Poet- Susan Polis Schutz & Olympic Champion- Bonnie St. John – Following Dreams & Loving It! on Holy Hormones Honey! September 24

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Monday night’s radio interview with best-selling author, renowned poet and now film director Susan Polis Schutz and Olympic Ski Champion, Bonnie St. John is now posted. Polis Schutz will be at Lorie Student Center at CSU on Thursday,  Sept 27 at 7 pm. for the showing of ‘Following Dreams’ and at Bas Bleu Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 pm for the showing of ‘Over 90 and Loving It.’

Join Leslie Carol Botha, Monday, September 24 on Holy Hormones Honey! when she interviews the legendary Susan Polis Schutz, American poet, producer and owner of Blue Mountain Arts greeting cards, and Bonnie St. John – an Olympic Ski Champion with one leg. Polis Schutz, who is also the mother of U.S. Congressman Jared Polis is in Fort Collins, CO  this week to promote two of her documentaries – Following Dreams and Over 90 and Loving It.

The interview will be audio streamed on KRFC FM – from 6 to 7 pm MDT.

Filmmaker, best-selling author and renowned poet, Susan Polis Schutz presents her film “Following Dreams” at the
CSU Lory Student Center Theater on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:00 PM

Following Dreams is about people who choose to pursue their own path.  They don’t listen to people who say it can’t be done or we’ve never done it that way; these are people who listen to themselves instead.

Bonnie St. John is an Olympic ski champion with one leg.  She is the author of “Live Your Joy” and says “I can’t bear to live a life where every day that I live isn’t taking me somewhere better.”

Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria.  In recognition of this historic achievement, Bonnie was quoted on millions of Starbucks coffee cups and was honored at the White House by President George W. Bush.

NBC Nightly News called Bonnie, “One of the five most inspiring women in America.” She has been featured extensively in both national and international media including: The Today Show, CNN, CBS Morning News, NBC News, PBS, NPR, and The New York Times, as well as People, “O”, and Essence magazines, to name just a few.


Susan Polis Schutz is no stranger to dreams herself.  She and her husband, Stephen Schutz, moved to Colorado and, in 1972, founded Blue Mountain Arts in Boulder.  Since then, over 14 million books have been sold containing Susan’s poems, and her poetry has been published throughout the world in textbooks, magazines, and newspapers.  In addition, poems by Polis Schutz have appeared on more greeting cards than those of any other writer in history.  The Blue Mountain Arts electronic greeting card website, which the Schutz’s and their oldest son Jared started, became the tenth most-visited website in the world along with Yahoo and AOL.   The website was sold, but the Shutz’s still own the Blue Mountain Arts paper (books, greeting cards, calendars) publishing company. Polis Schutz launched her IronZeal Films in 2007 to make “films that make a difference.”  All of IronZeal’s films have appeared on PBS stations around the country.


Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center Theater will host filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz, who will present her documentary, “Following Dreams” at 7:00 PM, Thursday, Sept. 27.    Introduced by her son, U.S. Congressman Jared Polis, Polis Schutz will present her uplifting film about people who chose to pursue their own path in life despite all the obstacles and naysayers.  Polis Schutz will discuss her film and answer questions from the audience after the screening.

“Following Dreams” is about remarkable people who don’t listen to those who tell them they can’t do something they want to do.  They don’t listen to the negatives; instead, they listen to their own  inner voices that tell them to follow their dreams.

“These are some of the most awe-inspiring men and women I have ever met,” said Polis Schutz,  “not because they are special, but because they are everyday people who know enough to forget the reasons why things can’t be done, and have the good sense to listen only to themselves.  They follow their dreams and make them reality.”


-Screening at Bas Bleu Theatre of “Over 90 and Loving It” set for 7:00 PM Sunday, Sept. 30

“Understanding the keys to aging gracefully, and living a vibrant and productive life are of vital importance for each of us,” says filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz.  She will present her inspirational film, “Over 90 and Loving It” at Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine Street, at 7:30 PM on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.  It’s an event you won’t want to miss.

Congressman Jared Polis will introduce his mother, Susan Polis Schutz, who will present her filmed portraits of some of the most fascinating, warm, funny and remarkable Americans that are living their lives to the fullest.  After the screening, Polis Schutz will lead a question and answer session and will reveal the ten characteristics that the “stars” of her movie all have in common.

“Everyone who appears in the documentary is driven by passion for what they do,” said Polis Schutz.  “That is a focal point of their lives and they are devoted to it, and to their family and friends. They are intelligent, active, aware and just love to have fun. All are mindful of taking care of themselves, but also love, care about and sacrifice for other people as well.”

The “stars” of Over 90 and Loving It come from all walks of life.  Whether they bake cinnamon buns for store customers every weekday morning, devote their lives to making music to change the world, create a charity, or are a 100-year-old candidates for public office, they inspire all who meet and know them. The film delivers an uplifting, inspirational message that will motivate everyone who sees Over 90 and Loving It.

          They actually think younger than many people who are one-third their age.  They lead authentically, fulfilling lives by breaking barriers and fearlessly extending themselves in new adventures and challenges.  Among them is pole vaulter, Don Pellmann, 94, a Senior Olympics Gold Medal winner; Marlow Cowan, 91, and his wife Frances have more than seven million views on youtube.com playing the piano in the lobby of Mayo Clinic, and Harry Rakoff, 94, saunters along the Coney Island Boardwalk, taking a break from his fast-paced job driving a taxi in the heart of New York City.

“Like Peter Pan, these are people who made a point of forgetting to become old,” said Polis Schutz.  “They don’t think about their age.  Instead, they remain young and live vibrant, energetic and lead immensely satisfying lives.  The point they all make is that there is still time for each of us to find our passion, follow our dreams and lead our own extraordinary, fulfilling lives.”

Polis Schutz launched her IronZeal Films in 2007 to make “films that make a difference.”  All of IronZeal’s films have appeared on PBS stations around the country.

All proceeds benefit Bas Bleu Theatre.  Tickets for this truly special event are $25 (no discounts apply) and include a reception. Reserve tickets by calling (970) 498-8949 or visiting www.basbleu.org.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.