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8 Oct

From Our Class Facebook

When this blog was started before our 50th Reunion, we didn’t have a Facebook connection. We tried to find to find someone through Jo Ann that would start one but found that apparently few classmates were on-line beyond e-mails.  After much labor of love from those that organized the reunions and on-going events, we’ve begun to get a better data-base for getting reaquainted with oneanother. 

One major, sensitive, challenge: because of security issues, many folks young & old have opted to keep their information limited & private on-line. Remember that every e-mail you’ve sent is out there in the cloud waiting to be mined by some data prospector. We about to post pictures of the recent Birthday Bash and there are news items we can now get from the class Facebook page. Any suggestion?

From David Hooper’s FB- “Just found out I am going to have a granddaughter! YEA!

Congratulations David!

A Discipline for Declining Days

2 Aug

Thoughts on aging gracefully while still making significant contributions to society.

It ain't over 'til it's over!

At least three more of our fellow-classmates have died in the first half of 2011. I say ‘at least’ because we’re only sure of three. For those of us that remain and about to start turning 70, it may be a good time to face some of the challenges/advantages of our ‘senior’ years.

As an intro to the subject, I want to quote some things found in a book called “The Disciplines of Life” written in 1948 by the then President of Wheaton College, V. Raymond Edman.

”And it came to pass, when Samuel was old. .
.”
  (I Sam. 8:1)

   There are disciplines of childhood:
diligence to obey parents and decision to accept the gospel invitation; of adolescence: dependability, delight, determination, and discipleship; of  mature years: duty, darkness, delay, diversion, distinction; there is also that of old age.

It is different from earlier disciplines;nevertheless, just as real, with results for good or ill that can help or hinder the rising generation. Samuel,
the last of the judges of Israel, affords an excellent illustration of this discipline of declining days.

At Southeast we were taught certain ‘disciplines’ including the virtues of the Roundtable. Our Principle & Vice Principle were men of disciplines.So we know not to be afraid of that word.

 Declining years bring decrease of activities and responsibilities. The Tireless
Thirties and Roaring Forties have given way to the Sensible Sixties and the
Slackening Seventies. To grow old gracefully and graciously is a triumph; not to do so is a tragedy. There are those who will never admit to themselves or to
others that they have passed the period of their effectiveness and service; and
with hard hand and harsh voice they insist upon their place and position, which long since they have ceased to fill…

 The discipline of declining days that comes when days wane and strength
subsides, when doors close and comforters depart, when others bear the heat and the burden of the day; then to grow old graciously and sweetly; to grant
responsibilities to stronger, though less experienced, hands of our sons or
those of others; to adapt oneself to the demands of a new day; and above all, to
pray for others and to serve the Lord in whatever hidden ministry may be ours.
Thus disciplined in spirit we are sweetness and strength to those who need us
most.

-Go here to continue reading

We have lots to live for & look forward to in the future years if we will accept the challenge. Besides, we can count on our classmates to encourage us along the way!

SE_alumni_newsletter_July_2011  includes interview w/ Preston Washington, Class of ’62.

Related post: Tuskegee Airmen Mark 70 Anniversary

A Life well lived

9 Apr

Honoring a classmate & former neighbor- by John Paul Todd

Jean Ison Bass  (May 1942- Mar 2011)

When we are in high school, we are too busy to think much of the future and what our classmates are going to become as responsible citizens. One of the joys of reconnecting after all these years, is to learn the life story of some of those we knew and glimpse what they did with the life & training they received. Turns out, we went to school with some awesome individuals and didn’t know it.

I’ve been thinking about the girl I knew as Jean Ison ever since learning of her passing last month. Sister Glenda, class of 1958, was kind enough to send me some details along with her obituary. Jean was a lifelong educator and artist, a skilled jeweler and painter which she inherited from her mother.

Jean was married to another artist, Jim Bass, for 45 years. Jim is a sculptor and so they did art together and built quite a studio where each one worked. Jean was noted for her public tapestries hanging in many local collections. Perhaps the collection at First Congregational Church in Topeka allows us the joy & privilege to see some of her work as we honor her memory.

Spend some time (while you can) viewing Jean’s work here.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on, yes, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them“.

Revelation 14:13

A Eulogy by a fellow teacherNancy Marshall

Happy Valentine’s Day

8 Feb

Did we make a big deal out of this day at SEHS?

I have trouble remembering many of the details of our life at the Castle, but it seems to me that everyone celebrates some of these holidays now much more than back then. I have memories of valentine card exchanges in the grade school years but not at Southeast. Is it possible that today the celebration of Valentine’s Day has taken on increased significance?

Read the blurb at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine’s_Day
See what you think. If you can remember, leave a comment about a special valentine gift. May all our class-mates enjoy Valentine’s Day this year with those you love!

A Valentine gift of Poems(for former YFC’ers & other classmates)

Finish the year with Alumni

13 Dec

SEHS Alumni Association Invitation

A personal invitation to the Open House, this Thursday, December 16th.
(Click here)

Did you miss the earlier notice posted a week ago? Don’t forget to click on the COMMENTS too!

Merry Christmas Class of ’60

4 Dec

KC Plaza at Christmas

It’s been a great year of celebrating our 50th Anniversary! What better way to go out in style than to recall one of my favorite Kansas City scenes at this time of year- the lights at The Country Club Plaza. Here’s hoping that each one had a wonderful celebration and will have a very meaningful Christmas and a happy new year.

Keeping Kwanzaa

29 Nov

Tweet-tweet ?

Unless I’m mistaken, the Class of 1960 was the first graduating class at Southeast High to have an African-American graduate. So as we head into December, I want to dedicate this post to him, wherever he may be.

When we were graduating, Kwanzaa did not exist. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor of African Studies at California State University-Long Beach. Dr. Karenga is author of the book, “Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture”. His intent was to focus on the African struggle to achieve social justice, to build unity, and to strengthen African heritage.

For those interested about the seven-day celebration begining December 29, go to the offcial website. To see how Kwanzaa is presented in Kentucky schools, read the article in Kentucky Magazine.
To all our fellow Southeast Alumni and present students, Heri za Kwanzaa! Do any of you have a Twitter account? If so, you can find me @e4unity.