Published on Thursday, March 27 2014 09:07
In My Backyard
By Emilyn Inglis
I tell you what nobody wants in their backyard--
a natural disaster, that’s what.
Not in my backyard
Not in my town
Not in my most precious peaceful places,
green and rippling and heavenly.
I like to believe that when the leaves bud and blossom
the millions of scattered river rounded rocks
will roll back to their homes,
where they belong.
Maybe that’s what those rocks wish, too--
to return to the places they knew best,
where the water made its old familiar sound.
It’s not just rocks who’ve lost their homes.
Even those of us lucky enough to have returned
Find it irreconcilably different.
I feel an open wound, wanting so badly to
get everything back to normal and erase the damage.
How much more must those people
Unceremoniously peeled from their homes half a year go,
Wish to return to a taste of normalcy.
We can’t erase the flood.
We didn’t ask for change, but we got it.
I’ll tell you what I DO want in my backyard:
The peace of mind and heart that come from interdependence.
Helping people return home.
And knowing that when I’m down,
a whole town full of people won’t let me stay down.
YES in my backyard.
Published on Thursday, March 27 2014 08:46
By Dr. Sara Hart
It’s 2014, and unless you live in Oregon, Washington or Vermont, your insurance-based healthcare is not going to keep you well.
As much as I cringe at the analogy of our bodies being like cars, people inevitably think of themselves that way all the time. The squeaky wheel gets ignored until it’s a screaming or debilitating pain.
Published on Thursday, March 27 2014 08:38
By Mary Chase
This time of year I often hear the phrase, “I just want to get outside to workout. The gym is a winter activity for me.” I cannot tell you how much I love to run in the warm spring sun; however, there is another important factor to remember.
Published on Thursday, March 20 2014 16:57
By Renée Haip
On Thursday, March 13, Lyons hosted Broomfield, Erie, Longmont, Skyline, and Strasburg for a fun evening of relay style competition. Highlights included Taylor Christiansen besting all the other girls with a 14’5” long jump, and fellow freshman Liz Jonjak-Plahn throwing the shot
Published on Thursday, March 20 2014 16:53
Roads Traveled with Linda L. Osmundso
Sometime during the night, the waters calmed. Before retiring, Bob claimed he had no interest in seeing Guaymas. We’ve traveled in Mexico before so we made this trip mainly for the Dixieland Jazz music. My goal for this port was to find an Internet Café. The ship’s Internet was way too slow and expensive. I again dressed in the dark, had breakfast in the Lido, and
Published on Thursday, March 20 2014 15:08
By Amy Reinholds
The Housing Recovery Task Force (HRTF) presented updates to the Lyons Board of Trustees at a workshop on March 17. The Board of Trustees directed the task force to focus now on recovery option 2: replacement housing minus households not returning (approximately 35-50 homes) and option 3: replacement housing equal to housing lost in the flood (a maximum of approximately 90-100 homes). The Board encouraged the Task Force to make sure to include the
Published on Thursday, March 20 2014 14:55
By Ron Gosnell
The organizational meeting for the Lyons Lions Club’s “Adopt a Tree” flood recovery project (the tree planting will take place April 26) is off and running to a great start, thanks to enthusiastic and caring Lyons citizens.
Published on Thursday, March 20 2014 14:40
Managing Stress: Part 3 of 3
By Dr. Sara Hart
It is probably true that if you take any given person and send them to a tropical island removing all of their responsibilities they will probably feel great. Stress is a major contributing factor to illness and unhappiness. It is the single most consistent factor that decreases lifespan and contributes to premature death and disease.
Published on Thursday, March 20 2014 14:23
Each year the local veterinary community donates their time to provide low cost vaccination services and pet sterilization for the clients of the Longmont branch of Social Services. They also donate their time to inspect and treat the animals adopted from the local Humane Societies, unknown animals for city and county animal control agencies,