As I write this we are expecting our third weekend snowstorm in a row in the Boston area, but when you read the column spring should be here. * Solange and Reed Thompson made their annual trip back east to visit old friends in and around New York City and their son and his family in the Boston area. They spent three fun days with Posie and Grant Hendricks and their family. It usually takes Reed and Grant about 45 seconds to get past the year apart from each other and revert to how they were 50+ years earlier. It’s like time stands still. Mary Jane and Tony Ruvo came into the city from their New Jersey home, and they all had a delightful three-hour lunch at Patsy’s in Midtown, one of their favorite Italian haunts on the west side. Assuming all body parts are operable, the Thompsons plan on being at our 55th in 2014. * Tim and Barbara Churchill Eddy keep busy. Tim is still in business as a financial advisor, and Barbara volunteers at their church. They have three properties to maintain: a home, an office building, and a place in Maine. Their three children have provided six grandchildren. They enjoy taking Road Scholar trips, which have included the mansions along the Hudson, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, and Mesa Verde National Park. * Ed Goldberg remains active and travels constantly. He spends four months a year in Bozeman, Mont. There are lots of aging flower children reliving the Fifties in a beautiful setting. Trout fishing in high-altitude lakes, horseback riding into the wilderness, skiing in unbroken snowfields, and hanging out with cowboys at local bars make for full and exciting days. Much time is spent learning about alternative sources for his local town, which has struck down wind turbines for a variety of good reasons. The balance of his life seems to be filled with good friendships, family, books, and frequent trips to Israel, where he is involved with one of the universities. * Elaine (Healey) ’62 and Paul Reichert enjoy living in New Hampshire, but trips to other places are also very rewarding. Leaving for Florida in the middle of December gave them the opportunity to visit with two of their sons in Massachusetts and Virginia during the holiday season. After arriving in their former neighborhood, they had the chance to reunite with friends. They planned to return north in March because Elaine is taking four courses at Keene State College. * Joan (Crowell) ’60 and Skip Tolette took a trip to Costa Rica. They walked a couple of beaches, zip-lined (!!!) and hiked the rainforest, and boated a river with alligators, monkeys, and many neat birds. In Florida they spent time with Beverly (Johnson) ’60 and Keet Arnett and had an enjoyable lunch with the Arnetts, Chris Rand Whitman, Val and Bob Marier ’60, Jack Pallotta, and Patty Richmond Stull. * In April 2012 Jacqueline Bendelius Davidson’s book, Nets Through Time: The Technique and Art of Knotted Netting, was published by Maine Authors Publishing. The book describes the history of knotted netting from 23,000 B.C. to its adoption by contemporary fiber artists. Requiring only two simple tools, the technique evolved in many cultures around the world. Nets are used for fishing and trapping game and also, with the same knot, for making lace of fine threads. In December the book was awarded an honorable mention by the New England Book Festival * Dan Van Heeckeren sent the sad news that Doris, his wife of 49 years, died in November, two days after a snorkeling accident and near drowning in Hawaii, where Dan had been attending an AMA interim meeting. Doris had been in the Holsteiner horse business, but she and Dan had made a decision some years ago to stop breeding because the market for foals had collapsed. In the fall they took the final step in winding down the horse business. Last summer they had a giant family reunion at Nags Head, N.C., in memory of Dan’s mother, Jenny, who died just before Christmas 2011 at 98. Dan has been dealing with recertification as a U.S. Sailing senior judge, adapting to decreased balance and locomotion due to stable Parkinson’s improved with medication, and coping with the absence of his soul mate and best friend. He is looking forward to a spring fortnight in Europe, visiting in Sweden and the Netherlands.