Meet a Westsider:
MaryEllyn Taylor

Profession/Occupation... I am retired from teaching, I taught at Palmer High School for 25 years. I now do volunteer work in a variety of settings.

What I like most about the Westside is... I love the “coming home at last” feeling of the Westside. If I couldn’t live on the Westside, I wouldn’t consider living in Colorado Springs !!!

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... to change “the powers that be’s” attitude toward the infrastructure, which almost always seems like an afterthought, if at all.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... “Inception,” with Leonardo Di Caprio

I'd like to discover... the one thing that would change the repetitious course of history whereby mankind wages wars for power.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Eliza Greatorix, the New York artist and illustrator who came to Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City in the early 1870s, where she created a book of etchings. Each of her scenic etchings was accompanied by a short anecdote about the scene she portrayed.

The next time I travel, I’m going to... Machu Picchu in Peru.

My favorite childhood memory is... taking the train from Denver to Amarillo, Texas, when I was 3. The train station was the grandest thing I’d ever seen !

My favorite summer pastime is... doing anything outdoors in the early morning Colorado sun.

Something good I’ve read is... “A Thousand White Women,” by Jim Fergus. Though fictionalized, it presents an interesting concept of the 1870s government’s “brides for Indians” program

My pet peeve is... People who “don’t get” how animals enrich one’s life

If I won the lottery, I would... donate two thirds of it to geriatic educational research and to animal education to help promote quality of life. I’d spend the other third traveling.

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