Alli Baird plays with sword and saber as part of her 20-plus years studying taiji. She enjoys wildlife photography and spending time at her family home in North Carolina. She hopes for another long foreign trip, but says it probably won’t happen until she retires from her job as locality liaison for the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, whose mission is to inventory, protect, and provide stewardship for Virginia’s biodiversity. * Cindy Vietor Kahle has a new grandson, August Vietor Kahle. * “I knocked one item off my bucket list,” writes Clif Brittain. “I rowed in the 2016 Head of the Charles. I stroked the Minneapolis Rowing Club’s men’s 50+ (age) 8+ (boat). We were not last. On a more somber note I was stunned to read of the deaths of Chris Mattern Way ’73, Tina Lindegren Horne, and Ed Cronick ’75. In my Colby days I was friends with all of them. Three at a time was tearful.” * Jan Hampshire Cummins made a September (2015) trip to Romania to visit her daughters’ birth family and attend their sister’s wedding. “These weddings in the most remote villages are amazing multi-day affairs, with traditional circle dancing in the dirt streets, and wedding cake—ablaze with sparklers—served at about 4 a.m. after several dinners served throughout the night. It is amazing to see how these people pull off such a production when they have no wedding planners, no caterers, and no running water. And they are never ‘too busy’ for a conversation and a meal (complete with their homemade wine) with family, friends, and neighbors. Puts our first-world problems in perspective.” Jan’s youngest has completed high school and is taking a gap year, while her older daughter works as an au pair. Jan works at the U.S. Department of Justice in San Francisco and is open to suggestions for her next career. * Jim Heald retired Dec. 31 after 18 years with the federal government. He doesn’t miss setting an alarm or going to the office, and loves having more time for music. He wrote after shoveling out from a winter storm and said he and his wife are rethinking whether they want to spend another winter in the “north edge of the south.” * Susan Diana Stork-Rockwell has added walking labyrinth meditations to her harp-playing work at hospice and hospitals. She says this new path of playing brings much joy to her “and some tangible healing to others.” * “This year I got a fair amount of support from the Colby community, not just our class,” wrote Paul Harrington of his 29th annual January 1 Penquin Plunge for Special Olympics. He would like to thank the 108 supporters from Colby who helped him raise more than $6,000. His group started this fundraiser 40 years ago. * Jeff Barske shared this timeless wisdom: “When times get tough, go to the beach.” * What about YOU? Are you one of the 88 percent who have not been in touch with me since I agreed to be our class correspondent? I would love to hear where retirement is taking you—or why you’re not even thinking of retirement yet. Please write so I won’t feel underappreciated. Thanks to the stellar 45 classmates who have contributed, thereby upholding our class honor. In the next issue I will share some wonderful correspondence from Paul Forscher, Jane Dutton, Don Toussaint, and Bill Narwold. In the meantime I hope to hear from some of Bill’s strange bedfellows so that they can be together in print as they were in that delightful 1974 yearbook photo.