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Distant in Miles, Close in Heart
Dr. Jeanne M. Jacobson reports

When we left Hope College at the end of John’s twelve years as President, we moved to Sarasota, on the west coast of Florida, just south of St. Petersburg, where we had spent nine happy years early in his career. I continue to be grateful for the opportunity to remain linked with the A.C. Van Raalte Institute, now with emerita status. An annual pleasure is working with Karen Schakel to prepare our annual reports, and I am always happy to be called upon for editing tasks.

My own recent writing has been focused on the disparate fields of mystery and the church. I serve The Drood Review of Mystery as reviewer and associate editor, and Detecta-Crostics: Puzzles of Mystery, written with my daughter, Dr. Jennie Jacobson, will be published in November. I am working on a history of the founding of our Presbyterian church, Siesta Key Chapel, where John is Clerk of Session and we are both vigorously involved. I have instituted a Readers’ Theater program, adapting Biblical text to playscript form. The first two presentations—“Let My People Go!” and “Pillar of Cloud, Pillar of Fire”—have been based on the book of Exodus, subject of one of the courses John is teaching.

Our all-on-one-floor home has features we have always wished for, including a full-sized library and a pool, and we rejoice in entertaining friends—currently we host weekly suppers for church members—and providing a setting for political gatherings. Hope College is always close in heart, and it is a pleasure to communicate with ACVRI friends through Elton’s delightful letters and e-mail conversations with Karen. Jack and Lee Nyenhuis were welcome houseguests, and we are eagerly looking forward to the visit of the Kennedys: James, Simone, Abigail, William, and Nicholas!