Just wanted to let you know that the Spring ’99 Bulletin is extraordinary. The design, layout, artwork are all lovely, but the WRITING! That took my breath away. All of the pieces are beautifully written and bring alive their authors’ experiences. The courage and sheer persistence of these Mawrters demands respect and admiration—even though all of them might happily trade all that for even a short period of renewed health. ... All of them wrote from the heart and reached mine.
Our society prefers winners and happy endings. Overwhelmingly, the authors in this issue tell us that there will be no happy endings for them in the sense that they’re never going to get well, they're not going to “win” over their disabilities. Yet they keep living, keep working, keep finding meaning; in fact, what they’re learning are lessons not available to most able-bodied, “successful” people.
Congratulations on a splendid job of letting these authors speak to us! What a wonderful issue. Thank you so much!
—Ilze Jaunzemis Brown ’69
The Spring 99 Bulletin was probably the most helpful one I've ever read in terms of making my daily doings both honest and supportive. The articles, especially those by writers whose handicaps are chronic and invisible, gave us a view that is usually closed to the able bodied. It is a view that will make me more understanding, more intelligent in my relationships with people whose responses to me miss the mark of my expectations. In these articles, we are strongly reminded that there is a reason. Perhaps, finally, I am learning to listen.
Thank you, and please thank your contributors.
—Bertie Dawes Wood ’52
Editor’s note: Teresita Sparre Currie ’43, one of the Spring ’99 authors, has written newspaper articles and The Villnäs Children, 1995 (published in Finland in 1997 as Louhisaari Lapset), a book about her grandmother, six siblings and their life in a family castle in the 1870s, based on archival letters from Finland and Sweden. She is working on a second book.
We also would like to note that past students attending the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research have used wheelchairs and that the Social Work building became completely wheelchair accessible when an elevator was installed in 1984.
Editor’s note: Helen “Holly” Maddux has been remembered in Class Notes columns and in 1971 reunion gifts. One of Holly’s sisters, Meg Maddux Wakeman, has kept the College up to date on the efforts to extradite Einhorn. In addition, with the Maddux family's encouragement and permission, the College cooperated with an independent film company in production of a documentary about Holly. The website provides documents on Holly’s life and the quest for justice on her behalf.
We welcome letters expressing a range of opinions on issues addressed in the magazine. Letters must be signed in order to be considered for publication. We may edit letters for accuracy, length and civility.
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