Welcome to our 2nd annual installment. It’s all about the kids, so lets start there:
Lauren traveled to New York City to attend an acting class at The School for Film and Television. Completing that class and seeing all the opportunities in the Big Apple, she really wanted to stay and learn more and so enrolled in classes at the New York Film Academy. After struggling for living arrangements, from Brooklyn to Manhattan, she finally found a ‘share’ on Roosevelt Island with a jaw dropping view of the City. She’s learning that Miami clothes don’t work well in New York winters, while becoming an expert in the NY Transit system, including experiencing the first transit strike since before she was born, 24 years ago. While attending classes she’s been making ends meet as the classic “starving actor” with various short term jobs such as at B.E.D. NY, and got a number of acting & modeling parts and gigs including off Broadway “On the Banks of the Surreal” and an appearance in one of the 2006 Pepsi Super Bowl commercials. You can see more about Lauren on her website http://www.laurennorman.com.
Ashley started out the year in Idaho visiting friends and jumped off a horse slipping onto the ice and snow, breaking her tailbone and canceling her opportunity to go skiing for the first time with school friends later in New England. She came to visit us in California for some needed R&R before returning to class for her final semester at George Washington University. After turning 21 in February, she made Deans List for her last semester and graduated a year early. With tuition costs as they are, everyone had another reason to celebrate! We went to her graduation at probably the most inspiring location in the country. Imagine attending Commencement, sitting outside in Washington DC, without humidity on a sunny day in the mid-70’s, with the White House on the right and the Washington Monument on the left, with CBS’ Andy Rooney as commencement speaker, and Ashley graduating - it just doesn’t get any better! Following graduation, she found a wonderful apartment in Arlington, Virginia and decided to room with a girl from Baylor University now attending graduate school in DC, that she met while in Istanbul. And now Ashley is working at Children’s National Medical Center in DC as a Psychiatric Technician, while contemplating whether or not to continue on to a graduate degree in Psychology in a year or so. She absolutely loves her work there – challenging as it is.
Maggie continues her technical writing and being involved in a lot of fun projects at Cisco. In researching more missing people on the Internet, Dick found one of Maggie's dear friends, "lost" for about a decade. Dick and Maggie took an "impromptu" visit to Carmel, where Maggie & Cher were reunited and they renewed some wonderful memories during that weekend.
Dick has also been enjoying continuing work at ExtraView and seeing customer successes there. 2006 looks like it may start off with some nice sales as well. Maggie surprised Dick by getting his sister Jannie and her husband, David to fly out as a surprise for Dick’s 60th birthday.
Unfortunately also in June, we learned of the sad news of Aunt Rose Lerner’s passing away at age 101. She was like a grandmother and will be missed greatly.
More of the highlights of the year were punctuated with music. We attended the San Francisco Symphony & Choruses performing Carmina Burana, and in July attended the 67th Bach Festival in Carmel, CA. Dick and Maggie immersed themselves for three days and 10 concerts & recitals of Bach and Beethoven in several different venues from the concert hall to an outdoor recital, to attending a Master’s Class and a recital of ancient instruments, to Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in D Minor on the organ at the Carmel Mission Basilica.
Mom and Dad continue to be active with the Main Line Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with Dad helping celebrate the MLSO's 60th year, and Mom singing in the annual Messiah concert. In Mid November, we joined all the immediate family, except for Josh, back in Devon celebrating Dad’s 90th birthday, while Mom remains ageless and more active than any of us. Edward drove in with Dick’s college roommate, Fred, as a surprise for Mom & Dad, as well as Ashley and Lauren coming in from Washington & New York respectively.
And the very next week, we celebrated our 10th anniversary, and with some good luck we’ll finish celebrating with a trip to Scotland in 2006.
And, December 31st was Mom and Dad’s 62nd anniversary. How lucky we all have been this past year.
May good health, happiness and family continue for all of us and all of you in 2006.
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Disclaimer: The girls had no input into this newsletter, so all reliability, credits, errors & omissions are strictly those of their Dad – unless George Bush will admit to anything specific.