Doing a Google-inspired Happy Dance

I am SO happy! I just got an email from a friend I haven’t seen or heard from since the 1970s. We were students together at Bretton Hall College back in the day when we wore bell-bottomed jeans. Isn’t that marvelous? I have been doing the dance of joy in my kitchen.

Bretton Hall College 2
Bretton Hall College

A little while ago I wrote three blog posts (here, here, and here) about the breakup of my first marriage and the friend, Nancy Miller, who came to help and house me. After I had written those posts I went online to see if I could track her down.

Thanks to Google, I found an address for Nancy and her husband, Keith. They had co-owned a business and I found a business directory in which there was a contact address for them, so that’s where I sent a little note card. I told them about the blog posts and hoped they approved.

As it turned out, they had since retired and moved to a different city in Yorkshire, but my note eventually found them. So, thank you to Royal Mail, too! I love it when a plan comes together.

College Friends
College Friends c 1972 Harbans Chana (L) and Nancy Miller (R)

In the email I received today from Nancy and Keith, they said that they had enjoyed reading the blog posts and the comments readers had made. They went on to remind me of some people and places we had in common, and in doing so they searched their memories and came up with the name of the friend in one of the photos: Harbans Chana. I have amended the caption to reflect that new knowledge, even though we are not sure about the spelling of her name. My next task is going to be to try to track down that friend, too. Wish me luck.

While I was wandering around the internet looking for images of Bretton Hall, I came across the video by Keith Davis entitled Memories of Bretton Hall 1971-1974, shown below. He was a drama student there at the same time I was an Art student and, although I don’t recognize any of the people in his pictures, I do remember wearing clothes like that!

Anyway, this story isn’t entirely over yet. Nancy and Keith said when they wrote to me that they have in their possession something that belongs to me! I cannot imagine what that is, but they are going to send it to me. I’ll let you know what it is when I get it. Ooooh. This is so exciting!



  1. WOW! What exciting news … you must be beside yourself! I hope that both the reunion and the return of this mystery item will flood you with good memories.

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