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The Knowledge Path  

Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy.

Volume One

Table of Contents

Life On Your Own Terms 

Isn’t It Time to Do What You Love? 

Off the Grid or Out of Your Mind? 

The Secrets to Happiness 

Working for Yourself

Artists – Choosing Your Own Path 




Year ‘Round Quality-of-Life








Neighbors Matter




Life After the Great Recession 

California’s High Sierras


If Worse Comes to Worst 



Curiosities and Coincidental Connections 

Lunch Over a Hotly Contested Cold Case 


Bishop’s History and Migrating Lifestyle 


Quality of Life Communities Weather Economic Crises

What Was Mammoth Like Before the Great Recession? 

Chains that Bind – Bankruptcy, Foreclosures and No Snow 

Stuck in the Middle with You 

Breathtaking Mountain Panoramas and Bullet Holes 

Temple of Folly, Clocks Cleaned and Repaired 

Mammoth Lakes: From Hardships to Hope 

Colorado’s Rocky Mountains


What Were Frisco and Copper Mountain Like Before the Great Recession? 

What Were Dillon and Keystone Resort Like Before the Great Recession?

The Knowledge Path 


Volume Two

Table of Contents


The Knowledge Path 

Three Leave a Legacy


Table of Contents

Life After the Great Recession

“Local news for (fill in  a town on your bucket list, or in your itinerary) continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.” 

Winter Fun for the Whole Family

For couples and parents, you might find the following quote from city-data a deal breaker:


An excerpt from Book Three in “The Knowledge Path Series” dedicated to helping you find the place of your dreams.

5-Year Time Frames — 2003 – 2008

Continuing with favorite Highlights and Headlines for the next five years.

5-Year Time Frames 2009 – 2014

Later in 2009 as the impact of the Great Recession begins to sink in …

Pagosa Springs Blue Grass Festival

Pagosa Springs Locals Resist Arts Cuts

No music festivals, no dance, no theater, no art galleries, no children’s programs, no singing, no film festivals, no sculpture, no debates in the newspaper about differing …


Winter 2009 – 2010

While other Colorado towns (Vail) lined up for economic stimulus money…

Winter Snow Scenes

Pierre Mion taught his popular Winter Watercolor Workshop featuring Pagosa area snow scenes, one of which was featured on the December page of the 2009 Pagosa Country Calendar. 

Winter 2013 – 2014

Overlooked Family Bargains in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming –

Wolf Creek,  Pagosa Springs, Colorado, most snow  in Colorado

Pagosa Springs

$58 adult lift tickets, no lift lines. great food at the ski lodge. Great accommodations. Lots to do besides great skiing & great snowboarding.  Hike, cross-country ski, snow shoe. horseback ride, sleigh ride, enjoy Pagosa Hot Springs, right downtown Pagosa. indoor heated olympic pool.  Great restaurants, tequila, Bear Creek, JT’s, Chatos. Awesome grocery – City Market.  miss ski season by 5 months for secret spot fly fishing, ride the Cumbres Toltec narrow gauge railroad, Red Ryder Rodeo every thursday night. 

For regional coverage we’ve relied on in the past.

“Local news for (fill in  a town on your bucket list, or in your itinerary) continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.” 

To test it out, search for your current hometown.

Notice and how current and complete the local items in the news are in your search results.

We set up RSS feeds for Topix towns, but soon discovered a major problem.

  • Like almost every other news outlet, local online papers rely on world and state news to fill their editions (that weren’t relevant).
  • AND, the vast majority of local stories centered on crime.

So we set up a variety of filters to screen out “jail,” “robbery,”” burglary,” and all the variations of those terms.

As a back up, you might want to try The which claims they’ve got lists of 12,064 Online Newspapers & ePapers.

Topix News for Whitefish, Montana

News feeds for Whitefish, Montana: for the  Pilot News – set up an RSS feed

Topix News for Pagosa Springs, Colorado

For Pagosa Springs, Colorado: Pagosa Springs Sun

And, finally if you’re serious about Pagosa Springs (or Whitefish so far), or about any other town on your growing bucket list, you’ll want to investigate the most comprehensive resource we’ve found –

In Depth Data for Cities and Towns Across the U.S.

Their detailed, statistical data often provide more information than you know what to do with.

They aggregate public records open and available to the public at large and periodically update their information based on the records that these agencies release.

They also encourage user-generated content.

Here’s the link for Pagosa Springs:

Updated Stats for Local Registered Sex Offenders

For couples and parents, you might find the following quote from city-data a deal breaker:

Winter Fun for the Whole Family

According to our research of Colorado and other state lists there were 24 registered sex offenders living in Pagosa Springs, Colorado as of April 20, 2015.

The ratio of number of residents in Pagosa Springs to the number of sex offenders is 71 to 1.



25) Compare what “life” was like in those communities before the Great Recession, how resilient each was during the economic downturn, and to what degree did each bounce back after with any “economic hangover.”

30) Review headlines and relevant news as far back as you can find online to surface each community’s unique pulse and identify information necessary to make your decision. Is there a “ticking time bomb” issue you may uncover that eliminates the resort from your bucket list? Search on


“I was an aspiring filmmaker,” he said. But I started to see how aspiring to be something was a way to not really try.”

Aspiring Independent Filmmakers

When do we realize it really is time to move on? Time to smell the coffee?

An excerpt from Book One in “The Knowledge Path Series” dedicated to helping you find more meaning and happiness in your life.

You know what they say about anything creative – it’s  1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.

Giving It One More Shot

“I was an aspiring filmmaker,” he said. 

But I started to see how aspiring to be something was a way to not really try. 

If you did that and you failed, well, you didn’t really fail. 

I needed to start making things, even if they weren’t great, just making things.”

The grind takes it toll in different ways.

The Show Must Go On

The actor’s wife, still living in their home town, wanted to fly to Los Angeles for the play but wasn’t sure she could make it.

He needed to see her.

He was beginning to realize that daily phone conversations were hardly a substitute for a real marriage.

Not one of his coffee buddies attended his closing night.

But, most importantly his wife wasn’t there either.

Closing Curtains

Maybe she sent flowers?

No such luck.

“I want our life back,” he said after the play was done.

Not long afterward, over the phone, his wife said that she would always hope for his acting dreams, but she wanted a divorce.

He feared that his single-minded pursuit of acting had torn them apart.This quest for an acting career....

My God, it has led me down the road to ruin.

Persist or Pivot? How Do You Know?

And yet …

When do we realize it really is time to move on?

Time to smell the coffee?


(4) Nurture your passions and express your uniqueness — no one else can or will, for that matter

(6) Persist and pivot to navigate external threats and opportunities.

(3) Pick options designed to attract better opportunities.  You don’t want to miss out on lucrative jobs or entrepreneurial ventures that will fuel  a real change in your lifestyle.

(7) Choose the ‘Preneur’ business model that brings out the best in you – freelancing, consulting, franchising, Internet marketing or establishing a Knowledge ATM.