There’s not much news this time around. I hope that those of you affected by Hurricane Sandy are recovering. Our thoughts continue to be with all of you. * After the Haiti earthquake, when she worked with Partners in Health, Suzanne Battit thought her disaster relief work days were over. However, now working at Greater Boston Food Bank she feels fortunate to be able to help as opposed to needing help. In mid-November she wrote, “At the Greater Boston Food Bank, we know that what happened in CT, NY, and NJ Oct. 29 could very well have been the case a few miles north. We were spared, and hence we are doing whatever we can to help. We’re sending truckloads of food, water, and cleaning supplies to the food banks in the affected areas, and this week we’ll also be sending teams of staff to work there for a few weeks. We’ll continue to help in whatever ways we can and, as Thanksgiving approaches, will continue to be thankful for how lucky we are.” * After an 18-month job search and having lost his dad this summer, Laurent Kosbach is feeling happy to have landed a new job as director of marketing and strategy at Nanocyl SA in Belgium, which makes carbon nanotubes at the industrial level and sells them in applications such as lithium ion batteries and the electronics market. Laurent would love to know of any Colby alumni in the Brussels/Namur area, where he works during the week. On the weekends, he heads back to Paris and his wife, Marie. * Unfortunately Ellen Field Greene was one of those adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy. When she wrote 10 days after the storm, her home had no electricity, heat, or hot water, and she didn’t expect it for at least several more days. Ellen’s children—Andrew, 15, and Laura, 12—missed nine days of school. Showing great spirit, Ellen found time to write nonetheless and mentioned that, in other news, she has left NASDAQ OMX Group and is now working at SIFMA, a financial services industry group. * As for myself (Hank Yelle), I’m helping my mother, Alta Estabrook Yelle ’41, recover from a broken hip she suffered in late November. May 2013 bring you cheer in unexpected places, and may you find extraordinary joy in the ordinary parts of your life.