From the Editor
Thankful for each one!
Here I am—in flight from California to Texas—off to see our MBA alums now living in what happens to be my native state. I can “ya’ll” with the best of them in my homeland!
In preparation for this trip, I stopped by the bank yesterday. As I collected my cash from the ATM machine, the screen lit up to say “Happy Birthday!” Ohhh…that…even though it’s still two weeks away, I’ve had several reminders lately that the day is coming. The DMV is one example. Time to renew the ol’ driver’s license—or—should I say, “old” drivers license. That mug shot really could use a change from six years ago! In the end, however, I decided it was too much hassle to stand in line at the DMV to get a new photo. I renewed it online and the mug shot remains—good, bad, or whatever.
As a child, I came to the conclusion early on, that there should be a club for those with “holiday” birthdays—someplace where we could receive some sympathy. My birthday quite often falls on Thanksgiving Day. It always seemed (from my childhood perspective of isn’t-it-all-about-me?) that all the family was more deeply concerned whether or not the dressing had enough sage, if the turkey was cooked enough, what time we would be eating (it was never soon enough), and what time does the football game start? Hello?! Remember it’s my birthday? Anyone?
Fortunately, as I grew older, I lost the “me” attitude. However, I did sort of form my own Holiday Birthdays—We’ve Been Gypped club. My husband’s birthday is New Year’s Eve, and my youngest son was born on my birthday. You can bet we call a halt to the holiday gala and switch to birthday mode on those days!!
Back to growing older—I would describe my attitude today as thankful. I’m thankful to be having a birthday since two friends my age passed away recently due to cancer. I’m thankful for my husband who has remained my “boyfriend” all these years. I’m thankful for my four sons who taught me so much about life (including how to effectively manage my own boys ‘dorm’). I’m thankful for my five (soon-to-be six) grandchildren who have taught me that, just when you didn’t think your heart could contain any more love, it suddenly expands again, each child as breath-taking and awe-inspiring as the last.
So as not to cause total boredom, I will stop. However, my hope is that we all pause as Thanksgiving approaches, to truly contemplate what God has given us, both large and small, from complicated—to the most simple. Let’s look beyond the world we live in by looking up to the God who loves each of us beyond measure. Then let’s say thank you to Him and all those who hold a special place in our hearts. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thankful to be Serving You,
P.S. Careful on the whipped cream—don’t get too carried away!
Where Land and Sea Unite to Inspire (Quote of the Month)
“Better than thanksgiving is thanksliving” — Unknown
MBA Trivia Contest
Question for November 2009
What year was the gate house built at the MBA entrance?
Click on the graphic below for a larger view.
MBA Front Gate - Then and Now
Answer to September Trivia Question
Q: Who made the stained glass windows in the MBA church?
A: Doug Gibson ’77, was commissioned by the MBA Church Building Committee as a 19-year-old art major at Pacific Union College. He made the side windows during the summer of 1978. To learn more details about the windows, see our Fall 2009 issue of Sandscripts. Doug teaches art at the Elk Grove Unified School District in Sacramento, CA. Doug says, “I was inspired to be a teacher by Mr. Leslie Goodwin, retired MBA history teacher.” Doug and his wife, Sandra, have five children.
Winner: Ken Sjobeon ’72. Ken’s name will be added to our grand prize drawing to be held this month. The grand prize winner will be announced in next month’s Waves Gone By. Good luck to all our previous monthly trivia winners!
A poor Scottish farmer was out walking one day when he heard a plaintive cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He ran to assist and found a boy mired almost to the waist in the black muck. Extending his staff, the farmer pulled the boy out.
The next day, a handsome team and carriage came up to the Scotsman’s small hut, and an elegantly dressed gentleman stepped out. He offered a reward to the Scotsman, who refused it.
Just then the farmer’s young son came to the door. Seeing him, the nobleman made the Scotsman an offer: “Let me take your son and give him a good education. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll grow into a man you can be proud of.” The Scotsman liked this and shook hands on the bargain.
In time, the Scotsman’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London. He later became Sir Alexander Fleming, the noted discoverer of penicillin.
Years later the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia, but was saved through the use of penicillin. The nobleman was Lord Randolph Churchill, and the son was Winston Churchill.
More of… The Best of Bits & Pieces Rob Gilbert, editor
Humor: a keen perception of the ludicrous
On the first day, God created the dog and said: “Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.”
The dog said: “That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?”
So God agreed.
On the second day, God created the monkey and said: “Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.”
The monkey said: “Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?”
And God agreed.
On the third day, God created the cow and said: “You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves, and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.”
The cow said: “That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?”
And God agreed again.
On the fourth day, God created man and said: “Eat, sleep, play, marry, and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.”
But man said: “Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back, which makes eighty, okay?”
“Okay,” said God. “You asked for it.”
So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play, and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Life has now been explained to you.
- Holiday Marriage! Ms. Arladel Nelson and Pastor Fred Speyer have announced their plans to be married this December. View the full wedding announcement with comments from the couple.
- Career Day Thanks to our alumni and parents who are volunteering their time for our annual Career Day this Sunday, November 22, 2009. You are greatly appreciated!
Mrs. Kathy Hixson passed away on Monday (November 16) at 6:00p. Kathy deaned at both Monterey Bay Academy and San Pasqual Academy for many years and will be missed by all. Services will be held at the Redding SDA Church on Sabbath, November 21 at 3:00p.
|Kathy, daughter, & grandchild
- MBA Holiday Fine Arts Weekend December 11-12, 2009
Music and Drama department performances and Silent Auction. For more information, please contact Josh Rivera at 831-728-1481 x1272
Dr. Richard Hart, CEO, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (hospitals and university), will be our guest speaker at the 11 o’clock hour on April 24, 2010 during the 60th Anniversary Alumni Weekend. Dr. Hart is the parent of three MBA graduates. Click photo for bio.
|Dr. Richard Hart
- April 22-25, 2010 60th Anniversary Alumni Weekend Make plans now to attend.
- Honor classes for 2010 – Class agents need to contact the alumni office so we can begin working with you in contacting your classmates, arranging parties, etc. If you are the one who makes it happen, give us a call today!
Honor Classes for 2010 — 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005
Calling All Oceanaires! Do you have any old Oceanaires photos? Or maybe you can recall some memorable or humorous moments in class or on tour? Do you have any suggestions for the Alumni Weekend Reunion Concert repertoire? If so, contact the Alumni Office with your information, or questions regarding the concert.
|Ms. Arladell Nelson
It's a “don’t miss” event, April 24, 2010. The Oceanaires Reunion Concert will be conducted by Ms. Arladell Nelson, former MBA choir director from 1968–1998. We look forward to Ms. Nelson and all our former Oceanaires returning to our campus for this concert.
Pastor José Rojas, MBA 1978, Director of Volunteer Ministries, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, will be the Baccalaureate Speaker for the May 29, 2010 graduation. Click photo for bio.
|Pastor José Rojas
MBA’s Top 60 List
Top 60 List will be published in the fall issue of Sandscripts. Thank you for all your contributions to this fabulous list!