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Cyndi McCoy: The turkey made me do it

I’ve discovered a quirky coincidence about feeling thankful around the holidays.

Sure, it is a time of reflection and gratitude, but it might also be all the tryptophan in the turkey that graces our family table, or mom’s apple pie. The effects go along well with the universal theme of Thanksgiving because apparently tryptophan (also found in apples, bananas and milk) releases seretonin in the brain, helping alleviate pain and helping people relax.

No wonder we can put up with the circus that is family this time of year ” the overly flatulent cousin, the uncle who’s had a bit much of the drink, the stubborn siblings (including me). I am reminded what unique characters they are and am thankful for each of them, no matter how crazy they make me by the time there are no leftovers left over.

I’m positive it makes it easier on them to deal with me as well. Some people eat turkey and get tired; I get extra lovey dovey. My new excuse is that the turkey made me do it. Thanks turkeys.

One of the biggest things I’ve been most grateful for this year, besides family, friends, and the strangers I have yet to appreciate, is for the small businessmen who consistently support free live music. Just a few are Jeff Williams at the Winter Park Pub, Travis Smith at Freestyles, Toni and Scott Hallgren at the Crooked Creek Saloon, and Gene Stover at the Lariat.

Band Meanbottle enjoyed a nice crowd at the Winter Park Pub last Friday. Being a local Denver boy and riding the snow most of his life, guitarist “Curly” (the bald one) said he really appreciated the local vibe in the Fraser Valley. He and the band look forward to coming back Dec. 12, and promised to bring more alternative to their country sound (including an Anthrax tune or two).

I’m also thankful for the musicians who live that challenging life on stage. The Oly show on Saturday had energy that could not be matched. Guitarists Chris Williamson and Mickey Sandora joined the Stereomaid artist for the show and the mass crowd especially went wild with cover “Purple Rain.”

I was happy to run into one of the owners of the Mirasol Cantina enjoying the show and told him I’d be happy to dispel rumors that have been circulating about the Winter Park eatery. He said he would like people to know that even though the business is currently on the market, it remains open seven days a week.

While you are out and about, check out Sandra Geiser’s hand-made Santas display at the Granby Library through the end of the year. A new addition in the display cases at the library also includes some incredible artistic and utilitarian woodwork by Chris Reardon.

Artists (musicians, writers, sculptors, painters, photographers, poets and performance artists) interested in the National Park Service Artist-in-Residence Program at Rocky Mountain National Park are reminded the deadline to apply for next year is Dec. 1.

Those selected are provided “with a creative, contemplative environment in which to generate artistic works” and share them with the public. Artistic diversity, new ideas and creative uses of media are encouraged. Call (970) 586-1206 for more information.

Blues note: Mark your calendars for the upcoming Shawn Kellerman concert Dec. 13, presented by the Grand County Blues Society.

Food for thought: “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie.

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