Greetings! Allen Carlson coedited two new volumes on Chinese politics and was appointed a member of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee (which oversees distribution of all academic funding in Hong Kong). He’s done a few opeds on China and is writing a children’s book. His boys, 9 and 11, play youth soccer in upstate N.Y. Allen speaks every so often with Craig Damrauer ’92, who is in N.Y., Ben Ames, who lives outside Boston, and Leaf Ives Gurr, also in the Boston area. * Coincidentally, the next note was from Leaf herself. After 10 years living in Bermuda, she loves being back in New England. She’s a single mom of Christopher, 10, and Nathaniel, 8, who keep her running. She bought a 102-year-old home in Marblehead a year ago and completed extensive renovations. It’s now her calling card of sorts, as Leaf Ives Interiors has been launched, and her little business is growing at a rate she couldn’t have imagined. She’s excited it has caught the attention of a Hollywood actress who will move into her home this summer while filming in Marblehead! * James McVay is still in Pittsburgh and, with wife Kristen, welcomed their second baby girl, Mairi Grace, who joins Maeve Mercedes, 2. James practices law with his father and coaches the team that won the Penguins Cup Championship at the highest level in Penn. for a record-tying seventh time. Brian Quinn ’92 was in Pittsburgh. He went to a Penguins game and caught up with John Stewart ’92 in Philadelphia. * Alan Yuodsnukis writes, “Since my last update, I haven’t been promoted to VP of anything, sold my own business to billionaire investors, had a baby, been to an alum’s wedding, or invented something cool on the Internet. By the time this gets published, though, I will have completed my fifth year of service in public education; celebrated 20 years of happy marriage with my lovely bride; seen my eldest daughter finish her freshman year at URochester with a 3.92 GPA and start the next as a double major, teaching assistant, faculty research assistant, hall staff member, and technique coordinator of the U of R Ballet Performance Group; and watched my youngest daughter become an honor roll student and varsity athlete at Brunswick (Maine) High School. Go Mules!” * News arrived from Steve Marshall, who lives in Mill Valley, Calif., and has worked for Wells Fargo for 11 years. He and wife Hallie have two boys—Bradley, 2, and Davis, born May 12. * Alisa Attardi Skatrud has lived in Minneapolis for two years due to her husband’s job change. It was a big move with three kids (9, 6, 3), but they’re enjoying the Twin Cities and find that Colby is well represented there. After six years at home, Alisa went back to work in the investment group Portico Benefit Services, managing the socially responsible investing program. * Jim and Christine Tuccille Merry have lived in Frederick, Md., since 2002 with boys Jasper, 10, and Hugo, 7. They thought it would be fun to renovate a large, neglected, 1860s house and, although they were wrong about the “fun” part, they’re happy it’s almost finished. After devoting many years to her kids and volunteering, Christine is now building her graphic and web design business, painting for fun, and learning to play the fiddle. She really looks forward to visiting with Wendy Langdon Fiero and family this summer on a joint trip to Colorado. * Colleen Halleck Taylor saw Susan Cummings Wiseman over spring break while Susan and her family were sightseeing in D.C. Susan lives in Mass., raising her kids and teaching spin classes. Colleen is doing great and lives outside D.C., supplementing her career as a stay-at-home mom by working and coaching at their local gym. Her kids (8 and 6) are great and, after attending reunion last summer, plan on attending Colby.