Merry Christmas 2009
Well it’s that time of year again and time for the yearly Christmas blog post. We hope you and your family have been well the past year, surviving H1N1 and the economic downturn of 2009. The picture above is from the annual Maloney family picnic held in May and (almost) every year since at least 1914. Mark and brothers Paul and Joel are in the back, with their wives Misa, Nina and Lisa in front, and with Ellen seated.
Below is a picture from 1914 of the Maloney clan at that time:
With help from Mark’s mom, Ellen, we’ve been able to identify most of the Maloneys in this picture. More family picnic pictures and the names of the 1914 Maloneys can be found here.
The patriarch of the Maloney clan was Mark’s great grandfather Hundley Sevier Maloney. Born in 1850, he fought in the civil war and then came west to Oregon and fathered 14 children. He is buried in a family plot near where the annual picnic is still held.
Its also been a recent tradition to stop by Mark’s uncle (father’s side) Burt and wife Barb’s house after the picnic.
This year has been a busy one for us, with Misa taking accounting classes and enrolling in the Buddhist missionary school (Chiryu Gakuin) for Shinnyo-en, and Mark traveling as usual for his job at Sun Microsystems.
During a trip to Europe in May, Mark was able to visit Berlin for the first time since 1973 (when he visited both East and West Berlin), 20 years after the wall came down.
Now a historical curiosity, but still a powerful symbol.
Some new German cities mark was able to visit on his travels include Regensberg
where there is a Sun engineering team as well as Dresden
in the former eastern Germany.
But the most exciting travel that Mark did this year was to China (for the first time). As the VP of Alliances for the DMTF, he lead the organization of and spoke at an annual academic conference (SVM2009)held this year in Wuhan China.
He also got a chance to visit Beijing and spent a day sightseeing with his friend Winston (also with the DMTF), visiting the Great Wall
and the Forbidden City. The whole city was preparing for the 60th anniversary of communist China at the time.
More photos from Mark’s travels can be found here.
Well that’s pretty much what we have been up to over the last year. Please send us a note with what you have been doing.
13 December 2009