Hey, gang, here’s my first column without training wheels. I just dropped my son off at Kimball Union Academy, now in its 11th year under Mike Schafer’s capable leadership. It was great to see him and hear about his globetrotting in service to KUA’s message of curriculum, community, and commitment. Mike lives on campus with his wife, Gayle, and two school-age daughters. My son is thrilled to leave reform school behind for a more upbeat and nurturing environment with chocolate-chip cookies on Wednesdays. * In Irvine, Calif., Mike Collins’s four sons and his small businesses keep him and his wife, Lyann, very busy. Despite Mike’s fervent hope that one of his sons will land on Mayflower Hill, Mike’s second son, Paul, headed to Tufts this fall. Mike’s businesses include selling water-filtration equipment to the leisure water industry and electric motors to commercial end users through electricmotor.com. The economic downturn hit the businesses pretty hard. Lyann writes that their response has been to work harder and smarter. As a coach in the community leagues, Mike has kept up with his love of baseball, bringing kids to the game that has given so much joy to him and his boys. Please, old friends, get back in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org. * Tyger Nicholas has one son on Mayflower Hill; Harry ’16 completed his freshman year making dean’s list and playing football and lacrosse for the Mules. Tyger lives in Stonington with his wife and his daughter, Sarah, 19. After 20 years in corporate America, he went the startup route and seems to have had a successful exit. I also learned that he’s hung up the trademark red All-Stars for Stan Smith Adidas (Hello, Adidas, we’ll take the product placement payola for the alumni fund!). * Great to hear from Billy Lloyd, who lives in a beautiful farming community, Geneseo, N.Y., where he moved right out of college. Because his mother’s family had settled the area in days of yore, there’s a lot of extended family, which sews up the social life nicely. In addition to his work for Merrill Lynch Rochester, Billy rents out land to a mix of dairy, crop, and sheep operations as well as some timbering. He has all the benefits of living on a farm without the need for a new wardrobe—or, as Billy says, “Life in small-town western New York is balanced between office and farm work, family, and friends.” Bill and wife Meg have two sons out of college (including Coyne ’11) and two daughters in college. This is their second year of an empty nest with a chance to travel. Maybe ColbyBnB can send Bill and Meg some invites, hmm? * Sue Sheehan and Rich Schwermer had dinner with Chip Rooney and his lovely wife, Jan, when they were in the Salt Lake City area. “We hadn’t seen Chip in 20 years. He is still brilliant, acerbic, and warm-hearted. It was great to catch up and swap stories about the kids.” Rich is the chair of the Utah State Drug Court programs, a system designed to achieve recovery in place of incarceration. He finds the work very rewarding and loves to see lives transformed. Sue is the executive director of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Their son, Josh, completed his degree in biomedical/computer engineering and has his own IT company; their daughter is a communications major at the University of Utah, where she hosts a radio show called The Giggs on WBAR. * Nishit Mehta has my fantasy gig: He has retired from his teaching, writing, and psychotherapy practice and now divides his leisure time between New Mexico and Paris, France. * Keep the e-mail coming. I LOVED hearing from all of you who wrote, and I thank spouses who took on the task with such flair.