Profile Response: Cheryl and Paul Lee, Ghost Ranch NM

HWWLT Logo on yellowThis is Cheryl Lee’s eleventh visit to Ghost Ranch; Paul’s first. They aren’t enrolled in any workshops; they parked their vintage teardrop trailer in the campground and are enjoying the place without an itinerary.

Cheryl is a pleinair watercolorist. She showed me pics of two landscapes that she painted this week, striking compositions with brilliant autumn foregrounds and syrupy skies, even on an iPhone. Yesterday, she gave one to friend. “It was a gift of love, to create this image for someone I care about.” Today, someone approached while she was painting and bought the other. “I know I sold that painting because yesterday I gave one away. That person could still feel the love in my work.”

img_7670Paul is an osteopath in Durango, Colorado; past the age when many retire but uninterested in stopping work he loves so much. “I’m down to three days a week.” Paul’s off days are devoted to writing. His first book, Interface: Mechanisms of Spirit in Osteopathy (R. Paul Lee, Stillness Press) seeks to rekindle the spiritual aspects that make osteopaths fundamentally different from medical doctors. Paul’s witnessed more merging between MDs and DO’s. Given the predominance of MD’s, that merging often feels more like a takeover. Within a decade, the training for the two types of physicians will be essentially identical. Most likely, that will further dilute DO’s inclusion of the spirit in treatment., but Paul chooses to look at it as an opportunity to bring osteopathiimgresc melding of physical and spiritual well-being to all medical students. Thus his new book, The Cure for Common Medicine, makes the case for spiritual as well as physical education and treatment.


How will we live tomorrow?

img_7665“When we try to be in the moment we don’t think about tomorrow.” – Cheryl

“I finished a book today about a guy who created, through physics, a machine that sends you to ‘superpositions’ that allow you to live and observe life from different perspectives. The guy who invented the machine geos to a superposition, then returns, as the altered person, and changes places with his original self. Turns out there are many variations of this same guy all experiencing different realities. The original guy has all these phantasmagorical experiences. But he doesn’t have what he cherishes most – to be with his wife and son. The book made me appreciate being in the moment. It made me appreciate what I have. Your question reminded me of that.” – Paul


About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog,, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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