Hard to believe its been 40 years! Some of you will remember that I married Dave Cushman in 61; we were married for 17 years. Im currently married to Don Cline, and weve been married almost 16 years. Weve lived in the same house in Oxnard, CA, for 15+ of those years, and we love it here! Most of my family is in the Portland/Seattle area, though, including my daughter Kathy, a pediatric physical therapist.
Ive worked for the past 25 years at St. Johns Hospital in Oxnard, first as a staff RN, later as a manager, then educator, and for the last 10 years in information services supporting the clinical information system. I enjoy my work, which involves database design, teaching, and general support. But last July we were outsourced to Perot Systems which has made me look forward even more to my planned retirement later this year!
I still enjoy the same things I enjoyed 40 years ago: backpacking (especially in the Sierra), reading, jigsaw puzzles, gardening, and travel. My very favorite travel destination is New Zealand; Don and I have been there twice, and would like to return! Its a beautiful country with friendly, welcoming people.
We are active in our local church congregation, which consumes much of our free time, and also help support a small congregation 90 minutes north of us, where Don serves as the pastoral advisor. Our local services are on Saturday, and the other group meets Sunday, so weekends are busy!
Thats pretty much me today, and I havent changed much. Is my Pomona experience still important to me? Absolutely! Why? Thats so hard to pin down. I had my share of agonies and ecstasies, like most of us. One professor meant a great deal to me; another I didnt like at all. I value greatly the breadth of knowledge, but any college might have done that for me. I think that, most of all, I value the critical thinking skills I have, which I believe were shaped and honed by my Pomona experience.
Im hoping to see many of you at the reunion, and share your stories.