Although the quiet and slower pace of fall are here, I know that it has been a challenging time for many in our region lately. I write to you from the Front Range of Colorado, where floods in September left a lasting mark on the landscape and many communities. And the recent government shutdown impacted so many of our members’ sites and jobs. Regardless of the cause, disturbance to our usual routines, and those of our visitors, can take a toll. But interpreters are experts at forging connection and meaning through even unpleasant events and times. I found Sandy James’ thoughtful article to be particularly relevant, and I highly encourage you to take the time to read it. As our visitors seek to reestablish their sense of place on landscapes that have been altered or off-limits, our role in facilitating connectedness is more important than ever.

As we look ahead to the remainder of the year, there is much to anticipate. The National Interpreter’s Workshop is just around the corner in Reno, and I know that will provide an opportunity for our community to connect and recharge. And our region is hosting the first of what I hope will be many Meet-and-Greets – this one in the Denver area (connect with your state representative if you would like to host one in your area)!

Amanda_hi.1Wishing you all a peaceful fall,
Amanda Peterson, CIG

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