News about the RKIDs
February 17, 2021
BYOB! (bring your own brunch)
Sonja thought it would be a good idea to try a virtual brunch in February. She was right. It was a nice reuniting of 18 people who were able to share as they ate at home. It was so successful we will be meeting again on March 6th. No need to RSVP. A few days in advance of each brunch, Tom will send the Zoom invitation link to all members.
In the November 23, 2020 edition of Blarney, it was announced that Alison’s poem, Writing, had been selected for inclusion in the Maryland Bards Poetry Review 2020 Anthology. The book release will be Sunday, March 7th, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Annapolis. According to Alison, “There will be a limited capacity for in-person sessions of poets reading their poems.” She will be pre-ordering copies, but if you would like to pre-order one yourself, the link is https://www.localgemspoetrypress.com/maryland-bards-poetry-review-preorders.html. We are proud of our poet!
Over the past two years or so, lots of RKIDs have turned a new page and partly or fully retired. Marie V, Toni, Michelle, Connie, Sandy, Evan (still working part time), Kathy O, Maureen Kn, and Chuck (also working part time) have taken that plunge and we wish them the best. There are a couple people planning to join the retirees soon – or, at least, they are thinking about it. Read on …
Larisa explained her situation this way, “I am planning to retire at the end of August and in September move to Gresham, Oregon, to live with my son and daughter-in-law. Gresham is a suburb within the Portland Metro area. It is situated between the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood. The town has lots of trails and beautiful views, and it is the host of the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival. My son’s house is located very close to the Senior Center, which has a ukulele group. I’m looking forward to being with my son, but I’ll miss all of you!” We will miss her, too!
John and Mo took advantage of the lull in activities for the past year by searching for a place to settle down. Their final decision is Shepherdstown, West Virginia where they bought a three-acre lot with plans to build this Spring. Mo explains it this way, “John may prolong retirement since we’ll be closer to his work place than we anticipated and I’ll continue my training and consulting….we’re excited.” All the best to them! And they will still be close enough to dance with us in the future!
A few weeks ago, Judy settled very quickly into a new home at The Gardens of Traville, which is near Shady Grove Hospital, and a Giant. She lives on the first floor with a tree right outside her sliding glass door. The birds seem to love the tree and she’s taking great delight in getting to know her new friends. Conveniently, her apartment is right across the hall from another RKID, Mary B.
The RKIDs have a few items you might like to “check out” during these long pandemic days. If you want to borrow any item, please contact Marilyn O. She offers a delivery service, if desired, within the US, but will consider service to Canada, Mexico, and Ireland depending on the amount of the tip. Below is a list of the items:
- Evelyn – movie starring Pierce Brosnan;
- The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature; produced by The Great Courses and consisting of 36 lectures by Marc C. Conner, Ph.D.
Books, which were on the RKIDs’ Book Discussion Group's list:
- Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti;
- The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930 by Margaret Lynch-Brennan;
- 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman;
- Giant’s Causeway: Frederick Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary by Tom Chaffin.