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Karen Jennings Lewis ’74: Working for Change in the Schools

The new president of the Chicago Teachers Union called from the airport. Her schedule is hectic, but busy as she is, Karen Lewis '74 says she always stops to smile at a passing baby. This is fitting for a woman so entirely focused on the…... » Read more

Her Name Was Bette: An Illuminating Account of Disease, Family, and Forgiveness

To celebrate her tenth wedding anniversary in 2007, Sherri VandenAkker '87 and her husband, Malcolm, drove west from Boston to retrace the events of that memorable day. They had married in Abbey Chapel and VandenAkker wanted to savor, once again, a sunny, fall day on…... » Read more

Wendy Xa ’93: A Preschool for Lulu

If you don't live in San Francisco, you probably haven’t heard that finding a preschool in my fair city can be a true parenting headache. Openings are scarce. The competition can be fierce. In fall 2007, when my daughter Lulu was two, my family waded into…... » Read more

Jennifer E. Jackson ’03: Just Your Cup of Tea

As a girl, Jennifer Jackson accompanied her mother to New York City tea rooms, but didn't develop a real appreciation for the beverage until spending her junior year studying in tea-loving England. Today, Jennifer runs her own specialty tea company, which offers unusual blends she…... » Read more