Routt County Spotlight: Maggie Berglund

Maggie Berglund

Age: 31

Occupation: Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley staff member

Place of birth: Nashville, Tenn.

Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here?

A. My parents brought me here in 1984. I think they came for the family community and, of course, the skiing -- not to mention it is beautiful. Those are the reasons I have stayed.

Q. What's the biggest risk you've taken recently?

A. A lot of things many women consider risky don't scare me much. I have traveled alone to Europe to ski race, driven across Colorado in intense snowstorms, skied faster than 60 mph, taught high school (actually, that is scary). For me, it can be really scary to make new friends and let people really get to know me.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. Alarm goes off at 7:02 a.m. I continue to sleep until 7:30 or 8 a.m., subconciously absorbing NPR into my dreams. Finally get up. Walk dog, play fetch. Feed both of us and head out.

Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?

A. I suppose most of them do to some degree. I think I am constantly absorbing new insights, perspectives and explanations, especially from books.

Q. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

A. Nobody expects as much from me as I expect of myself.

Q. What are the first three things you tell new acquaintances about yourself?

A. I grew up here (wish this wasn't one of the first, but in this town, it always seems to come up right away.) Everyone always wants to know what I do, especially if they don't live here. Finally, I usually try to warn folks that I like to watch what I would call non-intellectual movies --hat some people would deem "bad" movies. I believe that movies and TV should be diverting.

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A. One of my first memories is watching a program on Columbus and thinking, "That's what I want to do, explore." Then they said he discovered the last continent and I was crushed -- there was nothing left for me to explore. Now I know there still are plenty of unkowns left in this world.

Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be and what would you talk about?

A. The dinner would be on my sailboat (which I don't yet own) in a warm place far from the stresses of the regular world. I would want four people who work hard to right the wrongs in the world. For one night we would have a safe haven and drink cocktails, relax and laugh, share our dreams and sleep late the next morning.

Favorites

Book: There are so many I can't pick

Sport to watch: Rugby

Vacation spot: Warm ocean spots with good waves, few people and good friends.

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