Dear Members of the Close Community,
These have been trying times. Our beloved enjoyments—church, friends, recreation, and more—have been swept away by the global firestorm that is COVID-19. Our liberties and civic institutions are under threat. Lives and livelihoods are at stake. Our classes are virtual, our sports are cancelled, and, for seniors, what was looked forward to as a uniquely celebratory time in our lives on the Close has migrated to cyberspace. At The Exchanged, we have felt these absences especially acutely. Yet, we present this Spring Edition to you out of hope, not heartbreak, celebrating our community’s joys and triumphs and not bemoaning its uprooting. We eagerly await the day when we can reconvene as a Close community. In the meantime, though, we hope you enjoy!