Hans Dankers

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Hans Dankers
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Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In Monroe, WA USA
Spouse/Partner Martha Whittaker Dankers
Occupation Retired Family Physician
Children, grandchildern Christian 9/76 and Nicholas 3/79
Hans, Drew and Kate
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I look forward to the Saturday reunion and will be at the Friday evening and Sunday morning events also.

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After med school, my wife and I traveled around the world for six months, spending three months in a hospital in Nepal. Then three years in family medicine residency in Seattle, and moved 6 miles outside of Monroe, Washington in 1978, where we have lived since with sheep, llamas, chickens and dogs. Our sons, Christian and Nicho did sheep 4-H with our flock up to 14 ewes and 25 lambs. Select soccer and school sports left the chores to me, so we now have only five elderly ewes left, plus 4 llamas and the recent addition of four alpacas.
I was 31 years with Monroe family practice, doing surgery and delivering babies until a brain tumor in1990. (After the surgery, I could read out loud, but not generate speech. It was about six months before I could speak normally again.) and then nearly 5 years with the Snoqualmie tribe in a clinic in Carnation, which unfortunately closed. I have been retired nearly 3 years and do a happy dance every day.

Words of wisdom for 2016 graduates of Carlmont High

Nothing is all bad.

Every pain carves you deeper so you can contain more joy.

And from patients at their 50th wedding anniversary: marriage is a 75:75 proposition. You have to do more than you think is your share, and you don't keep score.

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May 27, 2020 at 7:00 AM

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This morning I went to the Sultan War Memorial, dedicated in 2002 and modeled on the Vietnam War Memorial but lists the names of all community members who participated in all military service, living and dead and includes men buried in the Sultan cemetery who fought in the Civil War and Spanish American War.

And many had fought and some died in Vietnam and I wondered what if…?

During the Second World War, the Japanese had driven the French out of Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh had been the nationalist leader against the Japanese. At the end of the war, Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnamese independence with 0SS officers in support. He modeled the Vietnamese constitution on the US Constitution and wrote several letters to Harry Truman. It’s not clear if those letters reached Truman but those OSS officers were purged during the McCarthy era as having Communist leanings, so we had no east Asian experts who knew the thousand year enmity between Vietnam and China. Our vision was colored by the cold war with the Domino theory. Ironically, our aggression forced the Vietnamese to rely more on the Chinese.

When Roosevelt died, Truman did not even know about the atom bomb. He must have been so overwhelmed that he could not be concerned with a tiny Asian country that the French were reclaiming as a colony.

But what if ...?

I know this is a simplification, with our allies in the south and also, what if Kennedy hadn’t been assassinated would he have done anything different.
Lots of what if’s,
But what a waste and profoundly sad … Hans

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I did not know Sandy well during high school, but had connected with her several months before the reunion about her health issues. She was in doubt whether she would be able to come to the reunion because she had a prolonged hospitalization. But then was was glad to be able to attend using a walker. I sat with her and her companion during dinner.
We emailed privately, but my last email was not answered. Now I see that Sandy died 8-26-18.

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Happy belated birthday Sandy,
I hope you’re doing well. We have had a week of snow, 10 inches now, and several long power outages.
Please let me know how you’re doing. Hans

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I woke up thinking about two jokes Dick Pancoast told me in high school:
what did the newlyweds buy Vaseline for…

$1.29


The first night for the newlyweds where the woman was much more experienced than the man.
He didn’t know what to do so she told him to rub her stomach and say "I love you, I love you".
Then she said "lower", this one doesn’t do well in writing but then he says in a lower voice "I love, you I love you".
I wish everyone a good holiday.
Not to be preachy, BUT....

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
? Siddh?rtha Gautama

The attached article on working hard to be happy reprinted in the Week is well worth the time to read.
22% of millennials say they have no friends.

Happiness comes from helping others and from meaningful relations with friends, not from comparing yourself to others and their Facebook lives that show only their positive experiences.
Be well, Hans

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8 inches of snow and 20 degrees. Not much compared to the rest of the country, but unusual for Seattle area.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. We have much to be thankful for, and our best wishes for those in California suffering the losses from the fires and the toxic air.
New snow this morning, just at the tops of the mountains
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