After spending nearly all of 2013 in France dealing with the French bureaucracy regarding the sale of her home, Anne Quirion Connaughton is back in Fairfax, Va., helping to care for her 100-year-old father. Anne could have written a book years ago about the pitfalls of building a house in France, and now the sequel could easily follow. “It’s an exquisite two-step dance of super-slow bureaucracy and expert foot-dragging.” Anne expects to be spending most of 2014 in France. * In September Bill ’62 and Barb Haines Chase went to Tuscany with the Sierra Club to hike and wine and dine with a group of seven. “Poor Bill, the only guy. He somehow managed to hold his own. It was really lovely. … What a beautiful area of the world. Spent a few days after Christmas with our family at our cabin in northern Vermont. Now back in New Hampshire pushing snow around in the frigid temps.” * Due to husband Bob’s serious health problems, Beth Simonds Branson was unable to attend reunion. Janet Callahan Glennan and Cindy Richmond Hopper kept her in the loop with great pictures and stories. The results of Bob’s recent CT scan were excellent, so they’ve rebooked their trip to France and Spain for September and will go back to Maine a few times this year as well. In the meantime they continue to enjoy the Florida lifestyle in Venice. Beth plans on being at our next reunion. * Beth Brown Turner moved to Tallahassee, Fla., where she’s teaching three courses at Florida A&M University and at Florida State University. She asks us to use her NYU e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org), one of the perks of “retiring” from there back in 2005. She says, “Maybe I’ll really retire one of these days, but it doesn’t look like it’ll be 2014.” * Connie Miller Manter has been in touch with Pat Ey Ingraham. She planned to travel to Florida and visit Ann Bruno Hocking and other classmates in the area. * Kirk Koenigsbauer has been retired from Eaglebrook for several years and no longer uses his Eaglebrook e-mail address. He would like us to use email@example.com instead. * Midge De Motte Welch had a wonderful time at reunion and enjoyed seeing everybody. She has been diagnosed with a very rare brain tumor and is pursuing treatment at Maine Medical Center. In her inimitable way, she says, “It is a nuisance.” Midge and Sheila celebrated their 20th anniversary last year. They had a wonderful time in New York City with their 11-year-old granddaughter. * Last fall Pen Williamson and wife Bev knocked two items off their bucket list. In September they spent a wonderful two weeks in Alaska. “It was my 50th state, so I’ve now bagged them all!” Pen also wanted to sail offshore on a “big boat,” and in November he got his wish. He helped deliver a 100-foot sloop from Thomaston, Maine, to the British Virgin Islands. “Quite a ride in significant weather, and an absolute blast, hitting speeds over 16 knots while triple-reefed!” Pen ends with, “I’m still so proud of our class hitting a 90-percent participation rate for our 50th reunion giving! Thank you ALL!” And thank you, Pen, for all you did to get us there. * Ruth Pratley Madell still works two days a week at the Kansas Humanities Council and loves it. In September she visited her niece Deborah Wathen Finn ’74 and her oldest sister, Nancy Pratley Wathen ’53. Nancy, who died in November, was the first of six Colby alums in her family and the first of seven to pledge Chi Omega. Ruthie was looking forward to spending time in Florida this winter. * From primrose gardens in Oxford, England, Sandra “Sam” Moulton Burridge was looking forward to hearing from contacts made at reunion and to the fulfillment of reunion promises made to visit in 2014.