With a record of 17 wins and six losses, the Ridgway Lady Demons girls basketball season ended in Durango on Saturday after a 47 to 42 loss against Paonia in the 2A Region 3 Championship match. Photo by Bill Tiedje Read more...
|Billings: Recycling into the new year||| Print ||
In 1964, Harper & Row published “The Giving Tree,” a children’s book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. Perhaps one of his best-known works, “The Giving Tree” tells a story of a human boy and a female apple tree and their relationship. For the purpose of this article, the details of the story are not important — what is, however, is the special qualities that each brings out in the other and in the end, all you really need is a sturdy stump to sit on and ponder.
Recently I felt a bit like that since I had to take down this huge tree in front of my house — tall and stately, the years had taken its toll and now it leaned dangerously angled to my roof. A strong wind might have blown it into the house doing considerable damage. The top of the tree was dead and several limbs were broken, and the old apricot tree beneath it had trouble finding the sun to really blossom and bloom.
I knew the tree had to come down, but being an old “tree hugger” it was very difficult to truly come to that decision. But I knew it was time — time to be recycled and reused. I felt a little like the tree in Shel Silverstein’s book. What now? What did this tree have to give me and what did I have to give it?
With the New Year upon us — 2014 — it’s time to be recycled as this tree and all its stumps will be. Some big, some small. All will be recycled. Some will be used for firewood to heat one’s home and heart. The rest, to decorate and line a path to unlimited possibilities. And the larger pieces will go to chainsaw art. Yes, you guessed it — horse sculptures — to delineate my property as a sanctuary for senior and aged horses. "Thunder Heart Haven," a dream in the making, is finally becoming my reality: an education center for horse workshops and art workshops, painting the horses but also appealing to them for their wisdom. My horses will lead the way. A study center. Coming around full circle, back to my teaching days, but this time older and wiser. Like my horses, I’ve become “aged” — like “The Giving Tree” — time to recycle.
As the New Year comes 'round again, what do you have to offer now? How have you been recycled, reused or in the new vernacular, repurposed? Think of all this in terms of the people and things in your life.
Time to move on?
Let go of the past?
Launch yourself in a new and brighter direction?
Hold on to what is good and useful to you and what will fulfill you. Repurpose the rest.
According to the Chinese New Year, this is the Year of the Horse. How ‘bout that!!!
Happy New Year 2014.
Alice Billings is a resident of Ridgway, Colorado, a painter, an artist, an author and friend to animals everywhere.
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Final: Ridgway girls lose 47-42 to Paonia after a valiant 4th quarter comeback attempt.
Update: 45-42, Crozier hits 2 from the line.
Update: 52 seconds, 45-40 Paonia
Update: 2:19 remaining, Paonia on top 43-34
Update: Paonia up 43-32 in 4th Qtr.
Update: Paonia up 25-21 at half.
Update: Paonia up 21-19 in 2nd Qtr.
Update: Tied 13-13 end of 1st Qtr.
Update: Teams trade leads early - Ridgway up 9-8.
Update: Ridgway girls are up 6-0 early in Durango.
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