Alan Taylor will continue to teach at the University of California at Davis this year. Beginning in August 2014, he’ll hold the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia. Alan’s new book, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, is now available. * Amy Schenck Frankel has lived in New York City for 35 years. She runs a graphic design and branding agency, IF Studio, focusing mainly on residential real estate. Family life revolves around her husband, Martin, her son, Drew, and her stepchildren, Laura and Andrew (all of the children are now adults). Amy’s been in contact with Claudia Schneider, Janet McLeod Rosenfield, Ina-Lee Toll Block, and Joanne Karlin Giudicelli. * Colby can probably look forward to applications from Alan MacEwan’s children. His sophomore daughter, Louisa, who attended her third Maine Rowing Camp at Colby, insists that Colby will be her first choice. His senior son, Graham, is also a fan and likely to apply this fall. Alan notes, “The campus, including the new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the art museum, is utterly spectacular.” * Jane Hoffman continues to find rewards in helping college applicants make sense of the process via her business, College Advice 101. Jane’s son, Daniel, graduated from Oberlin and is seeking a career in art in northern California; her daughter, Rachel, works in Brooklyn, N.Y., dispersing reparations to Austrian victims of the Holocaust. Jane and her husband are now trying to “raise” three Siamese cats—or the cats are trying to raise them! * Denise Martell Martin is very pleased to have a granddaughter. She didn’t think it would take this long given that she and her husband started the next generation fairly early and they had more children (four) than most in our generation. When not doting on her granddaughter (and impatiently awaiting a cousin for her to play with), Denise helps businesses gain sales through her proprietary training program that applies sales psychology based on understanding people. * Susan Ferrari Dwyer is married to John Dwyer ’78. They live in Los Angeles, but Susan loves spending time in her hometown, Plymouth, Mass. Susan is a performing songwriter. Her band is the Strands, and she invites Colbyites to check out her gigs, which happen mostly in Venice and Santa Monica, Calif. * Richard Conant spent a month in Paris visiting his wife’s family, and their son stayed on to hike 500 miles on El Camino de Santiago de Compostela (the Way). While skiing over the winter, he happened to ride up a chairlift at Sugarbush with a stranger who turned out to be Jenny Frutchy Ford ’76. Dick says, “You never know where you’ll run into a Colbyite!” * Steve Ford and his wife are still farming in Alabama, and Steve teaches economics part time at the Sewanee—the University of the South in Tennessee. Their daughter is a sophomore at Smith. Their son, a high school junior, is starting to look at colleges. In August Steve attended a small Phi Delta Theta reunion hosted by Mike Harris ’76 in Biddeford, Maine. Also in attendance were Al Shapiro ’76, Dan Sexton ’75, Marty Womer ’75, Diane McCoy (honorary Phi), Dean Eaton ’73, Bob Walsh ’75, Howie Tuttman ’76, Mike Sherrill ’74, and Charlie LeRoyer ’75. The plan is to hold this event again in the future. * Ken Colton wonders, “What lawyer can resist the Blarney Stone?” He and his wife had a “grand time” in Cork, Dublin, and points in between before setting out for a friend’s wedding in Norway in the Nor Fjord region. After seeing awesome scenery, they had a short stay in Oslo, then flew back to the U.S. * My wife, Dale, and I were also at Blarney Castle this summer but decided that kissing a spot on a rock that thousands of others had kissed in the preceding hours (“or possibly licked,” Dale noted) was unappealing. Call us prudes, I guess!