Letters to ...

Letters to the Editors - December issue

... from our readers

On October 19th, the Silverstringers received the following e-mail from Debra Law from Everett, Washington.

I am sitting at my desk studying Psychology and I saw (in my book) a teaching application article featuring Virginia Hanley and four other members of your computer club working on a web page.  The things I am reading make me think so much about family members who have had strokes and Alzheimers and it was a breath of fresh air to see the flip side!  You all are certainly a testimony for determination!  I am 57 years old and I am in the middle of gaining my BA in Human Development.  I am pleased to read about proof that a decline in intellectual and cognitive functioning is not an inevitable consequence of aging!  Keep it up - I know I will!!!
Debra - Everett, WA

On October 10th we received the following:

 From: Philomena Stapleton
 To: melrose@media.mit.edu
 Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 10:36 AM
 Subject: silver stringers

Hi! -  Just a line or two to say I am Philomena Stapleton, from Ennis Co. Clare, Ireland and enjoy surfing your articles comments etc., I joined the Sunset Group in Ennis, unfortunately after you had left meeting the people of this Group.

Unfortunately the group was disbanded having no funds to support it, but I was told all about your visit with Peter Linehan, Vincent Gardner, Pat Hurston and Margaret O'Mahoney, and it seemed very interesting.

I do hope you thought it worthwhile! I myself write poems, articles and short stories, current affairs, and would be happy to subscribe, as I do think the ethos of your group is very commendable.

I look forward to hearing from you with any comments.

Warmest Regards,

Philomena Stapleton, College Green Ennis Co. Clare. Ireland

to which Russ Priestley answered:

Hi - As one of the group of five who had the pleasure of meeting with the Ennis aspirants for a week, I wish to say we were treated royally and will never forget your hospitality to a bunch of Yanks. We were all so sorry that the Ennis group was not able to keep up with publishing. Maybe they needed you.

Since then, one of that group has died, another is pretty much inactive. We were getting concerned about the longevity of our publication, and us. At this point I suggested we could use a Guest Writer each month, to be chosen by the publisher of that month. Right away came an email from a gal who had dated my son in college, had met me, but was inquiring about a possible program here for handicapped persons.

After an automobile accident in Maryland, she was near death. She was our first Guest Writer, in July. For September, I asked a gal in Australia to be our G.W. because she had sent a nice letter previously. (Check 'Previous Issues' on the left side of our
Front Page).

All of the above is leading to our by-laws: 'One must have a connection to Melrose to write for us.' The only exception is to be chosen by the Publisher-of-the-Month as a G.W. Sorry, but those are the rules, since Day One.

Russ Priestley

On October 17th:

Lora Edhard Crouss, my heart bounced when I saw you in the web pages. I was looking for your e-mail long time ago, now you are here and I am able to read your stories, and write some lines using this magnificent media developed in this century. Mrs. Lora, congratulations for your contributions to the Melrose Mirror, and your activities in the Silver Stringers, that means that you are an energetic woman living the wonderful years.

I am in Colombia, earning enough credits for my retirement here, remember I am Colombian-American, then I will go over the ocean for my second retirement, sounds uncanny, but two nationalities give to me that option, and I am going to take it. I mess so much Melrose and especially Boothbay Harbor the soul of the Maine coast, I am dreaming that in a short time I will be there, and my dreams always come true.

Mrs. Lora, let me give to you a sincere expression of friendship and respect for all that splendid years in your home, they were marvelous. I will be in Melrose the next year.

Regards, and please reply,

Jorge Cadena

This article about the Silver Stringers appeared on the website of the Center for the Future of Civic Media

Silver Stringers

Silver Stringers is a community-centric approach to news coverage and presentation intended to train and equip its members to be reporters, photographers, illustrators, editors, and designers of a localized Web-based publication. The program is also intended to adapt and develop technological tools to facilitate the journalistic activities of the group. We are interested in enhancing grass-roots communication while at the same time learning new models for media coverage. The News-in-the-Future Consortium of the MIT Media Lab began the project in 1996, working with a group of senior citizens in Melrose, Massachusetts. Realizing that persons over the age of 50 have unparalleled wisdom about the communities where they have lived and worked, we wished to tap into the strength of the older generation in order to develop techniques for the next-generation media coverage of cities and towns.

Since the project began, we have expanded our vision to include communities of all ages all over the globe. One of them, the Junior Journal, began publishing in 1998 on a monthly basis and has had more than 300 children and teens (ages 9 to 18) participate from more than 91 countries. Publication was suspended in 2005 after all the editors had gone off to college.

Links: Silver Stringers
Links: Melrose Mirror
Links: Junior Journal
Project team: Ingeborg Endter
Project team: Jack Driscoll

On November 7th, we received this e-mail from Rye Reflections member Jim Cerny:      

Just before reading Dorothy O'Connor's "Nice but naughty spider" piece,  I'd had a discussion with someone about the origins of that use of the term "spider".  Which had sent me to the Oxford English Dictionary and you might be interested in what it has to say:

3. a. A kind of frying-pan having legs and a long handle; also loosely, a frying-pan. Orig. U.S.
1807 in Austin Papers (1924) I. I. 132, 2 Spiders with Covers. 1830 GALT Lawrie T. III. xii. (1849) 125 A judicious selection of spiders and frying-pans. 1842 WHITTIER in Pickard Life (1895) I. 278 Like fishes dreaming of the sea, And waking in the spider. 1869 MRS. WHITNEY We Girls vi, It is slopping and burning, and putting away with a rinse, that makes kettles and spiders untouchable.

- Jim Cerny, Rye Reflections

My daughter and grandson tried your recipe for the cake in the mug.
Thank you for a delicious recipe.

Eleanor Jenkins


From: Elaine  
Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2008 11:40 AM
To: 'Eleanor Jenkins'
Subject: RE: Another interesting issue

Minute Chocolate Mug Cake?  

Peter and I made it Ė we didnít have milk so we were forced to use light cream.  Itís a bit spongy and the chips all stayed in the bottom part.  Peter determined itís much better with chocolate syrup drizzled on it.

I used a particularly large mug because when I put all the dry ingredients in a regular sized mug I just couldnít imagine it wouldnít spill all over the place.


From: Eleanor Jenkins  
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 3:28 PM
Cc: Karen; 'Elaine'; 'gretna heller'; 'Sandy Garrett'
Subject: Another interesting issue

Hi folks

The news is our interesting recipe I am anxious to try. Canít wait. If your are a Chocolate lover like I am I am sure you will try it too. Other stories are also very interesting. Check it out.


John Murphy in Tampa Florida enjoyed Bob Dunn's memories of Mount Hood and added some of his own.

Bob's memories of Mt. Hood brought back similar memories of the Winter Carnival, the toboggan chute, the ski jump and the crash of a B-24 in 1945. I was home (Goss Ave.) on leave from the Navy that day and saw the men parachuting from the plane. I got in my fathers car and went to the scene. As I remember they all escaped except the pilot who was found near the rear door of the aircraft. I have pictures of the scene that I took and if I can find them I will send them to you.

On more pleasant thoughts I too experienced the ski jump, only once from the top and many times from just a short way up. None were very successful. I fell most every time . Sometimes I would get off the jump only to crash on the ramp and slide to the bottom near the Fish and Game Club. I learned to ski at Mt. Hood and am still skiing at age 81.  I didn't experience the rope tow as I moved from Melrose before it was installed.

The toboggan chute was a lot of fun except for the walk up the hill on the first fairway. My parents and their friends used to toboggan on the first fairway at night . It seemed that they had a great time.

I will never forget the wonderful times I had at Mt Hood, as a caddy, a ball hawker, fisherman and even swimming in the ponds there. It
was a great time and Melrose was a great place to grow up.

I have submitted to the Mirror two other articles regarding Melrose. One was about my life in Melrose and another about Swains Pond and learning how to fish.

Would you please forwarded this message to Bob Dunn as I do not have his e-mail address.


John E. Murphy   

December 5, 2008

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