A New Life! Retirement at its Best 2022-127


August 21 was a very special day! Fifty years ago, Mike and I immigrated from the Netherlands to California with two daughters, 9 and 6 years old, a baby boy of 10 weeks in a bassinet and our 7 year old Chow Roy.  All of us nicely dressed, as you were in those days when you went on a flight somewhere, sitting in the bulkhead seats, the baby in his bassinet on the floor in front of us, the dog somewhere down below us, drugged for a less anxious time. This was our big step into the future for the whole family, and we never regretted it. Our 9 year old daughter remembered the lights of Los Angeles, as we descended towards the airport after a long flight.

 We celebrated Mike’s 85th birthday on Sunday as well, and will repeat that with the whole family with a brunch at the Club in the Private dining room on Sunday, the 28th.

The last time I posted was on June 15, announcing my sabbatical. I had a wonderful, busy summer, stayed mostly inside because of the outside temperatures or the high nineties day after day. Five kids and grands from California and Canada came for ten days and stayed in a house we had rented for them. Fun and joyous times together.

Right after they left, with the help of Dennis and Stephanie, I made a five minute video of my presentation about the Japanese concentration camps, to be included in the 6th annual commemoration of the WWII Comfort Women in Dallas, Texas.


I wrote several more paragraphs, and scheduled the publication but somehow could not save them. And when I left the page everything was deleted.

So next time, I will write more and hopefully the site will do what I intend it to do.

Be happy, take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Until next time,


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