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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to the many members of the EphBlog community!

Perhaps my goofiest EphBlog idea is the notion of Holiday Cards to the Williams community.

There are a handful of people that I should send cards to but that, for all sorts of reasons, I never get around to doing so. So, to all of them, especially former roommates, I say Merry Christmas.

But I like to think that there are other Ephs in similar situations. I am here to help. Send me your holiday cards and I will post them here for the larger Eph community. The more holiday cheer, the better.

Alas, I lack the energy to tackle such a project. But the Alumni Office ought to! Just invite alumni to send holiday cards to Williams. The College would then scan them and make them available on the alumni page, just like the Every Person Had a Story project. The photos could even be tagged by class year, making it easy for class secretaries to find material for their columns.

At the very least, try the experiment for a year or two. If no one sends in card, Williams can drop it. But, if the project worked (defined as 100+ alumni sending in a card each year), it would be an extremely cheap way of increasing alumni engagement.

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Holiday Cards

One of the many EphBlog projects that I never took seriously enough was my idea to post holiday cards from Ephs far and wide.

One of the (many) crazy ideas that I have for this blog is as a collection of Eph holiday cards. There are a handful of people that I should send cards to but that, for all sorts of reasons, I never get around to doing so. So, to all of them, especially former roommates, I say Merry Christmas.

But I like to think that there are other Ephs in similar situations. I am here to help. Send me your holiday cards and I will post them here for the larger Eph community. The more holiday cheer, the better.

David Kane
Eph Holiday Card Project
30 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02458

Electronic submissions are also accepted.

That was 6 (!) years ago, but I still love this idea. I tried again in 2005. Fellow Eph Blogger Kim Daboo ’88 gave it a shot two years ago. Anyway, here is the card from David H.T. Kane ’58.

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Happy holidays to the community of Ephs!

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Merry Christmas

From Swimming World magazine, here’s a Christmas performance recorded by the Williams College swim team in the middle of a winter training session somewhere warm and sunny:

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The Longest Night

Rachel Barenblat reflects on the first night of Chanukah:

Today is the December solstice: the shortest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere. And today at sundown we’ll celebrate the first night of Chanukah — chag urim, the holiday of lights.

On the first night of Chanukah, the flame of the single festival light (and the single shamash or helper candle) can feel tiny — maybe especially tonight, against the weight of all that darkness. The solstice and Chanukah always feel congruent to me but it’s rare for the festival to begin on the solstice itself. Night falls early in the Berkshires at this time of year. The longest night is long indeed.

It always takes a leap of faith to choose to kindle light in a time of darkness, to trust that our small flames can actually make a difference in the great cold world. But they can, and they do. Lighting the first candle of Chanukah is a chance to affirm our ability to bring light into the world.

As we kindle the holiday lights tonight, may we rededicate ourselves (as our stories tell us the temple was once rededicated at this season) to the work of creating light. Even, or especially, on the longest, darkest night of the calendar year.

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With all respect …

For the intellectual rigor of the agnostic and the aetheist,
and for the sincerity of those who guide their lives by the principals of their religion,

but with approbation for the sales-over-last-year Whirlwinds of Walmart
and the practitioners of PC prattle who triivilaize language and meaning,

May I wish this community a very Happy Christmas!

Dick Swart 1956
Hood River, Oregon

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Happy Holidays

I just want to wish a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, to ask “Habari gani?” to those celebrating Kwanzaa, and to bid a “Festivus for the rest of us” to, well, the rest of you. I’ll save an airing of grievances for the New Year. In the meantime, Come fill your glasses up, and all that.

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Holiday Cards – Kanes Eleven

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This card comes from David H. T. Kane ’58 and contains four Ephs, Kay ’89 in the front row on the right, and in the back row L-R are Brendon ’90, David H. T. ’58, and David D. ’88.

Keep the cards coming!

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Holiday Cards

When this blog was in its infancy Dave asked for holiday cards. I thought it was time to renew that request. Here’s the card my family is sending this year. Send your’s to me for posting.
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Merry Christmas

Surely the goofiest of EphBlog ideas is our annual Eph Holiday Card Collection.

Happy Holidays from the Kanes

Basic idea is that there are many Ephs out there to whom I should send a Christmas card to but, alas, to whom I don’t. I suspect that this is true for many of our readers. Top of my particular list would be my fellow EphBloggers and windmill-tilters at Anchors Away, with a special nod to those elite few who worked on our plea to the trustees (Andrew Goldston ’08, Jonathan Landsman ’05, Daniel Rosensweig ’08 and Joseph Shoer ’06).

What to do? EphBlog is here to help! Send a Holiday card to us. We will scan it in and post it. Presto! Your good wishes for the holidays are magically transmitted to Ephs far and wide. Send cards to:

David Kane
30 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02458

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White-Nicholls-White ’04-White ’08 Holiday Greetings

Although these pictures our not exactly a holiday card, they do come along with good holiday wishes from Philiosophy Professor Alan White.

Pictured here are his children Nico ’04 and Charlotte ’08 — also known as the “blond beasts” from the acknowledgement in one of his books (this one, I think) — from about the last time that I saw them.

White and his wife Jane Nicholls, director of the parent’s fund at Williams. Students of history may be interested to know that White often dressed this way for class, at least in the 1980’s. I am not sure if he has continued the practice.

Those who observe that my poor efforts here at EphBlog are sloppy and incoherent should take it up with White. He taught me much of what I know of writing and logic. Remember: Never blame the student, always the teacher.

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Happy Holidays to Ephs

Happy Holidays to Ephs Around the World!

One of the (many) crazy ideas that I have for this blog is as a collection of Eph holiday cards. There are a handful of people that I should send cards to but that, for all sorts of reasons, I never get around to doing so. So, to all of them, especially former roommates, I say Merry Christmas.

But I like to think that there are other Ephs in similar situations. I am here to help. Send me your holiday cards and I will post them here for the larger Eph community. The more holiday cheer, the better.

David Kane
Eph Holiday Card Project
30 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02458

Electronic submissions are also accepted.

(Pictured are Michaela ’18 and Cassandra ’21. Note that Michaela will share the reunion cycle with both her father ’88 and grandfather ’58.)

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