. Well over 30 years ago, she married jewelry designer, Rocky Stiers and moved to Nederland in the same year. (making a lifestyle change and moving to the mountains, is a fairly common theme for local Nedheads)


Even though the High Peaks Art Festival draws artists from all over the region, it embraces the local Nederland art culture of artizen craftsmanship. It's an intimate venue with 43 artists, which feels like a casual 1970's Birkenstock craft fair with macrame pot hangers & scented candles, except the artwork has developed a reputation for the highest caliber of fine arts and contemporary crafts.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

No Car Needed to access the Continential Divide

Location: Roosevelt National Forest, Hessie Road, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
The Nederland Park-N-Ride is the new pick-up and drop-off location for the summer shuttle to the Hessie trailhead.

The Hessie Trailhead has been one of the most popular access points to hike to the Indian Peaks Wilderness and the Continential Divide, where you can still directly experience icy cold glacier water in the heat of the summer.

However, that popularity typically caused traffic and parking issues on the roads near the trail head, until the shuttle service began on the weekends in the summer.

Boulder County's shuttle service (Run by Via Mobility) had reduced congestion by transporting several thousand people to the trailhead each year. This year, it will pick you up at the Nederland RTD Park-N-Ride (First and Jackson street in Ned) and drop you off at the Hessie Trailhead, and you can even bring your leashed dog on the shuttle.

Because the pick-up and drop-off is at the Nederland RTD Park-N-Ride, folks from anywhere in the RTD Region can now access the Continential Divide without a car. In the winter, of course, the RTD 'N' Bus drops people off at Eldora Ski Resort, making it also the only ski resort that is accessible without a car on RTD.