Alumni Profiles Part Two – “…Bless the world.”

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BARBARA PALMER

Barbara Palmer CLC Blog Alumni Profiles Continued Pic 21. How are you?! Where are you living these days? I’m great! Living in Brighton, Massachusetts.

2. What is a favorite moment you can remember about your time at camp?

So many. I remember feeling at home almost the moment I stepped onto the property and was initiated with a game of cow tag. There have been endless contemplative moments as I’ve sorted through events in my life, and so many times laughing harder than I ever have. I learned to make a fure here, learned to persevere through some really difficult challenges, and found what home really is. Every time I come back I remember a kind, quieter, more confident and graceful self.

3. Where’s your life taken you since camp?

Due in a large part to my love of teaching at program planning at Crystal Lake, other CS camps and year-round programs, I’ve recently embarked on a Masters program in Museum studies and Education at Tufts University. I’m putting it to work in my job dealing with the photo collection at Longyear Museum (also working with another CLC alum, Sandy Houston).

4. Are there things you learned at camp that have continued to help?

Infinitely. Oddly enough, I’ve only worked two full summers, though it feels like I’ve always been coming to camp. Both of those summers changed the course of my life and I still look back as some of the best times of my life. CLC has given me the closest, most constant friends of my life. It solidified for me that I wanted to teach others in some capacity. And, I feel this camp is doing some of the best work I’ve seen. I’ve seen and witnessed so many pretty amazing, love-filled, inspiring things at this camp.

WILL BUCHANAN

Will and Janet Buchanan CLC Blog Alumni Profiles Continued Pic1. How are you?! Where are you living these days? I MISS CAMP! But otherwise I am great; I am happily married to a Turkey (but go Bears!) and we live in Alton, Illinois.

2. What is a favorite moment you can remember about your time at camp?

I remember many happy afternoons going kayaking during fifth period (free period) and paddling around the edge of the lake stuffing my face with blueberries. The biggest blueberries in all of camp are down by the water behind Tawanka and Napavi and over by the old wooden dock by the Teepees. I remember idly slicing through liliypads with my paddle and carefully checking for water snakes as I scarfed – they often came out to sun on the logs. One time I got of my kayak to stand up and eat and my kayak floated away! Oops. That was a long, awkward swim clutching a paddle and dragging along a spray skirt…

3. Where’s your life taken you since camp?

I attended and graduated from Principia College and the University of Michigan Law School, and now I’m an attorney in Illinois. I’m still playing guitar often, and I still play many of the School of Rock songs I played at camp.

4. Are there things you learned at camp that have continued to help?

Oh man… Well, I learned how to talk to girls at camp. That was a big one for me. I also learned how to make music with other people and how to start a one match fire.

ART MORATH

Art Morath's Family CLC Blog Alumni Profiles Continued Pic1. How are you?! Where are you living these days? Hi, CLC friends/family. I am living in Akron, Ohio with my wife Sarah and two daughters Sophie and Charlotte. We were able to attend family camp this past summer, which was great. I have so many memories tied to CLC.

2. What is a favorite moment you can remember about camp?

I have so many favorite moments both as a camper and counselor. Although I haven’t done it for years now, jumping off the top of the waterfall at Rock Runn was a blast. I also liked sit behind the waterfall down below. The other standard overnight stuff as well: roasting marshmallows, eating S’mores, and maybe drawing a masterpiece. <ahem>

3. Where’s your life taken you since camp?

I’ve had lots of different jobs and lived several different places since the last time I worked at camp in the winter/spring of 2002. At that time new cabins were being built and old cabins were being torn down or remodeled. It already seems like a long time ago. Recently I’ve returned to school, although this time around I am a graduate student. This semester I am leading two discussion sections in American History as a Teaching Assistant and taking three History classes. I’ll be finishing up my degree this coming Spring.

4. Are there things you learned at camp that have continued to help?

During my time at camp I used to think Camp was separate from the “real” world. But later I came to realize that camp is as real as anyplace. The people you meet there are genuine and as a community people are supportive of each other. Thinking about the qualities expressed at camp gives me something to shoot for in my own life.

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