After 24 years Debbie Anderson left her job (in late 2008) as director of a community-based program for seniors sponsored by a community hospital. She then worked diligently for several years as a volunteer, starting a not-for-profit called NEST (North East Seattle Together) to serve the NE neighborhoods of Seattle. It allows seniors to stay in their homes as they age and supports them with volunteers, preferred vendors, and social activities. NEST hired a paid director a year ago and so far so good. Debbie is also on the board of several organizations that serve seniors, and she has worked full time for the last two years as a social worker for a local hospice organization. She hopes to retire in a year and to work occasionally for hospice while pursuing her love of outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and skiing and traveling back East to visit old friends. Debbie’s husband, Michael McPhail, is a software engineer who also loves the outdoors. They have two girls, Holly and Kim, who’ve explored the world, doing gigs in Vietnam, London, and South America. They’re both in their mid-20s and still sorting out what they may pursue for careers. * Clare Bonelli reports, “Not a lot of storm Sandy damage out here in southern Arizona. Praying for y’all back east.” Her baby, “Sparky” Sweedo, will graduate from University of Puget Sound in May as a physics major with minors in math and chemistry. Clare says, “She’s obviously a far better student than I was.” Clare also reports an odd Colby tidbit. She once served on the governing board of a small elementary school in Arizona with Foster Drummond ’52, who continues to serve today. About 16 years ago, Clare moved over to the high school governing board (don’t ask, this is AZ). She is finally not seeking reelection (21 years is enough) and will be replaced by Jim Cosbey ’64, husband of Ginny Marshall ’65. Two school districts with a combined student count of less than 300 and three Colby grads on the boards—in southern AZ! Who da thunk it? * Kathy Hill Wade reports from West Texas, where they’re fine. The entire Southwest, however, was in drought conditions in late summer. They drove to California to visit her husband’s daughter and family, and the entire way, which was essentially the old Route 66, was tinder dry. It was an odd irony that the East was suffering from too much stormy weather (including Sandy) while much of the West was suffering from a lack of precipitation. They passed several forest and brush fires along the way. They also experienced sticker shock at gasoline prices in California, with prices falling from $5.00/gallon to then around $3.99/gallon. As Kathy found, the L.A. basin definitely has its beauty and pleasant climate, but the cost of living is as steep as some of the mountainsides ringing the valley. Added to that is the never-ceasing traffic. And smog. So they left, having enjoyed time with family and the great shopping, but glad to be back where there is never-ending space. * Skip Wood reports that he, Jim Patch, Andy Hayashi, and Todd Smith had a fun hockey get-together at Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine, this October. All four are healthy, happy, and enjoying retirement. (Andy says he’s still working as a consultant in Toronto a little—Skip’s guessing very little.) * I heard from Jane Stinchfield Knapp, Barb Skeats MacLeod, and Doug and Hazel Parker Smith—they send thoughts and prayers to those who were in the wake of the devastation left by storm Sandy on the East Coast. Bob and I were lucky in that we only lost power for four days and were able to attend a wedding in Morristown, N.J., that next weekend (with a full tank of gas). * My best wishes to all for a great winter.