OF 75 Earth
finds Alan Wright C75
in a Shakespeare garden, up to his work boots in sage and thyme. Along
with 16 happily muddy eighth graders at Westtown School in Pennsylvania,
he is, he says, waking the garden to springraking away old leaves,
pruning back dried stalks, laying in steaming piles of mulch. Look,
he encourages his students. Smell. Think. Imagine. And here is lavender,
and here, the seedpods of last years marigolds. Continued...
OF 89 A
Labor of Literacy
mothers are commonly sent home from the hospital with instructions for
breastfeeding and burping their infants. Dr. Ian Bennett CGS89 GM01,
a clinical instructor in the Department of Family Practice and Community
Medicine at Penns School of Medicine, is studying the effects of doling
out a different kind of advice: how to read to their babies. Continued...
CLASS OF 70 The Rx Files The days when a family doctor had all your information in a manila folder, at the ready day and night, are long gone, writes Dr. Marie Savard Nu70 GrNu72 M76 in her book, How To Save Your Own Life (Warner). A nurse-turned-doctor- turned-patient-rights champion, she encourages individuals to take responsibility for their health by collecting all of their medical records themselves. If anybody is going to keep track of your health history, she says, its going to be you. Continued...
CLASS OF 96 A Major League Road Trip While Brian Bolten W96 may not be one of the elite group of men inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a T-shirt of his is traveling in the company of Jackie Robinsons 1956 Dodgers jersey, Shoeless Joe Jacksons shoes, and the baseball bats that set records for Babe Ruth. Continued...
CLASS OF 77 The Artist and the Little Red Toy When eight-year-old Keith Drake C77 sat down to draw the family piano using his first Etch A SketchTM, his parents were not expecting the detailed picture, complete with 88 tiny piano keys, that he created. Today, Drake has sketched renditions of everything from the Mona Lisa to the Statue of Liberty to Thomas Edisonall of which, he says, leave his acquaintances with one reaction: How did you do that? Continued...
CLASS OF 96 On a Track to the Past Two years ago Major Barnett SW96 traveled to Selma, Alabama, to bury a stepbrother he had never met. And while stopping to fill up on gas one evening, the Binghamton, N.Y., resident looked out across an enormous green field and thought: This was something slaves had to go through to secure freedom. It was a long hard road to travelto have dogs after you, people hunting you, not knowing whom to trust. Continued...
CLASS OF 98 The House Call of the Wild Bill Danforth GNu98 has no trouble remembering the day he arrived in Bethel, Alaska, population 6,000, three years ago this month: The voracious mosquitoes. The barking packs of dogs. The omnipresent sunshine. The suffocating, pulverized glacial-silt dust. And the flat, treeless terrain. Continued...
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