Above – Bob with Father [click here to read a poem about Lester]
Below -Beth, Bob, Mom and Ott – 1943
Mom with her five kids. Denver, CO
Steve_birth Read about it here!
This poem was written by a friend in grad school at UCSB almost 50 years ago. I worked summers for a construction company and was part of a paving crew working on the highways in southern California.
ISLAND is born – edited by John Marshall.
Karen Lane drops a copy of the Daily News on the counter at HIV/ AIDS Vancouver Island, where she volunteers every Monday. The paper circulates to counsellors and clients before it is recycled, but several hours earlier it had a quieter beginning.
Karen and her husband Bob are both 71 and retired. Just like every other morning, they’re awake by 5:30 a.m. They crawl out of bed, dress and head to their shared office at the other end of the house. Each sits at their own computer. Side by side, they click their way through email messages. Their inboxes have salutations from their daughter Margaret, who teaches nursing at Regis University in Denver, Colo.
After they finish up with the computers, they take their 10-year- old German Shepherd, Keisha, for an early morning stroll. As they walk out the driveway onto Lynburn Crescent, the coffee pot fills the kitchen with the smell of fresh grounds. The neighbourhood is quiet as they talk about the day ahead.
By the time they get back to their front gate, the morning paper is in their mailbox. In their living room, which has magazines and books neatly stacked on any available surface, they sip from their steaming mugs and digest the day’s news. Over the years sharing the paper has become routine, but Bob still tries to get his hands on the front page before Karen.
When they want to understand Canada’s role in Afghanistan, they turn to the Internet for a look at national publications. But to find out about efforts to save Mount Benson, or to go inside the homes of autistic children in Nanaimo, they trust the local headlines. Newspapers link people to their community, Bob says after Karen has left for a volunteer shift.
Several years ago, Bob read about a mother and father who could not afford to enlist their seven children in summer programs. The city’s subsidy program only financed families with up to two children. As a member of the parks, recreation and culture commission, Bob raised the issue to his fellow members. Based on their recommendations, city councilors eventually lifted the cap.
“(Local papers) are important because in order to participate in a community, you need to know what’s going on, who the players are, and how to get involved in the things that you value,” he said.
Six days a week, Karen and Bob run through very similar mornings. They check their e-mail, walk the dog, and read the morning headlines over coffee.
It’s how they stay informed. It’s how they get involved. And it’s the perfect way to start their day.
Steve receives his PhD. Karen and Deborah are proud of him.
Daughter Margaret is flourishing as a professor of nursing at Regis University.
He Scores! Kyle is on fire!! [Click to watch video.]
Jim Lane running at Steamboat Springs, CO for the Iron Man race.
Cow by Steven lane age 5
“Island” is born 1971
1971 newspaper articles from plays produced in Errington!
Karen was going through some old scrapbooks and came across this piece from the Nanaimo Free Press published about 1976 when I was a new chairman at Malaspina College. This was right after we had moved to the present location of VIU. I looked different then.
Erik Lane: after and before!
In 1997 Erik writes a biography of his grandfather! Read it.
And it was fun!
1976 Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
And my favourite review:
June 2015 Bob receives Emeritus status from VIU.
Professor Justin Kalef writes about Bob’s emeritus status.
Picture from Convocation: Bob and Dr. Steve Lane: