Letters to THE HERALD

More thoughts on the electronic HERALD and a remembrance of  a memorable snow in Ethiopia

The second posting of HERALD stories brought a flurry of comments attached to stories (we encourage that) and some letters containing  interesting observations, a bit of flattery and some checks (we like that!) sent to support the HERALD and the work of the E&E RPCV

To the HERALD:
Thanks so much to Marian for all she is  doing and all she has done for E&E RPCVs. What Barry is doing with the electronic newsletter is terrific, too. Cheers,
Kitty Spalding (Sebeta 73-75)

Dear Heraldeers:
Interesting “publishing” of the Herald. I like it. Just scroll up & down & sidewise if you want. Read the whole HERALD in one computer session. Bravo. Here is my check in the mail. Thanks.
Jody Donovan (Adi Ugri 63-65)

To the HERALD:
What a wonderful surprise to at last receive the HERALD online. The layout thus far is great and I look forward to receiving future issues. Ditto for sending our dues online. I passed on this message to other RPCVs who would be interested in receiving the newsletter.  Thank you for the work you have done to make this happen. It is much appreciated.
Cynthia Tse Kimberlin (Adi Ugri/Asmara  62-64)

To the HERALD:
Regarding your story on snow in Ethiopia, I have this to report. It’s the truth, I didn’t dream it up.

While serving in Makale in December of 1971, just before Christmas, I was invited along with all of the other Peace Corps Volunteers to the Palace of the Governor of the Provence of Tigray, His Royal Highness,the Ras Mengesha Seyum. The purpose was the singing Christmas carols, and, in general, his wishing all the PCV’s in his provence a Merry Christmas. Having worked with previous  groups of PCVs, the governor knew that at Christmas we were all a bit homesick, if not a lot homesick. So the invitation went out, and to my knowledge, everyone went. Who wouldn’t go to Palace of the Governor of the State?

We walked from our house to the Palace at the appointed time. It was a very cold, crisp  Ethiopian night, cold enough to see your breath. As we walked we could see in the dim lights of the street, big flakes of snow ! It snowed hard for about five minutes. Wonderful wet snow on your face, in your hair, on your gabi, all over your shoulders. As we neared the Palace, it stopped. Just as abruptly as it had started. It was a wonderful time that I will always remember and I will treasure that memory every Christmas for the  rest of my life. It does snow in Ethiopia, iwnetegna.

Peace.
Ernie Franz (Mikele 71-74)

To the HERALD:
Marian: THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Joe Adair (Lekempti/Ambo 62-64)

To the HERALD:
I’m sending my $15 subscription payment and looking forward to getting the HERALD regularly.  I’ve read the newsletter off and on, but have not been a subscriber before, so I’m eager to get news regularly.  Thanks for your work on keeping it going!

I was in Ethiopia from 1967-69, the first year in Maichew, Tigre province, the second year in Wollamo Soddo. I’m now living in Minneapolis where there are many Ethiopians, and some wonderful restaurants so I eat injerra and wat frequently.

Solveig Nilsen (Maichew/ Wollamo Soddo 67-69)

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