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From: Frank and Jo
Today is the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. It's an amazingly historic date. I wish Paul, Grace and Bets were here to witness this event with us.
I'm wondering where time goes. Not too long ago we were talking about our upcoming Hiebert family reunion in Montana and now it has already come and gone, along with Christmas 2008. We had a great time at the Double Arrow Ranch. We celebrated Phyl's 80th, went boating/swimming in the nearby lake, hiked up to a beautiful falls, went horseback riding, watched a family slideshow that Loey had put together, and spent time just eating, chatting and enjoying the company. It was great. Thanks, Loey and Gwen, for all the work you put into getting this organized.
Now that the Christmas season is over and life is slowing down a bit, I'm beginning to work on our family pages. I've completed completed Grace and Fran's and am working on ones for Grandpa and Grandma Hiebert (John and Anna), Paul and Bets. If you have some photos or memories to add, please send them to me. Thanks.
We're really enjoying Fort Collins and the nearby mountains. We keep busy with redoing our home and being with our grandsons--hiking with Gentry, going to numerous ballgames for John, and exploring/fishing/catching crawdads with Noah. I've started helping in Noah's 1st grade classroom and Frank's helping in John's 4th grade. Gentry's in 7th grade so the learning level there is too tough for us.
Dear friends and family:
We have married off Bria more or less successfully, with only a few glitches, and feel blessed to have Dan for our son-in-law! Attached are a few pictures from the event. The happy couple have returned from their honeymoon in Central America, and are settling into their new apartment. Dan will soon be substituting in the Pennsylvania elementary school system (while waiting for a permanent opening), and Bria has decided to look for a job with more reasonable hours (she is currently at Starbucks). And now, for the first time since last February, when they got engaged, Bryan and I feel we can rest!
(Clockwise from upper left): The look of love, The rings, Cutting the cake, Dan takes Bria for a ride, A Great Kiss!, Bria with cake on her face, Dan with cake on his face; (Center): A happy exit
Congratulations, Bria and Dan! We wish you an lifelong friendship.
This has been a strange year weather wise in Montana with record negative temperatures and more than average snow. Nikhil and Priya made it to Missoula for Christmas but not without some adventures getting here. Nikhil and I had a trip planned to a forest service cabin near the Canadian border but only made it half way before the snow and ice dictated a change in plans - we found a lovely cabin on a lake though so had a great time snow shoeing with our new puppy Teeka and playing games by the fire. Nikhil and Jen are expecting a baby girl in May so I will be a grandma before I'm 60! They are leaving Nigeria but not sure yet where they will land - India is first choice. Nikhil has taken a 2 year leave of absence from USAID to pursue a consulting career and Priya is thinking of following his lead. Gary and I are enjoying the addition of a brew pub and Mexican restaurant in Stevensville - first restaurant whose menu is longer than one page...... other than that things are quiet in our remote part of the U.S.
I offered to make copies of the family history PowerPoint - would people like that or a cd of the pictures? or a printed book (which would cost about $50 each). Let me know and I'll try to get this out.
(Loey and Gary now have a dog--Teeka. If you want to ask how to make your puppy learn that it is NOT alpha dog, just contact Loey and she'll tell you all about it. - Jo)
Eloise sent a photo of David's graduation this last year.
She also writes that Paul's book Transforming Worldviews is now available through Amazon or from Baker Academic books (both are online). His other book, The Gospel in Human Contexts, will be coming out next summer under the same arrangement with Baker Academic. We remember that at the time Paul found out about his mesothelioma, he said there were three things he wanted to accomplish before he died: 1) finish teaching the fall courses, 2) finish the two books he was working on, and 3) have time with his kids and grandkids. He accomplished all three. Amazing guy.
We recently returned from a cruise from New York to Quebec City with stops along the way, including Nova Scotia. Quebec City was spectacular! No heart attacks or even chest pains so any frightening memories of our interesting trip to the Antarctic and a week's stay in Brazil are somewhat erased and give us courage to make some more trips, probably by car as we have much to see yet in our glorious United States.
I am attending a number of quilting retreats and you should be seeing more pictures of quilts in the future. I challenge Loey and Jane to share some of their pictures. Next week a friend and I will share some of our quilts with the folks in a local nursing home which should bring back memories of how quilts used to be made.
Apologize ahead of time for the length of this post, but this past summer and fall were a bit more "interesting" for me than I had planned...
Many of you know that I have spent the past 20 years living here in Boulder, Colorado - most of those years in a great little mobile at the edge of town. Nice, cheap living - but the downside is that you eventually come to realize that you do not own the land under your feet, as those of us in our trailer park discovered in June when the owners announced they were going to sell the place to be converted into condos!
Well, that finally got me thinking about buying an actual house here in Boulder, something I had been saving up for, but hoping to put off until I was finished with my MBA program next year. But for people like me, sometimes it takes a swift kick in the rear to get moving! So after an extremely quick swirl of activity in July, I became the proud new owner of a neat little house in an older Boulder neighborhood about a mile east of the CU campus.
I was taken with the home's funky elegance the moment I saw it. One of those rare occurrences in our lives when we walk into a place and immediately feel at home.
It is a small, 50-year-old ranch house, but with beamed, vaulted wooden ceilings and wood floors. Skylights in the main area let the bright mountain sunshine pour in and bring the place to life.
The old carport had been turned into a den years ago, with a huge, natural stone fireplace (and quirky old wagon wheel hanging lamp!). And since there is a school and park across the street, I get unobstructed views of the foothills and mountains to the northwest. Perfect for someone like me who moved to Colorado to be near the mountains in the first place.
There is a small garden area in the backyard, with an old wooden shed that my nephew Gentry has discovered is a great place to read.
Of course, since this is the first house I have owned, I am also quickly learning the challenges that go along with it... in my brief time here, I have already:
- Had the pleasure of dragging a rented roto-rooter down into the crawlspace to unclog the sewer pipe that the big spruce tree in the front yard was jamming up with roots and causing the toilet to overflow into the hallway...
- Been stuck on the roof after cleaning out the gutters with the hose, only to watch the falling hose topple over the ladder, leaving me stranded, and forced to climb down a nearby bush - which I quickly learned was studded with huge thorns...
- Discovered that the local #209 bus has a bustop about 30 ft. from the house, and starts noisily running its route at 6:15 A.M. ...
But on the other hand, I have also enjoyed the pleasure of sitting out on my front step and watching the sun set behind the foothills, been able to set aside my huge library of books to their own room (not piled high on my living room floor!), and actually have enough extra space now that I can have people come visit and the nephews stay overnight in a room of their own! So it is the case of one of those life incidents that you never planned, but come away from realizing that it was just what you needed.
Of course, now there is just this little matter of keeping up the mortgage payments...
P.S. - oh, and the trailer park ended up getting rezoned by the town council for only mobile homes, after the residents bombarded their town meetings with protests and letters to the editor (mine included). But that was after I had bought the house - so I ended up selling the trailer to a mother in the process of a divorce who was looking for a fresh place to move on with life with her kids. Last time I saw the place she was ripping out the carpet and putting in a wood-fired stove in the corner. So after giving me a lot of good years of comfort, I was glad to see the old trailer moving on to its next phase of life!
Sandra Reade: Sandra sent her new address and phone number. She'd love to hear from you.
New Address: 3912 Linden Avenue , Long Beach, Ca. 90807
New Phone: 562-366-4681
I am officially on social security income now, but like many of my cohorts, in no position to retire. Not that I really want to anyway. Even mornings when I don't feel like up-and-at-em, once I start visiting my clients, I am energized and happy.
Brian and I have now been together over 25 years and still love each other very much. A lovely and comfortable place to be.
The house exterior is completely painted now. Just the new bay window in the living room to be completed from the inside, the carport floor and shed painted, a few interior touch-ups, and we are done!!!! Only 4 years in the process and an unmentionable amount of money and aggravation. It'll be worth it.
It was a year of life's usual mixture of joys and sorrows, gains and losses. The least bearable loss was of our sister Betty. I still keep thinking "it's time to give Betts a call" or arrange an Omaha trip. Such a deep aching sense. Then there are the lesser losses of pets -- 3 dogs and 3 cats this year. And Michael's 6-month debilitation. Sometimes I think 2008 really sucked! But we are getting a completely renovated home. Also got a diagnosis for Michael's condition, which literature tells us on average is diagnosed only after 3-6 years of misdiagnoses. Michael has 2 nerve blocks soon, so we are hopeful ... but anxious, since it is a tricky procedure with no guarantees. We take long peaceful walks in our local state forests and parks. The garden is in winter mode but still colorfu. And I got to visit my fabulous family in the wonderful mountains of Montana. Just HAVING a fabulous family makes my world. I meet many people in my line of work from dysfunctional and unloving families, so I'm reminded daily never to take any of you for granted. I also remain healthier than most people in my age group, so hurray! I still have Brian as my life and dance partner. So here's to 2009, with good health, happiness (and winning lottery tickets) to all of you.
Some years ago Betty received word that an Elizabeth A. Dahl Memorial was being established in her name. Instrumental in this was her colleague Mark E. Ware, who was one of the founding editors of the Journal of Psychological Inquiry, which publishes the research work of undergraduate students. Mark was one of the speakers at Betty's funeral.
Carl gave me this writeup about the memorial when we were there recently. I have it in Stories & Such, under Sibling Memories. It's a wonderful tribute to Bets.
by Mark E. Ware, Founding Editor
Journal of Psychological Inquiry
I could describe Betty's professional life as a teacher, adviser, and administrator. Instead I will illustrate two of the ways in which Betty developed a different culture in Creighton's Psychology Department.
When Betty joined us in the early 1970's, there had never been a female faculty member in the department (there were very few women in the college) and research involving undergraduate students was almost non-existent. Betty sought a teaching position in the department while supporting Carl's practice, raising four children, and teaching part time at John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo, Nebraska. Oh--and she was pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The four men in the department were not accustomed to having a female colleague, much less a woman with an active family life, but Betty quickly won us over with her charm, skill, and undeflateable work ethic. During her 25-year career, the department became female and family friendly. Now, 6 of the 12 full time faculty are women, and we empathize and support faculty who must attend to family affairs during the workday.
Betty had a broad vision for teachers of psychology; she didn't just teach about research methods and findings, but rather she actively engaged students in original scholarly investigation. She was responsible for creating a culture of involving students in research in the context of a department that had no graduate program (and still doesn't) and at a time when few undergraduate programs encouraged students to do research; incidentally that attitude has changed dramatically in the last 5 - 10 years. Betty believed that whether students planned to attend graduate or professional school or to enter the world of work immediately following graduation, research (problem solving) skills were invaluable and eminently transferable.
During the last two decades of her career, Betty sponsored 75 students who made 50 presentations in 10 different venues, including the American Psychological Association, the Southwestern Psychological Association, the Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention, and the National Building Family Strengths Conference. Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher, could have been describing Betty when he wrote, "Individuals can't be good teachers unless they have feelings of warm affection toward their students and a genuine desire to impart to them what they believe to be of value."
Betty could not have anticipated her impact following retirement. In 1996, the first issue of a new psychology journal appeared. The Journal of Psychological Inquiry was and is only one of three refereed journals in the United States devoted to publishing the research of undergraduate students. The inaugural editorial described the journal's emergence and identified one person in particular when it stated, "Betty Dahl's dedication to encouraging and supporting undergraduate research provided inspiration for the journal." In marking the journal's 10th anniversary the editorial announced the commencement of the Elizabeth A. Dahl, Ph.D., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.
Still further impact of Betty's "culture of involving students in research" is revealed in the Psychology Department's archives. In the decade following Betty's retirement, 105 Creighton students have authored or co-authored 88 publications and 336 Creighton students have made 234 presentations at psychology conventions. American author and historian, Henry Brooks Adam's statement applies to Betty; he said that teachers affect eternity--they never know where their influence stops.