I actually have some news! Nan Grahn Christensen moved into assisted living (almost 10 years ago) and says it is something like going back to college, being with her peer group again. There are a lot of Senior Challenges, which include competitions in many fields. She won a gold medal in a swim meet. Congrats Nan! She can visit with her family and grandchildren, who live near by in Wellington, Fla. * I had a note from Barbara Baylis Primiano saying she has moved into assisted living but is still in Barrington, R.I. * A wonderful long letter came from Nancy Curtis Lawrence, who lives in Sequim, Wash. She sent along sympathy to me on the death of my 17-year-old great-grandson in an accident in 2010. She lost her 41-year-old grandson in a train accident in March 2011. Irreplaceable members of our families. Our sympathies to her and her family. She does have arthritis in her knee and hip joints, which restricts her activities to some extent. But she still swims frequently and rides her tractor to mow the “back 40.* Nancy Pattison McCarthy came to Maine with her daughter Nancy in June to visit her sister, who is in a nursing home in Camden. We did have a chance to chat on the phone. She is so happy to be located in the Fort Belvoir area, as she is near a lot of her family. * My daughter and I returned just three days before alumni reunion weekend from a magnificent trip through nine national parks in the West. As the Saturday of reunion was clear and warm, I drove over in time for the parade of classes. That is always fun as well as moving. I was the only representative of the Class of 1944, but the Class of 1946 insisted that I join them! At the lobster bake I caught up with two of our classmates: Harold Joseph and his wife as well as Gabe Hikel and his wife. We are all well into our 80s and realize how fortunate we are to still be around. My left arm, which I broke in April (an inch or two below my shoulder), is now recovered, but I went on that trip to the parks with my arm in a sling. That seemed like freedom after it had been strapped to my body, which was a challenge.