Welshes celebrate 50th anniversary
Fifty years ago, Ray E. Welsh and Patricia Ann Watson were married in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 5, 1962. Their 50th anniversary was celebrated Oct. 6, honored by their son, Dr. Alan Welsh and granddaughter Brittany Welsh Thompkins at a celebration at Simon and Seaforts in Anchorage.
Ray and Pat Welsh, longtime Alaska residents, began their married life together in the midst of the Cuban Missile crisis. Ray, drafted in April of 1962, found himself at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, subject to the rigors of a war effort. Communication was limited. Ray was trained as a burn specialist medic, and along with thousands of other military men were ready if and when a bomb went off.
“Thank goodness for even-headed President Kennedy. A missile blockade was used and the Russians backed down. Eventually the bombs were removed from Cuban soil,” Ray recalled.
It was in this atmosphere that Welsh went to his colonel to get permission to marry and was put off for 24 hours. Permission was eventually granted with the caveat that it would take place on Friday, Oct. 5 after 4 p.m. and he and his bride would be granted a total of 24 hours off base for the wedding and honeymoon.
Writing of motherhood
Two events led by writer and Homer Playground Project coordinator Miranda Weiss are open to mothers on Thursdays, from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 18 – Nov. 8. Meet at Sprout, 3691 Ben Walters Lane, and bring your 2-and-under child for writing play group. While your baby or toddler plays, writer and mom Weiss will provide some writing prompts, and discuss ways to record parenting moments — both lows and highs. Bring a notebook and pen, or whatever you want to write on. This is an excuse for some adult head space while raising young children.
The second offering is “Writing Motherhood,” a four-week creative writing course that uses motherhood to provide material and inspiration for writing. This one meets from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, from Oct. 27 – Nov. 17, at the R.E.C. Room on 3957 Nielsen Circle. Weiss is a mother of two and author of “Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska.” For information or to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 299-5550.
Thriving Thursday talks forgiveness
Do you or a loved one suffer from high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stress, insomnia or depression? Learn about the potential health benefits of radical forgiveness and exercises to help improve-your health and well being in an open discussion with Dr. Robert Downey and Rev. Judith Lethin.
The public is invited to the Thriving Thursdays presentation, “The Health Benefits of Radical Forgiveness,” at the SVT Wellness Center from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
Genealogy 101 at the Library
Friends of the Homer Public Library is sponsoring a fun event to help residents “Dig Up Your Family Bones.”
This two-hour event on Saturday will cover most of the introductory aspects of researching your family’s genealogy, including access to databases, discovering paper trails and more.
Led by Genealogy Group organizer, Shanley Kerls, the event is designed as a fun way to learn more about your family. The Genealogy Group meets on the second and fourth Thursday evenings most months, but is meeting in Nov. 1 and 15 from 6-7:45 p.m. because of the Thanksgiving holiday. This event is free and open to the general public.
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