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Hail, Oh Hail Cornell!

June 14, 2009

Last weekend was my college reunion – my (gulp) 35th, hard to believe. I go to most of my reunions, which are held every five years. This was the first reunion where I heard, among my classmates’ conversations, words like “retire” and “grandchildren.” It was pretty terrifying. At the same time, I had a great time catching up with my former classmates – many of whom I have only met at reunions, long after graduation – from the “Notable Class of 1974.”

My college reunions are always bittersweet for me, however.  Diane Behar, my dear friend and roommate for three years, died at age 45, after battling breast cancer that she fought since the age of 35.  I make sure to bring and post photos of her every time,

With Diane Behar at our 5th reunion in 1979

With Diane Behar at our 5th reunion in 1979

so that Diane can be remembered, and somehow be there with us.  I know she is for me, as I pass so many places – our adjoining dorm rooms in Balch Hall, the apartment on Eddy Street we shared our senior year – where we spent some of the most important days of our lives together.

My ever supportive fiance Bob Cooper waited patiently while I signed books.

My ever supportive fiance Bob Cooper waited patiently while I signed books.

One of the highlights of the weekend was being invited to sign copies of Happily Ever After Divorce: Notes of a Joyful Journey at the Cornell Campus Store at a book signing for Cornell faculty and alums. My most longtime (I won’t say “oldest!) friends from freshman year, Merrill (Weitzner) Naughton and Ellen Franklin, stopped by to say hello.  I think we look pretty damn terrific for 35th reunioners, don’t you?

With Merri and Ellen at the Campus Store

With Merri and Ellen at the Campus Store

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