Greetings from Santa Fe, New Mexico,
This has been a quieter year at home than last year, but the state of our country and the volatility of the 45th President have provided enough chaos for anyone. We marched in January in Santa Fe carrying a sign saying “Grab Them By the Midterms,” and we are grateful for the outcome of those elections. New Mexico held its breath and turned Blue, including all three U.S. House seats, along with the governorship and all other high offices in the state government.
Our four grandchildren now have a first cousin! Titus Jemjit Vaught was born on December 1 to Jeremiah and Linn, May’s sister. May, Pearce, Tessa, Levi, Felix and Oliver were happy to welcome their new family member. May and Pearce are still settling into their new house, just a few blocks from their former home. The location means that Tessa and Levi can stay in the same school they were enjoying, and the extra rooms in the new house enable each of the four grandchildren to have his or her own bedroom. Tessa is in fourth grade and Levi in first. The twins turned two in October. May continues to teach in the Chicago Public School system, and Pearce continues to work for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. 2019 will bring more travel for Pearce, so May is going to have some challenges handling her job and four children. Fortunately, her parents live nearby and can help. Tessa has become quite a swimmer, and Levi is active in Cub Scouts.
Shannon’s life this year was busy. She continues to work at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and work out at Fit Body Boot Camp. She even tried goat yoga(see picture) this year. She and one of her college roommates had a great vacation in the Virgin Islands. Her cat, Melvin, is doing well on steroids and chemo, and both Melvin and Dolce greet Adair when she visits. (Melvin shies away from Jon/Kim.)
Adair visited Chicago several times, and she and Jon/Kim were in Chicago for the second birthday of the twins. Adair also made trips to New York for her 50th high school reunion, when she stayed in NYC with Judy Fryer, Washington, D.C. for her volunteer work and Los Angeles to visit Tina Schuchman. The high school reunion was great fun, and her New York trip gave her a chance to see her sister Carol and brother-in-law Michael at their summer house in Bellport, Long Island. In D.C, she saw Debbie Danker and Pat White. On a trip to LA to see Tina and Steve, she was able to see her nephew Matthew, his wife Hallie, and to meet their daughter Willa. Matthew directed the documentary film The Human Element about climate change, and it is scheduled to be released in January. Adair was able to jog on all of her trips and is closing in on 11 million steps for the year.
While Adair has been racking up steps, Jon/Kim has been racking up meters on the rowing machine at the Santa Fe Spa. He received a free long sleeve T-shirt when he hit the 5-million-meter mark after 23 months of rowing. That’s over 3100 miles. He is still bicycling, almost 4000 miles this year, but the bicycle is less of a priority than rowing. Unfortunately, there have been several bad bike-car interactions this year, including some deaths, but none involved him. He continues to do some consulting and providing help to users of SPSS software. He was interviewed about his career with SPSS and IBM. The lengthy interview video is posted here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/interview-spss-expert-jon-peck-joe-glines/. He stepped down from the Board of Directors of our Home Owners Association in April after six years.
In Santa Fe, we have enjoyed dinners together with our neighbors, attended the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta again this year, enjoyed many concerts at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, other chamber and symphony concerts, opera, Santa Fe’s Restaurant Week, and Santa Fe Institute lectures. We even go to movies now. We enjoyed the visits of ViAnn Beadle, Steve Kaden, Alex Kaden and Tina Schuchman, Mary Jo Kennedy, Jo-Ann Shain, and Aliya Kennedy Shain. We were pleased that we could see others who were visiting Santa Fe, including Ceile and David Germaine, Debbie Danker and Bob Feldman, Irene Pepperberg and Steve Middlebrook. In early January, we expect to see Jen Presant and her family. Our rooftop solar has been very productive. Since installation in May, 2017, we have generated 15,698 kwh and used 10,762. And, happily, we reduced the count of Viking kitchen appliances by one with a new Bosch dishwasher.
As for the state of the world, we are deeply worried. Each time, when one thinks things can’t get any worse, they do. The ignorance, arrogance, dishonesty, and unpredictability of our 45th President is frightening. The harm to our environment, the growth of hatred and divisiveness, the ill treatment of immigrants, the damage of tariffs to our economy, the withdrawal of our country as a leader in the world, and other horrible things will take years to undo. We must work to limit and reverse the damage. Thomas Friedman in the New York times on Dec 24th put it better than we could: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/24/opinion/impeach-fire-president-trump.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage. He concludes,
“If America starts to behave as a selfish, shameless, lying grifter like Trump, you simply cannot imagine how unstable — how disruptive —world markets and geopolitics may become.”
We all must work to make our world safer, more stable, healthier and more tolerant of all of the people who inhabit it.
Best wishes for a peaceful, happy, healthy New Year.
Adair, Jon/Kim, Pearce, May, Tessa, Levi, Oliver, Felix and Shannon
Our contact information is unchanged from last year.
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