As I write this, Minnesota just had its first snowfall and we’re expecting below-zero highs. It helps to think that it may be warmer by the time you’re reading this. *Brenda O’Sullivan Kostyk wrote from Newton, Mass., where she lives with her husband and two girls. Brenda’s Colby roommate, Nancy Mahon O’Sullivan, married Brenda’s brother, and their oldest daughter is a freshman at Colby, running XC just like her mom did. According to Brenda, Nancy continues to be an avid, accomplished runner, too. * My fellow philosophy major Jim Klimek started a master’s in philosophy at Indiana University last fall while continuing his law practice. He also notes that Sizwe Banzi is still dead. * Laura Thornton Pellegrino is in New Canaan, Conn., with her husband and four daughters, including one at Elon College and one just starting to look at colleges. (We’re angling for a Class of ’89 discount, Laura, so take that girl to Waterville!) Laura and Jen Brountas planned a January reunion on the Cape with Tina Clifford Comparato, Catherine Andrew Rogers, Kim Murphy Brewer, Karen Currey Wehr, Erica Eysenbach, Rachel Bernstein, Cathy McMichael DeVour, and possibly Maria Vallis Masse. Jen herself wrote that she’s having a great time reconnecting with folks as their kids look at colleges. Cathy visited when her kids rowed Head of the Charles, and they were joined by their junior-year roommate Karen Diver McMann. Catherine visited while her daughter was on a school audition. Jen invites anyone who needs a place to stay in Boston to get in touch. * Jennifer Johnson Muse was preparing for a three-week trip to Australia and New Zealand to visit her daughter, a junior at Colgate. Her son is deep into the college application process, thinking about Allegheny College, which is close to their Pittsburgh home and where Mark Cosdon is a professor. Jennifer is doing her part to keep the Class of ’89 discount alive with her third child, currently a high school freshman. * Tom Wilde sold his digital video startup, Ramp, last year to Cxense and now works for them as chief product officer. He and his wife live in Wellesley, Mass., and two of their four kids are in college, although not taking advantage of the theoretical class discount because they’re at BC and UConn. Tom’s family got together with Don Darby and Rob Schwandt and their respective families last summer. * Marc Rando continues to taunt me with stories of his yearly trips to Spain with his Thayer Academy Spanish class. This year he teaches his own daughter, and as the parent of a 16-year-old girl, I can imagine how fun that is. Someone sent me pictures from Marc’s get-together with Bill Thayer, Andy Schmidt, Larry Scoville, Dave Fernandez, and Tom Abbatiello at Rob and Hilary Barnes Hoopes’s house in the Belgrades. The guys caught a Colby/Bowdoin rugby match, with the good guys coming out on top, and had cocktails with professors Sandy Maisel and Tom Morrione ’65 and their spouses. Did my invitation to the weekend’s festivities get lost in the mail? * Kathy Keller Garfield is doing her part for the discount, as her daughter is a sophomore at Colby. Her son is a senior; no word on whether he’ll join the Colby club. Kathy works for her family’s manufacturing business and hopes Colby will decide to use their product in the new athletic center. * Gerry Hadden just sold his first novel, which will be published in German next fall. He says that people might recognize a small liberal-arts college in Maine from the book. Gerry and his family live in Barcelona, where his sons are deathly ill with socceritis, and his daughter dances hip-hop with a local dance company. In between writing masterpieces, Gerry continues to make documentaries in Latin America, mostly about social justice issues. * Finally, this year was a big birthday year for a lot of us. For the next column, I’d love to hear how you celebrated the milestone!