My backlog of news has been depleted; consequently, this will be a short column.* Jim Pearl sent this update: “Three years ago, I sold my business and have been retained by the new owner as a consultant. I still work a full day, primarily working with customers. Yes, I even get paid for doing this work. It is interesting how blessings come about. We have a daughter who birthed a son six years ago, and his name is Carter. My wife and I have cared for the child since infancy and adopted him three years ago. Carter is now six years old and soon to be seven. I would never have thought so, but he is truly a blessing, and we are fortunate to be his parents.” * In December I saw the obituary of Hilda Farnum Nicoll in the Portland Press Herald. I extend our sincere condolences to her husband, Don Nicoll, and their family. * Let me hear from you at any time and I will include your news in the next column.