The years fly by. But at 72 and 74 my wife Margi and I still lead engaged lives. We enjoy our 5 grandchildren-ages 3 to 17 , all of whom live in Worcester and whose mother is our eldest daughter, Emilie. Since our other two daughters, Betsy (married to Jonathan, a builder of . wooden boats) and Sarah, both live a few hours drive away in Maine we are able to easily gather for birthday and holiday celebrations. I am still of Counsel to Bowditch and Dewey, the law firm where I spent my entire legal career, reaching 50 years in 2015. As a principal responsibility I am Director of Community Involvement, tasked with helping younger lawyers find and join non-profit organization boards. Margi has retired from her job as Library Assistant at the Bancroft School but keeps active with the Girl Scouts as an area Service Team Member and Brownie Leader. She also continues singing with the Worcester Chorus and First Baptist Church Choir. Likewise I also continue community activities, currently serving as President of Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Chair of the Massachusetts Area Council of The Boys and Girls Clubs, and Member of the National Area Council of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America where I represent the Massachusetts and Northern New England Area Councils.
And we are still travelling. Our two most recent trips were to Palestine (West Bank) where Margi and other members of the Worcester Chorus participated in a Baroque Music Festival under the auspices of the Al Kamandjati Music School in Ramallah. Concerts were held there as well as Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We also visited Nablus. In August we spent two weeks touring Myanmar with a small group under the auspices of Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT). Visiting Yangon, the temple complex of Bagan, Mandalay, Kalaw in the hill country and Inle LAke , OAT focused on introducing us to Burmese life as we visited, in addition to major tourist sites, villages, farms, several homes for shared meals, festivals, a school and a nunnery, markets, and a variety of artisans at work. Despite media coverage of unrest in both Palestine West Bank and Myanmar we were graciously received by the people we met and except for the need to pass through checkpoints in the West Bank, at no time felt uncomfortable travelling about.
Erwin H Miller