Many across our country endured another wicked winter. Spring flowers and green grass were never more welcome. * Ann Lyle Rethlefsen had a wonderful story to share for our last column, but because of space restrictions I couldn’t give her story its due. She had just returned at the end of 2013 from a semester’s sabbatical during which she and her husband traveled to different destinations each month: out West in September, England in October, Beijing in November, and Orlando in December. There was a sabbatical project, too, but the travel was especially exciting. Ann is co-chair of the education department at Winona State University. She sees Carrie Horsley Durkin in Chicago when she can. Ann is trying to locate Debbie Wentworth Lansing. * From afar, Jacques Hermant writes that he is teaching a seminar in strategic management, first at the national university of Cambodia, then in Hanoi, and then perhaps in Turkey in the fall. He was eagerly awaiting the classical music festival in Nantes, France. For the first time the theme was music from outside of Europe: American music of the 20th century, from Gershwin to Bernstein. There are thousands of spectators who attend each year, and 800 artists were to perform. * First-time contributor Rob Thrun tells us he’s living in Kentucky and working in design and architecture for a firm in Cincinatti. The firm just finished a corporate headquarters project for TempurPedic and is beginning construction on a luxury apartment tower. He basically gets to “draw and color all day—applying skills developed in kindergarten.” He’s back on his feet after the death of his second wife, and he manages to get back to Maine every year. * It was nice to hear from Jon Stone that he has had no medical emergencies. He and Lou Griffith ’72 spent a week vacationing in Florida as they both ease into retirement. Jon is almost ready to play softball full time. * Kathy Woods Fawcett sent a newsy note about enjoying life in Portland, Maine, and reconnecting with Val Thibeau Yates. They’ve had a great time being back in each other’s lives, laughing at some of the reminiscences from our days at Colby. Together they’ve enjoyed several of Kathy’s daughter’s acoustical gigs in the area. Her daughter is a talented singer/songwriter in Portland. Kathy is practicing medical malpractice law, which makes for interesting reading. Her brother-in-law and sister, Tom ’72 and Ellen Woods Sidar ’72, will relocate to Portland by the end of the year, too. * Bill Hladky sent a video of himself skiing that made me smile. His comment was that another week of instruction “added more fluidness and motion” to his wooden posture. That he’s willing to be out there trying is what matters most. * After a winter in hibernation in her studio, Leslie Anderson and her husband spent a week in Italy walking, eating pasta and gelato, drinking great wine, and looking at art. Their trip was by train, and they appreciated not having to deal with a car there. Leslie’s book, Summer Stories, has been selling well. * Another first-time contributor, Steve Dane, is enjoying his 44th year in marketing and sales with Brill, a Dutch publishing firm. He and his wife, Jody, vacationed in Ireland for three weeks, and now they’re focused on renovating their 306-year-old house in Marblehead. They’re reeling from the loss of their beloved cat (I can identify with that). Steve had a great time at a reunion of DU friends Craig Dickinson, Bill Glennon, Dave Collins, Ken Kenworthy, and Class of ’68ers Gary Weaver, Rick Mansfield, Rich Beddoe, Alex Palmer, and John Birkinbine. * Life continues on apace for me.