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Craig Anderson
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peace corps teacher/city planner/film & video editor/teacher/substitute teacher & traveler Single Again

I have been visiting India over the last four years, for three months during the winter:

 

IS GOD EVERYWHERE?

 

The answer is, yes, an emphatic, yes! It’s taken me a long time to admit this to myself and the world around me with force and conviction. I am also reading a book entitled, Seeing God Everywhere, by Swami Shraddhananda. Shraddhananda was a devotee of Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. Both of these men are Indian saints, major personalities, in one of the contemporary movements of Hinduism.

 

How do I know that God exists? I just do. I had my first strong inklings of the spiritual world around me when I was a child playing by myself under a lilac bush in the back yard. I sometimes referred to what I sensed as ”the Gods.” Coming to India has cleared that all up. I had mistakenly told my high school students in Brooklyn that Hinduism was a polytheistic religion, but it isn’t. The thousands of gods and goddesses of Hinduism are avatars, personas, of the one creative and sustaining presence, the one infinite God of the universe.

 

Later, I attended a Mormon church in my neighborhood and was introduced to God in another way. Some of the people there glowed with spiritual power and goodness. When I was about seventeen I stopped attending church. Later, I discovered the spiritual psychologist, Carl Jung, in my early twenties, and stayed personally connected with this man and his protégés’ ideas for many years. Jung insisted that he knew God existed.

 

About fifteen years ago, after returning to Utah to live there again, I became a Catholic.  The Catholic Church showed me God in yet another way. Then, I came to India for the first time four years ago. I was attracted to the Hindu holy places, and the following three visits added layers and a greater depth of understanding, which has given me the confidence to say, emphatically, that God is everywhere including within me. This is not exactly the Christian understanding of God’s presence, but it also is not a radical departure from it.


Is God’s presence within the ancient oaks, the dogs in the streets of India and the whispering clouds in the sky? Oh, yes, of course. Does life continue after this one? The answer is, yes, an emphatic, yes! There is absolutely no reason to doubt it. The spirit within us moves on to another dimension. The evolution of me continues and progresses at my direction and on God’s terms.  I am a Christian and a Catholic who has been both inspired and confirmed by my growing knowledge of Hinduism. 


At the moment of this writing, I am part of the audience in an intimate Indian classical music concert, on New Year’s Eve, in Varanasi. The hysterically fun dancing party, I usually attend at my hotel here on New Year’s Eve, was cancelled in remembrance of the hotel owner who died a year ago. 


Hari Om! God Bless! Have a joyful life. Something to think about: if you do not know or believe that God exists, you are in danger of believing pretty much anything. 

 

P.S. Just a note on Barack Obama: His emergence as president is like the freed slaves that returned to Africa, to Liberia.  Those freed slaves, once back in Africa, built mansion houses and enslaved the African tribal people they found there on plantations just as they themselves had been enslaved in America.  Obama and his wife live like a cotton king and Scarlet O’Hara in the White House, the lavish parties and vacations, the spending beyond the nation’s means, the stubborn refusal to do what needs to be done to save the farm, the arrogance and the wish to enslave all Americans with heaps of punishing taxes, senseless volumes of rules and regulations, the endless spending and borrowing, the lawlessness, the deceit, the ugliness, the same kind of childish spoiled arrogance that would have taken the South down if the Civil War had not anyway.   

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Rheta Hugentobler (Beach)
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Insurance Company Liquidator 3
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Susan McHenry (Bigham)
retired teacher bighams@comcast.net Married 2
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Jean Hoskins (Bleazard)
retired bank & business dean's college secretary Married 3
I am so glad that our classic South High was preserved as a college. Life has been 90 mph since graduation. Traveled to Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, & most states. Served a local Cambodian mission. Blessed with three awesome children & 10 grandkids. (5 are adopted with 3 from the Ukraine who are great 19 year olds now.)  I'm a retired bank & college business dean's secretary. Husband retired from the Veterans' Hospital Travel Dept. & as landscape superintendent for Prowswood. Enjoyed our chats at the reunion  & appreciate those who made it happen.
Steve Burnside
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Semi Retired stephburny@email.phoenix.edu Married 6
I followed Dr Backman's adgvice and went into education. I was a principal/district administrtor for 35 years.  I still get called back to take over a school when a principal is gone.    I have worked with the University of Phoenix for 18 years preparing future teachers and principals.  Jan and I have been to Europe twice and the Canary Islands. I fished the Gulf last year with my son and grandson. I caught shark, white fish, and other sea monsters. A 60 pound catch is mighty big for a Utah Fisherman. Jan and I  did an Alaskan cruise last year.
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Robert Burton
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tax accountant EXECUTIVEBUSINESSANDTAX Married 6
I       have been married for 44 years (I must have been 4 when I got married) to a great girl called Linda, I call her Lin. Together we have 6 wonderful children, 5 girls (it was like I had 6 wives all after me at one time) and finally we had 1 boy. This boy saved our marrage. Linda always thought I acted strange, but when this boy came along who acted like me, she finally realized guys don't act like girls. All our children are really good looking, they all look just like me. Add to that we have 18 adorable grandchildren who come over for dinner and swim in our pool almost everyday in the summer. That's why my wife and I are so glad to see the snow flakes come in the fall.
Has it been 50 years? I don't feel old enough to be out of high school for 50 years; where did the time go?
I am amazed at how many of our school mates have passed away; I keep looking to see if my name is on the list.
After High School, I joined the Navy. I "joined to see the world and all I saw was the sea".  I graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Accounting (go Utes) and a Masters from Brigham Young Univerity (good luck Cougars, you need all you can get). I worked 12 years in the healthcare industry in finance and 2 years in Northern California as Assistant Administrator and CFO. Ten years as Vice President of the Utah Hospital Association where I was chief finance lobbyist to both federal and state legislators. I represented all  hospitals in Utah, trying to get as much state and federal monies as I possible could. Now I work in my own Accounting Firm. My wife will not let me retire. She has two reasons for this. She likes the money and she doesn't want me to be home all day. When after the weekend, and Monday morning rolls around, she is so glad when I'm out the door and to work. So, if anyone needs their income tax preparation done, let me know. I'll give you the Bishops discount of 10%, but on the other hand, I increase the preparation fee by 20%. If you think thats a great deal, besure to give me a call.
We still enjoy good health and hope that continues.
I hope you all like my "NOW" photo. I don't know what happened to my six pack. All I have now is a keg.
Good luck Cubs and may the next 50 years be that best time of our lives....may the Lord bless and keep you all in good health.....
See you in the promised land.      
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Dan Clift
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retired Married 4
In my Junior year at South High, as a passenger in a car. The car left  the road and went down the mountain side 500 yards witch left me in a wheel chair and two people passed away. It has been 52+ years sense the car accident.  I was given 24 hours to live. (I fulled the Doctors)  In 2009 spent 6 months in the hospital with infection in my back, Told I was not going to live (fulled the Doctors again)  IT'S NOT MY TIME TO GO AND MEET MY HEAVENLY FATHER YET.
I had the pleasure of spending 2 years as a senior at south high.  Everyone treated me very good, Thanks CUBS.   Dan Clift  11/16/2013
 
Married my sweet wife and best friend in 1967 46 wonderful years. Terry Peterson (South High Alumni of 1966)   We have 4 wonderful children, 3 girls and 1 boy.  11 grand children.
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John Clift
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Child Psychotherapist and Consultant Married 2
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Mike Coleman
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Keys to Success Married 6
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Kathy DeGraw (Cragun)
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Retired from Granger Medical Clinic Married 5
I have been married for 44 years to a great guy, and have 5 wonderful children and 18 adorable grandchildren, who I love spending time with.  I'm sure looking forward to this reunion and want to thank all who have done so much to put this together.
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