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I admit that I only see occasional emails in our chat room. I'm
simply too busy to spend the time engaging to the degree of many of
you. I enjoy the give and take that I observe, and look forward to
seeing many of you at our reunion in '06
We just received Nicole's valentine in the form of her annual letter
to friends. Following in her footsteps, we hope that you receive this
FAMILY We and our daughters were all married on Labor Day weekend,
and we celebrated our third, fifth, seventh and fortieth anniversaries
with a big family reunion. The first condition from our daughters
was that it NOT be at home, because Ann and I are constantly puttering.
They were right.
We found a condominium on the web in Summit County (Copper/Breckenridge/Keystone
Resorts) and it was perfect for all ages and interests: bicycle path
out our door to all of the resorts; tennis; indoor swimming; hiking
Mande and her family came from Illinois with T-shirts commemorating
the reunion. Nicole and hers came from Kansas City, and Mac at 1 1/2
wanted to do everything that his older cousins did. Hopi and her family
came between graduation and new job.
Hopi's current activities began when she did relief work at ground
zero after 9/11, became enthralled with law enforcement, resigned
from Weego last June to attend Police Academy at Colorado State University,
finished training in September and hired on with the Loveland Police
Department as a Community Service Officer. She's now in training with
them, finding out about the discipline and hierarchy of a quasi-military
organization (not a familiar experience) and finds herself at the
bottom of the hierarchy as a trainee. Her vision remains at the top
and beyond. We're all pulling for her to become chief someday, but
there will be a number of steps along the way.
NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION (NPCA) We went to Washington to
celebrate the 40+1 anniversary of the Peace Corps. The celebration
had originally been scheduled for October 2001, and was postponed
by 9/11. I also began my term on the board of directors of the NPCA
representing Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico and West Texas. The
NPCA is the alumni association for returned Peace Corps Volunteers
and former staff. We have around 15,000 members out of over 165,000
prospects. Membership building is a major goal.
INVOLVEMENT IN COMMUNITY Community activism, activity in politics,
etc. have taken a significant turn over the past 40 years. It's increasingly
difficult to find volunteers to do things that we so easily pursued
before, and now no one has time. Whether it's casting a musical production
in Evergreen or finding RPCVs to lobby congress on behalf of the Peace
Corps, the most common response is that folks are too busy.
Speaking of which, Ann and I are so darn busy we can hardly keep
up with ourselves. This reincarnation of Snugli as Weego (www.weego.com)
has us behaving like 30 year olds with the energy of 60 year olds,
and it's tough sledding. Nicole is now the Weego front off ice person,
but she'll have a new baby in March which will significantly limit
her availability. We're increasingly in a mode to treat Weego as we
did Snugli in its early days, letting it grow organically by word
of mouth, seizing opportunities when they arise, and letting the market
set its course.
FIRES IN THE ROCKIES For years I've wondered why people live in
areas of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados and floods and always move
back whenever disaster hits. I was never sure what explained such
behaviour. Now I know. Our threat from nature was fire, and the sadness
with which we prepared our evacuation plan brought us face to face
with the subliminal connection that we have to our home, and the profound
commitment to stay and care for it, even in the face of such overwhelming
PERFORMING IN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON We found ourselves on a performance
schedule that plumbed our depths in the period between Thanksgiving
and Christmas. Ann, Hopi and I appeared as guest artists with the
Evergreen Children's Chorale in their December show celebrating songs
from around the world. We taught them several of our African, Mexican,
and Caribbean songs and tossed in a couple of yodels for good measure.
Hopi's son Grant even joined us for one of the performances - his
first at the age of 5.
The Evergreen Chorale's holiday concert came a week later, and then
Baroque Folke's holiday concert on Sunday evening before Christmas.
Photos that followed in the letter are going to John Douglas. He
might put them up on the class website. (photographs
will be added shortly - jd)