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September 16, 2010

Kids Planting Trees. Ah, We Can Breathe

Good morning! I’m not sure how to link my short huffinton Post blog about kids planting trees at Aspen Middle School yesterday to my facebook account. It happened on its own last time. Anyway, kids are already taking care of us, and our pollution all over the country, and yesterday in Aspen. It was great.


Karmen Davidson sent me some sweet photos, but my darling Jerri Merritt’s lesson on posting photos is also impossible this morning. (sorry Jerri!) Soon come.


link is here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anita-thompson/kids-planting-trees-in-co_b_718968.html


Have a nice day…

Anita Thompson

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September 08, 2010

Silver Gonzo Pendant now available

The #1 most requested item is finally available for pre-order on GonzoStore – the sterling Silver Gonzo Pendant.    These beautiful hand-crafted double-sided pendants are made by none other than Woody Creek alum and master silversmith Claire Donnelly.  Claire Donnelly grew up as an immediate neighbor to Dr. Thompson’s residence Owl Farm in Woody Creek; in fact, her grandparents once owned the ranch which later became  of Owl Farm.  A graduate of Aspen High School, Claire went on to receive her BFA in Fine Arts-Metals, and then to establish her creative design firm, Claire Donnelly Designs.  After Dr. Thompson’s death, Anita Thompson commissioned Claire to create the custom, handmade silver Gonzo belt buckles which she gifted to dear friends and supporters (these will be available on GonzoStore.com soon). Claire has recently designed the definitive Silver Gonzo Pendant, now available exclusively on Gonzostore.com

Claire also has crafted some unique gift boxes to accompany the pendant with a beautiful presentation. 

Our first pendants will be ready to ship out the first week of October.   Order yours now!

-Pete B
GonzoStore Manager & Gonzo Web Guy

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September 04, 2010

Young People In Politics?

Jerri and I had a lovely dinner in Aspen at Matsu. The town is not as crowded as it was last year. The economy is definitely showing its colors this year. The benefactors of this situation are locals who can easily find a place to park in Aspen.

Labor Day weekend is usually fun and gleeful time in the valley bringing in thousands of tourists and big tips to locals. Speaking of locals, here is a link that my friend, Commissioner Owsley, sent to me: NYTimes link about young poeple in politics… 

Fewer Young Voters See Themselves as Democrats, By Kirk Johnson:

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The college vote is up for grabs this year — to an extent that would have seemed unlikely two years ago, when a generation of young people seemed to swoon over Barack Obama.

Though many students are liberals on social issues, the economic reality of a weak job market has taken a toll on their loyalties: far fewer 18- to 29-year-olds now identify themselves as Democrats compared with 2008.

“Is the recession, which is hitting young people very hard, doing lasting or permanent damage to what looked like a good Democratic advantage with this age group?” asked Scott Keeter, the director of survey research at the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan group. “The jury is still out.”

Read the rest here.

Have a good weekend regardless… I intend to, as a very good friend, who happens to be a musician, is finishing his tour tonight  and on his way to visit me at Owl Farm. More TK!

Anita Thompson



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Labor Day Weekend Kickoff Dinner with wizard Jeralyn Merritt and Friends

friends at dinner

  Friends Jeralyn Merritt, Howard Zucker, and me after dinner — photo by our sweetheart Pamela Hart. Good way to start Labor day, eh? 


Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. But do click on Democracy Now! report:

A new study shows the CEOs who fired the most workers during the economic recession have also taken home the highest pay. According to the Institute for Policy Studies, the CEOs of the fifty corporations responsible for the worst layoffs were paid an average $12 million—42 percent more than the average for the Standard & Poor’s 500.

Huffington Post: Labor Day has a rich history centered around workers. This year, it has particular meaning as hundreds of thousands Americans try to get back to work. The latest jobless rate numbers show that unemployment went up from 9.5 to 9.6 percent in August.

Your friend, getting to work,

Anita Thompson

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