Many of you wrote that you enjoyed your summers with grandchildren and great-grandchildren and in summer homes on beautiful lakes, oceans, and mountaintops. I, too, enjoyed summer, mostly on Lake Winnipesaukee and in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. * Larie Trippett and his wife, Katie, recently retired and have been enjoying trips in their RV with their motorcycle. They’ve been to Idaho and will be venturing to Denver and Southern California to visit children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren (what?). Larie is frequently in touch with Jerome Layman and is active with his Rotary Club. * From France, Jacques Hermant writes that he is a grandfather for the third time. He’s been invited to conduct a seminar in strategic management at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. * Val Thibeau Yates loves her work with the United Way of Greater Portland (Maine) and reports that she is “considering” following her boss to Florida. We’ll find out what she decided to do in time for the next column. Val sees Kathy Woods Fawcett often and Kathy Stoddard Pope when the latter is in town. Val visits her sons, one in Boston and the other in Virginia Beach. * Ruth Moore Barningham writes that she enjoyed summer at their cottage on Lake Champlain. * After returning from a family vacation to Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario, Nancy Neckes Dumart reported that she, Bruce Dumart, and their son had a wonderful time visiting family and friends. They just missed seeing John Bowey and his wife, Susan. They made the mandatory stop at Niagara Falls on the way back. * Marilynn Fish Core sent a wonderful photo from a wedding in Vermont. In the picture were Carreau Mueller ’05, Keyen Farrell ’07, Caitlin Blodget Pingree ’07, Peggy Shehan McLean, Sarah Hall Gibson, Shelley Luck Cross, Megan Cassella Hand ’02, Marilynn Fish Core, and Paula Drozdal Connors. * Bill and Carolyn Addison Anthony continue their travels around the world. Carolyn speaks about public libraries, and Bill is director of study abroad at Northwestern University. They enjoy having their granddaughter nearby in Chicago. Both their daughters and husbands came to visit their cottage in Edgecomb, Maine, this summer. * Heading back to Portland, Maine, in October, Leslie Anderson has been very busy hauling her art around to galleries all summer. She has a solo show coming up in Blue Hill, Maine, as well as a singing gig. Her book, Summer Stories, has been doing very well. She spent a few glorious days with Debbie Messer Zlatin and Pat Trow Parent. * Although I did not venture out of the country on concert tour this summer, I found myself busy with lots of activities resulting from an exciting and uplifting experience with a summer program in Concord, Mass., called the Village University. It was rather like a free university for the people, and it included programs and presentations on a wide variety of topics. There were 90-minute sessions, and everyone had to participate and discuss the topic at the conclusion of each session. It was harder in many ways than the courses I took at Colby.