May peace become a reality in 2020! I'm sure everyone feels that there has been too much to do since the 2016 election. And that included the recent impeachment rally in Cupertino.

It's been a busy & rewarding year for me and odw. The Friday peace vigils & all the demos & marches, The Women's March, another coming up again & also another Cuba Reality Tour Feb 18-26. How it could be more appreciated than last February is hard to imagine. Other Reality Tours include another to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala which everyone says is a little piece of paradise! August 21-28. And then South Africa Sept 26-Oct 11 for 2 weeks. Email for itineraries, applications, etc.

I've given programs in several churches, facilitating the simulation Starvation or Survival in a Global Studies class every semester. It’s effective learning for 5th grade through adult groups. I'd welcome more invitations. The program offered now is Wonderful Courageous Women from around the World.

My two book clubs keep me reading & I learn so much from the discussions! Of course this was the year for our 180th birthday party! (My twin sister Joan and I celebrated together.) The octet which Vic used to sing with was greatly appreciated. It was so wonderful to have so many of my communities represented. And the potluck appetizers were incredible! odw handcrafts were on display & many sold. I also carried them to several events and have them up here at home. And the Peace & Justice Center had a birthday party for me…Such a wonderful part of my life. But my birthday began when Karen & Dane took me to dinner & to see HAMILTON!

Along with cataract surgery and not being allowed to swim for 2 weeks ( I still swim a mile 5 days a week) I was humbled to have the Y front desk & the lifeguards greet me so warmly when I returned, all so glad nothing was wrong! They were so worried about me! Some had even driven by the house & almost stopped to ring the bell!

My housemates are wonderful to have & helpful in many ways. Conversations abound, the hummingbird feeder is always full & well patronized. Regular dinners here with a very good friend, coffee with another. Visiting with daughter, Karen & son-in love Dane are so welcome. Just wish NYC wasn't so far away so I could see more of my New Yorkers. Thanksgiving has always been here but in-laws make that not happen any more so I'm thrilled to have been adopted by Dane's sister for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. The same thing has happened to Joan who always hosted Christmas, and she will be with Scott and Millicent.

So "Christmas" for me is the caroling which begins here. I made the Africa peanut butter soup & have Ellie's pumpkin cooked & pureed for another soup & Danish fruit soup will be the third I offer to the carolers who come here to warm up before we begin caroling others. Sorry we missed many of the carolers due to illness. Hope you're all well now.

I am sooo lucky to have SUCH a wonderful family and friends & neighbors...I only wish Craig, Mo, Ava & Zachary & Ogie & Ger were closer. I don't get to see them as often as I like! But I will see them for a few days upon return from Cuba in February and then down to Philly to see very good South African friends who are here for some months!

I wish happiness for all of you and peace on earth in this New Year!

Barby and our developing world

May peace become a reality in 2020! I'm sure everyone feels that there has been too much to do since the 2016 election. And that included the recent impeachment rally in Cupertino.