Carol Ponder and Robert Kiefer

///Ponder Anew

Read below for a shout out to our wonderful supporters as we continue our second fundraiser - FREE FOR VETERANS performances and workshops.


Help us raise $10,000 by March 16th so we can confirm commitments through the spring and summer.  To make your own tax deductible contribution, go to:


Ponder Anew:
A WWII Warrior’s Story 



Through performances of the highest quality, post show discussions, and creative workshops, to honor and serve our veterans and to help our communities process the social and cultural effects of war with integrity, in an honest and responsible manner.

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*Many shout outs this morning! Paul and Celia Hampson, Karen Taylor Good, Peter Hardy, Maggie Pitt, Judy Draper, Erin Gibbs, Bill and Barbara Compton, Mac Pirkle, and Wesley Paine - thank you for your generous support. Our next VA Hospital event is at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC on April 1st - and you have helped get us there.
*Woohoo! Elizabeth Bush, Roxanne Kiefer, Vicki Green, and Lauren Buchner - thank you for making FREE performances and workshops for veterans possible!

*A shout-out to Em Chitty, who just made her THIRD donation to Ponder Anew!! Thank you Em! And many, many thanks to new supporters David Coniglio, Pat Worsley, and Hanako Hashiguchi! We could not do it without you.

*Magda Underdown-Dubois - thank you for your generous donation.  It is greatly appreciated!

*Wow! Bill Velez, Linda Sue Simmons Runyeon, Barbara Borrelli, Felicity Peck, Amanda Cantrell Roche, Janette Klocko, Heather Jenine Nichols - thank you for moving us toward our goal of $10,000 by March 17th. We are most grateful - you are making free performances and workshops for veterans possible. Blessings.

*Thank you to Mike and Susan Stevenson for their wonderful donation to Ponder Anew. They knew my parents - it's so wonderful that they see Herschel in the show and our parents' values in the project. Thank you!

*Laura Skaug and Layne Sasser!  Thank you for believing in the project!

*Linda Cunningham - thank you for helping us move onward!

*Chris Keenan!  Thanks for joining those who support Ponder Anew!

*Em Chitty!  Thank you for your second donation!

*Thank you, Bonnie Lugosch, for your support!

*Janet McMahan and Clayton Gregory! Thank you for you support.

*Eric Booth and Katie Waymouth! Thank you for supporting the mission.

*Agnes and Bob Wilcox!  You rock and you've been two or our "rocks" since 1971. Thank you!!

 *Wendy Windsor!  Thank you for being our first supporter of 2015!  

*The last wonderful supporters of Ponder Anew in 2014 are LeAnn Binford, Charlene Blevins, and Em Chitty!  Thank you for closing out 2014 on a high note.  Maybe that C above middle C....Grin!

*And thank you to Herschel R. Ponder, wonderful cousin, for more New Year's Eve support!

*Thank you to these wonderful folks for making New Year's Eve a celebration for Ponder Anew: Sandy Kozik, Amy Merrill, Jane High, Mary Leah Lowe, Mary Hendershot, and Kirby H. Ruland! 

*Sabrina Klein Clement! Thank you for supporting Ponder Anew.

*Roxanne Kiefer (cousin extraordinaire) and Thomas Mollo (her wonderful husband)!  Thank you!

*Suzy Newton! Another generous supporter of Ponder Anew and all that goes with it.  Thank you!

*To Jean and Phil Roseman - so many thanks for your generous support, in so many ways. We hope for you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

*Thelma Kidd, Fred Smith, and Steven Schrader - thank you so much for your generous support for Ponder Anew in 2015.  We are on the way!

*David and Sandy Winters are the very first supporters in the 2nd annual Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story fundraiser! Thank you, friends, for helping us take the work where it needs to go!

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On July 4, 1989 Lieutenant Herschel Ponder wrote to his three daughters, "I had a sudden urge to tell you about my war, World War II - and the subsequent coping - my peace. After 45 years, some of the events are as vivid as ever...There is no fiction in what is to follow.  If my memory is in error, the margin is slight.  Dad..."


Lt. Ponder, Carol's father, was born in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1922.  At the age of 20, after Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and flew 51 missions in his beloved P-47 Thunderbolt in Europe. His memoir was written in his storytelling voice - droll, sincere, and cruelly straightforward. It is warm, funny, tragic, and poignant by turns.


Carol and Robert have crafted a performance from the memoir, lacing it with songs from the period and traditional songs from the family's Appalachian Mountains.


It is a beautiful production that evokes the essence of war and warriors: their victories, sacrifices, loyalty and love for each other, and the sweet pain of coming home. It was premiered as part of the The Hermitage Artist Retreat Series in the Historic Asolo Theater, Sarasota, Florida. The audience response from veterans, their families and friends, and other people from every walk of life has been tremendous.  


The discussions after the show, an integral part of the performance, are always rich with shared experience.


Hearing his words of war and peace, presented with his family's perspective always present, is a powerful catalyst that inspires others to acknowledge and open up about their own experiences.  Supported by members of the military, psychologists, clergy, educators, and a growing audience of new friends and fans, Carol and Robert hope to perform Ponder Anew - along with healing creative workshops for veterans, their families, and communities - as widely as possible.


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