Spring 2013

Your Letters

’Snow Problem

Many years ago I stopped receiving New Trail, probably because we have had 17 homes in two provinces and four states since graduating in 1970. Imagine my surprise and absolute delight when “poof” — yesterday there was the winter issue in my mailbox. It was a great read and reminded me how much I had missed reading the publication. Thanks for catching up with me…. However you did it!

Stan Kaufman, ’68 BA, ’70 MBA, Sun Lakes, Ariz.

Snow Proud

I really enjoyed the Winter 2012 New Trail issue — especially “Latitude Attitude” [page 26]. That article nicely captured the feelings we students had in living in the cold winters during our time at U of A. I still remember walking to class when it was so cold my shoes squeaked when I walked. But the view of the lacy tree limbs covered in hoarfrost was beautiful! The winter festival at the residences that included ice/snow statues was a fun way of making the most of the cold.

I must admit that during the winter I usually scan the weather in the newspaper to check out just how cold Edmonton is and take some perverse pride in knowing that I enjoyed four winters there.

Jan McNeill, ’75 BSc(Chem Eng), Houston

Volunteer Joy

I enjoyed reading your article in the Winter issue of New Trail [Up Front, page 2].

What a true joy and reward I receive when I volunteer to teach English to New Canadians! The pure curiosity of myself as their teacher and also them — my students, encourages us all to ask questions and learn and grow together. I love talking about our holidays, our seasons and our traditions here in Canada, and relish hearing about the same in their homelands.

Volunteering gives me what money never could: a feeling of belonging, a place in the world where I can share my experience, my knowledge and my love of being a Canadian, showing respect, concern and the joy of learning to all new Canadians.

Cynthia Joy (Lister) Thompson, ’74 BEd, Edmonton 

Adoption is a Plan

I enjoyed reading the article “Bringing Birth Back to the North” [page 33, Winter 2012]. Having recently adopted my son, I now take notice of and must advocate for more positive adoption language when I have the chance. This article refers to parents “planning on giving their baby up for adoption.” Before adopting, I wouldn’t have given it second glance. Now, I recognize that this phrase suggests the birth parents gave up on their child rather than making the difficult decision not to parent. I would encourage your editorial staff to use alternative language when referring to adoption. Alternative phrases include “planning to place their baby for adoption,” “making an adoption plan,” or “choosing to place their baby for adoption.” 

Kelly Small, ’95 BSc, Calgary

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