In memory of Phyllis Ann Adams

PHYLLIS ANN ADAMS passed away at home on April 15, 2015. She was born in 1942 in Oak Park, Illinois, the second child of Reginald George Adams and Marion Louise (Camp) Adams.  She leaves behind her elder brother Robert K. Adams of Miami and nephews Robertson G. Adams (Michele) of Miami and Jonathan E. Adams (Karen) of Stamford, Conn. She was a devoted great-aunt to Morgan, Benjamin and Jacob.

Phyllis graduated from Palatine (Ill.) Township High School in 1961 and Lincoln College in 1963. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Florida International University in 1984.

While in college in Chicago, she worked as a fashion model. Upon graduation, she worked for McElvain-Reynolds (mortgage) Co. for 11 years. After moving to Miami in 1975, she worked as a loan processor at Washington Savings and Loan on Miami Beach for 14 years, then joined AvMed Health Plans in Kendall for 19 years until her retirement in 2008.

She was always grateful for experimental valve surgery performed on her heart in 1947 by Dr. Willis Potts in Chicago. He had only developed the technique a year earler; today his method saves hundreds of ‘blue babies’ each year.

Known for her beauty and poise, she was a sensitive person who particularly loved the culture and art of Japan. She always doted on her grand nephews and neice and cheered for their pro sports teams.

There will be a memorial service in Miami at Van Orsdel in Kendall in the coming months. She will be interred this summer alongside her parents at Mount Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst, IL.

For information on a future memorial service, please email

In memory of Paul L. Bjork

Paul L. Bjork,
November 21, 1969 – March 8, 2015
From The San Jose Mercury News via

Resident of Los Altos

PAUL L. BJORK, of Los Altos California, suffered sudden cardiac arrest on Sunday morning March 8, 2015 while exercising. He will be greatly missed by the children he loved dearly: Stephanie, 12; Kevin, 11; and Rami, 8.

He also leaves behind loving parents Carla and Larry Bjork of Los Altos; sister and brother-in-law Kristie and Blair Ewen of Redding, CA; and former spouse Rana Khaled of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Paul will also be missed by a large extended family including aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many beloved friends and colleagues.

In his youth, Paul attended Montclaire Elementary in Los Altos, and Cupertino Middle School, where he enjoyed band and sports, especially soccer and baseball. He graduated from Homestead High School in 1988, where he had been well known for swimming and water polo. He attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where he studied Management Information Systems, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1993.

He was a generous and endlessly energetic man who loved people, and will be remembered as a devoted father and good friend to many. His skills in deploying SAP and management information systems led him to be a widely respected consultant in the industry. Employers included Price Waterhouse, Softline, KPMG, Deloitte, Bearing Point and most recently Softtek where he was Vice President of ERP sales for North America.

A memorial service and Celebration of Paul’s Life will be held at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park on Friday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Paul Bjork’s Children’s Education Fund, account 618909558, c/o John Lee, Fidelity Investment Center, 2580 West El Camino Real, Suite 9, Mountain View, CA, 94040.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 27, 2015

In memory of Marlene E. Adams

MARLENE E. ADAMS (nee Enchelmayer) of Miami, Fla. and born in Evanston, Illinois, passed away on July 12, 2013 at Baptist Hospital following a fight with diabetes, kidney and heart disease. She will be missed by her partner of 16 years Lee Schwartz and her former husband Robert K. Adams of 31 years; her sons Robertson and Jonathan, their spouses Michele E. Ready and Karen G. Adams, and grandchildren Benjamin, Jacob and Morgan. Lee’s daughter Tamsen Kopp and grandson Hunter will miss grandma Nana.

She was the eldest of seven children of Carl and Gigi Enchelmayer. They and their spouses or partners are Carlotte and Larry Bjork of Los Altos, CA; Paul Enchelmayer and Donna French of Winter Park, FL; Victor and Judy Enchelmayer of San Diego, CA; Donna Enchelmayer of Milwaukee, WI; Linda and Chris Schmidt of Aarhus, Denmark; and Peter and Kate Enchelmayer of Chapel Hill, NC.

She graduated New Trier Township High School in 1957, and graduated Northwestern University in 1961 in Evanston with a B.A. in English, starting her career as a teacher in Skokie, Ill.

She came to Miami in 1962. She became a veteran teacher of English and Cavaleon yearbook adviser at Coral Gables Senior High, 1962-1995. Also student newspaper adviser, chess club adviser and United Teachers of Dade union steward. Served as a board member, convention chair and officer of Florida Scholastic Press Association.

She was a stalwart of the Miami chapter of MENSA since the 1960s, and edited and produced its Flamenco newsletter for more than 25 years. Several times she led MENSA’s contingent in Coconut Grove’s King Mango Strut. Marlene’s retirement also included active participation in reenactments with the South Florida Historical Society.

In 1997 she founded one of the forums on, through which she met partner Lee, who moved to Miami. Marlene traveled the national parks in his R.V., adopting bears and chocolates and making friends and quilts at every turn.

She was a backbone of the Dictionary forum on Delphi, contributing 69,558 posts there since 2002. Her last words were: “I have no idea!”

In lieu of flowers please make a gift to the American Diabetes Association or to the Coral Gables High School library. For information on a planned late October memorial service, please email

OccupyMiami protest on Biscayne Blvd

About 1000 protesters pass by Bayfront Metromover Station on Biscayne Blvd. No police conflict, in fact it seems more like a police escort. Bayfront Park was fenced to prevent encampment. The whole crowd passed by in less than 5 minutes. Metrorail was full of post-march passengers with flip flops and guitars everywhere.


Drupal Users in Miami

For anybody interested in the Drupal web CMS, some links for Miami Drupal Group:

The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami FL 33132.

p.s. The group has met irregularly on Miami Beach since 2011.



Orlando, Macon, Gainesville, Helen.
For 15 hundred miles we drove round singin’.
Bears on Mountains, Jingle Bells and ABC’s.
All without boo boos, ouches or scrapes on knees.
With some bugs and lotsa mountain,
We ate well and were not poutin.
Food was egg-y, porky, kraut-y, trout-y,
And drinks sometimes were even alkie.
Next time we’ll bike, or fly, not drive.
Cause Gainesville cops got me at twenty-five.
But you do 15 in a school zone.
Be happy it was on vacay-shi-ohn.

&ndash Helen, Ga.
2008-08-26 00:00:00 -0400

Kazakhstan adoption resources


We wholeheartedly endorse the Maine-based non-profit agency MAPS Adoption and their fine Kazakhstan team including Libby Walch. [Update: Unfortunately they no longer have a program for Kazakhstan. – 2014]

They guided us through each step, provided timely advice and processed our files as quickly as we could have hoped for. Amazingly they helped us know all the costs in advance. We also thank Efrat Horwitz for making the many required evaluation reports; she’s with LifeLink in Sarasota, Florida.

Kazakhstan Adoption Resources:

Kazapalooza 2009:


Kaz Tourism
Music: The Magic of Nomads


Google Earth Locator for Delphin Baby House
Kostanai pics via Panoramio (cool!)″
How to entertain yourself in Kostanai
English verson of Kostanai News website″


NPR journalist Eric Weiner writes for Slate on his Kazakhstan Adoption