San Luis Valley

Dear Darrin,

I am writing in the evening light; the river birds have begun the last of their singing, sweet whistles, and rapid staccatos that are their language. I imagine they are asking one another for the very same things we might ask for, a lasting grace that is more than just their flight.

Is old-fashioned hospitality still alive? We are not talking about the “hospitality trade,” which thrives on the corners of every highway crossing. We are talking about welcoming in strangers out of empathy and generosity, not out of the drive to make money.

  

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Virginia McConnell Simmons is the author of The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico (UPC), The San Luis Valley: Land of the Six-Armed Cross (UPC), and Bayou Salado (UPC), as well as hundreds of articles for journals, magazines, and newspapers.