I hope this report finds everyone having enjoyed a safe and happy holiday season. The news is rather sparse for this edition. Thanks, though, to those who took the time to submit notes. * I received a couple of reports on classmate experiences with Hurricane Sandy in October—luckily no significant damage or injuries. Marian Leerburger let us know that Valerie Miller Brancato had two trees fall on her house and was without power for more than 14 days. She is thankful they still have their house and no one was injured during the storm or its aftermath. * Cynthia Mulliken Lazzara reported that her family lucked out with some minor water damage but their Darien, Conn., neighborhood was beaten up by the extremely high tides on Long Island Sound. * Sam Staley finished his second academic year as managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee; he enjoys being back in the classroom teaching undergraduates and professional master’s students. Sam teaches courses in the departments of economics and urban and regional planning. His third teen novel, Renegade, recently won second place in the Seven Hills Literary Contest in the children’s chapter book division. This is a national competition and just the second time Sam entered his fiction into this type of contest. Renegade focuses on girl bullying and girl gangs in middle school, with strong martial arts and self-defense themes. * That’s it for this issue. I’d love to hear from some new voices, so please take some time to respond to the next call for news!