This picture of me was taken by my friend Jan Shearer while on
a hike near Bowling Green, KY. The picture next to it is of my
best friend, Mary McClory. She died of cancer on December 18th,
2001. I'll never forget her.
The guy below here with the mischievous smile is my son pSteve
and next to him is his partner Angela. pSteve is active in the
movement for the legalization of marijuana, and recently
celebrated it's legalization in Oregon. (hemp.org).
Here you see my son Erik who
can be found on Facebook under the name Misery Lou.
Then there is my daughter Vera. She and her partner C.J. now
have three children: Xochi, Aza, and Cozy Joe. Pictures of them
can be found on Vera's blog (http://echospiritwarrior.blogspot.com/).
And finally I have a whole family of kids in East Java that I
take care of. From left to right: their mother, Ibu Nahariyah,
Rosit, Yuli, Huda and Hari, the eldest.
Left: Ibu Nahariyah’s
birthday in 2012. In the picture on the right the boys and
their uncle Imam are trying their hand at grilling
hamburgers. In the
last picture the boys and their uncle Imam are trying
their hand at grilling hamburgers on their new grill. Hari
now teaches primary school, hoping to eventually get a
permanent appointment. Rosit graduated from the S.M.A.
secondary school, and is trying to decide what to do next.
Huda also finished secondary school and enrolled at the
Universitas Jember where he studies history. Yuli, the
youngest, now attends senior high school. Their mom is
very proud of all of them, as am I.
In March 2012
Hari married his sweetheart Tri Mulyati, who teaches at the same
school he does. The wedding was a smashing success.
The next year
his younger brother Rosit married his girlfriend Reska. It was a
quiet affair as neither wanted a big to-do.
In April 2014
Ibu Nahariyah celebrated her 47th birthday, The whole
family went to dinner at Gumitir, a popular spot outside Jember,
a ways up the mountain to the east with a great view over the
Ibu Nahariyah died on
Valentine's Day 2015, two months short of her 48th birthday, from
complications arising from diabetes, which had affected her heart.
She is greatly missed, first of all by her children and
daughters-in-law, but also by myself. She was a great friend and
confidant, who, over the twenty five years that we worked
together, developed into an irreplaceable research partner. Her
insights into her native Using culture were both broad and
reflective. Our association was a time of discovery, quite often
filled with laughter. Working with her was a privilege.