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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 11:48 am 
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I was terrified of the buffer.


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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 11:50 am 
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Oops, that´s Via in the 90´s -sorry, guys, deal with it.


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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 11:26 pm 
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Did you guys still have to pour boiling vats of water on the silverware? When I was a senior, I had to show a little 7th grader how to do it--she ended pouring it right beside the silverware instead of on it, and poor aunt Marcie had to boil a new vat. I decided not to be a teacher.


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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 9:13 am 
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I'm cleaning windows today at my house. I'm thinking about the Big Clean weekends at Via. Remember those? We would spend the ENTIRE day- at least 8 hours, cleaning those classrooms from top to bottom, dusting, cleaning windows, waxing the floor, fighting with that dag-gone buffer!! I remember one time, I cleaned the library, and I actually removed all the books off the shelves, dusted EVERYTHING, and then did my normal duties. It was Dry Season. Need I say more?! By Monday, you couldn't tell I had done a thing! I remember getting a bad review for my work and I was so discouraged!

On a lighter note, the same year, Trina Baden decided to "help" me wax the floor in the library. We had just gotten a new liquid wax. She wrote her name in graffiti near the magazine rack (where you could catch up on world news by reading TIME magazine!) on the floor, and within minutes, it was a permanent mark on the floor. Amazingly, "Aunt" Velda never noticed that one, but BOY (!) did I sweat that one out!!


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 5:38 pm 
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still healing wrote:
Gwen Taylor was one of the very few advocates I had at Via. She was compassionate and protective of me while I was in the girls' dorm, and I thank God for her. She personally went to bat for me, and even though we didn't "win," I've never forgotten her support.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 5:39 pm 
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hurt-n-hopeful wrote:
I had Jeanne Hann for some of my English classes. Then, Gwen Taylor. I also credit them for how well I did in college. I got A's on all my papers!


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 5:42 pm 
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StaffKid wrote:
1.) John Denver songs take you back in time to U.Jack's art class
2.) You doubted Dan Bailey would ever finish leveling off his section of dirt when we built the TIM building
3.) You know who Veef, Gum, Pistiado, Wells, Sconta, Cow, Loch Ness, Drades, Caco, and Tizio are
4.) You fought against losing the big Eucalyptus tree
5.) Watching Aunt Jeanette run the 50 yard dash at field day was the highlight of your year (waggling her fingers at everyone) :D
6.) You swam at Retreat under the watchful eye of Ted Wright or Roger Bailey, both sporting their umbrella hats
7.) You remember when the Jane House fish pond actually had water & fish
8.) You rode the home-made zipline in front of the girls dorm or you witnessed William Drost lose half his scalp riding the zipline
9.) You paid 75 Cruzeiros for a coke from the Student Council
10.) You stayed up late at night listening to Patty Strickland laughing her head off at some radio show about Babycakes
:P Wow! Good things did happen. It helped to reflect on those times.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 5:42 pm 
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survivor wrote:
I loved Aunt Jean. She encouraged me so much in my writing and to this day, I love writing.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 5:44 pm 
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hurt-n-hopeful wrote:
I also had the Taylors as my dorm parents my Senior year. It was a great year! Aunt Gwen was ALWAYS there. She was always there to listen, to talk, just to be. She was a calm in the storm, a steady force. It was especially nice to know she and U. Calvin would believe us if we told them something was amiss. When something was amiss, they dealt with it right away, and I'm thankful.

Another special set of dorm parents to me were the Royers. Dan and Becky came into the dorm when no-one else would: the year after the "big split." Aunt Becky left us notes in our room- encouraging us and letting us know we were thought of and prayed for. She spent a lot of time preparing wonderful snacks that showed us we were important and cared about. U. Dan encouraged me in my walk with God- to not take sharing Jesus lightly.

I'm tearing up.

Not sure why.

I think it's just this thought, that people had such an opportunity to pour love and care and concern into our lives. And some did. And some did not. Some recognized the vulnerability and taught us to find our security in Christ. Others took advantage. Or simply did not care enough.

I kept those handwritten notes and those words of praise and affirmation. I still have some of them. At one point, I wrote letters to several of those people, telling them how much their efforts on my behalf meant. And then I stopped. I stopped because I began to see things through other's eyes...and I began to wonder what I really knew.

And now, I'm afraid. Afraid of whose name will show up next. Somebody I loved? Somebody I respected?

Still, the Holy Spirit compels me to push forward for the sake of my family and friends. For the sake of healing and hope.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:44 pm 
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publius wrote:
@HnH: at least it's memories not the bang, bang, bang, of the buffer!! LOL


We still await, with minted breath, further editions of the Federalist Papers.


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