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  Vol 2, Issue 6                                                                      June/July 2013

Greetings ALL Members,

ALL classes are on hiatus for the summer, so the Marketing Committee took that opportunity to also take a brief break. Hence, this combined June/July issue of ALL News. 


In this issue, we've included news of George Merrill's new book and a report on the ALL Course Leadership Workshop. There is also a piece on the last session's Digital Photography class including the "Best in Class" photo by Sara Lyon, as well as other noteworthy images selected by the class leaders.


Soon we'll have news about the Fall Semester classes and events. Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer and the many local activities, including the upcoming August 10-11 bicentennial of the Battle of St. Michaels in the War of 1812.  


Ann DeMart
Marketing Committee



George Merrill Publishes Book about the Chesapeake Bay

George Merrill Photo
George Merrill

George Merrill has been a popular ALL Instructor for many years. His classes invariably end up with waiting lists. His subjects, which are broad and varied, are always approached from a spiritual perspective.  He has also served faithfully on ALL's Executive Committee and Nominating Committee.



A  noted local essayist and photographer, George has just published a book of the Chesapeake Bay.  The Bay of the Mother of God: A Yankee Discovers the Chesapeake Bay is a collection of essays about the people, places, and creatures around the Chesapeake Bay, including some of the curious ways in which we live here on the Shore. The stories are told with pathos and humor.  George takes his reader first to the everyday life here on the Shore, from septic tanks to churches, from jellyfish to owls; to retirees and then to a different place where he suggests that there is more to these people, these critters and these places than first meets the eye. His photographs, images that accent the themes of each essay, accompany the chapters. The book is available at the News Center in Easton and on


George Merrill Book

George's essays and images are spiritual explorations of the heart and nature essays.  Many have appeared in the Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Tidewater Times, Delaware Beach Life Magazine, The Delmarva Review, The Delmarva Quarterly and some as monthly photo essays for local newspapers. His photographs have illustrated Henri Nouwen's revised edition, With Open Hands, Sr.'s Rachel Callahan and Rea McDonnell's Wholing the Heart and in the collaborative effort with Robert Wicks, Reflections: Psychological and Spiritual Images of the Heart.

George broadcasts twice monthly on Delmarva Public Radio. His memoir will be published this fall.

An Episcopal priest, George's ministry has been primarily as a pastoral counselor and clinical pastoral educator. He's directed counseling services in Hartford Connecticut, in the Baltimore Washington area and served on the faculty in the graduate program in pastoral counseling at Loyola College in Baltimore before retiring to the Eastern Shore.


ALL Course Leaders Workshop Report


The twenty-five ALL members who attended the May workshop on course leadership were nearly equal parts veteran course leaders, relatively new leaders, and those who wanted to learn more about presenting an
ALL class. 


Panelists Sam Barnet, Bob Feldhuhn, Bob Lonergan, and Esty Collet conducted a two-hour general discussion that covered not only the variety of subject matter, but also the diverse leadership techniques and types of courses, and emphasized the unique character of ALL compared to other senior education efforts.  ALL  courses are designed and presented in whatever manner most suits the instructor and the material. 


Early this year, a questionnaire was distributed to ALL members to explore the subjects and activities most interesting to the membership. Approximately 40 people responded, and the results showed interest across a broad range of subjects, including the humanities, arts, history, current events, literature, science, ecology and the environment, travel and day trips, as well as requests for courses on music, law, and photography.


In general, attendees came away with new ideas and increased enthusiasm. Potential new instructors were encouraged to interact directly with the Curriculum Committee for ideas and guidance. The committee also welcomes ongoing ideas, questions, and suggestions from the membership.


Special thanks to Chip Britt for his leadership and organization of both the questionnaire and workshop. 


Sara Lyons Wins Best in Class 


The leaders of the recent ALL class, Digital Photography for Beginners, named Sara Lyons' image, "A Moment's Rest", Best in Class. The photograph, which was taken during the course, will be featured on the ALL Fall Course Catalog. Attendees produced a number of outstanding photographs; of particular note were images by Bruce Jones, Beverly Martin, and Ann DeMart.


The three day "hands-on" course, led by accomplished photographers, Wilson Wyatt, Jr, Bob Lippson, and Kate Mann, was designed to take advantage of the latest in digital photography, from cameras to iPhones. Topics included the use of light, composition, the basics of great scenes, foregrounds, and backgrounds. During the course, which was held at CBMM, attendees spent time both in the classroom and in the field photographing people, objects, and landscapes across the beautiful CBMM campus.The course was enthusiastically received, and ALL is expected to offer more courses on photography in the future.


Best in Class: "A Moment's Rest" Image by Sara Lyons

BJones Photo
Image by Bruce Jones
Image by Beverly Martin

Image by Ann DeMart

To register, or to learn more about ALL programs, call Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941 or download the 2013 Spring/Summer course catalog.

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