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Durangoans start rebuilding process in Himalayan village

CHYAMTANG, Nepal – The natives placed thin ceremonial scarves called khata and strings of flowers around our necks, presented us cucumber, oranges, potatoes and soup. They let us into their homes,...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Durangoans help Nepali village

CHYAMTANG, Nepal – I don’t believe it’s possible to create a time machine. Not the H.G. Wells type, anyway. But last month, I traveled backward – over the years, decades, centuries. Time peeled...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Warm greetings from this side of the world

Hello from the Nepal outback. It's a 5-minute walk to a place where you can see the mountains of the Tibet border. We've been welcomed many, many times now by traditional dances of the people of...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

In many ways, Nepal worlds away from the West

I didn’t grow up in a remote Third World village at the foot of the Himalayas. I didn’t spend my childhood in a stone-built schoolhouse with dirt floors and a leaky roof. When I got as far as high...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Hurry: Enjoy these fleeting, disjointed thoughts

Where does the time go? Here it is, September already. What? It’s October? The 20th? Get out of here! The world’s moving so fast these days that even Father Time can’t catch up. I don’t think I’m...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Picking up speed

A whir of activity dominates the twice-weekly 75-minute sessions: animated group discussions, votes, brainstorming, life lessons and game-playing that, of course, includes running. Girls on the Run...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Dentist’s spirit survives

When Dr. Tom Grams entered the Nepali school for his first volunteer dental clinic in 2002, he was a little overwhelmed. The lighting was poor, the dental seat was a flimsy folding lawn chair and...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

We're jammin'

OK, let's open with a huge question: Could you live without music? While you're pondering that, it's time you were introduced, if you haven't been already, to the Stillwater Foundation. The...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

A walk in Kiwi land

Sometimes, an idea invades your brain and won't leave you alone. Ask Margaret Hedderman. While “rooting around” for information on New Zealand about four years ago, the Durangoan stumbled across...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Korean kids sing for Durango

Does it get any cuter than this? A group of Korean children all dressed in matching orange are singing “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” in English, with choreography, as the sun sinks on a rural Durango...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Stan the marathon man

It’s not stretching the truth to say that Stan Rabbe has run around the world. He’s run marathons on each continent – yes, even Antarctica – and the retired teacher has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Tossing some stories and bolas with old buddies

So, what happens when four friends get together at a remote lake high in the Colorado mountains 35 years after they graduated together from high school? What dangerous hijinks ensue? Hang on tight,...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

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