Hello, I'm excited to be here with you all! My name is Allison and I live in Ophir (down the street from Lynton), Colorado. In my former life, I was a lawyer in NYC. In 2016, I walked, or more accurately drove, away from chasing law partnership and headed west. For about a year, I lived out of my car, reconnecting with the world and myself. During those travels, I fell in love with Colorado's San Juan Mountains, which are now home. These days, I operate two backcountry lodges with my husband and write. I'm working on a memoir about my mid-life renaissance and a linked short story collection that explores the trappings of chasing consumption, along with other, smaller pieces. One upside of all this is that with our business closed, I have no excuse not to give writing my full attention. Another upside is the clear air - it's amazing to see the earth catching her breath. As for art, there is so much I love, the museums and galleries are one thing I miss most about New York. Aside from literature, music is the form that feeds me most. Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Joni Mitchell, her words seem particularly wise and relevant these days. And, since we lost him last week, John Prine has been a constant presence on the stereo. I found Brandi Carlile's tribute to him especially moving - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFLqYKjOVOk Looking forward to the class!