Southwest Life

When we learn to stand up, we can make this world better

Martin Luther King once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” To act or speak is to be a subject, while objects are those that are acted upon. In too...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Charitable giving should come from your heart, head

While shopping downtown this holiday season, you may have noticed the “Make It Count” giving campaign organized by our Durango Business Improvement District. This campaign encourages people to give...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Many people fighting to secure civil rights for all people with disabilities

People have many associations with this time of year – generosity, family, tradition, faith, flying reindeer. One thing I believe the season encompassing Thanksgiving to the New Year can highlight...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Flu vaccine safeguards personal, community health

December through February is the typical peak for the influenza virus, and with the vaccination taking effect after about two weeks, now is the time to protect your health as well as the...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Remember that we are raising adults, not children

San Juan Basin Public Health is currently working on improving the well-being of youths across La Plata County through the implementation of the Communities That Care framework. With the support...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Standing strong against violence in our communities

Recently, I volunteered to help with the Transgender Day of Remembrance in Durango. (Shameless plug: the event will be from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango.) ...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Consider unrestricted donations the next time you give

“It’s like ten thousand spoons, when all you need is a knife ...” (lyrics from “Ironic,” by Alanis Morissette). I heard this ’90s song on the radio the other day and realized that line reminded me...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

How can we be more efficient, effective in our mission?

Community Connections recently held an annual forum to update interested community members on our current priorities and get feedback on what we should be doing as an organization. Because we are...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

You may be surprised about how affordable health insurance can be

In addition to raking leaves and collecting brush, a top priority on your fall chore list should be a review of your health insurance. Changes in family size, income, tax credit opportunities and...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Here’s to those who help people with disabilities thrive

Sept. 10-16 is National Direct Support Professionals Week. DSP Week celebrates and honors a segment of our workforce that is often invisible to the general public. As I try to do every year at this...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Concerned about someone? Reach out, save a life

September is National Suicide Prevention month. The International Association for Suicide Prevention, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the World Federation for Mental Health,...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Fight must go on to save lives, livelihoods of people with disabilities

On July 26, the Senate narrowly defeated a health care bill that would have ended life as they know it (or for some, life period) for many people with disabilities across the nation. It was the end...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community