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The Alumni Blog : November, 2011

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    There is Beauty in these Bonds

    Recently, I published a piece in our local Walnut Creek Patch..it was a piece about gratitude just in time for Thanksgiving and, while it certainly focuses on a large number of friends in our community, it also speaks to the love and support I  have received from innumberable members of the Stanford community...and for this, I'd like to reprint this piece here - as a special thank you to the Cardinal folk whose friendship and kindness have kept me buoyant during the last year...Here goes...

    Exactly one year ago, my husband and two sons and I were landing in the Newark airport to visit my husband’s family for the Thanksgiving holidays. As any parent knows, a cross-country flight with children can have its obstacles. We were duly armed to the teeth with Wimpy Kid books, Chex mix, and fully-charged iPhones. Once there, we enjoyed a beautif...

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    Posted by Mrs. Katie Mauro Zeigler on Nov 27 2011 5:46PM | 1 comments

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    A Mother's Itch for Adventure

    Remember those stories starting with “It was a dark and stormy night?” Indeed it was, that first night of our weekend trip with my four-year-old. We were standing the middle of a deserted parking lot, a few miles past the Yosemite National Park entrance. My friend handed my son the lantern, which cast a soothing glow into the coal black darkness. She was itching for a short hike to the falls, but Alex knew he’d have none of it. We’d driven through rain all the way from San Francisco to Yosemite, and he didn’t care to poke around looking for waterfalls at night. It was only six o’ clock, and the temperature was 40 degrees, dropping further. I understood his fear; I’ve felt it myself, but somehow the woods are reassuring to me, even in the pitch black of night, even with the sound of nearby cars reminding us of civilization.  

    I love being a mother, but I miss this part of my life in the age BC – before children came...

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    Posted by Ms. Li Miao Lovett on Nov 21 2011 2:50PM | 0 comments

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    Senior Fall at Stanford Through the Eyes of a Mother

    In a word: busy. We're closing in on Thanksgiving break and hearing from my college senior is an occasional text, a random phone call and maybe a quick email. That's all fine and good but a visual was really helpful. What seems to be common amongst seniors is that they are very focused on fulfilling all requirements, whether it's distribution requirements or reqs. for their major. They are meeting pretty regularly with their advisor.They are socializing alot, attending their "last"... full moon on the Quad, Big Game Gaieties, Big Game, water polo event, soccer game...They have brushed up their resumes, attended the "career fair" and have been going through various stages of interviews with various companies, feeling the agony of defeat when they don't make the final round or they don't get the job. Or feel positively elated when they land the job! Especially in this economy when so many of the companies that used to recruit on campus no longer come. They are truly burning the can...

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    Posted by Mrs. Beppie Weintz Cerf on Nov 17 2011 1:31PM | 0 comments