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Mar 29, 2020 at 3:55 PM
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Mar 29, 2020 at 3:35 PM
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Mar 28, 2020 at 4:33 PM
Charles Brumfield has left an In Memory comment for his Profile.
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Mar 26, 2020 at 4:33 PM

I did not know Merv well enough  to comment on his life in detail.  I learned a lot about him from the obit above.  I met Merv while teaching on Okinawa.  I liked him very much and respected his intellect.  I'm glad I got to know him as little as I did and wish I had known him better.

Mar 26, 2020 at 12:29 PM

I was always a day dreamer. When I was a little kid, I would try to imagine being 50. I would picture the year 2000...unimaginable.

Now that I'm in the population vulnerable by age to the pandemic, I guess it would be a good idea to let everyone know how things are going here in Virginia. Despite all my daydreaming, reality has been very much more interesting, if more fraught, than I could have imagined.

Adriano works at the local grocery store. I am retired but run a shop (see earlier posts), one more family member is retired, and one works for defense contractors.
So only Adriano really is at risk.
We made ourselves cloth masks. (excellent patterns on the internet) and bought vacuum cleaner bags for their hepa filters and cut them to the right size to go in the masks.

Last year someone gave us a 1936 Buick (Adriano will probably correct the date...I get confused!) and so we had a huge stockpile of coveralls and gloves and stuff from rat rodding it. We contacted as many friends over 70 that we had and are passing them out since there are none available in stores.

We talk a lot about the pandemic. My stance is multi-faceted.

1 - I have been fortunate to be born and live in the piece of the earth that provided me with anti-biotics, sanitary living conditions, and excellent education. While I was enjoying the fruits of my good fortune, people were (and still are) living on garbage heaps.

2 - I worked in this paradise such that I can live a comfortable retirement. In addition, I am in good enough health to run a business and continue earning without any stress.

3 - Adriano has grown into a hard working friendly guy. He is the neighborhood ambassador for dogs and known by everyone who shops at his Giant (local grocery conglomerate).

Even with the Orange Peril next door in DC, I have benefited from the accident of my birth.

Our home is an oasis of laughter, TV crime shows, dogs and cats, and cooking.

I/we plan to see what kind of world is at the other end of this. I sincerely hope many of you are there with me/us.

Stay well. Stay home. Don't believe what the orange peril says...keep track of Anthony Fauci!!!

Mar 26, 2020 at 12:07 PM
Coleen Manning has a birthday today. New comment added.
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Mar 22, 2020 at 12:09 PM

Posted on: Mar 12, 2020 at 4:36 AM

Nick Zoa posted a message.
Mar 22, 2020 at 6:21 AM

In the midst of this pandemic, I've willingly and knowingly allowed myself to become marooned on a remote, tropical island in the South Pacific. Was this a colossal mistake? Am I going to be stuck here forever? Maybe. To learn more about my new "home", please visit www.zoa.com/2019b/travel/kosrae/ . Then, tell me what would you have done in my situation?

Jim Schweikart has a birthday today.
Mar
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Mar 17, 2020 at 4:37 AM
Rachel Borg has a birthday today.
Mar
09
Mar 09, 2020 at 4:36 AM
Richard Schumaker has left an In Memory comment for Maryan Wherry.
Feb
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Feb 10, 2020 at 12:33 PM

 

It a mild and sunny day in College Park, MD where I am in the McKelden Library researching a paper on "Trump and Literature" for an upcoming conference.  I was surprised and saddened to learn of Maryan's passing:  our paths crossed at one of the fields sites in Germany, but I remember her well and very fondly. 

She was an excpetionally curious,committed, and cordial educator.   At those far-flung field sites, even the larger ones, the rapport between colleagues was not always the best;  between the responsibilites of teaching, pressures of working on a military base or post, and switching assignments often, it wasn't so easy to get to know one's colleagues.  Maryan was a refreshing presence amidst all this.  She was extrmely interested in the students at many levels--pedogogically, psychologically, and simply in general.  She was very perceptive about the demographics of the various MD sites.  She and I had many really interesting conversations about this.  Second,  she was an incredibly committed teacher.  I used to run into her in the library while she reviewed her notes and worked with students.  Third,  I remember the way she graciously reached out to everyone--MD faculty, CCC faculty, military staff, MD staff.  Her presence made an incredible difference to the teaching and learning atmosphere in a very short time.

I appreciate the long piece on Maryan posted on "Overseas Marylanders."  I had a basic idea of her background but the additional detail adds to my understanding of this unique and warmly remembered professor.

 

 

Charles Brumfield has left an In Memory comment for Maryan Wherry.
Feb
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Feb 09, 2020 at 4:33 PM

Maryan and I were assigned to teach in Adana, Turkey and the Azores at the same time, and I got to know her pretty well.  She had just left Bosnia when I was assigned there, but she gave me some good survival tips when our paths crossed in Heidelberg.  I haven't seen Maryan since the mid-1990s, but we communicated for awhile by slow mail.  When I moved to the Asian Division in 1996 and married in 2001, we lost touch.  I was always impressed by Maryan's intelligence and love of life.  I will miss thinking she's out there somewhere laughing and having fun, and someday we'd meet again.  I wish her well as she takes on the ultimate journey.  

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