Susan Gee Rumsey
and John J. Gee
Richmond, California, USA
Bear with cold feet.
It's That Merry, Happy, Lucky, 
Ho-Ho Time of Year … Again!

      From the
   AlohaBears Atelier

   Alo / Oha / Ha Joyfully creating / this present life / in our shared world

Wishing You All the Best in 2013!

How shall we characterize this nearly completed
year of 2012?

John says: How about as a "Year of Transition"?

I say: It was the best of years, it was the worst of years.

With care, we worked to plan out our lives in 2012.
But at each critical juncture, fate and circumstances
combined forces to give our ant farm a good shake.

The bad news: we lost my mother-in-law,
Geneva Lee Gee (age 102), along with several incomparable, irreplaceable dear friends.

The good news: we discovered the Meaning of Life.

And here it is, folks —

Wherever you travel in the world,
if you have people waiting there for you,
then that place you have reached is Home.
But if, when you arrive, no one is waiting to see you,
then your visit there is merely sightseeing.

It turns out that Paradise (like Soylent Green) is ... People!

My Endless Summer of Retirement (from the University of California Natural Reserve System began June 30, 2011 — Mr. G's ESR began October 5, 2012. Here he is, with Orson (the Destroyer), at his retirement party at S&C Electric Company in Alameda, California.
(Photo by Rob Thomas)
And what plans does Mr. G have for his future?

Here at Fort Point (photo at right)

on the Presidio of San Francisco, is his new venue —
  where you will find him on Fridays from ten to two.

The awesome location of this U.S. Civil War-era fort (photo below)

 is directly beneath the Golden Gate Bridge on the San Francisco side.
Fort Point is visible on the right side in this photograph,
  which was taken last spring from our campsite (#1!)
at Kirby Cove in the Marin Headlands.


The 3 Things I Love Most about Retirement

1. When I am tired, I can simply go to sleep — and I don't have to stay awake till 2AM
(when I know I have to get up at 6AM) just to find the time to fit in the rest of my life.

2. Once again, I get to hang out with my friends, even when we meet unexpectedly and have no specific purpose in mind.

3. After 40+ years of working to deadline after deadline after deadline, I am free to amble... .

(Left) Me and uke.

My retirement shoes,
created by Nina Nicholson
of Fort Jones, California
— and made for amblin'.


The Book Eagerly Awaited by Two Generations of Field Biologists!

Available Now for Order from UC Press

The Environmental Legacy of the UC Natural Reserve System

Peggy L. Fiedler (Editor), Susan Gee Rumsey (Editor), Kathleen M. Wong (Editor)

Available worldwide / Hardcover, 286 pages, $39.95 / ISBN: 9780520272002
Available February 2013

Other Formats Available: Adobe PDF E-Book, $39.95 / ISBN: 9780520953642
Available for purchase on January 20, 2013

[UC Press catalog:] "The UC Natural Reserve System, established in 1965 to support field research, teaching, and public service in natural environments, has become a prototype of conservation and land stewardship looked to by natural resource managers throughout the world. From its modest beginnings of seven sites, the UC NRS has grown to encompass more than 750,000 wildland acres. This book tells the story of how a few forward-thinking UC faculty, who’d had their research plots and teaching spots destroyed by development and habitat degradation, devised a way to save representative examples of many of California’s major ecosystems. Working together with conservation-minded donors and landowners, with state and federal agencies, and with land trusts and private conservation organizations, they founded what would become the world’s largest university-administered natural reserve system — a legacy of lasting significance and utility.

"This lavishly illustrated volume, which includes images by famed photographers Ansel Adams and Galen Rowell, describes the natural and human histories of the system’s many reserves. Located throughout California, these wildland habitats range from coastal tide pools to inland deserts, from lush wetlands to ancient forests, and from vernal pools to oak savannas. By supporting teaching, research, and public service within such protected landscapes, the UC NRS contributes to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth."

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