As a self-proclaimed nostalgia lover, I often find myself searching for tools that might offer a glimpse from past moments that evoked happiness and calm. For me it’s Crosby Stills and Nash, Moonstruck, the smell of fresh cut grass or staring out the window on a long drive, that can spin me back in time. Summertime in general comes with a heavy bag of jumbled, blissful memories that I like to revisit from time to time. And the common thread in all of these memories, is the lost art of being bored. A feeling that we rarely get to experience today. A feeling that I crave now more than ever in our days brimming with work, parenting, activities, chores . . . stresses of the world. So lately I have tried to bury the need to multi-task and dedicate my attention to maybe making a new recipe for dinner, pulling weeds, or sitting on the porch swing listening to every creak of its old bones. We hear it all the time, “slow down.” And it makes sense, because it’s when we slow down that we see the beauty in the mundane. So, our wish for you as we head into the second half of summer is that you find moments of boredom and joy in the little things. Start a garden, introduce yourself to a neighbor, watch the sunrise, turn off the screens and rest whenever you can. Sit in the sun with this July issue and meet Anthony Ruptak, one of our all-time favorite Denver musicians. Whatever you do, just find your calm.

Your neighbors, 

Sam and Shaleen DeStefano