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by Albert Masland '79, Alumni Council President
Has your crystal ball been working this year? Mine is broken. Perhaps that is a good thing? If I knew on Jan. 1 all of the crazy horrible things that would happen this year, I might have stayed in bed. Of course, then I would have missed the crazy wonderful things as well.
No, I am not living in a Pollyanna/Hallmark state of denial. This has been a tough year, and I’m sure that by the time you read this in November, more strange things will have happened. But with Thanksgiving in the wings, indulge me for a moment.
As the drug-court judge in Cumberland County, I work with folks who have been traumatized in ways I cannot imagine or share. Staying clean and sober in the midst of a pandemic that has led “normal” people to overindulge is no easy feat. I often encourage participants to make a “gratitude list” to refocus their minds, and before Thanksgiving I assign an essay: “Three Things I’m Thankful For (and Why).” I am always amazed and inspired by their gratitude.
To encourage you, here are my Dickinson three things:
That’s enough exclamation points, but here’s the crescendo. If I didn’t get out of bed this morning, I would not have heard “End of the Line” by The Traveling Wilburys, which Jon Tarrant ’67 posted on Facebook. As this iconic group (Dylan, Harrison, Petty, Orbison and Lynne) belts out, “Well, it’s all right, sometimes you gotta be strong.” Stay Dickinson strong!
Read more from the fall 2020 issue of Dickinson Magazine.
Published November 6, 2020