Not much news to pass on to you this time around. I did hear from Martha Loughman Shepard, who sends in some news of a different nature—a rave review for “rock and tone” athletic shoes. They “are the magic words for me. Pain-and-cane have been my lot for several years following multiple back surgeries. Then last spring I discovered these shoes and they turned my life around. Not only have they greatly reduced the pain, they’ve improved my sense of balance so that I no longer have to look at my feet when I walk. Last summer I walked over five floating docks without a cane or an arm to support me! Then I followed that by a tramp in the woods with only a stick for support. Hooray!” Martha reports that she went off to Ireland in April to trace her roots and had a great time. * Well, that’s it for this column. I do hope some of you will send me your news, however small it seems to you, for our next column.