Lantern - Christine Smith
Christine Smith is a professional writer, environmental and social justice activist, and Founder/President of the nationwide 501c3 nonprofit Dreams of Freedom, Inc. (an organization which brings the music and videos of John Denver, hygiene items, toys, clothing, and other humanitarian help to prison inmates and their families, as well as to Native American reservations, nursing homes and other places where people need hope and encouragement); it also publishes and distributes an interactive newsletter exploring topics of peace.
Christine works full-time writing feature articles for national and international magazines. These cover a wide range of topics: art, business, psychology, health, environment, social justice, human spirituality, and feature profile interviews with high achievers in many fields.
In addition to her writing, she dedicates her life to continuing John Denver’s legacy: she has written memorials and international tributes; co-hosted 3 hour-long radio tributes; appeared as a guest on interview shows regarding him. She hosts the annual John Denver Celebration held in Colorado; sings his songs publicly (including at the yearly celebration); and was Co-Director of the One World John Denver Memorial Peace Cloth presented at the United Nations on Millennium Peace Day in September 2000. As President of Dreams of Freedom, she spends hours supplying thousands of people in need with John’s music, videos, and other items needed to improve the quality of their lives.
Her other social activism work finds her working diligently to abolish the death penalty in the United States; she is also involved in efforts to protect the wilderness and way of life found in rural Colorado. Christine lives in a cabin high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains where she enjoys hiking and backpacking, astronomy, reading, chess, singing, cooking, gardening, and playing guitar.