Word at Christmastime from Lois Peterson Johnson. She flew to Fla. and spent September with her son, Bob, and his wife. She planned to fly to Tucson for Christmas with her daughter and her family. These are direct flights and she travels alone. She sang in a local community chorus of 100 voices with her daughter at Christmastime and found it fantastic. Back in the dark ages of the early 1940s, she and I sang (alto) in Colby’s Glee Club under director John Thomas. What a coincidence that here in Maine I too sing in a community chorus of 135 voices. However, now I am a tenor! It really is a spectacular experience. Last October, 50 of us traveled to New York City to join Paul Winter at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to sing his Missa Gaia at the blessing of the animals service. That was an experience, and the first animal was a camel! That event had nearly 350 choristers! I have just returned from a trip to Costa Rica. I had the fun of traveling with my son-in-law. Six days on land and the next six days on a four-masted clipper ship sailing along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. On land, one excursion included the wonderful experience of traveling a series of nine zip lines. The weather was perfect, so we had many clear views of Arenal, the volcano. While sailing, we went ashore each day to a different sandy beach. Those were wet landings!