Monday, December 19, 2016


It has been a very busy year here in Cedar Falls. Here are the highlights in photos!

Dear Friends and Family,
I hope this letter finds you in good health and happiness. 2016 has been a very busy year in our lives. We have had so many adventures this year and made so many new friends.
We hope that you have had a wonderful year and that your coming year will be even better.
NEW YEARS EVE PARTY REMINDER: Just wanted to remind you that you are all invited to come to our New Year’s Eve party on December 31.  We begin at 7:00.  It is family-oriented. We will “Ring in the New Year” at 8:00, 10:00 and Midnight!!!  Bring a dish to share with friends.
Thank you to all our old and new friends who came out this year to help elect Democrats! We did a great job in Cedar Falls.
Things I haven’t mentioned in photos include:
  • We had a great Thanksgiving Dinner with family and friends.
  • Our son, Chris & his family Merri, Tyler & James moved to Altoona, Iowa
  • Our son, Jeff moved to Brooklyn, New York for his new banking position.
  • Leigh and I are still working on our Brown house in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Our son, Wes and wife Bethany have been working on their house in West Des Moines, Iowa.
  • We had 3 floods in our basement this year! Next year will see us painting the basement walls and floors.
  • We have 3 new loveseats in the living room – still have the red carpet… I’ve been busy framing pictures and Leigh & I have been putting them up around the house.
  • Terrible flooding in Cedar Falls, thankfully for us it was not as bad as it had been in past years, but work is still engaged throughout the state.
  • I started an aquatic exercise class in July and go every Mon, Wed & Fri. it has really helped my pain levels.
  • Leigh is still working at UNI, going to conferences, fixing up the house, riding RAGBRAI and busy with Kiwanis, our yard, & our Grandchildren, Tyler & James!

Kathy and Leigh
P.S. Leigh at ISTE and

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Kathy & Friends on a Conference call with President Obama

Sunday, December 18, 2016

And the greatest of these is Love

A friend sent me this statement from Rev. Peter Morales, president of the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association), – 
“We have always been a people who affirm justice. I am proud of that. But right now we need to go beyond advocacy and protest. I think we are called to bring empathy, understanding, and healing. And this involves forming relationships with people with whom we most disagree….We must help frame a vision of a future that includes everyone. We must not only decry evil, we must build a foundation for hope.”
Some people have asked me what to do in the coming months and I have to admit I do not have all the answers.  I have decided to collect information and blog it about it here. So if you have any ideas or suggestions please add them to comments or send me an email. 

One thing that I am doing is to wear a safety pin. 
"I wear a safety pin because:If you wear a Hijab, I’ll sit with you. If you are Trans, I’ll go to the bathroom with you. If you’re person of color, I’ll stand up with you. If you’re an immigrant, I’ll help find you resources. If you’re a survivor, I’ll believe you. If you’re a refugee, I’ll welcome you. If you’re a veteran, I’ll take up your fight. If you’re LGBTQ, you are not broken. If you’re a woman, I’ll pay you the same wages. If you’re tired, me too. If you need a hug, I have one for you. If you need me, I’ll be with you. #youresafewithmeWhen people ask about your pin, this is your script. Keep it handy."

Blessed be