Side Trips: Current Interests and Enjoyments

15 March 2023

While it’s a lot of fun to reminisce about college days, most of us spend more of our time keeping up with the world today and planning for the future. We thought it might be fun to hear what classmates are thinking about and planning for right now. We’ve polled the Reunion Committee to get us started with our own “bucket list” items. We’d love to add to the list with your ideas. Share them with us here at and we’ll keep the list going. There’s lots more to do out there!

Our “Bucket List”:

  • In recent years I’ve had the time to renew my long-held interest in the pre-history of humankind through reading and on-line resources.  I appreciate the broader perspective it’s given me on life in today’s world.  There are several archeological sites in Northern Spain and Southwestern France where significant evidence of prehistoric life and culture has been found, including some of the most remarkable cave art yet discovered.  I’d like to actually visit these places, where families were tending to many of the same basic life needs that we humans, at the core, pursue today, over 20,000 years later.  (The south of France would just be an added bonus.) – Mary Jones
  • Take our grandchildren on a trip when they get older. My mother took each of her seven grandchildren on a trip that they planned together.  All of her grandchildren cherish the memories from their trips. I would love to think that our grandchildren could have similar adventures with us.
    -Kris Brown
  • I have no bucket list in terms of places I want to visit.  I don’t care much for traveling, especially nowadays.  But I’m trying to read all the classic books I was too busy (i.e. drunk) to read when we were in college.  I started with Gilgamesh and I’m up to Don Quixote, having read all of Homer and all of Shakespeare along the way.  It’s been a deeply rewarding experience – better than visiting Machu Picchu in my opinion! – R. Armstrong
  • In the fall term of ’72, Ellen joined several classmates on the London Seminar that was affectionately known as the “Bonner and Bailey Circus”. This was long before cell phones and texting, of course, so she sent letters to me on campus describing her experiences living in Cartwright Gardens, doing research at the British Library and the Guildhall Library, and taking in live performances in the West End of London. In recent years, Ellen and I talked about taking a London trip to relive her experiences, but sadly, she passed away before we could make the trip. The dream did not die, however, and my daughters and I hope to visit the London locations that made the experience so meaningful for Ellen and to honor her memory with love. -Dick Marchessault
Chapel over trees

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