15 minutes with … a YouthZone volunteer | PostIndependent.com

15 minutes with … a YouthZone volunteer

Barb Lorah

Name: Barb LorahAge: 65Place of birth: Grand JunctionWhen did you move to Garfield County and why? 1974. My husband and I thought this would be a great place to raise a family, and we were right.First thing you’d buy after winning the lottery? A magnum of champagne for the big party we’d throw.First or best job ever? The best was establishing the Restorative Justice program at YouthZone. Restorative Justice is an effective way to help both kids and our community.

Favorite fashion designer brand? Levi StraussBest vacation ever? Last year we traveled to Jamaica with our sons and their families, and that was great fun. Then we spent a month in Bhutan and India. Later we spent a month in Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. We found interesting and lovely things in each one of those countries. Also some sad and awful things. That’s why we travel.What do you do in your spare time? I travel, volunteer for YouthZone, read, stitch, cook, garden.Greatest accomplishment? A thriving marriage and two happy and successful grown sons.Ever had a book, movie, news event change your life? Yes. When John Kennedy said: “It is not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country” I joined the Peace Corps. I was stationed in Africa (Eritrea 1962-64), a life-altering experience.Best piece of advice you’ve ever received; or a cliché to live by? My husband, Bill, always says, “It’s not where you’ve been but where you are going that is important.” We live our lives by following that creed.As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Peter Pan was my hero. I never wanted to grow up.

If you only had three TV channels, what would you watch? “Sesame Street” with my grandchildren.Any tattoos? Not that you’d ever notice.If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would they be, what would you serve and what would you talk about? I’d invite Mozart for his genius, Sandra Day O’Connor for her steadfast search for what is right and Mark Twain for his wit. For dessert we would have ripe tropical fruit, a crusty warm baguette and a cheese plate to die for. Between bites we would talk about achieving peace in our time.What’s the greatest invention of all time? Disposable diapers and drip-dry shirts.FavoritesMovie: This week it is “Indochine.”

Breakfast cereal: homemade granolaSong: This month it’s “Summertime.” In July it’s “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.”Athlete: all 6-year-old soccer playersFood: CheetosWeb site: looksmarttravel.com and epicurious.comPlace in Garfield County: our homeSport to watch: school board meetings

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