Hello, darlings! My appeal for female input landed me a message from my long-lost, dear friend, and fellow classicist Susan Boland. I planned on getting her news in person in Manhattan, but I came down with a bad cold, so more on her next time. * I was thrilled to hear from Ed Higham, who lives north of NYC in Armonk; okay, so he mistook me for the fabulous Jennifer Jean Clark Uhl (who is hopefully reading this and will write me back!), but whatevs, we have his news! After Colby, Ed went to Columbia Business School and then stayed on for the thrill that is New York. He has three kids with his wife, an ophthalmologist/eye surgeon [like, whoa!]. Their oldest son just started as a freshman at Harvard, and they have a daughter, 17, and another son, 13, as well as Buddy the furry, four-legged child. Ed specializes in M&A in the financial services sector for investment banking boutique Silver Lane Advisors. Ed sees Frank Finetto ’81 frequently—they were having dinner when he got my appeal for news. Ed has taken up kitesurfing and has achieved some proficiency. He did a “sprint” triathlon in the fall [heard that and thought, “shin splints”]. Yes, Ed, please train for it next time! * Robin King wrote from Fairfield, Maine, where she lives with her husband, Jack Gondela [I love that they met while working at Waterville’s iconic Last Unicorn]. They live on 70 acres in “the house that Jack built.” A solar installation provides all their electricity and 57 chickens provide all their eggs and probably the fertilizer for Robin’s garden! Robin teaches art full time in grades K-3 at Waterville’s George J. Mitchell School. She gets some great volunteer classroom help from Colby students, and her kids adore them. They see a lot of Adam Weiss and Becca Cunningham-Weiss ’84, two of whose daughters (Amara ’14 and Caelin ’16) are at Colby. It’s gotten so Robin and Jack just leave the light on when they know Adam and Becca are coming to pick up or drop off the girls. * Speaking of Adam Weiss, he and I had a wonderful exchange fueled by my interest in Vermont, which is on my short list of new home states. Adam has been living and teaching in Vermont since he left Colby 30 years ago. He and Becca have three daughters; Amara ’14 is the new face of Colby’s admissions webpage. Adam and Becca keep up with Alastair Caperton, Walter Judge ’82, Greg Matses ’84, Jane Anderson ’84, Bob Hill ’80, Laurie Shea ’86, Sara Hill ’84, and Jamie Engert ’82. * Troy Dagres writes that he’s still in Newburyport after all these years. Troy’s son, Andrew ’14, is a senior at Colby, “wondering, like many, what he will do after May.” Troy is an enterprise account executive with Comcast. * From Mark Tolette comes news of what sounds like a great sabbatical idea: “I took some time off this fall and hiked the Maine section of the Appalachian Trail. It was 281 miles from Katahdin to the New Hampshire border. Part of the trip was the 100-Mile Wilderness, where I had done my COOT trip 34 years ago. As I climbed mountains and scrambled over roots I felt like I was returning to my roots. I was southbound and humbled that even when I was 200 miles into my hike, the northbounders, who had started from Georgia, had gone 10 times as far. I now have a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the mountains of Maine and the wonderful people you meet on the trail.” * Keep the Valentines coming, and tell me when you’re in Manhattan so we can reconnect. And I’ll be pinging you if I’m in your ’hood looking for my next piece of real estate. I plan to move off “the island” in the summer.