Although the word is new to me, the concept is not. In fact, when I really thought about it, hygge has played a central role in my life for a very long time and it's not a stretch to say that my company is very much in the business of hygge. Candles, like all fire, attract our attention, bring us closer together and make reverent moments out of the mundane.
We gathered for potlucks two to three times a week. We gathered in houses and we gathered in woodsies. Those were my favorites - walking up snow-packed trails in the moonlight through the deep winter woods. Squeezing into these tiny, Hobbit homes, sharing food and stories of the day's adventures.
I rolled into Telluride in June of 1990 with skiing on my mind. I found part time work on a construction site and a few nights washing dishes at Honga's Lotus Petal. Rent was cheap, but I opted for a tent in the woods.