Ramblings of a Rambler – Jan. 2022

By Bill Watson, Publisher
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Hi Prime Timers, Welcome to 2022! It was heart-wrenching and frightening the way 2021 left us. The freak fires that were pushed by 100 mph winds and swept through Boulder County caused devastation in the towns of Superior, Louisville, and parts of Broomfield. We sat in amazement and horror as the fire erased entire neighborhoods. The folks in those communities had a short amount of time to evacuate their homes leaving behind their possessions and treasured memories. It was a true nightmare scenario and historic for our state.

Bill Watson

Bill Watson

But, this is Colorado and the folks prove over and over that we’re Colorado Strong. We rally together and help our neighbors when they’re in need. I was on a social media site and someone was asking if anyone had a camper they could use. Their house and all their possessions were destroyed by the fire. In a matter of minutes, they had a camper and a clothing and donation fund set up for them by their friends. There truly are Angels among us!

As I write this column, there is a fresh blanket of snow covering the ground. I was out this morning and enjoyed the total silence the snow brings with it. I almost forgot how serene a snowfall can be. I think I needed it. I’m amazed sometimes when something crosses my path at just the right time. For instance, we received this article from one of our readers this month. It arrived this morning in my email. Perfect timing…

The Christmas Star of Boulder, Colorado
By Mary Anne Righi

When I arrived in Boulder, Colorado on October 16, 2012, I arrived on an RTD bus from the
Denver Amtrak station with the hopes of finding my own place to live and be near my three
grown children, daughter-in-law, grandchild and the family dogs.
I stayed with my eldest child for a time and later I was at the Foot of the Mountain Motel at
the base of Boulder Canyon off of Canyon Blvd. near Boulder Park.

When I would walk up Arapahoe Avenue or through Boulder Park, near Boulder Creek, I noted
a beautiful star shining on the mountainside during the coming months of November and
December on my way to or from the beautifully decorated motel. I called it the Christmas star
as it reminded me of the star that guided the shepherds and three wise men to the Christ child
on the night that he was born in Bethlehem.

I found out recently that the star is called the Flagstaff star and it has a history of its origin and purpose. I just knew then that it was a bright star that gave me hope and Peace, that all was
well in my life and the lives of my family and that all was turning out well.

I stayed in a nice clean little cabin which I rented for several weeks. I was fortunate that I
could do so. I would walk up Arapahoe to purchase food at Alfalfa’s Supermarket. I had an
electric burner in the room of the cabin where I could heat water and a microwave to heat up
frozen foods and leftovers. I was quite comfortable.

That winter was quite snowy and I enjoyed my walks up the street or through the park along,
the paths which were comfortable enough to walk even through the snow. My sons came to visit when they could. My daughter lived and worked farther away and I did not see her as often.

I had a wonderful Christmas, cozy in the cabin and warm enough bundled up outside. I
watched Christmas specials inside on the cable TV, mostly nice Hallmark special movies and
other Christmas specials. Every walk I took after dark, which it did get dark here in Northern
Colorado early on, was inspired by the beautiful Christmas star along the mountainside and I
imagined the Magi and the shepherds making their treks across the land to visit and bring gifts
to the Christ child.

It was a magical mystical time for me in a new place far from the state where I had lived. I
felt warm and wonderful to be near my grown children as I had wanted to be and inspired by
the beauty of a star which represented the faith in a God of Love and total Forgiveness and

I hope to tell the story of my first few weeks in Boulder, Colorado, my new home state to my
grandchildren and all my family members and friends.

Mary Anne Righi, M.Ed. SLP
Healing Modalities 8
Written December 2012

Thank you for your personal and uplifting story Mary Anne. I can certainly relate to that warm feeling about living in this wonderful state.

With a heavy heart for all those impacted by the Bounder County fires and with optimism for the New Year, we wish you all a Healthy, Happy, Peaceful and Safe 2022!!

The state of Colorado has made many resources available for anyone wishing to volunteer to help families affected by the Marshall Fire. You can do so by signing up at Colorado Responds.org.

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