There are second acts in American lives.
Barbara and I are privileged to enjoy
a second act in very long lives.
I will be 87 in March, God willing;
she just turned 85 in November.
We experience as much good health
as people our age can reasonably expect.
Looking at the picture attached,
you see part of the enormous garden
Barbara has created, in a bank of
Cape Cod's famous hydrangeas.
Every morning and throughout the day
we see a view of marsh and tidal waters,
an ever-changing sea sky to the east,
and the antics of native wildlife.
The reunion at West Point was a
bittersweet occasion for the forty some
classmates who attended, showing the
mental and physical ravages of age.
From Phoenix to Rapid City, SD
we toured eight of the national parks,
took hundreds of pictures of the sights
survived long and hectic days.
Barbara made two arduous hops to
attend family reunions, so we were glad
to have two of her daughters here
to celebrate a real family thanksgiving.
Christmas and New Year holidays
will find us alone again, but with
numerous cultural events beforehand
to get in the spirit of the season.
Our attention is focussed on saving
the two institutions we follow closely,
the art museum Barbara helped to found,
and our troubled local church.
May you have good health, good times,
and good friends this holiday season, and
the peace which passeth understanding
all throughout the new year