Chris Malcomb lives in Berkeley, Calif., where he teaches middle school English and runs an organization called the Mindful Writer (mindfulwriter.org), which offers mindfulness meditation and creative-writing workshops for adults. He continues to publish his personal essays and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. “I’ve never married and have no children but have had some wonderful relationships, survived cancer, become an uncle, and traveled in Korea, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Scotland, France, and Italy.” He has also taken up gong-fu-cha, Chinese tea service, and studies with a tea master in San Francisco’s Chinatown. * Whitney Adams Ward, a recent graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City, is practicing as a holistic health coach for Live Well (live-well.me) in Hingham, Mass. “I guide women and men to make better food and lifestyle choices in order to reach their health goals. It has been a very fulfilling experience.” * At the end of 2012 Jim Conrad wrapped up a successful career at Allianz Capital Partners in Germany and is currently enjoying teaching his three children to ski, fly fish, and play tennis. * Amy Vreeland Dow and her husband welcomed daughter Ava Jan. 10 and are enjoying the first stages of parenthood. During the holidays Amy saw Katie Drowne, who was visiting from her home in Missouri, and Karen Santoro, who lives in Connecticut. “This has become an annual dinner occasion and a great chance for the three of us to reminisce and catch up on each other’s lives.” Amy and her family live in Newton, Mass. * Kelly Wenger wrote from Oregon: “It is imperative for Portlanders to get out of the rain in February, so Eric, Finnegan, 6, Copeland, 3, and I escaped for a few days to the Big Island in Hawaii. We took a helicopter ride over an active volcano and saw amazing turtles on a black-sand beach. As left coasters, we have a new goal to make this an annual trip! An added bonus was seeing Jess Maclachlan Hall and her lovely daughter, Anna, who are lucky (and smart) enough to live in such a beautiful place.” * Jen Jarvis McLin checked in from Lausanne, Switzerland, her home for the past 12 years. After more than a decade working for nonprofits in the fields of both health and the environment, she has resigned from her position as director of global partnerships for an international NGO in Geneva and is filling her time—and then some—keeping up with her children, Liam, 10, and Tessa, 5, and their chocolate Labrador puppy, Mokka. She says, “this has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life; so far, no regrets.” As of May, Jen will be a certified health coach, having studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. At Christmastime, Jen traveled to Hanover, N.H., to celebrate with her parents and her two sisters. While there, she visited with Alice Johnson Handwerk and her children, Lillian and Phoebe. “By the end of this 24-hour visit, which happens every year or two, Tessa reminded Alice’s girls that they will always be best friends. So, perhaps they will end up rooming together at Colby one day!” * In January I caught up with Anne Maddocks Michels and her youngest son, Alex, on a beach in southern California. Our time together was short and sweet (and unseasonably cold), but visits with good friends—no matter how brief—are always a treat. * And finally, hats off to Wylie Dufresne who wrote from NYC to say, “It is an exciting time for us! In addition to celebrating wd~50’s 10-year anniversary in April, we are in the process of opening a second restaurant, Alder, in the East Village.” * Please continue to stay in touch!