Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

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Zurko becomes Eleanor of Aquitaine

She was quite possibly the most powerful woman in history. The queen of two countries, the mother of two kings and a powerful ruler in her own right, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Poitiers spent most of...

DATE: March 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Hospice of Mercy care helps us die with dignity

Most Neighbors readers know me strictly as the writer of all things posi­tive and cheery. But I write something else at the Herald that frequently leads me to think philo­sophically - the...

DATE: March 21, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Blue Star Moms group says farewell to president

For one group of Americans, the fact that we are at war is ever forefront in their minds. They are the parents and family members of young people serving in the military.Since World War I, there...

DATE: March 18, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

May the luck of the Irish be with you

St. Patrick's Day brings out the Irish in all of us. Thatis certainly the case at the Tuesday Literary Club's annual party to mark theday, where one almost expects to see a wee leprechaun or two...

DATE: March 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Bartending for local causes

 From the beginning of February through April, the Red Snapper is inviting area luminaries to serve as guest bartenders on Wednesdays, with all of the tip money going to a favorite cause.Thus far, ...

DATE: March 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Following in her father's footsteps

When World War II ended, there were 16 million veterans returning to America. Now, 64 years later, they are dying at a rate of more than 1,000 a day.The rush is on to preserve their stories for...

DATE: March 4, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Red footwear, classical music shine

During the school year at Fort Lewis College , music loversawait with great anticipation the annual performance of the Red Shoe Trio. It took place in front ofa full house in Roshong Recital...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Mexican food, drink and cinema

On Friday, a group of organizations held its first Movies del Mundo gathering at the Smiley Building to celebrate Latin American food, camaraderie and international movies.The organizations are...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Dealing and dining for good cause

Bow down, ye mortals, before the Queen of the Big Deal.Yep, yours truly, after years of falling in the middle of the pack, finally got the cards and the partners to get the highest pure score (no...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Music, symphony all in the family

He made his debut as a boy soprano with the San Juan Symphony, and on Saturday he proved he's all grown up as he took the baton at a memorable Valentine's Day concert with the orchestra.Phillip...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Excursion delights Victorian Aid

The photo might look like it's out of one of Duane Smith's books, but it actually portrays a group of history buffs who enjoyed an authentic Victorian outing Feb. 7.Victorian Aid Society members...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Smelling the flowers mid-winter

Classical music lovers look forward to February, when the program and artwork for the coming summer's Music in the Mountains festival is introduced.It took place Sunday at Toh-Atin Gallery, where...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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