* Late to look but I love it – amy
Best to all, Barb Barbara Freeman Douglass
* Barb. I’m so sorry that I was not allowed to send out the Monkey Survey myself, and it didn’t work to send it to you to send! It would have been so easy! It takes two minutes to answer. I still have it if you can talk to Janet. I think they must not want too many people to have the class emails. Let me know. Best to you. Betsy
* Can we still get the Survey Monkey? Barbara HH
* Is it possible to get the survey questions without going through the survey monkey? Jennifer B-C
* Yes, Jennifer, here is a cut-and-paste version of the cover letter and the survey itself. In some cases, the version sent by email by the Alum Office two weeks ago to classmates on file there with email addresses went to Spam folders (at least mine did). I expect that that may have happened because the Alum Office to my knowledge hasn’t used that email list very often, so our computers didn’t recognize it — just guessing on this tho. Judy K Judy Marshall Kennedy
* My vote is the same as Nancy’s. I am interested in attending if allowed and remote if not. However, my plans are a bit more subject to change. My husband currently suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s. Right now I need to stay close to home because of his health issues. I am not sure what the spring will bring with respect to his needs. Judy Weinstein Segal
* I think I already sent my answer in, but being realistic I think a Zoom reunion is the likely outcome, and it is fine with me. And if it brings people like Judy Segal, who would have trouble leaving her husband, I’m for it! Anonymous
* Judy, I am so sorry to hear about Bruce’s health issues. Thank you for sharing it with us, and know that I am thinking of you and wishing you the best. It seems like just yesterday when we were at your house for dinner — but I guess it must have been more like 40 years ago! It’s hard to believe. Hang in there — with hugs, Liz (Liz Hottel Barrett — who has already sent in her survey. I feel pretty much like everyone else does)
Drs. Megan Ranney and Elizabeth Goldberg, both emergency physicians and researchers with the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health, have been looking to answer those sorts of questions. Using modeling based on a variety of papers published as recently as this month, they have created an app that approximates risk of infection based on a number of factors — such as how long the activity will last, how big the gathering is, how many people will wear masks and the ZIP Code of the activity. (Their FAQ answers some of the nitty-gritty details about their methodology.)
Barbara Hartt Hise
10/15/20 — Ran email book discussion (most members are even less literate than I am!) of Susan Orlean’s The Library Book despite dying computer that won’t be replaced until week of Election Day. What a great book! Starts with the L.A. Central Library fire of April 29, 1986, and dives into books, L.A., libraries, arson, funky characters, and books. Fascinating, well-written, and full of stuff you probably didn’t know! Highly recommend!—Rocki Hill Hughes
p.s. Wish I could have done it outside! A beautiful Mountain Day, and a great day to stand in line for early voting if you have the time! At least I’m out for dogwalking.
10/16/20 — Sue Wheatley Carr & Marty Mulloy celebrated Mt Day & their mutual Birthdays by walking up a wooded path to the base of the Miles Standish monument in Duxbury, from which they could enjoy a view of the ocean. They then settled with their lunches on their own secluded spot on the grass, & proceeded to enjoy fresh home-made lunches including Sue’s famous Mayonnaise Chocolate Chip cookies, plus Maple Cream cookies from Cookie Shop.
Sue, ever-adventurous, had professed a preference to take a naked dip in the brisk ocean waters, but Marty respectfully declined. Marty Mulloy 10/16/20 — Thanks for all the wonderful responses. A very different day for all of us. Marian
10/16/20 — We went for a long walk with our fall colors at their peek. So gorgeous this year. They seem more vibrant this year, don’t know why. That day I also led our book group with “How to be an AntiRacist”. I found the book an interesting and valuable read…ibram worked at helping us understand all the different types of racism that the blacks and browns have endured for so many years, starting with slavery, and how racism really is a system that makes us devalue “the other”. The best thing I did was watch a question and answer session that Ibram X Kendi did on YouTube with a woman from the Atlantic. Our group had a great discussion which is probably not over! To be truly antiracist we need to actually do something to helps rid us of racism. Anyway. A great Mountain Day for me! Betsy Karch Wilson
Don’t forget your confession. Cheers and hugs — Liz Webfoot
I strongly recommend and have the Kleenex ready! Sherry Urner
10/20/20 — Dottie, it makes me smile to know that you, too, like swimming in the nude. As I was thinking about it, I realized that I grew up on the Mystic Lake. Of course at night we skinny dipped all the time. What’s more, my best childhood friend had a summer house in South Waterford, Maine (near you, Marian), on one of the many very small and private lakes, and we seldom wore bathing suits. I love that feeling.
Aren’t there any others ready to confess? Hugs — Liz
10/20/20 — I used to swim nude in our pool in Silverlake but that was a long time ago! Kim
10/20/20 — Well, yeah, once or twice. Feels good, huh? Marian
10/20/20 — We used to skinny dip in our bay in Northport. Fun, and it is a neat feeling. It was usually dark out, as we did not have the whole bay to ourselves! Betsy.
10/20/20 — Ooh Betsy I can picture that and it was pretty open. When you owned it or parents?? Ooh warm salty water. My pool was salty too now that I think of it. Dottie
10/20/20 — Yes, in the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii. The salt water here is warm and buoyant. Ann Merchant Boesgaard
10/20/20 — We always skinny dipped at least once Every summer in Hayden Lake – at night because there are others around. Haven’t done it recently as our current house has closer and more alert neighbors. Also in our pool in California which is very private as well as in a friend’s pool many years ago. But the most daring was after dinner ( and a bit of wine) 5 of us gals jumped nude in the pool at a very exclusive men’s club in San Francisco. Our husbands would have been kicked out if we had been discovered. Shhhhhh – no telling.
Carol Spalding Bulkeley
10/21/20 — Wow. Listen to all you hot ladies! And all it took was a little push. Thank you. I won’t ask for photos. Cheers — Liz WF
10/21/20 — Cool Lake Willoughby, Vt at private dock -great, not to have to take home wet bathing suit… But, actually my favorite story -was Sr year I think on Mountain Day. A group (mixed classes) of us from dorm -biked to local reservoir (probably introduced to us by Prof Boyd’s Ornithology class). Spur of the moment decision to skinny-dip on beautiful day in cool water. As we were exiting -a photographer said “this will look great in the Holyoke Transcript Telegram”. We were terrified, & confessed to Dean Robinson(?) & never heard more. My memory sadly does not include who was involved -were you with us Ann (Merch)? Marty Mulloy
10/21/20 — Tom and I regularly enjoyed skinny dipping in our heated pool in FL at night. It was such a lovely soft feeling. Barbara B. Farquhar
10/21/20 — BB, what fun to hear from you. I thought you had disappeared, but maybe I’ve just been skimming the emails. I wonder how many of the swimmers are also skinny dippers! Good to have you in the discussion. Where do you live and what are you doing? — other than being sick of the pandemic and impatient for the election. Cheers —
Congratulations on all of your prestigious awards. It sounds like you two are living a pretty terrific life. I’m happy for you. It’s fun to have you chiming in to our chat group. Cheers – Liz Hottel Barrett (aka Webfoot)
10/23/20 — Barbara from Newton High? Myra (from Newton High)
10/23/20 — Yes. Barbara Bowers from Newton High class of 1957. We’d love to see any classmates in Marion or St. Petersburg. Just give me a call on my cell phone 727-871-5583. Best, BB Barbara B. Farquhar
10/2/20 — Oh my goodness, BB and Myra. Didn’t you know each other in high school? It’s not as if Newton is that big. Did either of you know Pamela (Pam) Gamage? Cheers — Liz WF
10/23/20 — We did know each other in high school. As I recall, there were 746 members in our class. I don’t remember a Pamela Gamage. Barbara B. Farquhar
10/23/20 — I finally decided what Trump looked like last night. A two month old, poorly carved pumpkin! Betsy.
10/23/20 — What’s sad is that I can’t even laugh about anything — not even a fat orange pumpkin. Ten days to go — gulp. xxx Liz WF
I can’t seem to get that song out of my head. It brings back snowy evenings ending a rehearsal in the little corner garden outside the chapel.
Anyone else? Dottie Smith Mann
10/21/20 — As I watched PBS news tonight I’m cautiously hoping that “half of our country” is not voting for Trump. I know I shouldn’t say this, but it appears that many of the huge lines of early voters are Democrats. That is a good sign. I’ll be watching the “debate” tomorrow from a seat that is not right on front of our TV, and on our small upstairs TV because I cannot watch a large Trump who is right in front of me. Wish Biden well! With the Pandemic growing worse every day I can’t believe Trump will win. Still worried about what the Russians might be doing however. Keep every finger and toe crossed! Betsy
10/21/20 — What I remember mostly is “bearing gently from her daughters, hopes and dreams and memories, too…” It’s a lovely song. Listening to the 4 versions on Youtube, I prefer the most simple…therefore the 3rd and 4th appealed to me the most.
Did anyone else see Obama speaking in Philadelphia at a parking lot? (It was on MSNBC at 6pm ish.) It was magnificent!
Sue Wheatley Carr
10/21/20 — Yes, I fortunately was able to listen to the whole thing — and you’re absolutely right to say that he was utterly “magnificent.” Oh my gosh, how I miss someone who can make you tear up from absolute joy and amazement. He has it all — elegance, conviction, passion, dignity, content, style, and class. I don’t know when I’ve heard a more moving speech.
And Betsy, the timing of this was not a coincidence. I do believe that Trump will have no other choice but to rip into Obama tomorrow, making a fool of himself in the process — all Biden needs to do is stand back and watch the meltdown, as the rest of the world will. Judy K Judy Marshall Kennedy
10/21/20 — These scary emails being sent to Democrats might be totally intimidating to people who are the fearful type. It is terribly upsetting to me, so it must be devastating to them. How do we get through to these people to explain to them that no one can actually know how you voted? Making phone calls to those states might help. I don’t know, but I want to figure out who I should be calling. If you have a solution, please chime in. Thanks. Cheers — Liz WF
10/22/20 — Kim, Congratulations on all of your family’s successes. My granddaughter is headed out to California for school next year, She will be rowing for Stanford. Not exactly in your back yard but it feels that way from CT. Marian
10/22/20 — Dee. You convinced me: the only politician to whom I have ever given money was Barak Obama. But I will make another exception, this time for Governor Whitmer! Thanks for alerting me . This is an excellent gesture! Virtual hugs to all. Barbara Barbara K. Bucholtz
10/22/20 — Gretchen is our governor and Michigan is definitely behind her! Her summer home is across the bay from us, so having those Trump uglies even that close to us is scary. She has kept Michigan from having hoards of Pandemic cases, and even though our Republican Supreme Court said that her mandating masks is “unconstitutional”, everyone here in Traverse City has •”masks must be worn here” on their front door. We’ve got her back! (Mary Ginn Weinland?)
10/22/20 — Our older son lives in Michigan, outside Ann Arbor, and my grand-daughter, 14, and her friends all made cutouts of Gretchen Whitmer to display their support – if you can appeal to 14 year old girls, you have to be good! Their area is solid blue, and I think she’s very popular there. I hope so! I went to graduate school at Uof M, met my husband here, and he comes from a long Michigan family, went there for all his degrees, and we still like to go back and visit his relatives (one have are Dutch, from Kalamazoo); I have a real fondness for Michigan, so hope all goes well for her!
10/22/20 — Which shows that common sense may be making a comeback among the commoners, and the supreme court hasn’t caught it yet! Frannie Blair
10/22/20 — Oh lordy, please sign your name! Who wrote:”Gretchen is our governor and Michigan is behind her?”Who wrote: “our older son lives in Michigan….” Liz Webfoot
10/22/20 — Oh
* Who wrote “oh”?
* I wrote ‘Our Older Son” in answer to however wrote “Gretchen is our Governor”
* Who wrote “I wrote ‘Our Older Son”….. You are all driving me crazy. How do we solve this problem of people not signing their names? Aiyaiyai Liz Webfoot
* I think the problem is when we answer in a string – perhaps could be encouraged to start a new email.
* Thank you for that suggestion (“….answer in a string”) from someone who did not sign their name — aiyaiyai!. However, I have to copy each email and insert it into a document. The long strings are very helpful for cutting down my time spent. My suggestion would be for everyone to sign their names. Hugs — Liz Webfoot
10/23/20 — I trust the skinny dipping emails aren’t being copied and saved for posterity! I bared my soul on that one – pun intended. Carol Spalding Bulkeley