The other evening as I pulled out of the parking lot at Bud Werner Memorial Library having just attended author Mary Kurtz’s book-signing event, I spied a bumper sticker that read “Live the Life You Love.” How appropriate, I thought.
Kurtz’s reading of excerpts from her book “At Home in the Elk River Valley: Reflections on Family, Place and the West” had left me feeling as if Kurtz has been doing just that during the past 30 years. From her lyrical writings, it is remarkably evident that Kurtz does not just go through the motions of the daily tasks that come with living a homesteading and agrarian lifestyle. Rather, she takes time to contemplate and appreciate the community that she and her husband, Pete, have chosen to call home.
Her essays provide a glimpse into the activities of life on a ranch in all seasons. Kurtz also introduces many characters with whom her life has been intertwined. The characters in any community are the backbone of what makes a place special and unique.
People who live in this mountain valley as well as those who frequent this resplendent place in the West will come away from with a deeper understanding of the history of this community and the importance of honoring and preserving this rural way of life. “At Home in the Elk River Valley” is available at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and through Kurtz’s website, www.marybkurtz.com.
“Live the Life You Love” also was a theme at another recent book signing at the library. Hayden resident Karen Gilroy presented her book “Discovering the Healer Within.” It speaks to achieving a healthy mind, body and spirit in order to live a fulfilling life.
“To fully appreciate our lives, wellness in all three aspects of our lives is critical,” Gilroy said.
With a master’s degree in holistic health and a graduate degree from the Fit for Life Sciences Institute program, Gilroy helps others explore and understand their lives to determine where an imbalance might exist among the mind, body and spirit.
Gilroy’s book is a tool for people to use, outside counseling, to begin their journey toward total mental, bodily and spiritual health. Proper food combining and self-healing tips are addressed in this book. For more information, visit www.discoveringthehealerwithin.com.
Steamboat Springs and the surrounding valley is a place where people have come for hundreds of years to seek inspiration and rejuvenation of spirit and to take advantage of a full range of recreational opportunities. These two books by local authors delve into issues that are relevant to living a fulfilling life in communities everywhere.
Steamboat Springs resident Sue Leonard is the president of Cornerstone Fulfillment Service, a company that specializes in e-commerce and e-marketing for independent publishers. She also is blog mistress of www.allthingsfulfilling.com.