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 Other Mumford Class of "61" Home Page content changes and additions below:

In Memory, see below, just learned of the passing of: Naida Schiff (Migdal)

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We've mildly edited from a few years back Henry Gornbein's offering on HuffPost:

Seventeen Thoughts for Valentine's Day

Henry Gornbein

By Henry Gornbein, Contributor

Family Law Expert

Valentine’s Day is special. I have had many people who have proposed or gotten married on Valentine’s Day. I have also had people who wanted a divorce filed or served on Valentine’s Day. Sometimes people have unrealistic expectations and while this day can be special it can also be one where someone’s idea of love meets with a far different reality. It is a day where the price of flowers rises tremendously. It is also a day where restaurants, especially the romantic ones, are jammed, often with poor service and mediocre food. Let me share some thoughts with you: 

1. We live in an era where social media dominates everything. People, including our new President, will tweet at the drop of a hat. Use this day to put away your devices. Don’t tweet or text but talk to your spouse or special person directly. Set aside time to be together to rekindle those sparks and make each other feel as special as possible. 

2. Communication is critical. I see so many relationships that are destroyed by the lack of communication or miscommunication. Don’t be ships passing in the night. Share your thoughts and speak directly to each other.

3. If you love your significant other or spouse, tell them. Don’t make people read your mind. Feel free to speak of your love and feelings. Too many people are afraid to let it all hang out. Valentine’s Day is a good day to share your love. 

4. We all argue. We all have feelings and emotions. If you argue, finish your argument. Do not let things fester for days. That is a good way to ruin a marriage or relationship. In other blogs I have mentioned that if you need to have the last word in an argument make it be “you are right dear.” That is a good way to end an argument on a positive note. Do not go to sleep angry. 

5. Is a little white lie all right? Dangerous topics to stay away from: Do I look heavy? Are my clothes too tight? Why were you glancing at that other woman? Do I have wrinkles? Do I look old? These are areas where you must tread carefully or avoid if at all possible. 

6. We all need space. Sometimes when you come home from work you want to decompress. This can be a time to talk about the day or it can be a time where you tell your significant other or spouse that you need a few minutes to unwind. Do not just attack or bombard your significant other with questions. Give that extra space and time to cool down as you get away from the work zone and enter the home zone.

7. All relationships need refreshing. Sharing special occasions are important. Make birthdays and anniversaries special. Some people say that Valentine’s Day and Sweetest Day are there to sell cards and flowers. Perhaps that is true but there is nothing wrong with celebrating them. 

8. Take time to date. I have couples in my family law practice who have forgotten the meaning of dating. Go out to a movie or dinner at least once a week. Do things as a couple. If you have children make sure that you have some alone time without them. Don’t always go out with other couples. Be alone at times. 

9. Take breaks from the routine. Go on vacations – sometimes a weekend getaway or even a night at a hotel can do wonders for a relationship. 

10. If you have a problem do not ignore it. Don’t allow things to fester. Sweeping issues under the rug does not help in the long run. 

11. Be honest with each other. Lies tend to grow and undermine your relationship. It is better to tell the truth then to have an issue blow up in your face later.

12. Don’t try to change one another. I know too many people who come to me for a divorce because the relationship started out as a redo or reclamation project. We are human beings with all of our quirks and warts. We are not a home rehab project. 

13. Do not be a workaholic. Your job will always be there. Your significant other, spouse and children will not. Lifetime events need to be savored. Your children grow up too quickly. Spend time with them on a daily basis. Your job and those problems will always be there. 

14. I have seen so many horrible situations where one spouse or significant other will attack the other. Don’t. Abusive relationships are destructive to say the least. Emotional abuse can leave as many, if not more, scars then physical abuse. If there are issues in this area seek help before it is too late. There is nothing wrong with counseling. 

15. Are you positive or negative? Look for the good in your spouse or significant other. You want your special person to be your best friend. Look at the glass as half full and not half empty. 

16. Finances are often a bone of contention in a marriage or relationship. Don’t hide them from each other. Be open and honest.

17. Respect your spouse or companion and remember the golden rule. Treat your spouse or significant other as you would want to be treated. 

Last but not least – number 18 perhaps – don’t carry a grudge. Learn from your mistakes and move on. Don’t repeat your mistakes but also don’t hold these issues for years letting your relationship suffer because of it. 

We are all human, we all have our issues and we all need a hug. Don’t hesitate to share a hug on Valentine’s Day. 

These are some of my thoughts. Please share yours with us. Tap to enter our link: Class Chat: Talk. & Share


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Reunion Pictures:

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Jackie DeYoung, Alyssa Kahn Mertz, Judie Hertz Lax

Bobbie Malin

Suzanne Finkel Rosen, Bobbie Malin, Judy Goodfriend Sanders

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Arnie Collens, George Economy, Linda Pollard Puner

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   Reunion committee members:

(L-R) Henry Gornbein - Music, Judy Schultz Ancel -Notify the Class, Peppy Pont Levy - Venue, Bob Dovitz - Co-Chair, Judie Hertz Lax - Notify the Class, Edie Morris Hoffman - Decorations, Bobbie Keystone Malin - Registration, Sandy Melder - Accommodations, Arnie Collens - Website & Co-Chair. Not pictured: Mike Kasky - Bus Tour Chair, Mike Schermer - Notify the Class Chair, Marv Weinstein - Treasurer,  Shel Goldstein - Music   

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Mumford Pool - (L-R) Mike Schermer - Chair Notify the Class, Audrey Feldman - Notify the Class, Mike Raick, Sandy Melder, Bill & Marlene Rosen Oleshansky, Henry Gornbein, Linda Cole Berry, Carol Steen Jones, Shirley Saltzman, Sheila Goldstein Cascade 

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Mumford 61 Class Officers January Class Secretary - Sandy Yolles,

June Class Vice President - Fred Doner

Julian Smith in the background

Barry Tegay, Marty Portney, Carol Steen Jones, Arnie Collens

   1.  Thank You - Reunion comments 

"What a warm feeling - the Committee outdid itself"

"I was touched! Reconnecting is beautiful"

"Attention to detail made every minute more special"

"If you didn't have a chance to read Shirley Saltzman's 

We Are One poem, it is moving"    

(Shirley has posted it. To read, Tap the button "Class Chat Talk & Share" above) 

"How can you have a whole weekend event, and say                       when it is over, no one is complaining?" Smiles!!

"Last minute, had to cancel - know it was spectacular!"

"We had fun - true - laughter is the best medicine"

"Bus Tour was beyong great then I got to the Brunch -Wow"

"Still smiling. It was a time warp and I loved all of it. Saw old friends and found new ones"

Classmates that asked to share their email with you:

         Worth waiting 60 years for

                     Dear Arnie, Bob and the Entire Team,

               Thank you for perfection! 

               Every detail was attended, every need anticipated, every comfort crafted. 

               This couldn’t have been the outstanding weekend it was without your tireless

               commitment to the ideal experience. 

                With deep appreciation and gratitude,

                           Sandy Rubin Tessler

                      David Soffa remarks:

                  Recovering from jet lag and reflecting on the special experiences of the weekend.

                On behalf of those who just came and enjoyed all your hard work,

                I want to thank all the committee members.

                You did a great job and I know the surviving members of the class of 61 are truly grateful.

                 Hope to see you all at the 70th Best David  


2.  Coming soon - A new Gallery for posting reunion pictures 

      Get you  reunion pictures ready to load on to our site this weekend 

3.  Now a Memory:




 Other Mumford Class of "61" Home Page content changes and additions

1. In Memory - Naida Schiff (Migdal)

2. Remembering our Mumford Website co-founder Ben Craine

3 Mumford Memories

1. Naida Schiff (Migdal)  of Farmington Hills, Mi passed on May 5tth,  2024. 

To add your thoughts and memories of Naida go to her page.  Tap this live link: "In Memory" to do so.

 May her memory be a blessing and may she rest in peace


2. Remembering Our Mumford Website co-administrator, Benjamin (Ben) H. Craine  of Bloomfield Township, Michigan,
passed away after sunset on June 26, 2022. 
As Co- editor, this website reflects his true goodness, caring nature and inclusive values.
As a true mensch he made your heart smile, knew the right thing to do and as a decision maker
artfully shared his thinking. Ben's page - Tap this live link:  "In Memory" 

FYI: By tapping any link  "In Memory"  above, you will be taken to  our classmate's page to add your thoughts - to remember.





Mumford Memories - RESCUED


                                            Trophiy: Mumford Track - City Champions



Would you like to  select how often, when, what, and from whom you want to hear from class members or the class? Interested in following what classmates are doing?
               Set your Personal Preference settings on our website:
                                         Here's How:

 Using "Notify Me":  When and How do you want to be notified about changes to our Website and Class News? 

 1.  Log in to our Mumford61.com website. Look at the very top right corner of the page. 

 2. In the purple headband click on the person icon 

 3. Select Notify Me

Notify Me offers a convenient way of keeping up with what's happening on our site by asking you how, what and from who you wish to keep in contact and receivie personal or class email.

 4. On the Notify Me page, you select from a variety of options.  Selecting in the "Immediate" column generates email as it is sent to you.  You may decide to select the setting to receive email "Once Daily;" to reduce the number of emails you receive on any given day.  Also, you may selectively decide to "Never" receive certain classes  or types of email. 

You decide when you want to hear from the class and can select from our class list only those you wish to hear from.

 5. The choice is yours.  Take the time to look now, fill in each question to best meet your     needs.

Hint: Add getting notices from "Class Chat: Talk & Share" to join the conversation and let us Mustangs in on what you're thinking. Have you tried it?
















Some Facts about our Website . . . We Communicate!!

  • We opened the site October 1, 2010  
  • We've enjoyed over 177,540 classmate visits to our site since inception. Only classmates may use our site
  • We have never had a day without a classmate visit
  • We've exchanged thousands of in site messages and countless off site communications
  • Thank You !!


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Now Gone - Our Mumford remains a reflection within the New Building by: A Collens 

What does it look like Where you Live? 

Send pictures, we'll credit you and put them here:

Downtown Detroit & Riverwalk Images

by: Arnie Collens


Good any time of year: the wall at Buddy's Conant & 6 Mile, Detroit
Have a picture? Post in Class Chat: Talk and Share  What Summer looks like where you live.


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NoteIf you are a class member who has not yet joined the website, find your name in the list on the CLASSMATE PROFILES page in the left grey column, click it and register.


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To update your PROFILE information, please click on CLASSMATE PROFILES, here or in the gray column to the left.  Then, find your name in the list of classmates, and click on your name.  During the update, you will have the opportunity to determine how much of your information you want available to the public [anyone who visits the site] and how much you want restricted to class members who are logged in.  Some thoughts with regards to . . .


When adding your PROFILE information be sure to update the following fields:

1.  PROFILE VISIBILITY:   We URGE you to CHECK this box. Leaving this box unchecked will allow ALL persons (members and non-members) to see portions of your profile.  Checking this box will secure your data so that ONLY members can view this. 

2.  CONTACT DETAILS This box should be UNCHECKED if you do not want your address and phone numbers visible on this site.




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