LIFESTYLES
It may seem like prying into your lifestyles but I, and I think many others, would be interested in how you have massaged your lives into your present day routines. Remember, this is not bragging but rather sharing. I will put your responses on the website. I'll start:
Dolores and I retired in 2010 with not alot of savings built up but enough to enjoy life. We sold our home in Northbrook and moved into our small 1 BR 1 BA loft in downtown Chicago. Our plans were to stay there half of the year and go to warm places the other half. After renting in Oasis C.C. Palm Desert, CA we decided to buy a small place there. We stayed there last winter until April 30 and then back to Chicago. This year we will extend the stay to the end of May. I golf 5 days a week and Dolores volunteers at 3 different places. Our daughter was married in February and moved to East Kilbride, Scotland. Our son is in Seattle. We will travel to see them and then fit in other trips mostly in the summer.I started a new career in Real Estate this past summer and I really love it. That's my little capsule. Now you show me yours.  Keith Anderson
It has been almost three years now since I retired, over four for Robin. I knew retirement would be difficult for me as I have really loved what I have done, teaching and architecture but thought at 68 I probably ought to retire. We are very fortunate that we live on 50 acres with our horses and dogs and have this natural beauty surrounding us in Michigan. We also have four grandchildren and are about to inherit two more but four of them are in Boston and two in the Detroit area. They come here to "Camp Dilg" often and we get to see them very frequently but I still needed more. When I retired I gave up operating the football scoreboard at our university which I had done for almost 25 years and I gave up the chair position of the Festival of the Arts that I had founded, a month long celebration of daily art events in February. I quickly grew very disenchanted. I still do some architecture but have returned to assume the chair position of the Festival. These are starting to provide me the balance and intellectual stimulation that I need and that I feel God has given me a real gift to pursue. We still have Robin's dad who just turned 91 living with us as he has for the past 15 years so travel is more limited than we would like but we have still managed to spend a month in Wyoming and Montana with our horses, three weeks on the east coast touring Washington, North Carolina and the Rolex at the Kentucky Horse Park. As soon as some of the physical issues that Robin has been dealing with resolve we intend to do more traveling. Doing a horseback safari in Africa is on the top of my bucket list!

Bruce C. Dilg, NCARB
I retired in May 2009 as Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture, University of Illinois. I taught architectural design studio. I have avoided accepting invitations for post-retirement teaching opportunities; I take my retirement seriously.  
 
In answer to the question: “What will you do when you retire?” We say: “We plan to TRAVEL…and in between, we’ll PLAN to travel.” We’ve been to all seven continents and 49 states. We plan on #50 on our 50th anniversary next June. (Where?) Alaska. Our images may be found at www.robertselby.com. We enjoy sailing on the Jazz Cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale in late January, a one-week cruise with so many “A-list” jazz artists. Scheduled performances are from 14:00 – 02:00 every day. At about 10:00 (am) you can catch the big band rehearsing with many of the acts. As a bonus: one of the ports of call offers snorkeling, which Barb and I enjoy very much. 
 
Barb is a volunteer at Champaign Public Library. She brings home boxes of “Pre Pubs,” books that libraries get before they are published. She is in about five or so book clubs. We both enjoy reading. 
 
I am a volunteer jazz disc jockey (or as we say: “airshifter”) at WEFT Champaign, 90.1 FM, streaming live at WEFT.org. You can hear my show (usually 1st, 3rd, and sometimes 5th Friday) anywhere in the world where you can get Wi-Fi, from 09:00-11:30 Central Time. My brother, Dick, listens to me in Dallas. 
 
I am also editor of Fellowscope, the electronic newsletter of American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. The newsletter goes to every Fellow and Honorary Fellow with an email address throughout the world. We send out about nine issues per year. So this takes a bit of my time. 
 
We are enjoying our lives after work, thanks for asking.
 
Bob Selby
Frank and I have been blessed beyond our wildest dreams. This year we have traveled extensively. Myanmar, Mexico (with our whole family), a cruise in the Adriatic with dear friends, Georgia to celebrate the the 50th anniversary of friends, the Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and finally, a riverboat cruise on the Douro River in Portugal. Our bucket list is getting shorter.

We still enjoy getting together with our family who all live within 8 miles of our house. This makes it easy to support our 2 grandsons by attending sports and music events.
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Alice Kassen
Bud Morten asks the question "Is there such a thing as life after work?"
Our own Mary Ellen Des Enfants Gavin was honored with an award for her book that I just finished reading and thoroughly enjoyed. SECRETS OF THE APPLE TREE TAVERN Won A Nomination For Historical Fiction From the Prestigious Reading Website BRAGMEDALLION.Com
Mary Ellen went on to add "You might be interested in their interview with me as I had a character in the book tell of the battle that sunk the USS Duncan. It was the ship that my sister, Marilyn's husband -- Charlie Flaherty was on when it was newly built, broke water and entered the Atlantic Ocean. It sailed the long distance to fight in the Pacific Theater, but Charlie and a few other young men became ill. They were put ashore at a Navy Hospital on one of the islands before the Duncan faced the Japanese. Caught alone, it fought a fierce battle and was struck by sea and air until it sank. The heroic action of the sailors on board is now part of history. I've pulled the true account from the Web. You can read about their bravery inside the interview.
There is a producer in Atlanta, the new Hot Hollywood where so many film studios are building campuses. She is enthralled with the book and wants to make the movie. High praise, but doubt if it will happen.You might be interested in their interview with me as I had a character in the book tell of the battle that sunk the USS Duncan. It was the ship that my sister, Marilyn's husband -- Charlie Flaherty was on when it was newly built, broke water and entered the Atlantic Ocean. It sailed the long distance to fight in the Pacific Theater, but Charlie and a few other young men became ill. They were put ashore at a Navy Hospital on one of the islands before the Duncan faced the Japanese. Caught alone, it fought a fierce battle and was struck by sea and air until it sank. The heroic action of the sailors on board is now part of history. I've pulled the true account from the Web. You can read about their bravery inside the interview.

This from Sydney Becker Muenz
My husband and I moved to Florida 12 yrs ago. We keep busy with volunteer work in our community and also I.belong to a charitable organization where I serve on the board of directors
So we keep very occupied. We also.go.back to the Chicago area to see our grandchildren and our kids and friends
 After surviving a horrific auto accident last March (many thanks to those who sent cards/emails), I've returned to my home on Washington Island and to my lavender farm and shop, Fragrant Isle. My business partners did yeoman's work keeping everything going while I spent 4.5 months in a nursing home regaining my balance (literally) and learning to walk again. I'm on my feet and on my game! We now have 14,000 plants in cultivation, beautiful store and a great product line. When I'm not tending shop, I serve on several local boards, including Washington Island Community Foundation, Washington Island Literary Festival, and Washington Island Education Foundation. Staying active, making new friends, and being grateful to be alive make "life after work" a wonderful experience!
Best regards,
Helene (Seitler) Meyer
From Karen Vedder in southern California...
This past year had some difficult times. One scary challenge was the massive blood clots in my left leg which caused a fear of dying any minute during the 9 months I had them. Not fun! Another was the death of my baby brother, not quite 60, youngest of us six Vedder kids.
I've also had some great joys. Isn't that what life is all about? Many ups and downs. What I've learned from these major ones this year, and other challenges throughout the years, is to celebrate life each day and be grateful for all the good in my life.
Topping that list would be my grandchildren. Altho my gramma duties have been cut back from four little ones, five days a week, to one, until his big sister gets home from school. I still see the other grandchildren enough to maintain our close loving relationship. Since four of my seven live nearby it happens often. The grandkids love coming to gramma's and I love having them here. They fill my life with love and laughter, two things that will keep me young. And I need to focus on that rather than the shock of celebrating the 50th birthday of my oldest son soon! Talk about feeling old. How could I have a son that is turning 50?
My little brother did go out in style with three major celebrations of his life. One of his wishes was to have his ashes dropped on Wrigley Field. Since Eddie is friends with Theo Epstein it got done. That night Eddie also threw out the first pitch, my nephew got to be bat boy and along with his sister, got to sing the 7th inning stretch song with their cousin Eddie. It was a great tribute to my little brother and I know he was somewhere watching.
The blood clots have cleared up, I feel really good, and my kids and grandkids are all doing well. What more can one ask? Life is certainly full of surprises and bumps in the road, but looking at the whole picture I am loving my life.
ps...I totally support the idea of having our 55th class reunion in San Diego!
 Mary and I will again be back in Scotland next year. The only thing that I might be able to add to the Nile High website, might be for you to look at my website www.ronhauserartist.com to pick out a part that might work. If you know how to post my video from the front page that puts my new life in one tight package that sets me on a path of ”Making a Difference”.

Ron Hauser

PS: Thank you again for watching over all of us ”Nile High Oldies"
HI KEITH,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE INFO.

 I HAVE LIVED IN SCOTTSDALE,AZ FOR A VERY LONG TIME..... ALSO SINGLE FOR A VERY LONG TIME
AND MY LIFE IS ALWAYS VERY DIFFERENT, CHANGING,, AND EXCITING ..... NOW IN A RELATIONSHIP FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS 
I HAVE BEEN A REALOTR FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND IN THE HEALING ARTS AS WELL,
WITH SUSTAINABLE LIVING AS A MAIN PART OF MY LIFE ALONG WITH HELPING PEOPLE IN HOW TO FEEL AND LOOK MUCH
YOUNGER AND HEALTHIER THAN OUR CRONOLOGICAL NUMBER. ENCLOSING A PICTURE OF MYSELF AND PARTNER.
WISHING ALL OF YOU A HAPPY AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY GREETING.

THANK YOU

MARSHA GREEN LEVIN SIMKA
I got married in 1963 after completing only 2 years of college. Seemed like a good idea at the time as "he" was 5 years older than me and moving from Illinois to Arizona. Two years later our first daughter was born followed quickly by a son and in 1970 we moved from AZ to Blacksburg, VA. Just when I felt free to return to college I got pregnant again. I finally returned to college part time in 1994, graduated in '98 with a degree in Social Work and got an amazing job as director of a non-profit dedicated to prevention of child abuse. In 1995 I divorced my first husband. In 1996 I met my now husband! We married in 2003, and because he did (and does) a great deal of traveling, I retired to travel with him. I remained attached to my agency as a volunteer for 10 years, but now I only attend their fundraisers. I am active in a group that began as Red Hatters, but we now are just a crazy group of about 30 "No Name Dames"! My roles within the group are "Mistress of Sunshine & Flowers" (I visit those who fall ill, etc.), and "Change Purse", which means I am the back-up to "Queen Purse" as she travels a lot too and I need access to $$ in my other role. We have card playing groups (I love canasta as it generates lots of laughter!) and otherwise gather for chatty monthly luncheons usually at restaurants within an hour's drive. I am also active in the VT Faculty Women's Club as Program Planner. This entails planning a luncheon and a program for up to 150 women in Oct,., Feb. and April. They have many interest groups to participate in including book club, cooking groups, various game groups, line dancing, etc.

I visit a daughter in NY City, and a son and daughter in law in Key West, and my youngest daughter lives in NC with one 8 year old step son, my 2 year old grand daughter and a new one on the way in May. Lots of visiting there! Plus my husband has 3 children and they have provided me with 9 wonderful step grand children now aged 10 to 20. Aside from 2 annual familial visits with each of his kid/families we have one week every summer set aside for "Camp Murray" when we get 2-3 cousins at our house for a wild week of whatever their ages (and ours) can handle. Always there is biking and boating, but one summer it rained every day and we had an entire week of Shakespeare! We went to 2 plays, which we read and rehearsed ahead of time, rented (note*) It looks like Nancy Hibbert Murray ran out of email ink and we won't get to see the end of that sentence.
Hi Keith:
I am always excited to hear about what our old classmates are doing in retirement....that time hasn't come for me yet. We are in the process of moving our chiropractic office to a new location, where we will be practicing with a colleague.. The plan is to continue practicing full time for three more years, then cut back and continue part time until I drop over.  

I think what keeps me going is the daily contact with people and the positive experiences being a healthcare giver. Also, I just got married earlier this year and she is 12 years my junior, and still working, so I need something to do during the day..

Since we are both natives of the Chicago area, we hope to take a few trips up north to do some serious visiting this next spring and summer.

Your old Classmate,

Jim Copeland
I enjoy reading about all the things the "retired class" is now doing, but we are still working and enjoying ourselves too. Jorge is still teaching Japanese Martial Arts and I am still doing Electrology (part time). We have been able to travel through the US and worldwide as well as relax at home in San Diego. We make the time to enjoy our beautiful weather and visit friends and family.  
We wish everyone a HEALTHY, Happy New Year.
Rochelle (Laskov) and Jorge Zuniga
My retirement story is not retirement at all: fortunately or unfortunately.

Myra retired from teaching Spanish 9 years ago and continues to travel several times a year with her 4 girlfriends here in the states and with her globe trotting sister all over the world. She also substitutes at Maple Junior High (where she taught for 30 years) whenever she likes. So she keeps busy and travels.

Me, I'm still working at my company that I started 40 years ago. I perform niche services for the printing industry. Unfortunately the printing industry is dying. So my business is dying. But I have a building to get rid of and that has been my challenge. But the business gives me something to do every day.

We're still living in the house we built in 1968. Our neighborhood still has about 10% of the original owners remaining. But since my son and daughter left the nest a decade and a half ago, it's just the right size for us two. We have friends that keep talking about moving to warmer weather when they retire. So far that hasn't happened for any of them. I've been living in the Chicago are my whole life. The winters are sometimes tough, but when they are I just dress warmer. It is not intolerable for me. I actually love the spring and fall. The change in seasons to me is uplifting. The chance to work my garden throughout the growing year and tend to my daughter's garden are fun things for me.

My two grown kids are married and Myra and I enjoy our 5 grandchildren (ranging from 16 to 9). Both families live within 15 minutes from our house. So we see them all of the time. For us moving out of state is not our plan. However Myra noodges me to get rid of the building and the business because she'd like to move to a condo or another home. I know there is a life after the business. I'm just not sure what it'll be and that causes me a little trepidation.

I still think about the reunion and the fun we had putting it together. The contacts I made with good old friends I'll never forget.
So to all my classmates, I love you all because you were a part of my life.

That's my capsule. And thanks again, Keith, for you undying commitment to keeping the website going and allowing us to connect and contribute.

Howie Moldofsky
Dear Family and Friends ... the sun has set on Thanksgiving 2014; it was a beautiful day here on Washington Island - sunny, crispy cold, a light dusting of snow on the ground. For me, it has been a deeply meaningful Thanksgiving because more than ever before I know how very much I have to be thankful for. Each of you has played a role in my now almost complete recovery from the accident that might, in other circumstances, have made recovery unachievable. To each of you, individually and collectively, goes my deepest gratitude for the caring, concern, and compassion you showed in your cards, emails, notes, visits, phone calls...for every gesture that kept me connected to life and the world. I so deeply appreciate your friendship and your kindness has meant more than I can express. Thank you for making this special day one that feels deeply blessed.  

With profound gratitude,
Helene Seitler Meyer.
Okay, Keith, here goes: After surviving a horrific auto accident last March (many thanks to those who sent cards/emails), I've returned to my home on Washington Island and to my lavender farm and shop, Fragrant Isle. My business partners did yeoman's work keeping everything going while I spent 4.5 months in a nursing home regaining my balance (literally) and learning to walk again. I'm on my feet and on my game! We now have 14,000 plants in cultivation, beautiful store and a great product line. When I'm not tending shop, I serve on several local boards, including Washington Island Community Foundation, Washington Island Literary Festival, and Washington Island Education Foundation. Staying active, making new friends, and being grateful to be alive make "life after work" a wonderful experience!

Please feel free to edit as you see fit. And thanks again for all you do on the website. Have a great winter in California!

Best regards,
Helene (Seitler) Meyer
It has been 8 yrs since I retired from Moreno Valley Unified School District. Entering into Middle School Special Ed classes instructing students in Math and English. Bob retired from the Navy after 22 yrs active duty in 1974, and retired from the Moreno Valley School District 17 yrs ago. I am an active senior in the senior community. I enjoy lunches with family and friends, and helping in our food drives at church. Bob plays senior softball twice a week; and we travel once a month so that he can play in Senior Softball Tournaments in different states. He just had his 80th birthday in October, and plays like he is 55. We travel once a year to other states to take vacations. We have visited 48 states, with a few more to go. We drive and enjoy every minute of it. We have invested our money wisely, and are very comfortable now, and for the future. We were able to move into our senior golf course home 2 yrs ago, but have lived in the Senior community 14 yrs now. My older daughter Kathy is a teacher, and lives in Yorba Linda, Ca. My daughter Karen works for the Defense Dept. of the Navy, in 29 Palms, Ca. where she is a property manager. My granddaughter Ashley is a Soph. at Cal State Fullerton. and my granddaughter Alexis is a Junior at Yorba Linda High School, also in show cases, in Softball (fast Pitch) working on a college scholarship. I could have never planned, for a better life than I have now. My family support team is just wonderful. I thank you all, for your friendship. Bev Duffey Altes