Elizabeth Koogle Dillon has a great job! Take a look at her latest litter of setters.
And I have left a great job….it is time. After 23 years at The Country School in Madison where I taught 3rd grade, I have retired. John and the kids were with me at a party given for me and one other teacher.
Here are some pics of a recent trip to Mexico this past March. Diana McBriar Wolfe lives in Mexico City with her husband and invited me, Maggie Williams, Melanie Austin, and Chris Reihl to join her for a week in Mexico. We all met in Mexico City and then traveled south to the towns of Puebla and Oaxaca, where we toured amazing Mayan ruins, visited with fine craftspeople in their home studios, enjoyed the colorful streets and beautiful architecture of these small cities, and ate lots of fantastic Mexican food!. It was a fun reunion for all of us and a great trip.
I look at my last post written at the end of February where I was hopeful that spring was approaching. Ha! How foolish I was. We all know what happened to not just the Northeast this year, but to many parts of the U.S.
And so, I feel it necessary, on April 7, to leave all that behind. We are moving on to warm, spring weather. The crocuses are appearing, the snow drops for us are late but up and so I will move on with uplifting news as well.
For that I turn to Bonnie Hunter Trotta (photo from last summer in Scotland) who writes the following:
“Sorry to be so long in replying!
Its April 5 and 25 degrees this am!
My big news is that I am getting married! I reconnected with an old friend whose wife died 10 years ago. Of course he is wonderful and we will remain here in Katonah.
My travels this year will take me to the Galapagos with grandchildren and Cuba with son and fiancee.
Happy Easter, Bonnie”
Congratulations, Bonnie, on your upcoming wedding October 2!
This news, along with the EW bulletin, Signatures, reminds me that we are all embarking on new adventures, whether it is retirement, a new job, or new adventure. Let me know yours. And, we all love to see photos! Please send!
Yes….I said spring. I am am hoping that if I say the word enough times, the atrocious weather here in the northeast will give up the ghost. As I write this on the last day of February, we are still under a foot to two feet of snow (depending on where you stand) and are waking up to temperatures in the teens, and have two snow storms looming on the horizon this week. We’ve all had enough.
March 1, 2015
Liz Beal Bowman
What an idea that retirement is looming! One of the down sides of self-employment is no 401k but I would probably die of boredom anyway. I do enjoy being a gardener despite the hard work. My friends say I should just train more people well and learn to point as so many of my fellow gardeners and landscapers do but it just isn’t me. I like my fingers in the dirt and my arms building stonewalls. Perhaps a few years from now the physicality will be less rewarding and I was groaning at last season’s end but that is because I had lost my dog to old age and lacked the discipline to do those walks. Now I have a young rescue pooch with much energy and am back to walks in the woods. I am looking forward to having the snow melt because I am tired of slipping and sliding. Just today, March 1st we got another few inches topped off by sleet. and so it goes. My long term goal is to get my columns into books (13 years worth) and maybe make headway as a garden writer. My daughter Erica, who lives in Jamaica Vermont, is a Garden Designer with her Masters from Cornell and she is writing for Horticulture Magazine among others, inspiring me to look that direction when I am done playing in the dirt. Spring is eventual. Enjoy the moment.
From Heidi Dolan Baldwin:
My news is that our daughter Sally and her family – 4 boys age 9,7,5,2 – have just moved to Conn from Hong Kong! and our other daughter Lacy is living in Richmond, Va with a 2 year old little boy. Bernard is still working, as am I. We spend a lot of time in Florida in the winter. Jamie Baxter, Linda LeSourd, Joan Johnson and Polly McTaggart are all here and it is fun sharing stories of EW.
February 28, 2015
It cheered me to read on Facebook this morning that after 17 years, Jennifer Dowling is retiring from her job at the Berkshire Taconic Foundation. Rather than retype all the information, you can read and hear Jennifer at the following : http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-taconic-foundation-president-retiring.
Her response to my email blast:
It’s been a while since I’ve been in touch…wonderful work at the Foundation is all consuming. Going to take a break for a bit in January and then re-engage in some way with my old haunts in the art world.
I’m always open for a visit from anyone headed to the Berkshires! Let me know!
Warm regards (all of us in the northeast really need them as we sit through another snow storm!)
I, myself, told my colleagues at school that this would be my last year of teaching full time. I’ve been at The Country School in Madison, CT since 1992. I find it hard to cut the cord completely so will rely on substituting next year to keep me connected to the kids. I’m looking forward to spending more time with John, our grandchildren, and trying my hand at writing children’s books. If I don’t try now, when will I?
New opportunities are looming for all of us and I’d love to hear about them. Let me know if you are retired, enjoying it, hating it or have gone off on to a new adventure. Send me an email….and please, pray for spring.
Here I am at a book signing party with my co-author, Dr. Mary Palmer. Our
arts integration book, Teaching Through the Arts: Writing, Volume 1, has
been adopted by several schools in the US and Canada, and locally the
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is giving it to their contract teachers as a
model of how music can be integrated into the mainstream curriculum. In the
works is a book that has strategies for math and science – we’re going to
turn up the heat and make STEM turn into STEAM by adding arts.
Sue Merrill Rosoff
Liz Bowman sent a picture of her grandson
Barb Harrison Hagler sent a photo from her daughter’s wedding
I know if I don’t respond right away I will never do this, so here you go! The 3 photos are: 1. myself with my 2 children Ashley and RJ at Lake Tahoe, and 2-3 me with my partner Mel in Santa Fe and at a party in Miami.
Hadrian’s Wall and Bonnie Hunter Trotta
Tyler Tinsworth in Spain
Wendy Dominick from her Scotland Golf outing this year
Manitoga Summer Nature Design Camp and Anne Todd Osborne
Linda Glazer Toohey – Aspen Wedding
My husband John and I in Normandy last summer
Looks like life is good for all of us.
Happy Thanksgiving to all and do keep the photos coming.
Here is a photo of me with my co-author, Dr. Mary Palmer, as we load copies of our new book straight from the printer. While the book is ostensibly for teachers because it features strategies to integrate the arts into the mainstream curriculum, I have found the strategies quite a useful and popular with my granddaughter, which were hearing from other grandparents as well. Its been a fun way to dive into culture in an interactive way. The book, Teaching Through the Arts: Writing, Volume 1, is available at the website below, and also on Amazon.
Diana McBrier and Maggie Williams in Nantucket
Diana and Maggie are wondering who’s up for our reunion in ’16!
Holding down two jobs and a career: Director of Maud Morgan Arts, a small arts center in Cambridge, running my professional print studio, Mixit Print Studio, and keeping up my art career. Current group shows are at Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham MA, Scripps College, Mingyuan Museum in Shanghai, Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, and the Central Booking Gallery in NY, NY. Next one person show is 2015 at Soprafina Gallery here in Boston. Just did a challenging cycling trip on Mallorca with a group of hard-core cyclists. I am glad to report that I held my own. Photo attached.