2013 Family NewsDear Friends,
This has been an inward-looking, family-centered year.
|Keith, Jean, Jory, and Jim|
|Family gathering on the day of Jean's funeral|
|Family gathering with Kay|
When at home, Jessica has continued hiking, working out at the gym, and participating in several bicycling groups. She’s also read more (including a range of books on neuroscience, as well as her old staple – fantasy/science fiction “candy”). She has tried to stay professionally informed in natural resource management and land tenure developments, but for the time being she relishes her flexible schedule and has had no “drive” to return to the job market, or even spend much time at a computer. She is beginning to re-engage with her Quaker meeting.
Keith returned from attending to his mother to a hectic spring collection season at Bikes for the World. Highlights include receiving 5,000 trade-in bikes through a partnership with a national retailer. By the end of this year, 14,000 bikes will have been shipped, and three corporate partnerships will have been formed. With a strategic plan in place and a fourth salaried employee hired, Keith is feeling increasingly confident that the program will “take off”, but challenges remain. A professional video on Bikes for the World produced by a Texas foundation can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6oSi-RLYJU.
Together, we found time to enjoy a broad range of music -- folk, reggae, and Broadway musicals including John McCutcheon, Bobby McFerrin, Soja, and Showboat --overcoming what was in retrospect several years of cultural drought, and lifting our spirits.
|Kate and Alex at Iguacu Falls|
Alex and girlfriend Carla moved to a new, more satisfactory apartment—with a responsible landlord—last spring. They acquired a cat during the summer. Alex continues to enjoy the work at the Geographic Information Systems “help desk” at MIT while Carla began her third year of a PhD program in American Studies at Harvard.
|Keith, Jessica, Carla and Alex|
overlooking Crawford Notch
|Keith, Jessica, Alex,|
and Kate overlooking
Speaking of the world… May we all witness one that in 2014 is more peaceful, equitable, and environmentally-sound.
With affectionate best wishes, Keith and Jessica