Rain, cold, and slugs have been our fare for the entire spring, and the only happy faces that I see are the perennials in our garden. May summer please arrive warm and sunny and quickly! * Esther Bigelow Gates is still happily living in Chappaqua, N.Y., in the same house that she and Doug bought 40 years ago. And she is within driving distance of all her children and grandchildren! Esther retired from teaching at the high school after 26 years, but she is not really retired for she now enjoys working at the library. Living so near New York City is terrific for her to take advantage of visiting all the museums, Lincoln Center, the theater, and all that the city has to offer. * Nancy and John Conkling are still sitting around New Hampshire twiddling their thumbs… Oh, wait, I’m confusing them with someone else! The Conklings spent four days skiing at Sunday River in Bethel, Maine, and then headed off to Salt Lake for two weeks of skiing out West. Late March found them sitting on a beach in Sanibel, Fla., enjoying the sun and surf, so no worries about their slowing down soon! * Mikki Chomicz Manno sums life up with the phrase “trying to come up for air.” She says there have been many fun family events with four “grands.” She is especially proud of her 13-year-old granddaughter, who won a gold medal in a piano competition and subsequently played in New York City’s Kosciusko Hall. Quite an honor! Mikki and her daughters and family planned to travel in Ireland for two weeks in July. * Always great to hear news from Ron Rasmussen. In June Ron proudly attended his daughter Ashlee’s graduation from UC Santa Barbara; she plans to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a neurosurgeon. Ron’s Colby roommate John Koehler, who lives in Auburn, Calif., and Patrick and Toni Ciunci Hudson, who live in Pasadena, visited Ron in San Diego in July. They reminisced over lunch at his local country club. * Most of you have probably read in the spring issue of Colby (page 11) of the honor bestowed on our classmate Eleanor Duckworth. Eleanor, a leading progressive educator and emerita professor of education at Harvard, received an honorary doctoral degree at the 2013 commencement. We are all so proud of our fellow ’57 classmate!* In closing, we hope that some of you were fortunate enough to attend the opening of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion of the Colby Museum of Art in July.