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Law of the Garbage Truck
One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the
We were driving in the right lane when suddenly,
a black car jumped out of a parking space right in
front of us.
My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded
and missed the other car by just inches!
The driver of the other car whipped his head
around and started yelling at us!
My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.
And I mean he was really friendly.
So I asked, ¡°Why did you just do that? This guy
almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospi-
This is when my taxi cab driver taught me what I
now call ¡®The Law of the Garbage Truck¡¯.
He explained ¨C
¡°Many people are like garbage trucks. They run
around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of
anger, and full of disappointment.
¡°As their garbage piles up, they need a place to
dump it and sometimes they¡¯ll dump it on you.
¡°Don¡¯t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish
them well and move on.
¡°Don¡¯t take their garbage and spread it to other
people, at work, at home or on the streets.¡±
The bottom line is that happy people are those
that do not let garbage trucks take over their day.
Life is too short to wake up in the morning with
So, love the people who treat you right and pray
for the ones who don¡¯t.
Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety
percent how you take it.
Have a garbage-free day!
The Reading Room
2015 October
Pg 5 - The Sunshine Express
Treasures From The Inbox
and looking for a wall, please fill out the Exhibit
Proposal Form ONLINE. The deadline for 2016
exhibit proposals is November 1, 2015. Rolling
submissions are accepted but priority is given to
first applicants.
Work for the galleries must be new and can¡¯t have
been exhibited recently at other venues in or
near Telluride. Some exceptions apply but this is
the general rule of thumb. The Library provides a
great venue to show work that has already been
Gallery 81435 is a vibrant contemporary art
space in the heart of town. The large, open, light-
filled gallery lends itself to very contemporary
work, and more high-end exhibits. Exhibits gener-
ally run for one month.
The beautifully renovated Stronghouse Gallery
provides a welcoming exhibit space that lends
itself to experimental works, installations and
more traditional exhibits. It is a light-filled, space
that provides a reception area for the Telluride
Arts Offices and the Stronghouse Studios. Exhibits
generally run for one month.
The Wilkinson Public Library exhibits are the
most community driven and receive high traffic
throughout the day. There are four exhibit spaces
at the Wilkinson Public Library. Shows open during
Art Walk months and hang for 3-6 months at a
time. Work shown at the Library cannot be priced,
but sales can be directed through Telluride Arts.
Telluride Arts hosts pop-up exhibits, as space is
available. Need more information? Please call or
stop by our offices at the Stronghouse Studios on
283 S Fir St. 970.728.3930
If you get email, you
get stuff. Sometimes
it is spam, sometimes
it is a true gem.
Here is one of those
gems worth sharing:
Positively Karen
weeds across an open plain, return, saturating
my thoughts as I sit basking in the afternoon
In a far distant time, early in the fall of the
year, I was taken by surprise to find my
daughter at my door. Picnic basket and kite in
hand, she invited me to run away with her for
an afternoon. Casting my dust mop aside and
grabbing my jacket off a peg on the way out
of the door, I joined her.
A short drive up gravel road, we arrive at
¡°the place¡±. Following a well used deer trail
we hiked up, up to the summit. Laying hold
of that gorgeous multicolored kite we waited.
Before long the wind hop-scotching from one
mountain peak to another filled the kite. It
began to rise. Higher and higher, a skyscraper,
the kite danced merrily against a sapphire
It was a marvelous afternoon. Coming back
down the mountain, as the sun began to set
in the west, we were astonished at the sight
of half a dozen cars parked along side of the
road. I suppose it was somewhat of a shock to
the occupants - that kite.
The thing with memories, a person can take
them out at any time to enjoy them over and
over again. I take the memory road occasion-
ally, returning refreshed and rested, a vaca-
tion of sorts.
Face of the harvest moon
gazes through bedroom window
chirping cricket
doesn¡¯t mind.
(Karen Schafer lives in and writes from Grand
Junction, CO)
Opportunity To Show Off
Q: What do birds say on Halloween?
A: Twick o tweet
Q: Why didn¡¯t the skeleton go to the ball?
A: Because he had no body to go with
Q: Why are ghosts so bad at lying?
A: Because you can see right through them
Q: What do you get when you cross a duck with a
A: Count Quackula
Q: What do you do when 50 zombies surround
your house?
A: Hope it¡¯s Halloween!
The Kite
Morning, I sit here alone.
Grandchildren were gathered and have returned
home with their father. Husband is at work. I have
absolutely nothing special to do today. I wander.
The neighbor¡¯s tomatoes remain green, not very
anxious to be picked I guess. Filling the birdbath
to overflowing I disturb three wasps hovering on
the rim drinking.
Autumn, the roses seem a little tired evenings.
Yellow roses have scattered their petals across
sidewalk. Honey bee staggers out of remaining
red rose.
Had a birthday recently. This autumn... am I
growing old? No. I decide I¡¯m too young to be old,
and yet?
Canadian geese flying in formation make my eyes
happy. Hawk, riding fall wind road, calls to me.
What a strange thing.
Memories scattered far and wide, like tumble-
Telluride Arts Calls For Exhibit Proposals;
Apply Today For A 2016 Exhibit
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Telluride Arts supports local and regional
artists by curating rotating exhibits in and
around Telluride. Many of the exhibits are
planned to open with artist receptions on the
First Thursday Art Walks that happen through-
out the on-seasons.
Our current spaces include Gallery 81435, the
Stronghouse Gallery, and the Wilkinson Public
Library, with additional pop-up exhibits around
town as space permits. If you have an idea for
a great show or work that is ready to hang
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sharing one¡¯s material wealth is sharing
the wealth of ourselves - our time and
energy, our passion and commitment,
and, above all, our love.¡± - William E. Simon