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When Friends Get Together

FRUITA CAVALCADE  Born in the ramblin ‘ inquisitive minds of Cullen and Jeannine Purser  and friends. Cavalcade is quickly birthing another community dream.

The Hot Tomato, Fruita’s fabulous eclectic pizzeria was born from the meeting of like minds on the corner of Mulberry and Aspen below the Fruita Masonic Lodge.  Unlikely place until you look around the intersection and discover other persons dreams in living color. Over the Edge Sports a Single Trackers paradise and Camilla’s Kaffe are directly across the street. Aspen Street Coffee the home of the incredible bean, wonderful goodies and ingenious conversation reaches its sidewalk umbrellas from the diagonal. Around these very cafe tables the flicker which was to become Cavalcade was fanned into full flame. Finally across Mulberry west waits a brewery in the corpse of a recent entreprenurial vision soon to be reborn as The Suds Brothers Micro.

All this is to say that Cavalcade is beginning to thrive in a neighborhood where ideas come to reality over night and draw on the spirit of a young community being reborn in a seedbed laid by a crazy poet, William Pabor, in the former millineum who dreamed of  Ute Indian country becoming a fertile garden fed by life giving canals from the Colorado River.  When you think of it, what better place to begin a new venture.

Cavalcade is a novel idea, people giving birth to the joy of being together and reveling in one another’s individual gifts. Fruita has long been a secret haven for artists and performers who share their gifts elsewhere and return to the cafe tables on Aspen for brew and friendly conversation. Cavalcade now offers a venue for a sharing among friends. This is what originally made Chautauqua, New York what it is today. Is Cavalcade another Chautauqua in the making? Who knows? For sure those who give it life are unconcerned with grandeur only giving expression to what is wholesome, pure and exciting from the human heart. What better place to begin.

A View from the Ridge

Sub-Titled The Testimony of a Twentieth-Century Christian.  Morris West wrote in 1996, “I offer … an act of witness: the testimony of a pilgrim, a fellow with a cockleshell in his hat, a staff in his hand, with eighty years of living recorded in his brain box and aching joints…” West’s recall of his days as a postulate caused me to reflect over the some 45 years that I have been in United Methodist ministry. His courageous choice not to accept his final vows in the opening days of WWII stirred a series of conscious choices that lead him down a winding path at first away from official association with the faith of his fathers and then back to tell her stories. Even though he clearly could not continue in a priesthood that he considered seriously flawed, he found a respectful curiosity that drew him to return with an open heart, pen in hand.

His telling of these stories is relaxed, compassionate and insightful as one embracing the odd quirks and personalities in one’s own family history. West has no particular axe to grind. He simply embodies the quiet recognition that our lives are shaped by the personalities and landscapes we encounter. His was certainly a colorful passage from the monochromatic days as postulate and soldier to the technicolor studios of MGM.

The Spirit of Mexico


James Tipton

James Tipton lives in Ajijic, Mexico, on the shores of Lake Chapala, where he writes poetry and enjoys village life. His work is widely published, including credits in The Nation, South Dakota Review, Southern Humanities Review, The Greensboro Review, Esquire, Field, and American Literary Review. He is also included in various anthologies and other works, most recently Aphrodite, by Isabel Allende (1998), Bleeding Hearts, edited by Michelle Lovric (1998), The Geography of Hope, edited by David J. Rothman (1998), and The Intimate Kiss, edited by Wendy Maltz (2001), Charity, edited by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer (Red Rock Press, 2002), Hope, edited by Sophie Elise Lalazarian (Red Rock Press, 2003), Haiku: A Poets Guide, edited by Lee Gurga (Modern Haiku Press, 2003), Readings for Weddings, edited by Mark Oakley, Vicar of St. Pauls (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2004), and Erotic Haiku, edited by Hiroaki Sato (IBC, 2004).

A collection of poems, Letters from a Stranger, with a Foreword by Isabel Allende (Conundrum Press, 1998), won the 1999 Colorado Book Award in Poetry. His most recent collections of poems are Proposing to the Woman in the Rear View Mirror (, 2008), Washing Dishes in the Ancient Village/Lavando platos en el antiguo pueblo (Ediciones del Lago, 2009), and All the Horses of Heaven/Todos los Caballos del Paraíso (, 2009)

He is currently working on a new collection of poetry in the ecstatic tradition titled To Love for a Thousand Years and a collection of short stories about expatriates in Mexico titled Three Tamales for the Señor.

Mr. Tipton is a popular speaker and reader at conferences and workshops. In addition to workshops on writing, he also offers workshops on a variety of spiritual topics.

Current Articles by James Tipton

All The Horses of Heaven

WOW – Women On Writing Interview

All I Know is I Built this House

The Wizard of Is

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