November 2020

Funny Holiday Story Contest

Do you have a funny holidays story? Share your story, in 100 words or less and we will publish it on the December issue of Mind Travelers. The story with the most likes on our Facebook page will even be animated! Pretty cool, right? Send in your entry to contribute@mindtravelers.org today! 

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Mouse in the House! November 2020

Mind Travelers would like to introduce our newest contributor. Mouse is cute and sweet and a little bit sassy. She observes much from her hiding spot and feels that humans could use a little help. So, she learned to type and is here to answer your questions! Have a question only a mouse can answer question? Email mouse@mindtravelers.org and she will provide the perfect answer on her humorously tiny laptop.

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Seven Questions: Seven Minutes November

Today we’re talking to Lawrence Hammett.  Lawrence is probably most well known for his tattoo art, however he is an accomplished artist in other areas as well. He also volunteered to help children with their art endeavors. Like many artists, Lawrence has had his share of troubles, and once you’re in the hot seat there’s no escaping the hard questions.

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Transparent

I’ve spent the last decade training newly elected local government officials. I always start with asking why they choose to run for office. I have never heard “I want to run a murky, withdrawn, locked, suppressive, tyrannical government”.  Yet, the moment most local government elected officials take office we, the public, immediately see them as corrupt or on the take.

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Album Exploration #1

For the purposes of this article, I have chosen a big band album called Woody Herman: 1964. As with all recordings discussed on this page, this one is on vinyl and was recorded in New York City on November 20, 22, and 23, 1963. The band is typical of a big band with five saxophones, five trumpets, a clarinet (Woody Herman), three trombones, and a rhythm section featuring the expected piano, bass, and drums.

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“Healthify” Your Holidays

 ‘Tis the season for starches, sugars, calorie bombs, and other pitfalls.  ‘Healthify’ your holiday and avoid the wicked winter weight of heavy, heavy meals. Read on for meatless product suggestions and healthy Thanksgiving tips for your own holiday and lifestyle.

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October 2020

Spicy Mama

Check out our shop! October 2020 Artist Spotlight: Spicy Mama Ceramics By Jeanette Messano https://youtu.be/FLsljXAbvFULast month, Jeanette went to the studio of local potter, Laurie

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Leaning on Others

I have struggled for much of my life with asking for help.  What if we looked at asking for help in a different way?

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A Healthy Introduction

Hi there! My name is Leah and I am thrilled to be writing for Mind Travelers. Check out these tips to “healthify” YOUR meals and snacks!

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Think Nationally, Act Locally

What if we started to get involved right at home whether its volunteering to mentor youth, feed the hungry, or run for City Council. We make time to do all kinds of things in our lives. We can make time for our community!

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Walking Through the Doors

For a few moments of imagination, let your mind’s eye take you on a journey to a different time and place. The time is somewhere between 1925 and 1953, and the place is a rainy spring evening in Chicago, New York, London, or Paris.

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September 2020

The Feeling of Drowning

The Feeling of Drowning By Jeanette Messano “I feel like I am drowning. I have felt like that for a really long time.” Many years

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Joy and Pain Part 1

Joy and Pain By Elysa Barron I sit watching my daughter.  She is watching someone dig out the “apron” of a driveway to prep for

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In the Raw

In the Raw with Nudist-Activist Guy Purcella By Jeanette Messano WARNING: This article includes NON-sexual nude photos. The content contained in this article is for

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7 Questions in 7 Minutes: September 2020

Rob Brethouwer has worked as a probation officer in the Seventh Judicial District for 20 years. He grew up in Montrose, and returned here to work. Background research revealed a man immersed in arts and music, so I was curious to see how the two things meshed. 

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August 2020

7 Questions in 7 Minutes: August

Today we’re talking to Joshua Kinne. Many people remember Josh as the drummer from Fractalia. He’s a talented drummer with a charming way of engaging with those around him. I remember Josh as the officiant at a wedding I attended, where he impressed me in a way I hadn’t been impressed in a long time. Josh is a practicing Christian, and his Facebook profile includes a reference to him being a “serveur at Ridgway Christian Church”; while I understand that is no longer the case, it intrigued me. As a practicing Buddhist, formerly a Christian, I am always curious about others’ beliefs.

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The Perils of Certainty

Check out or shop! The Perils of Certainty By Joe Clark I consider myself a patient person, with a very calm temperament. No, I’m only

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Night Shift

Check out our shop! Night Shift Night shift in a nursing facility is quiet…sort of. But not completely. Many residents are awake all night, and

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July 2020

June Voice Sign

These are Sian Cross’ words and what her song Stare At Me is all about – looking deeper. In these days where we have such great knowledge and technological advancement, it is surprising how much social grace we still need to learn. It runs deeper than just the color of our skin.

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Cardboard sign that reads "Stand up and change the world"

Change

Change Welcome every guest, No matter how grotesque. Be as hospitable to calamity as to ecstasy, To anxiety as to tranquility, Today’s misery sweeps your

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Girl in hospital bed with cape

I Want to Talk to You

I Want To Talk To You Alexis and her mother, Angie, are some of the strongest, most resilient warriors you will ever meet.  They are

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Reader Submitted Poetry

Reader Submitted Poetry Note to Self: Learning from Nature Written by Elysa Skalsky let truth come through no need to judge it it doesn’t need

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7 Questions in 7 Minutes

My first victim is Jeanette Messano, the brilliant mind that came up with the idea of Mind Travelers! Who better to grill than the boss? Jeanette lives in Montrose and has two children. She is an artist and entrepreneur. I am happy she thought of me when she came up with this project. 

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