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Here you will find stories told by Aspen Locals telling their Aspen “real life”. When Aspen Real Life first originated back in 1995, we wanted to dispel the myth that Aspen is only about the glitz and the glamour. The best way we knew to how to do that was to feature the quality of the amazing people who landed here, and stayed, despite the obstacles.

Roaring Fork Valley Instagram Feeds by Isa Catto

Roaring Fork Valley Instagram Feeds by Isa Catto

We are so happy to introduce Isa Catto as a contributing writer to our blog. Her new column, An Introvert’s Guide to the Roaring Fork Valley, will touch upon all the beautiful, whimsical, contemplative...

How to Stay Spiritual in Business

Standing there about to make the introduction, I held the wireless microphone in my hand and looked up at my angels above in the balcony; Michael Burns, Owner of Colorado Audio Visual & Design,...
Building Synergy

Building Synergy

Building Synergy in Our Community Our mission at Aspen Real Life is to support our community by promoting and growing ideas, individuals and businesses. What does that look like? At our last Aspen Business Connect...
One Woman’s Quest to Build Facilities In Haiti

One Woman’s Quest to Build Facilities In Haiti

What began as one woman’s quest to build facilities to nourish, shelter and love the “throwaways” has become a societal dream for the poorest country on earth. To exist with equanimity, the possibilities of...
Firefighter Stories of The Lake Christine Fire

Firefighter Stories of The Lake Christine Fire

"All traffic is shut down at the El Jebel light due to a structure fire," I read in the text, but I didn't think twice about it, I was heading down to a thank...
Lake Christine Fire, Day 2 by Olwen Thomson

Lake Christine Fire, Day 2 by Olwen Thomson. Photo Courtesy of Anna Stonehouse/Aspen Times

Turning right at the stoplight of Hwy 82 and Two Rivers Road in Basalt I saw what I prayed I would not to see. White smoke. Ground fire. An entity that bears more than...
Lake Christine Fire Day 1 by Olwen S. Thomsen

Lake Christine Fire Day 1 by Olwen S. Thomson

Lake Christine Fire - Day 1 Being a member of a community, doesn’t prepare one for a Fire. Being part of an elite team of Search and Rescue Volunteers, doesn’t prepare one for a Fire....

Letting Go Of Our Children

It is with bittersweet emotions that I post these pictures taken by Michele Cardamone on prom night 2018. With our boys growing up so quickly before our eyes, I meditate religiously and do yoga...

A Mother Gives Thanks

A Mother Gives Thanks If we could, would we raise our children any differently knowing then what we know now? The woman who submitted her story for me to publish to my readers listened carefully as...