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Real Radio Trifecta

Fifteen hundred people live in the country comfort town of Paonia, Colorado, and the population of Delta County, where it is located on the Western Slope, is slightly more than thirty thousand. Is that enough folks to sustain a successful listener-supported radio station, do you imagine? Well, yes, in fact, it is and it has, Read More

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

  An Interview with Christo and Jeanne-Claude     Valley Curtain  Interview with Christo and Jeanne-ClaudeBy James PagliasottiJanuary 4, 2002 The artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born Gemini-like at the same hour on June 13, 1935, he in Gabrovo, Bulgaria as Christo Javacheff of an industrialist family and she in Casablanca, Morocco as Jeanne-Claude Denat de Read More

Rogue Reads

Big thanks to the Jackson County Library Service for including me in the Rogue Reads lectures at the county’s very impressive library system.  For those of you who asked about the schedule for my presentation of What It Was: Growing Up When the Music Mattered, here ’tis: Branch Day Date Time       Shady Read More

Music and Personality

Given the two pieces of information below, what can we deduce? Music is universal. Which type you prefer, however, may cordon you off from other personality types (HERE) This is the music that came to be in 1972. It was a banner year and the soundtrack of a community.    

Insurrection and Sedition

The assault of January 6 on a sitting Congress was an exclamation point at the conclusion of four bizarre years in American democracy. It was the end point of a callous campaign by the nation’s highest elected official to incite insurrection among the lunatic fringe of his core supporters. Like him, it failed, but it Read More


This very unusual holiday season has unsettled many a traditional gathering and left a lot of us feeling adrift. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, are all the ornaments of our collective failure as a society, those people seemingly on every corner in town, holding cardboard signs, asking for help, looking with vacant eyes at Read More