By the time everyone reads this, let’s hope it will be warmer than it is while I’m writing. I am reminded of Jan Plans on campus, though, and how much I enjoyed being at Colby for that month between semesters. * A few classmates commented on how special it is to have grandchildren. Ellen and Bruce Cummings welcomed their first two grandchildren last fall, one girl from each of their children. They are hopeful that this next generation will produce a few “little Mules.” I hope for that as well! Bruce has entered his ninth year as president/CEO of Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London and his 38th overall in health-care administration. * Wells Pile enjoys “imparting wisdom and practical advice to future marine electricians, diesel mechanics, plumbing experts, HVAC pros, and steering riggers.” A forced medical retirement from the yacht construction field has led to this new role. He talks proudly of wife Marguerite’s achievements as an artist and of his two sons’ successes, including giving Wells and Marguerite two grandchildren. * After working for 25 years in New York as a photographer, Bob Grant moved to the Boeing Company in Seattle 12 years ago. He is responsible for developing a service culture across the creative and information services division of about 500 people. Bob’s new hobby, equestrian competition, earned him honors this past year. His win was featured in a local publication, and he intends to continue competing with the beautiful Irish Connemara pony he has been riding. * Nour Nahawi is leaving his job after 42 years of working in banks. He plans to do something on his own, and while he has nothing in mind now, he is open to ideas or partnership in the Middle East or the States. He encourages classmates to contact him at email@example.com. Nour would love to hear from Richard, Gary, Gilvan ’72, and Camel. * David Thomas was honored to be asked, as associate registrar of Lafayette College, to be the representative at David Greene’s inauguration in September. He saw a number of classmates including Bob Diamond and Lisa Kehler Bubar. * Dick Cass has been busy working on his new mystery novel, Solo Act, which is due to be published in October 2015. Dick’s writing extends beyond novels—one of his essays was used to kick off a national steelhead conservation effort. Here’s the URL to his wonderful essay: tu.org/blog-posts/be-steelheaded-essay-winner-dick-cass. Dick’s wife, Anne Badmington Cass, is enjoying a stint as an elementary assistant principal after years of teaching high school English and serving as a high school principal. Anne and Dick moved to Cape Elizabeth in November 2012 and enjoy catching up with Colby friends in the area, including Susan (McBratney) ’74 and Matt Powell, Tim Glidden ’74, Kathy Lyon ’74, Sue Colucci Neumyer, Jeanne O’Brien Crocker ’76, and Gary Lawless. They’re excited about the revitalization of the Portland Colby Club. * A final piece of news is the fulfillment of a “dare” and another one issued. Mary Ellen Drozdal is making good on a dare by Deb Daley Gallagher to write in, and she has summarized 40 years! Highlights include her role as an RN in a behavioral health hospital in western Massachusetts. As a night-shift worker, she has little free time but nevertheless enjoys her 2-year-old granddaughter and volunteers at a local animal shelter. Mary Ellen stays in contact with Patty Carlisle Kamm and Jude McDivitt. She is officially issuing a dare to Ann Rubinstein—your turn to write in, Ann. * I actually like this idea of a dare. How about if everyone who writes in the next time issues a dare to another classmate? That will really keep me busy, and I will love it! * Hope you’re all having a great 2015—most of us now can play the song “When I’m Sixty-Four” with real meaning.