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Mary Jean Port is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her chapbook of poems, The Truth About Water, was published in 2009 by Finishing Line Press. She lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the Loft Literary Center. She is a 20-year member of Minneapolis (Minn.) Meeting.

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Ralph Kendall Curtis

Curtis—Ralph Kendall Curtis, 95, on October 12, 2015, at Journey’s End Farm in Sterling, Pa. Ralph was born on September 11, 1920, in Aldenville, Pa., to Letha Crossman and Francis Henry Curtis Jr. He enjoyed farming as a child, driving the work horses at 12 and making maple syrup in his early teens. Exposed to […]

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Montgomery K. Hyun

Hyun—Montgomery K. Hyun, 94, on August 3, 2016, in Medford Leas, N.J., surrounded by his family. Montgomery was born on June 19, 1922, in Anju-si, South Pyongan, in what became North Korea. His childhood was idyllic until the country was occupied and separated. He obtained a diploma from Seoul College of Economics in 1942, but […]

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Helen Lewis Stanfield

Stanfield—Helen Lewis Stanfield, 91, on September 10, 2016, at Friends Homes in Greensboro, N.C. Helen was born on September 28, 1924, in New York City, to Helen Scarlett and Robert Ernest Lewis, business manager of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. She grew up roller skating in nearby Central Park. After graduating from Julia Richman High School, […]

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Ethel Anna Goerlich Trefsger

Trefsger—Ethel Anna Goerlich Trefsger, 91, on July 10, 2016, at her son’s home in Auburn, Maine. Ethel was born on November 25, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Blanche Petzold and Otto Goerlich. She attended Dobbins Vocational High School, studied ship hull drafting and pipe design in the World War II Training School at the University […]

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A Quaker Vision for Political Activism

With the election of Donald J Trump as the next president of the United States, we bring you a repeat of the video interview with Friends Marge Abbott and Noah Baker Merrill, “Why Do Quakers Care About Politics?”

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Weathering the Windfall Contest

What would your meeting do with $1 million? Submit for a chance to win the top prize: $500! New deadline is January 31, 2017.

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Viewpoint: Persuasive Letters to the Editor

Tips for getting your thoughts printed in your local paper.

Don Byrd lives in Bloomington, Ind.

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