Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Forleo turns 99 with a melody (or three)

Most of us get a mostly in tune and somewhat half-hearted “Happy Birthday” when it’s our day to shine. (Mostly because our friends aren’t all that comfortable with singing, not because they don’t...

DATE: April 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Book & Author event delights

As an avid reader, one of my favorite things every year is the American Association of University Women’s Book & Author Luncheon. Held on March 21 at the Vallecito Room at Fort Lewis College’s...

DATE: April 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Reading Club tasked with saving its heritage

Being connected to something that is historically important is an honor, but it’s also a responsibility. For the members of the Reading Club of Durango, founded in 1882, the fun part is the...

DATE: March 27, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Soup and generosity warm the soul for life

A highlight of the time when the weather is shifting from winter to spring – although not so noticeable this year – is Soup for the Soul, the annual fundraiser to benefit Hospice of Mercy. Part of...

DATE: March 24, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

‘May the wind always be at your back’

“Top of the mornin’ to ya” as we enjoy the lingering remnants of St. Patrick’s Day. I won’t be trying to write the entire column with an Irish brogue – even if I could, which I sincerely doubt. But...

DATE: March 17, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Extraordinary: Piccoli, Midkiff, Wasserbach

On Sunday, The Durango Herald kicked off a month of stories about local women’s contributions in the world and in our community. On Tuesday, we looked at why Women’s History Month matters. But on...

DATE: March 10, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Durango grad shines in mushing world

Some of us go along living our lives, while others ignite with a passion that transforms their lives into something bigger and grander. The latter is the case for Ryne Olson, who grew up in Durango...

DATE: March 6, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

A luncheon, girlfriends and ‘All That Jazz’

Many people went all out for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado’s 30th birthday last fall. It was a Great Gatsby-esque extravaganza, with an elegant crowd and flapper dresses galore....

DATE: March 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

A 20-ounce T-bone with the fixin’s for $2.95?

Those were the days. It’s not just a theme song from “All in the Family,” it’s the memories people shared Saturday at the Animas Museum when they stopped by to view the members-only exhibit about...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Sister’s baking makes party memorable

Many people have a cake for their birthday. But how many people have a whole table of cakes? The guests at Gisela Lott’s 60th birthday found themselves confronting a cornucopia of confections,...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Chuckwagon dinner and ‘Happy Trails’

In my almost 15 years of writing Neighbors, I have told countless people who have purchased cool meals and experiences at fundraisers to let me know how the event goes. Hearing about them may...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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