Sad news came in the spring magazine when we learned of the death of Barry Willdorf. I have sent our class’s expressions of sorrow to Barry’s wife. * Now our thoughts turn to Donna Tyler Cummings, who writes, “After years of not sending news, I want to share with my classmates that from August of 2012 to August of 2013 I lost my mother, my daughter Erin, and my husband, Dennis. My mother was nearly 95, but my daughter’s and husband’s deaths were unexpected. I have continued working to give structure to my life but look forward to the moment when I feel ready to retire. I am blessed to have my daughter Caitlin, her husband, and three amazing grandsons, ages 5, 3, and 10 months.” * Kudos to classmates John Carvellas, Anne Ruggles Gere, and others who are contacting classmates in the leadup to our 2016 50th reunion. * Toni Russell Merrick and her husband are back in school, taking courses on wisdom and aging at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USM in Portland, Maine. Toni also takes line dancing for a change of pace. * Gretchen Wollam O’Connor and husband John ’65 moved to Groton, Mass., last summer after 40 years in Concord. They moved into the home of their son Mark and daughter-in-law Melissa, who moved to Dunstable, Mass., where Melissa is running her own florist shop. Although Gretchen retired from administrative jobs at Harvard, she feels unsuited to retirement so is now financial manager for Melissa’s business. * Barbie Wise Lynch is still working and enjoying her children and three grandsons. A baby granddaughter was due at any time when Barbie wrote. All live nearby. * Gayle Jobson Poinsette and Garfield Barnes wrote from Bali following six weeks there and three months in Thailand and Burma. Favorite place? Tirta Gangga in eastern Bali, where they overlooked the water palace and swam in its delightful pools. * Joe and Karen Riendeau Pacheco were looking forward to a cruise to Alaska in early June, a birthday present for Joe’s 70th. * Annie MacMichael’s son and son-in-law built her a home in Cornville, Maine, on the outskirts of Skowhegan, that she describes as perfect for her—open concept; five acres of fields, woods, and streams; no neighbors in sight; beautiful sunrises and sunsets; and abundant wildlife to enjoy. A lifelong animal lover, Annie has a houseful of dogs and cats, including family members’ dogs for whom she provides daycare. Annie has written a dozen books for her grandchildren and grandnieces and nephews about her pets. Who could resist tales of felines Sugar Stray Leonard and Cattitude, stories that entertain while sending a message about such things as getting along with others and not being a bully? * Gary McKinstry describes his life in Sarasota, Fla., as “crazy but good. My real estate business is busier now than it has been since I entered this profession 13 years ago.” * That sounds good to your class correspondent, whose 1820 farmhouse in Waterford, Maine, is still for sale after a year on the market. Regardless of that, my husband, Whizzer, and I have moved to our new home at The Highlands, a senior community in Topsham, Maine. As I write this column, we’ve been here a week and are still unpacking and learning the painful but necessary art of downsizing. Luckily, I was able to put my hands on the carton containing my Colby files. Phew! * Inveterate readers Ed Mowry and Ted Houghton have sent recommendations of books they have enjoyed. From Ed, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and The Illustrated A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, and from Ted, Anthony Cave Brown’s The Last Hero: Wild Bill Donovan, about the founder of the OSS, which was formed during World War II and evolved into the CIA after the war. * Thanks, as always, to all of you who have shared your life stories with your classmates.