Hutchins faculty always wished that our program would make Life After Hutchins richer and fuller. Speaking as a retiree, I have to say that teaching in Hutchins did that for me. Now there is time to follow up on interests and ideas that cropped up in Hutchins but which had to wait for a while to be realized. One major interest that I was able to cultivate while doing program planning for the Degree Completion Program is a concern with the environment and what actions make sense in the light of what we know. So now I volunteer each week for the Climate Protection Campaign of Sonoma County; I do low-level computer entry and high-level envelope stuffing. The people in that program are focused, highly competent, and productive; it is a great pleasure to be in their company once a week.
Another very major interest started when I was teaching Exploring the Unknown, and first found out about Taoism and Qigong. I have been practicing Qigong for quite a few years now, and started teaching five years ago at a Pilates studio, at Friends House retirement community, and at my home. I attend several workshops and retreats around the country each year, and have gone on Qigong expeditions to China twice.
Then there's ESL tutoring, League of Women Voters, and just taking time to be with family and friends.