Congratulations to two new authors, members of the Academy for Lifelong
Learning at the University of S. Florida, Sarasota-Manatee.
Helga Harris, has written a fascinating account (Dear Helga…Dear
Ruth) of her family’s 1938 exodus from Berlin to America,
focusing on the effect it had on her most intense childhood friendship,
interrupted so suddenly when they were both ten years old. The story
is told in letter- between-the-two-form, documenting the evolution of
them both as they travel decidedly different paths, during the war and
in the years afterwards. The narration, interspersed among the letters,
gives wonderful (and often comic) insight into Helga’s early subsistence
life in New York City compared to the much more genteel life her friend
Ruth experienced when her family left Berlin also and settled in Santiago,
Chile. To purchase a copy, you can email Helga at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second new author, Marcia Lang, brings to life, through a collection
of stories and essays (Mayan Voices) her life’s work
with the Peace Corps and CORE in Guatemala and among the Mayan people.
Some colorful, some poignant, and some inspiring, Marcia’s stories
are pieces of a larger puzzle that will lead the reader to a real-life
understanding of the Mayan culture. Her later work with MayaWorks, a
non-profit organization which supports the impoverished Mayans by selling
their hand-made jewelry, trinkets and curios, allows her to keep in
contact with a world few of us know, but to which Marcia has dedicated
her life. Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of Mayan Voices can
do so by emailing the author at email@example.com.
YAVAPAI RECEIVES $1 MILLION ENDOWMENT
Earlier this year, the Center for Successful Aging at Yavapai College
in Arizona received a $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation.
The money will be used to promote learning institutes, and the Osher
Lifelong Learning Institute at the College will receive some of the