Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed your summer, which, as always, passed much too quickly. * Jeff Brown and wife Jessica are now empty nesters (plus dog). Daughter Hannah is at Sewanee, and son Alec is at Davidson. * Lynn and Bob Benjamin spent a week in the Bahamas to celebrate their 25th anniversary. In July Bob spent two weeks in D.C. at the National Defense University attending a national security course. He has taken command of the 167th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in N.H. Despite all that, Bob managed to fit in some nice motorcycle rides this summer and caught up with friends. * Beth Ross started a new job as associate director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. Beth writes, “After a 25-year career in public service, I was looking for a position where I could support a new generation of leaders to tackle the tough issues our world currently faces. The Haas Center is just such a place, and Stanford is an amazing employer. I continue to live in the Santa Cruz mountains with my husband and teenage daughter.” * Linda Hurwitz provided quite a bit of news, “Just returned from another fabulous summer in Jackson Hole, Wyo., performing violin with the Grand Teton Music Festival. Summer hikers, bikers, and music enthusiasts always welcome to visit. We give a terrific outdoor concert on the 4th of July! I missed seeing Jamie Mackintosh, but bumped into her daughter, Emory, at the pool one afternoon. I cannot believe it has already been 18 years since I turned to teaching strings in the public schools, but time flies when you’re having fun, and I love working with children on their music. This fall, I will continue to balance my daily teaching schedule with evening performances with the Virginia Symphony (26th season). I’m very grateful to have such an enriching career all these years in the arts.” Linda keeps in touch with Susan French Fine and recently hiked with her in Great Falls, Va. Susan lives with her family outside D.C. Linda hopes to attend Colby’s bicentennial celebration this February and hopes to see some of us there! * As for me, I spent a week this summer in Juneau, Alaska, as a leader of a church youth pilgrimage, along with my daughter, Laura. Juneau is incredibly beautiful, and we were amazed at the abundance of wildlife, especially all the bald eagles. A humpback whale surfaced just off our boat, and a sea lion appeared with a large salmon in his mouth 25 yards in front of my kayak. It was truly a wondrous experience! Back in New England, my family and I climbed Mt. Lafayette in N.H. My new hip passed the test with flying colors, but my husband and I were taking ibuprofen for a few days. * Keep the news coming everyone. I’d love to hear from more of those who don’t usually write in.