Blooming together. Welcome here.


May has come, after all! And its arrival reminds me of the surprise that the Grinch felt when Christmas arrived without the trappings of a frantically paced, commercialized ritual – “it came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

As always, I learn a lot from Dr. Seuss, and one of the lessons I’m relearning is that a simplified life without immediate gratification is filled with heartwarming moments and opportunities to notice the previously unnoticed. And this May, our yard is showing beautiful signs of new life, all without the multiple trips to the store for new flowers, new ceramic pots, and new garden stuff. So as our cars sit parked in the driveway with the same tank of gas they had from several weeks ago, and as our wallets remain free from credit card receipts, we’re finding great joy in watching nature get ready for spring, in whatever form she takes this year.

This does not minimize the very real hardships and devastating impacts that COVID-19 is leaving in its wake; these challenges are the lead characters of our pandemic story, and will be for quite some time. But to ignore the positive aspects of a forced, slowed life would lay to waste the opportunity to recapture some of what we’ve lost sight of – substantive conversations with our family, friends and neighbors that we just didn’t always make time for. Just as the Grinch was filled with the awe of discovery, watching May arrive in all of its splendor – and at its own pace – is meaning a little bit more to me this year.

I’m reminded also, of the importance of making room for those who see the world a bit differently than we do, because they, too, have a lot to teach us and are often the source of some of our best ideas and inventions. That is why PBS12 has championed independent voices in Colorado for over 40 years. The hectic pace that seems to define our world leaves little room for anything other than the mainstream, the “standard,” and the voices that are the loudest. To provide a counterbalance, we season our schedule with documentaries from Colorado’s own producers and storytellers.

This month, you can count on the continuation of our local public affairs, music and community-focused programming, even if they are produced in a slightly-different way during these cautious times. But I’d like to draw your attention to one of the independent documentaries that we are featuring this month:

    Thursday, May 21 at 7:30pm: Stand Up, Speak Out, Take Charge. Produced by Sam Lawrence, a promising young filmmaker with Autism from Ft. Collins, this film features inspiring interviews with individuals with disabilities who have become role models for others due to their own efforts in building their own independence.

Please tune in for this great story!

Elbow to elbow, let’s all dig in to see what we can make grow during this beautiful month of May. And thank you for watching and supporting local, independent media at PBS12; no fuss, no tags, no commercials, just local, national and international programming you can trust.

For more than 40 years, we’ve planted some fascinating gardens together and I always look forward to watching them bloom.


Kim Johnson
President & General Manager