Unabridged class Note —submitted Dec 2022
From Cathy White O’Rourke :
I am just back from one of the most wonderful experiences of my life: my husband, John, and I just completed a 5-1/2 week driving trip, with the most important objective being to show some close friends from Mexico City a few of our favorite Nat’l Parks: Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Monument Valley. The Mexican family was with us for 10 days, from Salt Lake City to Phoenix, via the various Parks. We hiked and took walks all through.
But the rest of the trip, we two were just driving: stopping to see family and friends, taking back roads just to see the scenery (and avoid the semis), exploring places we had never seen. We had 5 weeks of the most gorgeous weather - blue skies every day but one, and fall leaves of every color. We covered 23 states, from New York out to Utah on the northern route, down to Arizona, and then back east on a more southern route. We drove 7,800 miles, and had a blast!
From : Nancy Folberth Constable
From: Pamela Wescott:
“Horse” by Geraldine Brooks, “a novel of art and science, love and obsession and our unfinished reckoning with racism” (From the book jacket)
From: Mary Helen Lorenz : I know you asked for one, but…
“The Sum of Us”, by Heather McGhee; “The Five Invitations” by Frank Ostaseki; “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough.
From: Laura Munder:
Two books I enjoyed are “Have you seen Luis Velez?” by Catherine Ryan Hyde, and “Pachinko” by Min Jim Lee.
From: Patricia Rosenberg:
Some that I may have read pre-pandemic, but which would have been great even during it: Marilynne Robinson’s “Gilead”, “Housekeeping”, “Jack,” and “Home”; "The Hare with Amber Eyes” by Edmund de Waal; “Asymmetry” by Lisa Halliday; and Sigrid Nunez’ “The Friend” and “Mitz”
From: Paula Sonnino:
“Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight – very engaging non-fiction, about the founder of Nike.
East Bay Times, Nov. 3, 2022 Excerpts:(Alameda County) District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said, "Our community continues to mourn the loss" of Supervisor Chan. "Our hearts are still broken. The impact on our community made by Supervisor Chan will live on forever. Her loss leaves a void in Alameda County."Chan was initially a member of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors from 1994 to 2000 and then a member of the California State Assembly from 2000 to 2006, representing Alameda and parts of Oakland. From 2002 to 2004 she was the Assembly majority leader, becoming the first Asian American to hold that position. She decided to run for her old District 3 Supervisor seat again in 2010 and was reelected. She also won terms in 2014 and 2018.
Over three decades in politics, Chan was known as a tough, candid elected leader committed to children’s issues and health care. She was the first Asian American woman elected to the county Board of Supervisors and the first to serve as majority leader of the state Assembly.
Since her death, the county operated Highland Hospital, considered one of the premier trauma centers in the country, was renamed in her honor and is now known as the Wilma Chan Highland Hospital Campus. Madison Park, located at Ninth and Jackson streets in Oakland’s Chinatown, will officially be renamed Wilma Chan Park at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 4. The Alameda City Council in February also approved renaming Constitution Way to Wilma Chan Way, after a request from her children. The city will have an event with Chan’s family on the morning of Nov. 16 to unveil 10 new street signs.
Mercury News, May 4, 2022 Excerpts:
“Supervisor Chan’s contributions supporting the wellness of underserved and uninsured communities – especially championing children, families, seniors, immigrants, and AAPI neighbors – spanned her service on the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, California State Assembly, and Alameda County Children and Families Commission,” City Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas wrote in a letter urging the council to rename Madison park to Wilma Chan Park.