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March 2019

On a late Wednesday afternoon in January, Taylor Drew is busy moving ducks out of a vegetable garden at the Bromley Historic Farm in Brighton, Colo., squeezing in the last couple hours of daylight. He frequently rotates the ducks to different areas across the pasture – they help clean up weeds and fertilize the land. He says it also keeps the ducks happy.

When you think of a weekly work meeting, “transformative” might not be the first word that comes to mind. But for group facilitator and author Priya Parker, any gathering— whether that’s a dinner with friends, a business meeting or a march — is an opportunity to upend norms, generate meaning and create the world you wished existed.

When his father passed away in 1999, Gabriel Lopez embarked on a personal genealogy journey, collecting everything from information and photographs to stories and memorabilia to celebrate his father’s legacy and learn more about his family’s history.

I find now, when I toss a stone into a river, witnessing the splash. I also find now, seeing the stone rivers created by artist Andy Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy collaborates with nature to create art. Using natural materials, he assembles works that are less, and more, impermanent. Thus, his art draws one’s attention to this present point – and also to its passing.

When you look at your tennis shoes or bike tires, you might not think of a farm. But they are related: the rubber used in both items contains by-product from cattle. It’s connections like these that Lacey Taylor, extension agent with Adams County 4-H outreach, tries to make when she speaks with kids and their caregivers about the role that agriculture plays in people’s everyday lives. It’s a way of informing, but also a way of sparking curiosity, so kids might be inspired to explore the world of farming and agriculture.

“You have to know how to look at this country. You have to slow down. It isn’t pretty, but it’s beautiful.”

– Kent Haruf, West of Last Chance

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Anythink. Our first new library, Anythink Bennett, opened in May 2009, followed by Anythink Brighton and the launch of the Anythink brand in September 2009.