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May 07, 2024 at 4:33 AM
Jules Moskowitz has a birthday today.
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Happy Birthday!

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Dec 20, 2020 at 10:23 AM

Posted on: Dec 20, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Yo Raja, Next week enjoy unwrapping my usual annual Christmas/Birthday/New Years gift from my primitive hovel in the Maine Woods to your wicked good shack under the bridge in Portlandia. Wish I could stop by the Church during your 9-minute drum solo on Crocodile or the Tube Exuding and hurl... some heartfelt greetings to you as you pummel the skins senseless.

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Oct 08, 2020 at 12:03 AM
Oct 05, 2020 at 3:14 PM

Wow Jill what a full and vibrant and varied life. Earthy, people-focused, and shining high! Had not known of your interest in the Supreme Court, will send an email with a interesting link to reform ideas. Thanks for great update and look forward to working with you to plan our unexpectedly off-campus 55th!

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Oct 03, 2020 at 8:07 AM

Hi Jill, Enjoy your special day. Thanks for all the kindness that you radiate to the world. Keep up the good fight for a better life for everyone. May your family, community and this whole crazy country enjoy good health and true happiness in the coming years. We all can't deal with another 2020, that's for sure. Love and peace to you and yours, Roy

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Sep 07, 2020 at 4:35 PM

Posted on: Sep 06, 2020 at 2:45 PM

Happy Natal Day! Please post some Native poems when you have time. I loved getting them from you for years. Meanwhile, greetings from central Florida.

Aug 29, 2020 at 3:39 PM

Dear Gary, sorry to lose you to this world. You gladdened my heart for a while. jody
"Life is short, & we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. O be swift to love, make haste to be kind." --- Swiss philosopher Henri-Frederic Amiel

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Aug 29, 2020 at 2:41 PM
Ted Moore posted a message.
Dec 08, 2019 at 2:25 AM

My wife, Ginny '69 and I are just back in Alaska after spending the month of November in Nepal, making our 6th extended visit to the country since I was there in the Peace Corps from 1966 – 1968. The trekking route which we did this time is called “The Manaslu Circuit”, wherein we spent about 3 weeks ascending the Buddhi Gandaki river valley and crossing over a 17,000’ pass on the north side of Mt. Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world. We had already trekked a significant part of this route back in 2012 when we visited Tsum valley with our grandson, Springer, and his family, so this gave us an opportunity to witness some of the changes that are happening in Nepal these days. We didn’t deliberately choose to do the same route over again, but when a couple of newish Alaska friends invited us to join in on a trip which they had already arranged, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Besides, now that we are well into our 70’s, who knows how much longer we will be able to undertake such a trek?

With the possible exceptions of America, New Zealand, Guatemala, etc., etc, Nepal is my favorite country in the world, and being able to speak the language does give me a special entrée to relate to its famously friendly inhabitants. Furthermore, the scenery is nothing short of spectacular and Nepal’s much lower latitude makes it an attractive trekking destination at a time when our Alaska climate is particularly dank and dreary.

For anyone who has the time and is interested, an album of photos from the trip can be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/cdEXoasAuBnLuPPV9, but perhaps a little additional commentary is warranted. Thanks to digital camera technology, the sheer number of photos one can take on a trip is staggering. Even though every day I tried to weed out all my near duplicates, mistakes and truly bad photos, I still came home with over 700 photos and videos. This is way too many, even for me to look at, much less to share with friends. After much further chopping I have pared the number of photos in the album down to 180+, (which is still an awful lot); I have also added brief descriptions to each. I’m not a Facebook aficionado, although I can now see why periodic posting of small selections of photos is so popular with many people. What is lost, in my opinion, is the ability to look at such an adventure as a whole.

For first-time visitors, like the friends we travelled with, the Nepalese people are so friendly and the mountain scenery so spectacular that it seems a bit churlish to focus on anything negative. But, having been privileged to have visited Nepal so many times over the past 50+ years, I can’t help being conscious of the bad and the ugly as well as the good. I’m afraid that our friends became a little tired of my frequent comparisons between the Nepal of today and the good old days. Certainly, the march of progress has brought a lot of improvements to people’s lives in terms of ready access to clean water, electricity and material things. Partially offsetting these benefits are filthy urban rivers, smog and traffic jams. In rural Nepal the push to develop roads has resulted in huge erosion and disruptions to traditional village economies. Even the rush to construct fancy wooden guest houses for trekkers has to be a significant contributor to deforestation of pristine mountain groves.

This trek was the first time that we revisited rural places that we had already seen, and also the first time that we found ourselves upon a heavily travelled tourist trekking route. I couldn’t help feeling a little sad that this time most of our interactions were with fellow international trekkers instead of Nepalese villagers, and that we slept in newly constructed guest-houses instead of in a corner of a local Nepali’s home. Such sentiments remind me of a quote often ascribed to Yogi Berra “Nostalgia just ain’t what it used to be”.

Best Wishes from your wayward classmate,
December, 2019

Roy Van Til posted a message.
Aug 31, 2019 at 10:37 AM

Geez! Another birthday? Do you insist on doing this every single year? It's becoming a wee tad repetitive. Please take a decade off. RVT

Roy Van Til posted a message.
Jun 23, 2018 at 7:58 AM

Hey Lin, Are you still having these birthdays every single year? This can become habit forming and tiresome after a clutch of absurdly high numbers pass by. I recommend only celebrating every tenth one in order to reduce the stress that comes from forcing your legions of fans to come up with something lame to say about you on an annual basis. Take care and be well as you gobble up all the great things about your quintessential NoCal lifestyle. Roy of the Vienna Woods

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Apr 27, 2017 at 7:46 AM

Posted on: Apr 19, 2016 at 9:10 AM

Hey Pat, Happy Birthday! I expect to witness the usual array of streaking comets, silent aurora borealis pyrotechnics, and total eclipses on the upcoming anniversary of your natal day. Your biography is worthy of a bio-pic or HBO miniseries: A six-pack of painfully cute grandkids, two lovely daughters, one frankly amazing pilot, a Christmas tree farm in Jawjah, a career as a prof and a world traveller and a sculptor and a sailor, and maybe even as a pirate, a poet, and pawn and a queen. With your always ebullient joy of life and thrill of being, there is no one who deserves such a breathtaking life story any more than you. Congratulations on all you have achieved and all the people you have inspired in so many ways as you have danced through a half century since your wonderful times at Mama Swats, and best wishes for many more adventures to come. May we all be historically preserved while we are here to enjoy the experience. It will be great to see you in June. I hope you lug along more of your stunning sculptural creations for the event, just as you have done before. Take care and travel well, Van Dog of the Vienna Woods