Welcome to the DHS '63 Website

Just imagine waking up to this scene. . .


Photo by Julian Orr

were you ever grateful during the past year that you didn't live in California?

Did you know the several of your classmates do?  Here's what it was like for Julian Orr, who was under evacuation orders in Pescadero . . . 

Refugee Poem -- Evacuation

Suddenly the evacuation orders include Bean Hollow Road. . .

Actually it was quite casual

        you could have missed it

but the evening briefing included Bean Hollow Road

plus a huge swath of territory from Highway 84 south

        between Skyline and the sea

None of which is menaced by fire now, but 

        Everybody out

Reinforced by sheriffs, highway patrol, and police

borrowed from every jurisdiction in the county.

The fire is four or five miles east

the wind from the north or northwest

We're reasonably safe

       Should we stay anyway?

We go

Pack lightly

      some clothes

      all the medications

      passport and prescriptions

[All the horses in the neighborhood

were evacuated this morning

with the smooth organization

the army pretends to.]

I take Emma in the truck

Willie Sue takes the cats

      in the car

A roadblock at every intersection:

      Outbound traffic only


      there's a line of trucks with horse trailers

      come to rescue horses.]

We pass through, drive north

It's foggy and the wind is from in front

to our friend's house in Los Altos

Where we stay

We just walked away from our home

      neither of us remembers

      if we locked the front door

But we left everything

      the art

      the books

      the guns

      our clothes

      the bananas on top

              of the refrigerator

      and even the chocolate

And the barns

      my motorcycles

      and tools

      the tractor

      the chainsaws

      the generator

All our land

      trails to walk

      trees that need cutting

      grass that needs mowing

      the deer and birds to watch

      the owls to hear

      and even an occasional coyote

We have seen bobcats

      but not lately

Mountain lions are there


[Emma finds their leftovers]

We live there, and have

      for thirty-five years

And we left

Staying would have put 

       other people in danger

So we left

Now what do we do? 

©Julian Orr 2020


Eileen Brownell is another California resident.  She lives in Chico, an area that has been hit twice in recent years by terrible fires.  Many in this area had managed to rebuild after the first Camp Fire only to have their homes destroyed again in 2020.  For more on her experiences as a Police Chaplain please go to NEWS.


  What's it all about?

  Well, for a lot of us it's all about covid!

Just so you know what an inspiration you are to us. . . we got the idea for a covid page from Cindy Potter's submission entitled "Incarceration" when she called the pandemic worse than any hurricane she had ever lived through!  And that was in the spring.  Little did we know. She now admits that it did have an upside.

"I have been doing genealogy since 2003 and this quarantine has enabled me to break down a few brick walls as well as to build a bigger and better family tree. I've been in touch with relatives all over the world and it's most gratifying when a major breakthrough occurs."    

    Leah (at Deering Carol) Holmes said "If I ever get another haircut, I will jump for joy!  Sam Band says, "We're not doing too bad, admits it is a very stressful time for both Annie (Merle Anne Chadbourne) and her family.  He stayed at her house for 3 months until she was able to get around and look after herself in most things." There is an update on her condition in the NEWS section.  Len Berman reports that "All's well in our home." but I bet like many others he is missing SeaDogs games. . . not to mention Red Sox games.  At least now he can get a SeaBiscuit.  Wonder if he plays golf?  

     Suzanne Svenson Kahil is thankful that she and Charly are both working, but will be very relieved and grateful when there is a vaccine. Both Suzy and BJ Dowling Kovachs miss family gatherings. BJ says"birthday celebrations just aren't the same without hugs!"  Paul Pendleton hopes we will have more appreciation for each other and for the freedoms we used to have when they are returned.  And hopes also we will continue to hold onto some of the gifts we discovered while our lives we slowed down. 

Our masked couple (have you figured out who they are yet?) sends this message:  "Our lives are much quieter than ever before and that's not bad.  Both of us are doing more weeding and gardening and we've enjoyed it!  Although we elderly are in the high risk Covid-19 group, our daughters and grandchildren are much more affected, as yours must be too.  They work and do homeschooling, often an exhausting task.  Kate's job cannot be done with social distancing.  Our grandchildren have much more limited contact with friends.  We know that people who have lost jobs or family members

have been devastated by the pandemic.  We hope that none of our class has had this awful virus." Tom & Diana Allen


Happy Spring!

Always a big deal here in Maine and usually accompanied by a forecast of snow.  But the crocuses and daffodils are up so we are on the way!

   We are very encouraged by all the replies we received to our introductory email.  Some were replies of thanks from Paula Noe Jacobson and Suzanne Svenson Kahill and Linda Tarkinson Carey and Ellen Thompson Raskin.  

    There were some "great jobs, looks great" from Barb Ryland and BJ Dowling Kovach. Diane Gordon Vogt wrote "such a wonderful idea" and Marie Cleaves Tysinger sent "Congratulations on your new endeavor."

    Two guys actually made submissions: Len Berman and Sam Band (look for them on the News Page).  BJ added that "it would be fun to hear from everyone" and Leonora Martelle Pressey holds to the hope that "this website is going to do exactly what you intended,  to bring us together."  Certainly, that is our goal!

     Julian Orr and I had extended email conversations on what would make a "good entry" and we concluded anything about your life that we might not know:  if you live out of state what do you like best about your area?, What's something you have done that your classmates never would have guessed you would do?  What did you like best about your job?  What do you like best about retirement?  What are your kids or grandkids doing?  A little bragging is OK.  Accompanying pictures are wonderful especially if you don't want me to dredge up your old yearbook pic!

    What a perfect time to prepare a submission!  While you are quarantined, sequestered, or otherwise sheltering in place with no sporting events to distract you.  Submit now!  I can guarantee that your submissions will be read.  





I was a middle school principal and elementary school teacher for many years, and I am still subbing! Love my work. Not ready to retire yet!

Welcome to the DHS Class of 1963 Website and Happy New Year because Auld Lang Syne is at least half of what we are all about.


The other half is about who we are now. For that part we need help from you.

How have you changed in the years since high school? Who are you now? Are you retired? How are you spending all that free time? Still working? What is it about your job that keeps you there? Would you like to start a conversation about topics that interest you? Or hobbies you have? Maybe find someone in the class who likes the same things?


These are our ideas, but hey! this is your website, tell us what you would like to see here.  

To submit your ideas, go to the contact page.


I've been a bookkeeper and a bookseller, but I am very happily retired.  So busy though -- volunteering, a little civil disobedience, and writing some poetry. Life is good!