Cathy Walton-Smith: Now receiving daily dispatches from the universe |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Now receiving daily dispatches from the universe

Cathy Walton-Smith
View from the Lake
Grand Lake, Colorado

This week, I joined Tut’s Adventurers Club and have started receiving daily notes from the Universe.

In doing so, I was asked to make the following pledge: “In the face of adversity, uncertainty and conflicting sensory information, I hereby pledge to remain ever mindful of the magical, infinite, loving reality in which I live. A reality that conspires tirelessly in my favor. I further recognize, that living within space and time, is the ultimate adventure, because thoughts become things, dreams come true, and all things remain forever possible. I hereby resolve to live, love and be happy, at all costs, no matter what, with reverence and kindness for all. So be it!”

It seemed to represent my philosophy of life ” and harmless. Besides, with the Winter Solstice coming up this weekend, it just seems like a good way to celebrate and connect with the universe.

The Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce needs your membership. They don’t require taking a pledge (that I know of), but memberships are due by Dec. 31. Please respond by this date in order to be included in the 2009 Grand Lake Vacation Planner and to take advantage of discounted rates for memberships received by the end of the calendar year.

Many area businesses are rewarding those of us who are shopping locally this holiday season. The Rustic Urn is pleased to offer 30 percent off all merchandise to Chamber Members and Grand Lake locals. Please mention this announcement to receive your discount.

Starting Monday, Dec. 15, The Terrace Inn will be offering its early bird menu items for $9.95 each. This menu is served between 4 and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Caroline’s Cuisine has got a new discount card. You get points for every purchase made and after 100 points you get $10 off the next time you go in. You can also purchase a Caroline’s $100 gift card at Costco for just $80. Now that’s a deal.

Jodie Kern is now making live wreaths for the season. I hear they are really lovely. All local greens, a mix of fir and spruce, juniper, lodgepole and accented with either rose hips, twigs, grasses or a combination of all of the above. Give her a call to order one.

Also, her 2008 edition Grand Lake ornaments are at Mountain Food Market. This year’s design (the 12th one) is an elk.

Tickets are now on sale for “Stop That Villain” or “Have You No Shame Rip Roquefort?” for shows Dec. 26 to Dec. 31. You can get tickets for this melodrama at Never Summer Mountain Products in Grand Lake and at the Granby Mini-Mart (gas and bus station) and Elk Horn Gallery in Winter Park. Show dates are Dec. 26 to 31. Adults – $15 each, kids under 12 – $8, a benefit for the Grand Arts Council at the Community House theater at 8 p.m. each evening. Is Rip Roquefort a sneering cheat at cards? Booooooooooo! Will our hero arrive in time to save Little Jane from the clutches of the villain? Hoorayyyyyyyyyy! Get your tickets early, many nights will be sold out.

The Kauffman House museum will be having an open house on Dec. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and it would be a great time to give yourself an after-Christmas gift from among the books, postcards, and Grand Lake DVD for sale at the museum. Admission is by donation.

The Grand Arts Council will be hosting open house tours of the new Grand Arts Center on Park Avenue in Grand Lake over the next couple of weeks. The first one is next Tuesday, Dec. 23, Noon to 1 p.m. Enjoy some goodies, sign the guest book and contribute your ideas for classes and events you’d like to see offered in Grand Lake . .. now that there is space. For information on rates call Barbara Ahrens at (970) 627-3097.

Start reading now for the Brown Bag Book Group at Juniper Library, Thurs., Jan. 8, 12:30 p.m. ” My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult. A New York Times bestseller with “…a fascinating character study framed by a complex, gripping story…A beautiful, heartbreaking, controversial and honest book.” 

A Note from the Universe . . . Shhhhh….The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams, at once, to any degree that you possibly can.

Happy Yulismas Kwanzikah to all.

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