Hi, friends. Lots of updates on the work people do. The diversity of employment choices is fascinating, yet many touch on common threads: living in or making regular visits to Maine—and family. * Ann Sanborn Ciulla writes from Orange County, Calif., that she is a private investigator with her own business, ARC Investigations. She primarily works on criminal defense cases around serious felonies. She loves her job despite typically crazy hours of 60 hours per week. Her life is not all work. She also keeps busy with her three kids: Maddy, in her first year at Cal State San Luis Obispo; Nicky, a high school sophomore; and Noah, an eighth grader. Recently they traveled to Boston and Cape Cod as well as London. She’d love to hear from classmates at email@example.com. * As the director of compensation at MaineGeneral Health, Laurie Clark works at the beautifully renovated Hathaway building in Waterville and frequently goes out of her way to drive through campus on her way to meetings at Thayer Hospital. She loves seeing all the changes on campus. * Bill Kules was recently appointed chair of the Department of Library and Information Science at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He tries to get back to Maine at least every summer. * Andy Burns’s heart soars and breaks as his second child leaves for college. Having two kids out of the house but still on the payroll, and two more waiting in the middle and elementary school wings, keeps him focused. Having put down roots in Kentucky, Andy appreciates summertime, fog-cooled, bluegrass mornings, fine bourbon, and proximity to an international airport to maintain a sometimes hectic schedule of running, lecturing, or proselytizing about project management. * Heather Freeman Black has reflects on what she appreciates most—her daughter, her husband of 20 years, wonderful pets, and a life that lets her enjoy her photography, volunteer work, involvement with performing arts and sports, and traveling. It was brought into focus when she and her family were evacuated from their Sun Valley, Idaho, home this summer, running from one of biggest and most intense wildfires in recent history. Fortunately their home was spared. * Lee A. Kubishta shared that her family spends every weekend at their camp on Great East Lake in Maine. She and Tom entertained their two teenagers and four friends for a three-day end-of-summer weekend. The refrigerator was empty, the boat gas tank was empty (three times), but the kids were full of enough energy to harness and run Colby. Lee suggests a new teen-powered green initiative. * Chris Engstrom and I enjoyed some mini-Colby reunions this summer. David Quillen made a hop to Boston after dropping his oldest child, Michael, in Connecticut for a weeklong “camp” at the Coast Guard Academy. David is the perfect houseguest, arriving with Scotch, taking us on a late-night run to our local Asian grocery store, and cooking an Asian dinner for us the next night. The next weekend we hosted David’s wife, Amy, and son Michael after “camp” while David held down the fort in Gainesville, Fla., with younger kids Josh and Emma. The next week Christian Barner and wife Jen hosted us and Eric Pendleton for a weekend of eating, laughing, and general goofiness at their home in Kennebunkport—plus waterskiing on a nearby lake. We saw Eric again along with Colette Cote for a wild midweek birthday celebration for our dear friend Fred Elias, whom many French majors will remember from our junior year in Caen. * As I send this off, it is September. Our Henri has started fourth grade and wants to take viola and guitar along with his piano and French lessons. I am two weeks out from my biggest work event of the year, a fundraising dinner auction for Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm, and Chris is trying to find something to eat in the fridge that I never seem to get filled. We count our blessings. Write and tell me about yours.