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President’s Letter, Spring/Summer 2015

A truly incredible array of courses, Conversations, lectures and field trips awaits you in our Spring semester. John Ford and John Miller will lead you through the short stories of James Joyce (after which you can take on Ulysses by yourself!); Fred Smyth will chart the course for Great Decisions Discussion, always providing critical insight to the geopolitical issues of the day; boating gets its due with Jerry Friedman’s “Boating Essentials for the First Mate;” and Phil Hesser will lead us through “Stormy Weather on the Bay.”

Another installment of George Merrill’s exploration of being a senior helps us approach the challenges of aging and use the accumulated wisdom of a lifetime to maximize the enjoyment of the senior years. A fascinating NEW course called Conversations will be led by Sam Barnett and guest hosts, employing a conversational dialogue among all participants of topics of interest to our members’ inquiring minds.

Kate Mann is back for another of her illuminating courses on digital photography, and our Meet the Author series showcases local authors Johnny O’Brien, Dave Horner, Larry Denton, Bill Dudley and Phil Hesser. A special treat: Denise Nathanson, superb cellist, will lead us through Bach’s Solo Suites for Cello. Newcomer Payne Kilbourn leads a dramatic course on “Submarines and the Cold War.” Welcome and thanks to both of them.

Field trips include a visit to the Newseum; the Crow Farm Winery; and behind the scenes at the Easton Airport. All together, this is calculated to be a very exciting Spring semester, and we hope you will join us for one or more of our stimulating programs. As always, we welcome your suggestions for new courses, and would love to have you join our faculty to present a course or a lecture on a passion of yours. You are the ones who make A.L.L. a success. Thank you.

Bob Lonergan


Multi-Session Courses

With John Miller and John Ford
5 Sessions: Wednesdays, April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13
1:30-3:00pm
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM Campus

Course Description
“One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.” 

– James Joyce, Dubliners

James Joyce completed Dubliners in 1909 when he was only twenty-five years old. Divided into fifteen stand-alone short stories, Dubliners is an organic whole in which Joyce stated his intention was “to write a chapter of the moral history of my country and I chose Dublin for the scene because that city seemed to me to be the center of paralysis. I have tried to present it to the indifferent public under four of its aspects: childhood, adolescence, maturity, and public life. The stories are arranged in that order.” From the beginning section “The Sisters,” we will discuss each of the stories, culminating in the magnificent novella, “The Dead.”

We will be using the Dover Thrift Editions, (Dover Publications; Unabridged edition May 1, 1991; ISBN-10: 0486268705, ISBN-13: 978-0486268705) which is readily and
reasonably available through Amazon.

Cost: $30

With Fred Smyth
8 Sessions: Tuesdays, April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9
1:30-3:00pm
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM Campus
Enrollment Limited to 20; Sign Up Early!

Course Description
Developed by the Foreign Policy Association (http://www.fpa.org)
in 1954, the Great Decisions Discussion Program is the longest-standing and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind. It is designed to encourage debate and discussion of the important global issues of our time. Any individual with an interest in expanding his/her knowledge of international relations as well as engaging in active discussion of crucial global issues is welcome to attend.

Topics for 2015: • Russia and the Near Abroad
• Privacy in the Digital Age
• Sectarianism in the Middle East
• India Changes Course
• U.S. Policy Toward Africa
• Syria’s Refugee Crisis
• Human Trafficking in the 21st Century
• Brazil’s Metamorphosis

The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) Briefing Book and supplemental FPA video materials will provide a common point of departure for further discussions. Participants are asked to purchase a FPA prepared Briefing Book which may be purchased directly from the Foreign Policy Association (http://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/?act=gd_materials) The Briefing Book is also available through A.L.L. through Friday, April 17, 2015 (Contact Allison Speight, A.L.L. Registrar at 410-745-4941 or aspeight@cbmm.org).

Cost: $30 plus Briefing Book ($20)
Briefing Book purchase deadline thru A.L.L. is Friday, April 17, 2015

With Jerry Friedman
3 Sessions: Thursdays, April 16, 23, 30
9:00-11:00am
Location: Dorchester House, CBMM Campus
Enrollment Limited to 10; Sign Up Early!

Course Description
This short course is intended for the First Mate, NOT THE CAPTAIN, of your boat. It is designed to teach the less knowledgeable First Mate the basics of safe boating so that he/she will be more helpful to the Captain.

Topics include:
• Reading charts – what do all those symbols mean?
• Navigation aids – the street signs of the water.
• Rules of the road – who has the right of way?
• Navigation with electronics – what does a GPS do?
• Plotting courses – what compass course do you use to get from here to there?
• Anchoring – the right way and the wrong way.
• Life jackets and other personal flotation devices – what kinds are there and when do you need them?
• Knot tying – knots to know for tying to a dock or another boat.
• Using spring lines to help in turning the boat.
• Maneuvering around boats and docks.
• Safety around gasoline powered boats – dos and don’ts.
• Lights – what those red, green, and white lights mean.
• The marine band radio – how do you use it?
• Handling emergencies – man overboard, smoke where it shouldn’t be, incoming water.
• What should the First Mate do if the Captain becomes disabled and cannot run the boat.

If you have felt that you know too little about operating the boat, then this course is for you.

Cost: $30

With Phil Hesser
4 Sessions: Thursdays, May 21, 28, June 4, 11
3:00-4:30pm
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM Campus

Course Description
The stormy weather of hurricanes, nor’easters and other severe weather events is not new to Chesapeake Bay. Long before Hurricane Isabel and Superstorm Sandy, storms battered the shores of the Bay, destroying livelihoods, laying waste to homesteads, and sometimes forcing abandonment of islands and other low-lying areas.

This course will examine:
1) There’s no Sun up in the Sky – Before and After the Great Gale of 1878
2) Everything I Had Was Gone – The Hurricane of 1933 and the Changes it Wrought
3) Gloom and Mis’ry Everywhere – Hurricane Hazel and Recovery in the Modern Age
4) Walk in the Sun Once More – Superstorm Sandy and Lessons in Mitigation.
Participants in this course will explore how severe storms wreak havoc on landscapes and the people who inhabit them.

Cost: $30

With Sam Barnett and Guest Hosts
5 Sessions: Tuesdays, May 12, 19, 26, June 2, Monday, June 8
9:30-11:00am
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM Campus

Course Description
CONVERSATIONS is not a “course” in the traditional sense. It is a set of five conversations, each co-hosted by members of the Talbot County community. The aim of CONVERSATIONS is to provide participants a forum for lively discussion by course participants about a topic, issue, or problem that might interest concerned and involved community members of all backgrounds. Rather than having a single topic that stretches across the five weeks of the program, CONVERSATIONS provides the opportunity for program participants to think about a different topic each week, when a Guest Host will frame an issue and lead participants in discussion.

The discussions are not aimed at solving a problem or even reaching agreement about a topic; the aim is to learn about different perspectives from the participants in the discussion and to consider different points of view. General agreement, if it occurs, would be a happy consequence of every discussion member’s expressing their thoughts and opinions, but learning from each other is the major goal of each week’s conversation.

A “briefing book” of background material will be sent to each participant prior to the beginning of the five Conversations. The background material is intended only as a way of giving all participants a common starting point for the weekly sessions.

CONVERSATIONS Schedule

Date Guest Host Topic
Tuesday, May 12 Dr. Robert Sanchez Article: Why I Hope to Die at 75
Tuesday, May 19 Cory Pack & Intergovernmental, John Ford Cooperation
Tuesday, May 26 Susan Patterson The Realities of College for Grandparents
Tuesday, June 2 Dick Tettelbaum The Second Amendment Solution

Monday, June 8 Kristen Greenaway What Are Museums For and Why Should We Care?

Coffee and tea will be available at no cost. If we are lucky, there might even be some donated munchies.

CONVERSATIONS participants will be asked to contribute ideas and topics for another round of CONVERSATIONS in a future A.L.L. term.

Cost: $30

With George Merrill and Sarah Saddler
6 Sessions: Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11
10:30-Noon
Location: Evergreen Center for Balanced Living, 770 Port Street, Easton, MD
Enrollment Limited to 15; Sign Up Early!

Course Description
In a new and revolutionary paradigm of aging called “Eldering,” aging is defined not as our end time but a specific developmental stage to learn the practice of wisdom arts for appropriately completing life’s journey.

Through presentations and small group discussions we will investigate the particular significance, in our later years, of practicing forgiveness, gratitude, and deepening spiritual awareness. We will discuss how to befriend our bodies while not identifying with them, explore the still places within us where hope and inspiration are waiting to be tapped, investigate the art of letting go, and appreciate the role of humor in wise and healthy living.

This course is a cooperative presentation of Evergreen Center for Balanced Living and The Academy for Lifelong Learning. Sarah and George welcome you to join them in a exploring this new understanding of aging that they have found so energizing.

Cost: $30

With Kate Mann
3 Sessions: Friday, April 24, May 1, 8
10:30-Noon
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM Campus

Course Description
Photographs are much more than just snapshots. When taken the right way, they become dramatic personal statements with the power to last forever. They can transport you to distant landscapes, capture fleeting emotions, recall cherished memories and reveal the beauty of life.

“Creating” images, rather than “taking” pictures is a form of personal expression and is more than simply pointing our cameras and clicking – it requires us to see what we are doing, being aware of light, our backgrounds, angles, made all much easier with today’s digital cameras where we can get instant feedback on the success of our efforts.

This 3-session introduction to digital photography will introduce participants to the fundamentals of shutter speed, ISO, aperture and depth of field to improve your ability to create beautiful images. We will discuss backgrounds and basic elements of composition, as well as some simple means to improve images after the picture is taken. Most of the emphasis will be on how to create the image “right out of the (camera) box.”

Participants should bring their digital camera, its instruction manual, and have a means to download their images via any simple program such as iPhoto [Mac] or Picassa, programs that come with your camera, or more sophisticated programs like Lightroom.

We will be taking pictures, sometimes during class, sometimes between class sessions, reviewing standard pictures, the instructor’s images, each other’s images, with a focus on objects, landscapes, and people.

Cost: $30

Field Trips and Tours

With Dr. Stephen A. Goldman
Monday, April 20
8:30am-5:00pm
Location: The bus will leave from the Easton Volunteer Fire Department Parking Lot, 315 Aurora Park Dr., Easton, at 8:30am.
Enrollment Limited to 22; Sign Up Early!
Sign-Up Deadline: Friday, April 3

Note: A.L.L. members who were placed on the waiting list for the Fall, 2014 Newseum Tour but who were not able to secure a seat will be given priority for this tour BUT they still must register by the deadline to be sure of a seat for the April 20 Field Trip.

Course Description
Stephen Goldman, a recognized expert on the history of newspapers and leader of the very successful A.L.L. course Extra! Extra! Read All About It!, will lead a private walking tour of the Newseum for 22 A.L.L. members. Dr. Goldman has served as a consultant to the Newseum since 1996 and items from his private collection are presently being displayed by the Newseum.

“No other Washington, D.C., attraction makes history come alive like the Newseum. See how the media affects our shared experience of important moments. Get up close and personal with historical artifacts. And go undercover and behind the scenes in our multimedia exhibits and 4-D theater. The Newseum was voted one of the top things to do in D.C.”– From the Newseum Website

The tour will include these items, among others:
• FBI exhibit featuring coverage of Crimes of the Century
• Blood and Ink exhibit: Newspaper front pages with coverage of the Civil War
• 4-D Time Travel movie in the Newseum’s state-of-the-art theater
• Gallery of every Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photograph
• News Corporation News History Gallery featuring famous front pages of newspapers over seven centuries
• The Berlin Wall display (one of the largest displays of actual Wall sections in the world)
• 9-11 Gallery including a 31-foot section of the World Trade Center’s North Tower broadcast antenna
• The best view of the Capitol, six stories above historic Pennsylvania Avenue.

All trip participants are asked to use the bus provided by A.L.L. and not use their own automobiles. Please note that this is a walking tour and that a visit to this museum requires extended standing.

Cost: $55 (Includes luxury coach transportation and entrance fee.)
Lunch on your own in the Newseum’s “Food Section.”

With Mike Henry
Thursday, May 7 OR Thursday, June 4
10:00am-Noon
Location: Easton Airport, 29137 Newnam Rd., Easton, MD
Enrollment Limited to 20; Sign Up Early!

Course Description
On this field trip you will tour Easton Airport and learn what a local airport can mean to the community. Who uses it? Who works there? How is it funded? You will also learn what has been done to make the airport an environmentally good neighbor. The walking tour includes Spitfire LTD, a collection of beautifully restored WWII fighter craft.
Tour participants will meet Mike Henry in the terminal building. No transportation is provided.

Cost: $5

Tuesday, May 5
10:00am-4:00pm
Location: The bus will leave from the Easton Volunteer Fire Department Parking Lot, 315 Aurora Park Dr., Easton, at 10:00am.
Enrollment Limited to 24; Sign Up Early!
Sign-Up Deadline, Friday, April 24

Course Description
Travel via luxury bus to the Crow Farm and Winery in Kennedyville, Maryland for a walking tour of the winery, a sparkling wine tasting and lunch. Lunch will be followed by a presentation about sustainable farming practices. The tasting room/retail store will be open following lunch for guests to purchase wines and other items.

Grass fed angus beef may be purchased, so bring a small cooler to take home some frozen beef. If you wish, you may purchase an insulated tote at the winery.

All trip participants are asked to use the bus provided by ALL and not use their own automobiles.

Cost: $55
(Includes luxury coach transportation, tour, and lunch.)

Sign Up Deadline, Friday, April 24

Single-Session Presentations

With Denise Nathanson
Wednesday, April 29
10:30-Noon
Location: Oxford Community Center, 200 Oxford Road, Oxford, MD

Course Description

The Prelude to the First Solo Suite for cello by Johann Sebastian Bach has been used in countless commercials (currently Healthy Choice Steamers) and movies (Master and Commander, for example). While there is no right or wrong way to listen to music it is always more enjoyable when you have a deeper knowledge of the composition! Join cellist Denise Nathanson for a listening tour of this beautiful work of music and discover the language of Bach and why this work is so popular 295 years after it was composed. Included in this class will be a short history of Bach, brief comparison of the baroque cello and modern instrument and the importance of these suites from a cellist’s perspective. The main focus will be an in depth listening tour of the First Suite complete with demonstrations in order to help the listener better understand and appreciate this work. Denise will perform the complete First Suite for Solo Cello by Bach to close this session.

Cost: $10

With E. Payne Kilbourn
Tuesday, April 28
10:30-Noon
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM Campus

Course Description
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the West were locked in competition in a number of venues. One of the greatest of these was at sea, and among the naval forces involved, submarines played a critical role. This one-time course will describe the evolving role of submarines, their importance to the competition, and their impact on the conduct of the Cold War and its ultimate conclusion. The course will illustrate aspects of this history told from the personal experiences of a career U.S. Navy submarine officer during his time on five attack submarines.

Cost: $10

In this A.L.L. program, authors with linkages to our community highlight their work and answer questions. Spring Term, 2015, brings us five MEET THE AUTHOR sessions.

Please register for each MEET THE AUTHOR session separately. MEET THE AUTHOR sessions are free to Academy for Lifelong Learning Members.

Wednesday, May 6: Johnny O’Brien
10:30-Noon
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM Campus

Semisweet: An Orphan’s Journey Through the School the Hersheys Built
“Here is a powerful and inspiring story… . And the best part is that it’s all true. John A. O’Brien has given us a great gift – a book for anyone who cares about children, education, and the power of every person to change the world.” – T.A. Barron, author of The Hero’s Trail

The Milton Hershey School, founded by Milton Hershey, the chocolate magnate, and his wife, Catherine, is the richest and wealthiest K-12 residential school in the world. The school, a residential school for destitute children, founded by the Hersheys in 1909, has served thousands of needy children, providing them with a safe haven and a chance at a better life. The Hershey School actually owns the Hershey Company and not the other way around.

An orphan who grew up at the school, Johnny eventually became the school’s eighth president. He would need all the resilience he had learned while living as an orphan at the school, as well as the wisdom and knowledge he received at Princeton and in life afterward, to bring the school back to its roots after a period of drift from its founders’ original intent.

At once the story of the Hershey School and of Johnny’s life and service to the school, Semisweet is also a story about the vulnerability of needy children, his brother’s troubled life, the cruelty of bullies of all ages, the corrupting influence of money in the remarkable school, and the task of bringing it back to its roots.

Cost: FREE

Monday, May 11: L. David Horner
1:00-2:30pm
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM Campus

The Earhart Enigma: Retracing Amelia’s Last Flight
There are many theories and much speculation about the fate of famed aviator Amelia Earhart, whose disappearance continues to capture the public imagination. The Earhart Enigma is the exciting and dramatic story of the real fate of Amelia Earhart as told through eye-witness accounts, interviews, archives, and documents never before published.

Written by author and maritime historian Dave Horner, this book is the culmination of 13 years of research into the 1937 fateful flight of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan, who were attempting to become the first couple to fly around the world.

“When one considers the dozens of books, many of them spurious, ill-informed, enveloping reckless and poorly supported theories regarding Amelia’s disappearance, Dave Horner has set the bar at the highest level, doggedly digging out and validating facts leading to a steadfast conclusion as to what truly happened on her final flight. For the serious history buff, this is a “must-read” compilation of America’s greatest aviation mystery.”– Bill Prymak, former president of the Amelia Earhart Society

Cost: FREE

Friday, May 15: Larry Denton
10:30-Noon
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM Campus

Unionists in Virginia: Politics, Secession and Their Plan to Prevent Civil War
“I would rather endure the ills we know, than rush madly into greater evils and what could be than the division of our glorious Republic” – Mrs. Robert E. Lee (February, 1861)

Whether the Civil War was preventable is a debate that began shortly after Appomattox and continues today. But even earlier, in 1861, a group of Union-loyal Virginians – led by George Summers, John Brown Baldwin, John Janney, and Jubal Early – felt war was avoidable. In the statewide election of delegates to the Succession Convention that spring, the Unionists defeated the Southern Rights Democrats with a huge majority of the votes across the state. These heroic men unsuccessfully negotiated with Secretary of State William Seward to prevent the national tragedy that would ensue.

Oxford-based author and historian Larry Denton traces this remarkable story of Virginians working against all odds in a failed attempt to save our nation from war.

Cost: FREE

Wednesday, June 3: Bill Dudley
10:30-Noon
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM Campus

Maritime Maryland: a History
This book is a relatively concise history of Maryland’s maritime heritage that describes the evolution of Maryland’s maritime and naval past, concentrating more on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries than on earlier periods.

Bill’s book relates a wide variety of seafaring and related experiences: exploration and settlement, warfare, coastal and international trade, the development of steamboats, boatbuilding, watermen, recreational boating, and finally, the legacy of industrialism and development on the Bay as we entered the present century.

Maritime Maryland is drawn from an analysis and interpretation of many published works and some unpublished documents. It is a synthesis of books, articles, and reports, some that deal with narrowly focused topics and others of broader scope. The author’s emphasis is on both continuity and change in the maritime environment, taking into account broad social trends as well as individuals who either represent these aspects or have led the way to the future. The last chapter, “Our Diminishing Maritime Environment,” demonstrates that unwise use of the Bay and its resources brings abuse and decline over time. The effort to bring nature back into balance requires continued public and private effort and awareness of the maritime history of the region.

Cost: FREE

Tuesday, June 9: Phillip Hesser with Cristina Creager
10:30-Noon
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM Campus

Beyond the Blackwater: Cowman on the River, a story from: What a River Says: Exploring the Blackwater River and Refuge

What a River Says: Exploring the Blackwater River & Refuge by Phillip Hesser (author) and Cristina Creager (photographer) has just been published by Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Readers have called the illustrated account of Blackwater River and its natural and human history “masterful,” “comprehensive,” “in-depth,” and “vivid.”

What a River Says guides the reader on several narrated “itineraries” around Blackwater River, including Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (Visitor Center, Wildlife Drive, Observation Point, Marsh Edge Trail, Woods Trail, Key Wallace Trail, and Tubman Road Trail) and lesser-seen sites on the outskirts of the refuge (Shorter’s Wharf and Great Marsh Bridge). These amply illustrated and mapped itineraries take the reader on an exploration of the river, the life, the history, the refuge, and the future of the river and refuge at a time of marked change in the land and water.

Tom Horton, author of Bay Country and An Island Out of Time, describes What a River Says as “readable and informative, looking not only at the past, but at the rapidly shifting future of Blackwater.” Brice Stump, Features Writer for The Daily Times, calls the “authoritative” work “must reading for those who love, respect, and value the great outdoors.”

Cost: FREE


Samuel Barnett, Ph.D., retired from a diverse career in academia and business. Sam has taught A.L.L. courses since 2010, usually in religious studies or American Culture. When not involved in classes, Sam dabbles in woodworking – he strives to become an accomplished dabbler.

Larry Denton, an authority on the secession crisis, has deep roots in Maryland history, being a descendant of several Maryland families which predate the Revolutionary War. He is the author of A Southern Star for Maryland and William Henry Seward and the Secession Crisis. Larry lectures widely about the secession crisis and the beginning of the Civil War.

Bill Dudley served as the Director of the Naval Historical Center (Washington, D.C.) from 1995 to 2004. He was the original editor of The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History, 3 vols.; Maritime Maryland: A History (2010); and he co-authored, with Scott Harmon, The Naval War of 1812: America’s Second War of Independence (2013).

John Ford majored in Literature in college and is currently Facilities Manager at CBMM. John is President of the Easton Town Council. John has taught literature courses for CBMM-A.L.L. for more years than he cares to remember.

Jerry Friedman is a retired electrical engineering executive, who managed an information technology organization for a federal agency. Jerry obtained his first USCG Captain’s license 56 years ago and currently holds a 100 ton Masters License. In addition to cruising on his own trawler, Jerry is the lead captain of CBMM’s 65 foot Buy Boat and has provided training to its crew and to CBMM’s dockhands. Captain Jerry ran an emergency service towboat for Boat/US for a couple of years, provides instruction to boaters on their own boats, delivers boats, and teaches navigation. In addition, he provides technical support to CASA of the Mid Shore (Talbot, Dorchester, Kent, and Queen Anne Counties).

Phil Hesser, who currently teaches history and political science at Salisbury University and Wor-Wic Community College, wrote What a River Says“ to give a four-dimensional account of Blackwater and the Refuge – not only the Refuge Visitor Center and nearby roads and trails, but also the river in its broad sweep through Dorchester County and across centuries of profound change.” Photographer/Designer Cristina Creager, art director under contract to National Geographic Traveler, has complemented the account with 80 photographs, illustrating her love of “the unique beauty of the area.”

Dave Horner, a native of Lynchburg, VA, spent 20 years in the banking industry. At the age of 30, he became the youngest-ever person to be named president of a bank in Virginia. Dave has a life-long fondness of the sea and taught the first YMCA nationally certified SCUBA instructor program. He successfully started Florida Food Industries, Inc., operating 55 restaurants. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as an ship-board assistant navigator. Dave has discovered several historic sunken ships including blockade runners lost along the Carolina coast in the Civil War and the earliest known Spanish shipwreck in America, the San Martin, as well as the Capitana, lost off the coast of Equator in 1654. Dave is the author of several books about the loss and discovery of ships.

Payne Kilbourn came to the Eastern Shore after 28 years in the U.S. Navy and eight years in business. He is now an independent consultant and writer. During his career he was assigned to five nuclear attack submarines, including Commanding Officer of USS Omaha (SSN 692) from 1993-1995. While on these submarines he spent more than half his time at sea and made eight 4-6 month deployments to the Atlantic, Mediterranean and the Pacific.

Kate Mann is a published photographer based in Royal Oak, Maryland. Kate specializes in photographing the world and its different cultures. In her travel photography, Kate also incorporates the use of her iPhone camera to complement her DSLR. Kate’s work has been featured in Traveler Overseas magazine, a cover of the Delmarva Review, and the cover of Thoughts on Philosophy.

George Merrill is a retired Episcopal priest. His work has included parish, hospital and hospice ministry and clinical chaplain, State of Connecticut’s Drug and Alcohol Program. He has directed pastoral counseling centers in Maryland and D.C. He served as a member of Loyola College’s graduate program in Pastoral Counseling in Baltimore. George is an avid photographer, writer, and sailor.

John Miller, Ph.D., is former adjunct professor of English at Carnegie-Mellon University and lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh. John received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and his B.A. from Yale University. Recently, John taught literature at Washington College, American University, and the Semester-at-Sea program. John is a long-time course leader for A.L.L.

Denise Nathanson is an active performer of chamber music and since moving to Oxford has performed in many Talbot County venues. Education has always been an important part of her career and she has created and performed in school concerts for children of all ages. She is the former Principal cellist for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Associate Principal for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. She served on the music faculty of Hood College, Anne Arundel Community College and Frederick Community College.

Johnny O’Brien is the former president of the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA. He spent fourteen years as a student at the school, where he emerged as a leader of the Class of 1961 in sports, academics, and student government. He went on to earn degrees at Princeton and Johns Hopkins and to found Renaissance Leadership, Inc., which specialized in education and leadership, and to serve as a Princeton University Trustee.

Sarah Saddler is the founder of Evergreen Center for Balanced Living in Easton and member of Sag-ing International, an organization committed to transforming the current paradigm
of aging through learning, service and community.

Fred Smyth retired six years ago from a company he founded, managing strategic marketing for several large international high tech companies. His work allowed him to travel abroad and spend time in many European and South American countries long enough to become familiar with the business and government climates in those countries​.