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It has been a long time since I wrote a blog entry but this news;is interesting to me and probably some who might look at my blog.
Those who read some of my earlier blogs might remember Marianne was my student for a couple of years in the late 1970's at the local Y here in Stamford CT and then moved briefly to Hartford where she studied with Ralph Chiaradia whom I remember well from summer camp days in the Catskills and recommended she attend his dojo which she liked very much.
Then she moved back to Long Island and has been a librarian there for many years and attends Aikido of Nassau County. And whom should she meet but Linda Holiday whom I had met in California back in the late 1970's. I will have to check my books which are among many family books all over the family home for the book Women in Aikido I think the title was, and I think there is an article she wrote in it.
But the big news is that she has written a book which Marianne says is about her studies in Shingu with Hikitsuchi Sensei, Anno Sensei and others.... I remember seeing them and Yanase Sensei at demos at the Japan Society I think it was, and definitely at Yale and the New Haven Aikikai so I am happy to mention her book which I hope to be able to read soon.
Catch her book tour if it passes through an area near you or look for it on Amazon dot com I am sure you will find it very inspiring and interesting......
my laptop is acting up so I will sign off for now. These days practice is very occasional with friends but I am enjoying working in the yard though I have to sit down pretty often I am glad just to be outside and doing stuff. It was a rough winter around here. Just to get out to the truck I had to use ski poles to keep from slipping on the ice and snow.