December, 2018

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.

Love,
Adair, Jon/Kim, Pearce, May, Tessa, Levi, Oliver, Felix and Shannon

Our contact information is unchanged from last year.

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Pearce pearcepw@gmail.com 773-539-2250
Adair adair@northwestern.edu 505-983-1955
Kim/Jon jkpeck@gmail.com 505-983-1955
Adair & Jon Skype: jkp.alw
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Santa Fe March

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The Twins

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Shannon Goat Yoga

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NYC from Central Park

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Adair’s Reunion

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Matthew, Hallie, and Willa with Adair

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Helen, Lori, Adel, Dan, Debbie, Jon, and Judy

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Adair, Ceile Germaine, and David Germaine

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Alex, Tina, Steve, Jon, and Adair

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Adair and Jon at Wine & Chile

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Just Another Santa Fe  Sunset

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Looking Out the Back

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Santa Fe Plaza

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December, 2017

Greetings from Santa Fe, New Mexico,

This has been a year of exercising, sharing good times with visitors and worrying about the future of our democracy.  Unlike last year, we have no major injuries to report for 2017.

The year began with Adair joining graduate school classmates Pat White and Debbie Danker, along with their colleague Janice Shack-Marquesz, for the Women’s March on Washington in January.  We wonder how many other groups in the March could boast of four women economists. Adair also was in D.C. in August representing the Children’s Justice Advisory Group of New Mexico.

According to her Fitbit, Adair logged over 10.3 million steps and gained more than 430,000 feet (81 miles) of altitude.  She attended her 45th college reunion in Evanston and served on the reunion committee with her friend and former freshmen corridor mate in Willard Hall, Debora Hunter.  Pat Campbell and Abby Bowers Adams from Willard 2NE joined them.  At the reunion, Adair talked to Jen Klink, President of ANUW, an organization that Adair and three other women started to promote professional development for women staff members at Northwestern.  Jen told her about how the organization has flourished for almost 3 decades.  The reunion was also an opportunity to see our children and grandchildren and for Jon/Kim (hereafter Jon) to visit with former IBM SPSS colleagues.

Jon cut his cycling nearly in half this year to 4400 miles.  He joined a gym as part of the knee tendon surgery recovery last year and now does weights and indoor rowing every other day, cycling on the other days.  He even joined a virtual rowing club in England at the suggestion of a colleague there and has rowed more than 2.3 million meters this year.  That’s 1429 miles.   Jon remains active on social media and websites helping SPSS users throughout the world and doing a little free consulting for IBM and some other paid consulting.  The book to which he contributed and served as technical reviewer was finally published by John Wiley & Sons in February – 525 pages.  The book was dedicated to him.

Jon and Adair had a brief vacation in Ouray, Colorado in June.  It is a tiny town walled in by high, beautiful mountains with waterfalls, and an excellent ice cream restaurant.  Winters in Ouray feature ice climbing, but global warming has taken its toll on that – not that they are planning to try this.

Shannon rounds out the family commitment to exercise.  She participated in a boot camp competition in a gym in North Center and lost 6.2 lbs and 5.1% of her body fat.  She came in first in the contest and is now taking classes at that gym.  Shannon participated in the Women’s March in Chicago. In May, she attended cooking classes in Florence, Italy.  In June, Shannon had a great visit with college friends in California, including a visit with college roommate, Lacey Baldiviez.  She continues to work for the radiology oncology department at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is worried about one of her two cats who has been diagnosed with cancer.  Melvin is a loving cat, and his quality of life is okay so far.

May and Pearce had to say goodbye to their cat Rusty.  He passed away from cancer not long after his diagnosis.  He was a very mellow, much loved cat.  Keeping May and Pearce busy are their four children.  The twins turned one in October.  May returned to teaching in the Chicago Public Schools and has found juggling children and teaching to be a challenge.  Fortunately, they have “Mama Quel”, who provided day care for Tessa and Levi, come to their house to look after the twins.  Due to the twins, they acquired a new larger car and a custom made triple decker bed.  Tessa and Levi both attend Bell Elementary School in Chicago and continue to excel in school.  Pearce continues to work for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and tries to do a bit less travelling than he did before the twins arrived.

In Santa Fe, we have abundant sunshine. We are pleased with the solar panels that were installed in spring and enjoy watching the electric meter go backwards and seeing the carbon emissions we have saved by generating our own electricity.  We enjoyed our usual activities including dinners with neighbors, Adair’s book club and neighborhood Non-Book Club, the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Pro Musica concerts, opera, and Santa Fe’s Restaurant Week.

Santa Fe attracts many visitors and was named the #1 destination by Travel + Leisure magazine this year. We were fortunate to have many friends visit.  In addition to annual visitors Debora Hunter and ViAnn Beadle, we had visits from Ira and Dana Adler, Sue and Don Bittker, Tina Schuchman and Steve Kaden, Debbie Danker and Bob Feldman, and Susan Melczer.  Very special was a visit from Jeremy Sites, his wife Mei Lee, and his stepdaughter Kedi.  It was the first time Adair had met them, and Jon hadn’t been in touch with his cousin Jeremy since they were children. We also had some natural visitors, including bobcats, flocks of magpies and a red racer snake.

The political situation is horrible as we watch the harm being done to our nation including our public and higher education systems, the environment, national parks, equality, tolerance, our world position, and our democracy. The disastrous tax cut may prove the undoing of the Republicans.  Alas, we have become more partisan, and we are focusing on the midterm elections of 2018.  It will take years to undo the damage being done, but we must change the direction of the country.  Quoting from a Brookings Institution essay, “We are on a path to a kakistocracy—governing by the least competent and most corrupt—which fits a party whose only animating principle is to cut taxes and government.”  However, we are heartened by the elections in Alabama and Virginia, and we will continue to resist the current regime.

Best wishes for a peaceful, happy, healthy New Year.

Love,
Adair, Jon, Pearce, May, Tessa, Levi, Oliver, Felix, and Shannon

Our contact information is unchanged from last year.

Pearce pearcepw@gmail.com 773-539-2250
Adair adair@northwestern.edu 505-983-1955
Jon jkpeck@gmail.com 505-983-1955
Adair & Jon Skype: jkp.alw

Family

Jon and Adair at Wine and Chili

Tessa’s Birthday

Pearce, Felix and Oliver

Friends and Relatives

Adair and Ira and Dana Adler

Kedi, Adair, Mei Lei, Jeremy Sites, and Jon

Debbie Danker, Bob Feldman, and Jon

Pat White and Debbie Danker

NU Reunion

Tina and Steve

Places

Bobcat at the Pond

Box Canyon Falls, Ouray

Magpies at Pond

Ouray, CO

Ouray Waterfall

Red Racer at pond

Solar Installation

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December 2016

Greetings from Santa Fe, New Mexico,

This has been a year of high highs (twins arriving) and low lows (accidents and the election).

The year began with Adair shattering her left shoulder in early January.  She was running in the morning in Albuquerque before the Children’s Law Institute conference and met the sidewalk at a high rate of speed.  Unbeknownst to her, she had osteoporosis in her non-dominant arm, and her upper arm and shoulder socket broke in many places.  They were rebuilt with metal in a four-hour operation.  Thanks to an outstanding surgeon and seven months with an excellent physical therapist, she has regained much of the use of her arm.  We are very grateful to our friends and neighbors who provided wonderful dinners for three weeks in the early recovery stage. Despite her injury, Adair walked more than 9 million steps this year.

Another unhappy occurrence for Adair was parting ways with the CASA organization.  The new, and very insecure, executive director decided to get rid of the four threatening, knowledgeable volunteers who questioned her.  Adair’s three colleagues, including Adair’s mentor, finished their cases and either resigned or took leaves of absence.  However, Adair had three ongoing cases and would not leave them.  In June, on flimsy grounds, the executive director dismissed her.  Ironically, in May, Adair was honored to be named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation for her community service as a CASA.  Not one to walk away from children who have already experienced abandonment their whole lives and with the support of the lawyers and the Children’s Court Judge, Adair was named Fictive Kin Representative.  This meant she could stay in the lives and advocate for the children, as she had been for 3, 4, and 5 years. Small nonprofit organizations have difficulty finding talented leaders, and leadership makes all the difference.

After Adair’s injury, Jon/Kim hurt his knee in our living room.  The doctor misdiagnosed this as a sprain.  Several months later, the injury was correctly diagnosed as a torn medial quadriceps tendon.  During the intervening time, the tendon had atrophied so it had to be shortened in the reattaching via surgery in July.  For a period of time, Adair and Jon/Kim were at physical therapy at the same time.  Jon/Kim also joined a gym, The Santa Fe Spa, so that he could use the equipment for rehabilitation.  He has spent many hours there.  He was back on his bicycle in October, much sooner than expected.  He will end the year with about 3500 miles despite missing much of the year – far less than normal.  Needless to say, Jon/Kim’s first year of retirement turned out differently than we had hoped. At least, he has enjoyed not working for IBM and has been doing some consulting.  In May he attended his 50th Oberlin College reunion.  Though they were hard to recognize, it was great to see classmates and to see the many changes on campus.

Offsetting the physical challenges of the year was the arrival of two grandchildren.  Oliver Philip, named after Adair’s late father, and Felix Milo Peck-Walden entered the world on October 11, three weeks early.  They were a great birthday present for their grandfather, Chalard Bunluaphob.  They weighed 6 lbs 14.5 oz and 7 lbs 4.5 ounces, so May was carrying a lot of baby.  May has taken a year’s leave of absence from the Chicago public school system while she adapts to being the mother of four.  Pearce took some paternity leave, during which he grew a beard and mustache claiming that there was no time to shave.  Tessa had hoped for a sister, but both Tessa and Levi are enjoying the new arrivals.  Adair met the twins in November and will see them in January when she goes to Chicago for Tessa’s birthday.

Shannon’s life this year was much calmer than the lives of the rest of us.  She continued to work at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and enjoy living in her condo in Lakeview with her two cats.  She and one of her college roommates had a great vacation in Hawaii.  This rekindled her interest in photography, so she has acquired a new Canon camera with lots of bells and whistles.  She also has a new iPhone 7.

In Santa Fe, we have enjoyed dinners together with neighbors, attended the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta again, enjoyed the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, other chamber concerts, opera, and Santa Fe’s Restaurant Week.  After a blazing hot summer, we installed ductless air conditioning in the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom.  This coming year we plan to install solar panels and generate most of our own electricity.

We enjoyed the visits of Jon/Kim’s brother Doug, Debora Hunter, Helen Rubinstein and ViAnn Beadle.  We missed the annual visit from Pat White, but Adair will see her when she goes to the Women’s March on Washington in January.  We also hope Pat will visit in the spring.

Although we haven’t actually seen them, we have enjoyed being reconnected with some cousins.  Through a connection in Adair’s book club, we reconnected after more than 50 years with Jeremy Sites, who lives in Chengdu, China.  We will look forward to seeing him after he returns to the U.S. in 2017.  We also reconnected with Lindsey Waldenberg, daughter of Adair’s first cousin Leo.  Sadly, Leo’s wife Judith passed away shortly before Lindsey’s wedding this year.  We are happy to welcome Lindsey’s husband Tom to the family, and especially pleased that he took the Waldenberg last name.

The Presidential election is unspeakably disheartening.  We are deeply worried about what the new administration will do to our country.  The lies and hacking that helped Trump win are a reminder of how fragile our democracy is.  We will not sit idly by and watch this happen.  We will become activists and increase our donations to organizations that protect the rights of people in our country. We will fight against misogyny, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and all forms of hatred not to mention Trumps ignorant and potentially disastrous economic agenda.

Best wishes for a peaceful, happy, healthy New Year.

Love,
Adair, Kim/Jon, Pearce, May, Tessa, Levi, Oliver, Felix, and Shannon

Our contact information is unchanged from last year.

                                 Email voice
Shannon
Pearce pearcepw@gmail.com 773-539-2250
Adair adair@northwestern.edu 505-983-1955
Kim/Jon jkpeck@gmail.com 505-983-1955
Adair & Jon/Kim Skype: jkp.alw
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Adair’s Shoulder

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Doug and Jon

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Helen Rubinstein and Adair

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After Jon’s Surgery

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Oberlin

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Oberlin Memorial Arch

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Pearce Plus Four

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Adair, Tessa, and Levi

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Adair’s Rotary Award

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Shannon with Levi

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Shannon in Hawaii

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Fall in Santa Fe

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Sunset in Santa Fe

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December 2015

Greetings from Santa Fe, New Mexico,

The biggest event this year is the retirement of Jon/Kim, after more than 32 years of working for SPSS and then IBM after it acquired SPSS. Hopefully, he will do a better job of retiring than Adair. Eight years after her retirement, she is just as busy but doesn’t earn any money.

Adair visited Chicago for Tessa’s sixth birthday in January and Levi’s third birthday in April. Tessa has lost her two front baby teeth and is in first grade. Levi moved up from day care to pre-school and does everything he can to keep up with Tessa. May continues to work as a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, and Pearce continues to work for the CME. Pearce is traveling a bit more, especially to Europe. He also provides free consulting on networking and wireless technology for his very grateful parents.

Shannon and her two cats continue to enjoy her condo. In addition to working out at a nearby gym, she is now using a rowing machine at home. She has been working for the Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), which is a subsidiary of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in the Radiation Oncology Department, for almost a year. She has good colleagues and learned the job quickly. Although she would probably prefer working with dogs and cats to working with doctors, her job is going well.

Adair continues to bake sourdough bread and volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and court monitor. She has the same three cases as last year, all with teenagers. One of the teens in now in Roswell, UFO capital of New Mexico, and a 3.5 hour drive from Santa Fe, but she has not spotted any flying saucers. One of the happiest days for Adair as a CASA was March 5th, when two of the children for whom she has been an advocate were adopted by the wonderful foster mother with whom they have lived.
Adair was asked to join the statewide Children’s Justice Act Advisory Group this year and she remains active in the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County, is budget chair of the state League, and is a member of the Baby Fund Advisory Committee of the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Her retirement continues to be a work in process as she juggles walking/running, volunteering, baking, and hosting visitors. Showing her age, she has run five hundred fewer miles than last year, but she will have walked almost 9 million steps according to her Fitbit.

Jon/Kim is making the final transition to retirement, including spending a week in Chicago where he did a three-day final training class for his colleagues and received many accolades for his work. That was one of six business trips this year, but none were to anywhere exotic. His consulting is starting up and already included a class for the AARP data analysts and writing a book chapter for a book due out in early 2016. He still goes bicycling both alone and with the Santa Fe Road Riders. He has passed 8100 miles this year with a few days to go. He continues with yoga once a week and took his first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) from UC Berkeley on Spark technology. He plans to do more MOOCs in retirement. The Spark MOOC started with 70,000 students but only 2,000 (including him) finished the course. After adding a network disk for the house, he has ripped 1,000 classical cds which can now be accessed from any computer or smartphone in the house.

In Santa Fe, we continue to enjoy being with our neighbors. Dinners with Charley and Gisela Kone, Lori Whitaker and Adel Youakim, Judy Gertz and Lisa Phifer, and new neighbors Debbie and Dan Kratish. We are very fortunate to live in La Mirada. Eight year ago we were the only house on our street, but now there are four. Our house got a complete restucco job this year, and we are thinking about solar in 2016.

Santa Fe weather is a bit wetter these days, which is quite welcome (except when cycling or running). El Nino promises to provide us with a snowy winter, and the Santa Fe Ski Basin already has over a 70 inch base.

We attended the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta again this year, enjoyed the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and other chamber concerts and opera, and took full advantage of Santa Fe, including Restaurant Week. We continue to enjoy the outdoors.
We enjoyed the visits of Hilary and Peter Tyor, annual visitor Debora Hunter, high school friends of Adair’s Judy Fryer and Tina Schwartzbaum Schuchman, and former SPSS colleague ViAnn Beadle. We are looking forward to seeing Kim’s brother Doug and his wife Anne Grete in February. We very much enjoy sharing Santa Fe with friends and family.

As the year ends we are disgusted with the politics of fear and growing intolerance in the United States. 2016 will doubtless extend the Presidential debacle. Seeing Willa, the new daughter of Adair’s nephew Matthew and his wife Hallie, Lexi, daughter of Mathew’s sister Marlisse, and our grandchildren Tessa and Levi, we know we must work to make the world a better and safer place for them.
Best wishes for a peaceful, happy, healthy New Year.

Love,
Adair, Kim/Jon, Pearce, May, Tessa, Levi and Shannon

Our contact information is unchanged from last year.

Shannon

Pearce
pearcepw@gmail.com
773-539-2250
Adair
adair@northwestern.edu
505-983-1955
Kim/Jon
jkpeck@gmail.com
505-983-1955
Adair & Kim
Skype: jkp.alw

People and Animals

Debora and Adair

Debora and Adair

Adair Judy and Tina

Adair Judy and Tina

 

Jon Retirement Banner on IBM Website

Jon Retirement Banner on IBM Website

Egyptions Dinner with Neighbors

Egyptions Dinner with Neighbors

Adair, Tessa, and Levi

Adair, Tessa, and Levi

Jon Tessa and Levi

Jon Tessa and Levi

May and Pearce

May and Pearce

shannon

Shannon

Matthew and Willa

Matthew and Willa

Marlisse and Lexi

Marlisse and Lexi

Faith and Hope

Faith and Hope

Bobcat in Courtyard

Bobcat in Courtyard

Places

Our House

Our House

West Mountains after Snow

West Mountains after Snow

Rainbow over Courtyard

Rainbow over Courtyard

Sunset

Sunset

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December 2014

Greetings from Santa Fe, New Mexico,

This has been a year of family members buying cars, starting on the road to retirement for Jon/Kim, and our first vacation in some time.

Adair visited Chicago for Tessa’s fifth birthday in January and Levi’s second birthday in April. Tessa began kindergarten at Bell Elementary public school in the Fall.  May continues to work as a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, and Pearce continues to work for the CME.  He is now in charge of the technology architecture and product management of CME Group’s electronic trading platform. They became a two-car family with the purchase of their first SUV in December.

Shannon and her two cats continue to enjoy her condo in the Southport Corridor area of Chicago.  She was offered a job with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), which is a subsidiary of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in December.  Beginning January 5, 2015, she will be residency coordinator for the Radiation Oncology Department of NMG.  While this means leaving Northwestern University, this is a significant promotion, and she won’t be far from her former office.

Adair continues to bake sourdough bread and volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and court monitor.  She has three cases, all with teenagers.  She remains on the Santa Fe County Ethics Board and is active in the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County and budget chair of the state League.  She was appointed to the Baby Fund Advisory Committee of the Santa Fe Community Foundation.  Her retirement continues to be a work in process as she juggles walking/running, volunteering, baking, and hosting visitors.  She finally retired her 1998 Subaru Forester and got a wonderful 2015 Forester with lots of modern technology.

Jon/Kim continues to work for IBM, but he is in the Transition to Retirement program and theoretically working only three days a week.  He has cut back on some work which enabled him to go bicycling some mornings in the warmer weather.  He will retire completely at some time in 2015.  Trips for work included Des Moines, Memphis, and San Antonio but not Las Vegas this year.  He was invited to do some teaching in Latvia, but it was cancelled when he found out that the classes would have to be in Latvian.

In Santa Fe, we welcomed Gisela and Charley Kone, who bought the house across the street and adjacent lots.  This coming year, the house under construction on Light Air will be completed, and we will welcome more new neighbors. The four houses on Morning Breeze complete the development of our street. It is nice to have more people in our area.

Santa Fe weather continues to dryer than normal. This means we have had mostly good weather for bicycling and walking, but not for plants and animals.  The bark beetles have not attacked this year but remain a serious threat.  Late summer rains helped strengthen the trees’ defenses.

We attended the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta again this year, enjoyed the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and other chamber concerts and opera, and took full advantage of Santa Fe, including Restaurant Week.  We also continue to enjoy the outdoors, with Jon/Kim pedaling a record high of over 8750 miles and Adair walking/jogging 2900 aerobic miles.  Unfortunately, Jon/Kim got his first dog bite ever while cycling.

We took two vacation trips together this year.  One was to Mesa Verde in Colorado with its amazing ancient cliff dwellings and then went on to Moab, Utah and hiking in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.  Our other trip was in mid November to Chicago to celebrate Jon/Kim’s 70th birthday with the family.  It was great to be together for a happy occasion.

We enjoyed the visits of Carol and Michael Testa (Adair’s sister and brother-in-law), May, Pearce, Tessa and Levi in June, and annual visitor Pat White, who came to Santa Fe for Christmas.  Pat and Adair baked a Bouche de Noel (an elaborate holiday cake in the shape of a log – see picture).  Adair also had lunch with Debbie Danker and Bob Feldman, friends from graduate school days who were visiting family in Santa Fe.  Darlene from IBM and her husband TJ came up to Santa Fe from Austin, Texas and had dinner with us.

We are pleased to see the economy picking up, but we are troubled by the growing income inequality, the continuing shootings in schools, and the shooting of minority men by police.  Violence is no way to solve problems, and we worry that things may get worse in 2015.  Our political system is broken, and we do not anticipate any improvement in 2015.  It will be up to each and every one of us to make 2015 a better year.

Best wishes for a peaceful, happy, healthy New Year.

Love,
Adair, Kim/Jon, Pearce, May, Tessa, Levi and Shannon

Our contact information is unchanged from last year.

                                 Email voice
Shannon
Pearce pearcepw@gmail.com 773-539-2250
Adair adair@northwestern.edu 505-983-1955
Kim/Jon jkpeck@gmail.com 505-983-1955
Adair & Kim Skype: jkp.alw

People


Adair

Adair

Carol and Mike Testa

Carol and Mike Testa

Shannon

Shannon

Jon

Jon

Jon birthday celebration in Chicago

Jon birthday celebration in Chicago

Tessa at SF Childrens Museum

Tessa at SF Childrens Museum

Pearce, May, Tessa, Levi on Aspen Vista trail

May, Pearce, Tessa, and Levi on SF Aspen Vista trail

Places


Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde

Canyonlands

Canyonlands

Canyonlands

Canyonlands

Arches

Arches

Arches

Arches

Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde

O'Keefe Tree at Abiquiu

O’Keefe Tree at Abiquiu

O'Keefe Ranch at Abiquiu

O’Keefe Ranch at Abiquiu

Things


Forester

Forester

Bouche de Noel

Bouche de Noel

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December 2013

December 2013

Greetings from Santa Fe, New Mexico,

This has been a year of family members buying houses, visitors, and some much welcomed moisture for Santa Fe.  We wish Adair’s nephews and their wives, Matthew Testa and Hallie Beaune, and Jonathon Weiss and Ariela Zonderman, best wishes in their new homes.  (Last year we sold one, Pearce and May bought theirs, and Shannon bought hers.)

This has been a wonderful year for visitors.  High school classmate and former accompanist (she played piano; he played clarinet) of Jon/Kim, Bonnie Bird, visited from Tucson for the Santa Fe Opera.  Adair’s high school friends, Judy Fryer and Tina Schuchman and their husbands, Dan Biggs and Steve Kaden, enjoyed a visit Santa Fe during Indian Market weekend.  Their visit was planned while attending their 45th High School reunion in Fort Lauderdale.  The reunion enabled Adair to see her cousin Ruth Segal, niece Marlisse and her daughter Lexi, and Judy Fyer’s mother, who was wonderful to her when Judy and Adair were in high school.

Longtime friends, Ann and George Sadowsky stayed with us, and Carolyn and Dick Parmelee visited us briefly and promised to come back.  George was quite taken by the Los Alamos Science Museum.  Albert-Jan from the Netherlands made a side trip to Santa Fe after attending a conference in Las Vegas to see Santa Fe and bicycle with Jon/Kim.  Although his house is below sea level, he handled the 7000-foot altitude here well.  The visitor parade ended with the annual visit of our friend Pat White.  She joined us for viewing the cranes and snow geese in the Bosque del Apache and spending a great day birding with expert guide Bill West on Ted Turner’s 150,000 acre Ladder Ranch in southern New Mexico – one of 15 that Turner owns around the country!  We overnighted at the Black Ranch Lodge in Hillsboro, which was almost destroyed by the big Gila forest fire this year.  Thousands of cranes were expected at the Bosque, but only a handful showed up.  We also went up to Abiquiu to Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch to see the landscapes that O’Keefe painted.

Adair visited Chicago for Tessa’s birthday in January and for Levi’s first birthday in April. May continues to work as a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, and Pearce continues to work for the CME.  May survived an acting assistant principal this fall and hopes the permanent replacement will be an improvement.  She took a cake decorating class and ran two 5ks this year.  Pearce is busy at work, which included a trip to Brazil and a trip to England and Ireland.

Shannon and her two cats continue to enjoy her condo in the Southport Corridor area of Chicago.  Her cat, Dolce, needed extensive dental work this year but is fully recovered.  One of the highlights of her year was attending a Blackhawks playoff game with her friend Amanda and May and Pearce.  Of course the Blackhawks won.  A lowlight was attending a Bears game in pouring rain that actually stopped the game.  Shannon continues to work as a clerkship coordinator in the Department of Neurology in Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Adair continues to bake sourdough bread and volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and court monitor.  At one point she was carrying five CASA cases, but she is now down to three and hopes to be down to two soon.  She has retired from being the treasurer of the League of Women Voters – Santa Fe County and coordinator of her neighborhood non-book club.  She is still chair of the Santa Fe County Ethics Board.  Her retirement continues to be a work in process as she juggles walking/running, volunteering, and enjoying hosting the visitors who come to see the beauty of Santa Fe.

Kim/Jon continues to work for IBM, but he actually has begun to consider retiring in 2014.  Travel was down this year apart from the afore-mentioned conference in Las Vegas at which he presented or assisted in seven sessions.  He also gave a talk at the annual meeting of the New Mexico chapter of the American Statistical Association, which was conveniently held in Santa Fe this year.  He greatly enjoys the Met Opera HD broadcasts and the Santa Fe Opera and attends talks at the Santa Fe Institute.

Santa Fe weather continued to be very dry until late summer.  There were several forest fires this year visible from Santa Fe but none too close for comfort.  We finally got heavy rains and then considerable snow.   While the drought remains, it is not as dry as last year. This means we have had mostly good weather for bicycling and walking, but not for plants and animals.  The bark beetles have attacked again after a ten year absence.

We attended the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta on the grounds of the Santa Fe Opera, again this year, enjoyed the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and other chamber concerts, and took full advantage of Santa Fe, including Restaurant Week.  We also continue to enjoy the outdoors, with Kim/Jon pedaling over 7,300 miles with 360,000 feet of climbing and Adair walking/jogging almost 3000 aerobic miles and climbing more than 183,000 feet.  While Adair’s mileage is lower than last year, her speed is up because she jogs some of the time.  She now understands what the pain of shin splints is and sustained her first dog bite while jogging.

In New Mexico, we were pleased that the state Supreme Court recently upheld same sex marriage.  Alas, New Mexico ranks 49th in child well being. Nationally, we were appalled by the legislative gridlock and bickering and deeply saddened by the events at the Boston Marathon.  We are pleased to acknowledge the success of many women this year, but especially Diana Nyad for swimming from Cuba to Florida at age 64 and former fellow graduate student of Jon/Kim, Janet Yellen, for being name as Chair of the Federal Reserve Board.

Best wishes for a peaceful, happy, healthy New Year.

Love,
Adair, Kim, Pearce, May, Tessa, Levi and Shannon

Our contact information is unchanged from last year.

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Shannon
Pearce pearcepw@gmail.com 773-539-2250
Adair adair@northwestern.edu 505-983-1955
Kim/Jon jkpeck@gmail.com 505-983-1955
Adair & Kim Skype: jkp.alw

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Hillsboro, NM

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Pearce, May, Shannon at a Blackhawks game

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Carolyn and Dick Parmelee and Adair

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Shannon’s cats

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Tessa at her birthday party

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Pond in our front yard

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Adair and Pat at Ghost Ranch

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Our cats

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Adair, Jon, Judy, Dan, Tina, and Steve

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Levi is one

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Bosque del Apache with no cranes

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View west from house

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Thompson forest fire from our west windows

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Turner Ranch

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December 2012

Greetings from Santa Fe, New Mexico,

This has been a busy year of real estate transactions, family expansion, and a close call for Kim/Jon, and continued enjoyment of Santa Fe.

The year began with May and Pearce moving into their new home in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago.  They were able to rent their condo and move into their roomy new house before their second child, Levi Niran Peck-Walden, was born on April 17.  Big sister Tessa has her own very pink room in the house and enjoys her new brother.  Adair went out for a week in June to babysit for Levi so that May could go back to teaching before the year ended and to attend the wedding of family friends Pam and Ryan.  In August Levi took over Tessa’s day care spot in “Mamma Quel’s”, and Tessa began pre-school less than a block from the new house.  May continues to work as a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, and Pearce continues to work for the CME, with occasional trips to Brazil for a project.

Moving to just a mile from Pearce and May’s new home, Shannon left her apartment from hell in Lincoln Park for a condo in the Southport Corridor area of the city.  She bid on two condos before that one, both of which fell through in annoying ways, so the purchasing process was a little stressful, but it ended well.  Shannon and her two cats love their new home on the second story of a three-story building.  It is bright and in a great neighborhood.  Living close to May, Pearce, Tessa, and Levi is wonderful for them all, and her place is across the street from the gym where she works out.  Shannon continues to work as a clerkship coordinator in the Department of Neurology in Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Kim/Jon was enjoying his two-year old bicycle in September when an approaching car turned, in broad daylight without looking, right into his bike.  They collided at about 25 mph.  Kim/Jon went flying through the air, sliced his foot open on a highway sign, and landed down a bank off the side of the road.  The man who hit him thought he had killed him.  The bike was totaled, but Kim/Jon managed to not break anything or suffer a concussion.  He required some stitches in his hand and had bruises, abrasions, and a very sore back.  The driver’s insurance paid for the purchase price of a new bicycle and will pay the medical bills. He used the payment to purchase a new bike, another Pinarello with fancy electric shifting.

Kim/Jon continues to work for IBM. There continues to be less job-related travel, but it included domestic trips to Jacksonville, the IBM Watson lab near New York where he got to see Watson of Jeopardy fame, Las Vegas, and San Diego.  Most interesting was a week of consulting work in Amsterdam and The Hague.  Taking a train back from Heerlen to The Hague that was quite late, he learned that if a train is sufficiently late, the ride is free!  Unfortunately with no European conference this year there was no post-conference European vacation.  The “vacation” in June was spent emptying out the house in Northfield which was finally sold.  In mid September, Kim/Jon attended his 50th high school reunion in Westfield.  Despite most of his classmates being unrecognizable, he had a great time.

June was a very busy month.  Adair spent the first week in Chicago, and then Adair and Kim/Jon flew into New York City in the middle of June for the 50th wedding anniversary of Adair’s sister Carol and brother-in-law Michael.  It was a great occasion to celebrate with family.  The weekend after that Adair and Kim/Jon flew to Chicago to dispose of the house.  Thanks to “1-800 Got Junk,” and a 16 foot rental truck which they drove to Santa Fe, the trip was a success.  It was a bit stressful, but closing the Northfield chapter of our lives was a good thing.  On their trip back to Santa Fe, they stopped and enjoyed the hospitality of Adair’s friend Deb Blitzer in Leawood, Kansas.  When they arrived home, they emptied the truck and moved the art work and other items into the house.  The art work is mostly up, but many boxes remain unpacked in the garage.  It is great to be consolidated in one place and free of Cook County property taxes.

In September, Adair and Kim/Jon went to Massachusetts for the wedding of Adair’s nephew Jonathon to Ariela Zonderman.  It was another happy occasion for family to be together.  While May remained home with baby Levi, Pearce and Tessa made the trip, as did Shannon.  Jonathon and Ariela are looking for a new house in Massachusetts. Jonathon’s brother Jeremy and his wife Amy moved into a new condo in Maryland this year.  It definitely has been the year of real estate in our family.

Adair continues to bake bread, to work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and court monitor, and to be the treasurer of the League of Women Voters – Santa Fe County.  She is now chair of the Santa Fe County Ethics Board, and she has joined the board of the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, a statewide organization that supports adult literacy.   She is still coordinator of her neighborhood non-book club, which is thriving, and a member of an actual book club.  She tries to get to Chicago to see the family every few months.  She was there in early November and has a trip planned for January when Tessa turns 4.  Last January Chicago had a snowstorm as she was arriving; we hope for better weather this year.

Santa Fe weather continues to be very dry.  We were spared any nearby forest fires this year, but the drought continues. We have had less than half our normal rainfall.  This means good weather for bicycling and walking, but not for plants and animals. We attended the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta on the grounds of the Santa Fe Opera, again this year, enjoyed the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and other chamber concerts, and took full advantage of Santa Fe, including Restaurant Week.  We also continue to enjoy the outdoors, with Kim/Jon pedaling over 7,300 miles and Adair walking more than 3,500 aerobic miles.  This year, during the annual visit of our friend Pat White, we attended the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, which sported over 500 hot air balloons, and we visited Chaco Canyon in the northwest part of the state.  At Chaco we watched up close as the Park Police apprehended two men stealing artifacts.

Nationally, we were pleased, for the most part, with the outcome of the elections.  The partisan bickering, including over the “fiscal cliff” is distressing.  The sadness at the death of innocent children and others in Sandy Hook is accompanied by anger over the state of gun control in the U.S.  Money in politics distorts candidates’ behavior, but at least this year, despite our fears, the money didn’t sway the elections as much as Tea Party folks would have liked.  We all must continue to try to work together to make the world a better place, locally and globally.

Best wishes for a peaceful, happy, healthy New Year.

Love,
Adair, Kim, Pearce, May, Tessa, Levi and Shannon

Our contact information is unchanged from last year.

                                 Email voice
Shannon speeck516@gmail.com 847-987-7335
Pearce pearcepw@gmail.com 773-539-2250
Adair adair@northwestern.edu 505-983-1955
Kim/Jon jkpeck@gmail.com 505-983-1955
Adair & Kim Skype: jkp.alw
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