Editorial by Jeanne Butcher in MCHS 1962-63 yearbook

Jeanne Butcher (MCHS '63). Source: MCHS 1962-63 yearbook.

Jeanne Butcher (MCHS ’63). Source: MCHS 1962-63 yearbook.

We were very pleased to be in touch with Jeanne Butcher (MCHS ’63) by email in March 2015. She had learned about the MCHS 2015 Reunion while surfing the net. By way of a quick overview, Jeanne reports that she lives with her husband in Colorado after working as a lawyer, with her husband who was also a lawyer, in Oregon. She has mentioned, as well, that she will perhaps also attend the reunion.

From the 1962-63 MCHS yearbook, we are pleased to share with you the Editorial that Jeanne Butcher wrote as Editor of the Yearbook.


The members of this year’s graduating class have marked the end of an important phase of  their lives. Many plan to continue their education at universities, trade schools or other institutes of higher learning. Others merely dream of doing all these things. Nevertheless, both plans and dreams play an important part in the lives of everyone.

Perhaps the dreamer has an advantage over the planner. His dreams matter only to himself and there are no jealous onlookers to put an end to this very personal experience. Some of these dreams will come true and some  will be merely set aside, possibly to reach fulfillment at a later stage in life. Still other dreams will founder on the shoals of disappointment.

The planner, on the other hand, is a fairly down-to-earth person. His plans are not just vague fantasies, but calculated ideas which he has, after much deli­beration, established as likely to succeed. However, even a seemingly infallible plan may fail.

If our plans and dreams should falter we must not give up, but always look to the future when true satisfaction and peace of mind will come, as they must, if we have faith in ourselves and keep on trying. If we can do this, life, no matter how difficult, will never be dull.


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I was delighted to be in touch again with Jeanne, after more than fifty years. If you wish to get in touch with Jeanne, please send me a message and I will forward it to her.

I much enjoy her editorial. She writes beautifully. Her comments also bring to mind my own interest in research related to steps that can take a person beyond positive thinking, and to enable a person to get closer to the fulfilment of her or his wishes:

WOOP (Oettingen 2014): Wish | Outcome | Obstacle | Plan: Getting things done by focusing on the task at hand


2 replies
  1. Myrth GAIL Howell de Vries
    Myrth GAIL Howell de Vries says:

    Jeanne Butcher was the only friend who had the nerve to call me MYRTH, which is my first name. She was a very funny girl, and I always enjoyed her company.

  2. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:

    I am so pleased that we were able to be in touch with Jeanne Butcher via email when we were working on the planning of the MCHS 2015 reunion. I was really pleased to catch up to date on the story of her life in the years that followed MCHS.


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