After many years of waiting, my children and I were able to acquire ownership control of our beloved island in eastern Ontario. And, last summer, Barbara and I were able to spend nearly 10 weeks there, being joined at various times by daughter Maggie, her husband Peter and their Lucy (15) and Simon (13) and by son Matt, his Abby (17) and Ted (15). In July, with the impetus and organization provided by Maggie, she, Matt and I traveled to Killarney Provincial Park for a four-day canoe trip through some of the most strikingly beautiful surroundings in Canada. It was a real treat for me to be out on a canoe trip again for the first time in 25 years! This year, granddaughter Abby will graduate from Friends School and head off to St. Mary's College in southern Maryland, Ted will start his 10th grade year at Friends, and Lucy and Simon will start 10th and 8th grades at Montgomery Blair and Takoma Park Middle, respectively. The other special event last year was that Barbara and I were finally able to get away to celebrate our 50th anniversary, with a three-day stay at Manoir Richelieu a chateau and resort east of Quebec City and one night in Quebec City, both places we had long wanted to visit!