Lots of good stuff in the recent issue of the Alumni Review. Of course, it is probably a good bet that most of the readers of this blog also get the Review, but, for the few that don’t, here are some items worth noting.

My favorite article is “You’re Doing What with Your Williams Education” by Laura Gatzkiewicz ’86. In the on-line Review it is listed as the “Signature” article, which I think is a rechristened “Tailgate” section, but I don’t have the hard copy handy to confirm. (On a personal note, today was moving day in the Kane Family Household, so it is actually a small miracle that I am blogging at all.) Laura discusses the trade-offs and rewards in using her Williams education as a stay-at-home mom. She writes:

I admit that I often have wanted to lie on the “job description” questionnaires the alumni relations office sends. And in the quaint fashion of a Hallmark greeting, I guess I could justify checking off any number of boxes on the sheet, for a stay-at-home parent is an educator, actor, economist, chef, administrator and–if there is more than one child–diplomat. This, however, is a superficial treatment of the issue. The deeper issue concerns how a liberal arts education changes your perspective and how that awareness affects you as a person and as a parent.

I recommend the whole article. This is connected to our blog because, obviously, our postings are heavily biased against stay-at-home moms (and dads, my brother, class of 1990, is a full-time stay-at-home dad). Part of this is not our fault. After all, google leads us to what is on the web and people in the workforce are more likely to be easily googleable. Part of it is your fault for not sending us information (pictures, memories, observations, anything) that we can use. Allow me to be especially critical of the husbands out there, especially the ones with wives from our class with more than 3 children, who have failed to send in anything about their families. You know who you are (and who you are not). And much of it is our fault. We will be redoubling our efforts (suggestions welcome) to ensure that postings are not skewed too much to the career-oriented among us.

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