Lots of news this time, and I’m struck by the variety. * Sally Jaffe Curley loves Columbus, Ohio, where she is an investor relations SVP at Cardinal Health. Husband David is a Bentley University history professor, commuting weekly to Boston during the academic year. It must work well, as they’ll soon celebrate their 17th anniversary! Sally is very involved with the Columbus Zoo, where she has fantastic experiences including playing with four six-week-old cheetahs. * In Portland, Ore., David Landau is a project manager for an energy contractor in solar and mechanical systems. For play he paddles for the Bridge City dragon boat club and enjoys the wilds of the Northwest. Oregon is “like Maine, but with less snow and more craft beer!” * James Campbell is the newest member of the Belvedere, Calif., city council, representing several Colby alums including Glen ’57 and Gabriella Krebs Isaacson ’57, Catherine Beaulieu ‘77, Marianne Campbell ’87, and Matthew Frymier ’90. * David Epstein has a weather and gardening blog for Boston.com and PressHerald.com, and he finished his eighth Colby Jan Plan teaching meteorology. He and husband Mark bought a cabin in Harpswell, Maine, and invite classmates to visit or rent. * Deb Pernice Duffy teaches preschool and had her first short story, “Second Shift,” published in The Inside Mag, available online. Deb and Joe’s second child is off to the University of Maryland. Though Deb didn’t convince her first two southern-raised children to consider Colby, daughter Caroline now starts the college search with Maggie not far behind, so she holds out hope! * Lila Hopson Monahan’s daughter Cassandra will head to the University of Maryland at College Park in the fall. After a New Orleans conference, Lila flew home via Tampa and spent three awesome days with Cindy Castro-Minnehan and family. “It was as if we were roommates just a short time ago, instead of 26 years!” Lila also ran into Judy Swift Fairfull recently. * Four years ago Mike Shauck left the auto industry corporate world to join wife Jane in their business, IRIS Photography. When he wrote, they were opening a studio in West Hartford Center, shooting Fashion Week in New York, and preparing a shoot for the New York Mets. Mike, who lives in West Hartford, Conn., saw Cabot Philbrick and family last fall. * After a nine-month Guantanamo Bay deployment, Andy Docherty and family spent the holidays in California and caught up with Gretchen Bean Lurie. Now back at Ft. Belvoir, Va., Andy stays in touch with Phil Sundel, who lives in the area. * Chris Engstrom and I had an extended mini-reunion of sorts recently. First Colette Cote and her 14-year-old son, Nathan, came for an overnight. Of note, mom and teenage son agree that having Nathan attend Birch Rock Camp in Waterford, Maine, with director Rich Deering was one of her best decisions ever. A few days later, we had a mouth-watering lamb dinner with plenty of beverages at the gorgeous Boston loft of Tom Ponti ’85 and Steve Barbour ’84, along with Eric Pendleton. Eric joined an impromptu brunch at our house with Kathy Reynolds Dunn and her husband, Doug, who were in Boston for the weekend, which was so fun that brunch morphed into drinks and dinner out! * We’ve had some serious sadness over the past year—we lost Chris’s only brother last April after a debilitating illness and then lost his mother to pancreatic cancer in January. My mom, Alta Estabrook Yelle ’41, suffered a broken hip last November, and we are now moving her into assisted living near us. I recently took down the holiday cards, including many wonderful cards from Colby friends, including Brent and Jill Stasz Harris, Christian Barner, Elise McDonough Gardner, Anne (Clarke) ’87 and Ted Wolff, Isabel Wells, and Eve Ermer and Scott Russell ’83. * A special shout-out to David Quillen, who sent the only hand-written full-page letter we received! He’s doing well as a doctor in Gainesville, Fla., with wife Amy and their three kids. * No matter how you reach out, I love hearing from each and every one of you. It is the power of friendship that keeps us going. Keep the news coming!