Eagles helping Eagles: 5 new hobbies to try

Eagles helping Eagles: 5 new hobbies to try

Creating an artscape from nature such as this is one way alumna Peggy Tileston has brought a new source of joy and mindfulness into her life. Photo credit: Day Schildkret, artist; Morning Altars


A new school year can often bring new resolutions to pursue new things. Whether you’re ready to prioritize exercise, unleash your creative side or find something innovative to fill your cup, your ASL network is here to help! Here are a few ideas for you to consider in 2023-24.

A member of the athletics department since 2012, John Farmer was an avid athlete in his ASL days

“I have gotten into biking around London.  There are so many new bike lanes being created all of the time, making cycling safer and more accessible. I've found it to be a great way to see and explore neighborhoods, get exercise, and feel connected to the city.—John Farmer ’97, ASL Director of Athletics

Jan Mikrut and alumna Patty Danver ’76 attended the ASL Social in NYC, 2022

“Pilates, four times a week. I lay back, close my eyes, and do what the instructor says. It has changed my life!”—Jan Mikrut (ASL 1974-98), former director of theater arts

Peggy is a music therapist and adjunct professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA

“Earth art, nature mandalas. After training through Morning Altars over this last year, I have continued an almost daily practice that meets my needs for connection with, and nourishment from, creativity, nature, meditative states and people. I am also using the process with others in my work as a creative arts therapist, and that's a further boon!”—Peggy Tileston ’73

Mr. T has been teaching in the Lower School since 2017

“For years, I have been doing some building projects around our house and get great joy from seeing an idea grow from a pile of wood to something like a deck, furniture or even art. It is a chance to breathe and enjoy something creative!”—Phil Tiller ’96, Grade 2 teacher 

“I retired on 31 March 2023 and have since started water aerobics with my wife twice a week, play pickleball three times a week and continue umpiring softball four nights a week. I’m now working with several charities through our church and am enjoying our two grandkids as well as some new travels—our most recent was a trip to Niagara Falls. In other words, I’m staying busy!”—Chris Finch ’73