Alumni Sharing Inspirations, Work, and Resilience

A Platform for sharing

"Lockdown notecards" by Nancy Beebe '63

Waynflete’s 2,800 alumni span the globe and are proof that students move on from the school as self-reliant, responsible, and caring individuals ready to take on life's next challenges.

During this unprecedented time amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have especially appreciated the personal messages we have received from alumni. We are thankful to all who have reached out offering support, expressing concern, and passing along helpful resources.

Strengthening community is more important than ever. To help keep alumni connected to Waynflete and to each other, we invite you to send a story, artwork, a photo, a message, a resource, or anything else you want to share with fellow alumni. Posts will be collected here and we may also share them on Waynflete social media channels.To contribute, send your post to: community@waynflete.org.

Thank you for sharing and for helping to keep our alumni community close. Right now, community is more important than ever. We’re glad that you are part of ours. 

 

 


 

From Vanessa Cariddi ‘95

“I am writing from NYC, from the hardest hit neighborhood in Manhattan. After finishing an opera gig on March 9th, I spent the first week of the shutdown here playing with my 5 year old daughter, trying to keep her spirits up, and trying to ignore the news of canceled opera performances, now extending into 2021. Read more.

Josh Broder '97, CEO of Tilson, has been named co-chair of the Economic Recovery Committee for Maine that is developing recommendations" to mitigate the damage to Maine’s economy caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to jumpstart a long-term economic recovery for Maine people, businesses, and organizations"

Christopher "Kiffer" Fitzgerald '91 will star in the world premiere of a new 10-minute play In-Zoom, May 14-16. In In-Zoom, two comics convene for a meeting on Zoom and surprise themselves as they look at the pandemic and the virtual way we're living it. Read more.

Molly Field James '98 writes that she has been doing a lot of preaching (writing) in the midst of this time. Her homilies are posted on her blog.


 

From Rob McCarthy '00. “While at home, I took the time as an opportunity to revisit a passion of mine, painting and drawing. I work at my little drafting table in a small, free space in my apartment, and am inspired to create." View Rob's art blog.

Willy Burdick '16 is graduating from Emmanuel College on May 16. While taking classes from home during the pandemic, he is working as a crisis management counselor at Sweetser. He works with children ages 6-18 who are in crisis and don’t have stable homes to go home to. Willy wrote about his passion for service and helping kids


 

From Nickie Noble Bean '01, "Glad I might bring some humor or sense of you’re-not-the-only-one having these challenges to our community! :)"

Waynflete Assistant Head of School Lydia Maier ‘90 reflected on a recent homeroom with her advisees and the tradition of "virtual gifts." Read more.

 


 

Heather Courtice-Hart '88 is one of the many Waynflete faculty teaching online. "Although teaching Chinese remotely has required a shift in priorities, it has been working well. From a linguistics perspective, I can't focus as much on their writing skills (writing characters from memory) as I can in the classroom. So we focus instead on speaking skills.

Hannah Daly '11 is the instructor for a new program for students in Grades 3–6 who wish to gain acting experience and explore creative expression. In this online workshop, students are challenged to think in fresh ways about characterization and the thoughts, actions, and emotions driving character interactions and/or conflicts.

 

 


 

Ellen Watson Cady '90 co-authored a book, Take Two Journal, offering neuroscience-based tools to help build inner resilience through mindfulness, compassion & gratitude. "We are excited to soon see this on the shelves, and -- though we could never have predicted a pandemic -- it seems like a good time to boost our inner resilience."

View this video of NYC residents cheering health care workers from Lesley MacVane '69, "My son sent me audio from his Greenpoint, NY neighborhood cheering on the people who are helping us get through this pandemic. The neighborhood does this every evening at 7:00 p.m. I added some of my photos from NY taken before the shutdown."

 


 

Alum and parent Jon Amory '97, a Baxter Academy engineering teacher, developed an emergency ventilator along with 20 with students. It can be produced with over the counter items, costing just $1,500 and is currently undergoing prototype testing. Read the WCSH News Center Maine article.

Daniella Nichols Cameron '94 was on the Preble Street team that partnered with the University of Southern Maine to convert the Sullivan Gymnasium on the school’s Portland campus to a temporary 24-hour shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

 

 


 

Nancy Beebe '63 shares the first batch of her lockdown painting cards… "A fun way to while away the hours, interspersed with reading a big pile of books."

Looking for comfort during these uncomfortable times?

Caitie Whelan '02 writes The Lightning Notes, a warm, comforting post that you can read in 60-90 seconds with your morning coffee or tea and leave feeling better about yourself and the world. A few recent Notes topics include:
A Nourishing Alternative to Worrying
A Salve for Anxiety
Finding Comfort in Uncomfortable Times

Get The Notes 


 

"A sweet silver lining to our new reality, at least from the empty nesters perspective, is that college students are temporarily back in the nest!" View this video of Chris Moore ’80 and daughter lifting spirits with song.

Torie Reed '92 is the Curator for Provenance at the MFA in Boston. Since the Museum closed, she is posting one work of art from the collection each day with information about its provenance. See her posts on Facebook and Twitter.

 


 

News from Denney Morton

"Our doorbell rang last night and there was Zareena Wiar, her Mom Shukria Shir Wiar '95, her two brothers, and her sister with a lovely basket of fruit for a family member recovering from a surgery. With angels like this in our neighborhood, you KNOW everything will be alright. Love and courage, all!"

Heidi Pomerleau '97 writes, "I have been working in the COVID-19 mutual aid sphere with SWOP, the Sex Worker Outreach Project. We are supporting the local sex work community with group Zoom meetings, resources for healthcare, taxes, other job opportunities, and have started a mutual aid fund for local providers affected and unable to participate in other programs. I'm proud to be able to lend support and offer my time to Salt Lake City during this uncertain time."

 


 

Heather Lippert '92 writes, "We decided to have a low technology weekend, we did use our phones to Facetime my Mom to ask baking questions....but that’s it. We did something new.....Lucy-Ellen and I baked and decorated a cake! Now, I read...serves 24! Who wants cake?"

Hannah Finegold '07 shares her "Quality Quarantine Hints." View her list. View her calendar.

 


 

From Tripp Corson '89: "I hope everyone can stay happy and healthy." A picture of the Corson Clan (left to right): Maddy, Emily, Alison, Tripp) recently taken at the Mount Washington Hotel.

Leah Packard Grams '15 shared a photo of her ciabatta rolls!

 


 

Helping the Maine Community
David Bass Clark '05 
formed "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" in an effort to support the Maine community with access to food and supplies. View Facebook page.

Karen Silverman '80 sent in her granddaughter’s drawings of herself and her brother Stone.


 

A Message from Bethany Campbell '10
“ I was so happy to see the community that is the heart of Waynflete still beating strong, even from a distance. I was thankful for the reminder that this is the community I was raised in."  Read more

Words and Music
Here is the newest album from Robert Stillman '96, entitled Rainbow. The music is beautiful and inspiring, as are Robert's words (above).

 


 

Helping in New York City
Althea Simons '03
 has reached out to support NYC Public Health by donating some of the proceeds from sales of her shirts. She owns GRAMMAR, the white shirt company, in New York.

Isabel Weyl '97 shares poems nightly
"Poetry has always served as an inspiration and a refuge for me. In this time of immense uncertainty I think being able to share the beauty of this art form is a way to bring hope and comfort to my extended community." Listen to selections.