Tag: Kim Nuzzo

“Remember Me, Hamlet”

Hamlet Director and Thunder River Theatre Company’s founder and artistic director, Lon Winston answers questions regarding our matinee performance. “Remember me, Hamlet” was a quote from the Ghost of King Hamlet played by Jaywalkers own poet laureate and former counselor emeritus Kim Nuzzo. Perhaps the only thing I remembered from Hamlet was “to be or not to be,” a skull, and sword fight – not too surprising ! Much to my delight, and thanks to an amazing production and spectacular acting I found a renewed appreciation for arguably, Shakespeare’s most famous and powerful tragedy. I had a new perspective and understanding of the difficulty of taking action, ambition, and appearances. All of the actors wore masks to represent the duality of the characters and their motivations. I can certainly relate to the wearing of facades during my addictions. I was too busy trying to be the person who I thought…

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Thank you, Kim

Jaywalker’s Senior Lodge Counselor and Family Program Coordinator, Kim Nuzzo, is retiring this week. Kim, you have been there for us all and we couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you for everything! “I guess you could say I was there at the beginning, at least the beginning of Kim’s arrival to the Roaring Fork Valley and his subsequent hire at Aspen Counseling Center.   We spent the next 15 or 16 years together at that agency before Kim departed for greener pastures at Jaywalker. I believe I owe it to him that I was hired for the same greener pasture some 6 months later. It’s kind of funny, but Kim is a guy I feel I have always known while actually spending little time with him away from the work environment. One notable exception to this was our fantastic trip to the Blues Awards in Memphis during May of 2012. I…

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Kim Celebrates 29

Last Saturday our very own, Kim Nuzzo, celebrated 29 years of sobriety. Kim has been a Chemical Dependency Counselor for the last 20 years and has been a great example of what long term sobriety can look like. Kim, thank you for everything you do and here is just a small list of the lives you’ve touched here: Kim has been a part of my journey since the beginning and I feel so grateful that he’s my friend. – Brendon Kerton “Nothing impacts a still-suffering alcoholic more than hearing the language of the heart from another alcoholic in recovery” – AA Conference 2001. Kim – Congratulations on 29 years of sharing your experience, strength and hope. – Jacquie Wheeler Kim Nuzzo’s talent as a clinician is only surpassed by his talent as a photographer of, “Homies” figurines. These photographs truly express the inner workings of what must surely be a most…

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Suicide Awareness and Prevention

The Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, Colorado, was the site of a community forum hosted by the Aspen Hope Center, Wednesday May 29, 2014.  The topic, in general, was mental health; specifically, suicide awareness and prevention. In addition to professionals from Garfield County Public Health, Aspen Hope Center, NAMI Roaring Fork, our own Kim Nuzzo, and The Buddy Program, local residents bravely stepped up to the podium to share their personal stories of suicide and mental illness. Staggering facts noted during the forum included: 105 people, daily, die from suicide (1 person every 14 minutes) nationally For every 1 suicide, there are 25 attempts 1 in 4 people suffer from mental illness annually 20% of youth, ages 13-18, suffer from severe mental health disorders 70% of youth in juvenile detention have at least one mental health condition In the age bracket of 15-19 years, suicide is the 2nd leading…

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Kim Nuzzo Celebrates 28 Years

Kim and I met in November of 1991 in Aspen. We had both been hired by the Aspen Counseling Center. We shared an office together for fifteen years. We worked as co-therapists in an IOP program. We both loved our work and our new home- Aspen.  A unique close bond grew over the years. In addition to the hours we spent at work, we spent time together hiking,skiing,golfing, etc.. Our families grew close and my wife called Kim my second wife. We got so close that we both developed coronary artery problems at the same time. As you can imagine, our director thought our professional work ethic was outstanding.  His enthusiasm about the IOP program was limitless. You can ask him, his name is Jeff Kremer. Kim always tells me that he learned all his therapeutic skills from working with me. He’s prone to exaggeration – it was only about 90%. I never would have made the…

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Our “Kremer”

His has been a quiet presence of strength, wisdom, rationality within the recovery community here in the Roaring Fork Valley for at least twenty five years; good research would show it’s even longer if we take into account the beginning of his career in the Midwest.   I’m speaking of the man I often refer to as a kind of a recovery “Dr. Spock,” our own Jeff Kremer.  He is a humble man who’s spent his career helping those of us who have the illness of chemical dependency.   “Kremer,” as he has allowed me to address him for twenty plus years, would have been successful in any field but he chose “us.”  If you want to have an stimulating conversation, ask him about any of these topics:  the blues, jazz, politics, the stock market, Milton Erickson, mental health, addiction, James Joyce, existentialism, baseball, football,  or running.  You will soon discover you’re…

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28 Years of Sobriety!

Our own Jacquie Wheeler, Senior Counselor at the Solutions program, is celebrating 28 years of continuous sobriety today. I met Jacquie around 2003 when she was looking to move back to the valley where she originally got sober.  She was the only person I considered when the first Jaywalker IOP started up in 2007 and I needed a co-therapist.  She brings so many skills to the Jaywalker team.  Credentialed to the maximum; checkout the degrees and certifications on her wall sometime.  Her education, clinical wisdom, combined with her enthusiasm for recovery, in my book, make her one of the best counselors around. And being a wonderful human being is a sweet icing on the cake. Give her a big hug and congratulations on 28 years the next time you see her. Kim Nuzzo Senior Counselor Jaywalker Lodge

Serenity Scramble

It’s that time of year again! Jaywalker Lodge is hosting the 6th Annual Jaywalker Lodge Serenity Scramble on Saturday, September 28, at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale, CO.  All proceeds benefit two local non-profits: A Way Out and Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention.  The shotgun start will kick off at 8:30 AM sharp, followed by an awards luncheon with lunch, a raffle, lots of great prizes, and awards for 1st and 2nd place; longest drive; closest to pin; and best dressed team.   To register, or for more information, please visit www.jaywalkergolfopen.com, or contact Kortney Hartman at khartman@jaywalkerlodge.com, or (970) 704-9292.

Giving is Getting

The school year is ending for many.  Students at the local boarding school, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, are preparing to travel to their homes all about the country. Some will be returning in the fall, others will be venturing off to colleges. All of them will be negotiating new minefields of drug and alcohol temptations and potential pitfalls.  CRMS is a progressive boarding school that works diligently at drug and alcohol education and prevention. This past month more than ten Jaywalker Lodge clients have volunteered at the school by speaking to students of all levels of their experience, strength and hope regarding drug and alcohol addiction and recovery.  For some of our men this is their first experience of sharing what they have learned from their journeys through addiction into recovery. Here are some remarks from the lead counselor of the CRMS staff, Ashley Smith, who has long had a…

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Poetry Everywhere, was the theme of the third annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival hosted by the Thunder River Theatre Company. The festival honors the inspiring life of poet and naturalist Karen Chamberlain, who passed away September 11, 2010. Karen’s contributions and dedication to writers and artists continue to be felt throughout the Western Slope and beyond. The three day festival consisted of workshops, awards, open mic sessions, and featured performers including the Western Slope poet laureate, Art Goodtimes. Jaywalker’s own Alumnus, Pat C, was among the featured poets that entertained several Jaywalker Lodge clients and myself this weekend. In addition to Pat’s inspiring words, the packed house crowds were treated to the amazing mixed-media art work of Jaywalkers senior counselor Kim Nuzzo. The Jaywalker men and I agreed that the sharing of poetry is not unlike the sharing of our experience, strength, and hope in Recovery. Poetry can be used…

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