The seasons do roll by quickly, don’t they? My mother used to tell me that time goes by more and more quickly the older you get. I think I’m in trouble. * Danny and Jeanne Miller Ouellette completed the transition from Scituate, Mass., to Lovell, Maine. Having been in Scituate for 23 years, Lovell is quite a change, but Danny and Jeanne welcome the new chapter in their lives. * Just in time for Hurricane Irene and the next tropical storm, Debbie Wentworth Lansing tried to complete a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail in Maine but could get only about half of it done due to the storms. Along the trail she found lots of people our age (yikes!) who were exploring what retirement means in the wilderness. * Bill Hladky keeps himself busy with work so as not to worry about his son, his son’s grades, and his son’s status at Cal Poly. * Back from her trip to Iceland, Nancy Hammar Austin continues to rave about the geothermal Blue Lagoon, the waterfalls, the black lava, and those crazy puffins. * From abroad, Jacques Hermant writes that he had a family-style vacation this summer. Next March he will return to Hanoi to teach again in the university. Next year he and his wife, Marylen, plan a two-week cruise in the Antarctic. * Mike Round and his wife found themselves in China this fall. Not their typical vacation—it turned out to be exhausting but culturally enriching. Of the 1.3 million people who live there, he thinks they met most of them. He found the Chinese to be a very warm, friendly people who wanted their pictures taken with “Westerners.” He feels he should have studied a little Mandarin, since many older Chinese don’t speak much English. The language barrier was a bit of an obstacle, but it is their country after all. China was a bit more than they’d expected coming from Ketchikan, Alaska. * Grateful for his wife’s recovery from a stroke and an aneurism, Chip Altholz has finished his PPM for his global kids Web project. He’s looking for investors and hopes to launch it in the spring. * Bill Simons writes from NY about his activities with his union, of which he is chapter president. He helped organize and worked in a regional flood relief effort in central New York, which was hard hit by recent floods. He loves spending what time he can with his two granddaughters. * Leslie Anderson has settled back into her cozy condo in Portland for the winter. * For me, I have finally begun to recover from a whirlwind that had me out straight from May to October. Remind me not to do that again. The hectic pace included a two-week singing concert tour to Turkey, the Republic of Georgia, and Armenia. I seem to have had a bout with heat exhaustion and dehydration while in Armenia. These tours are not for the faint of heart. Then a quick four-day turnaround visit to New Brunswick and a recording session rounded out July. Lots of summer visitors and a month-long recovery from some broken ribs held me in abeyance in August. I was hard pressed to respect the rest I guess I needed. Is this because we’re getting old?