Our youngest son, Ben, is home from the University of California Santa Barbara where he is doing his PhD work in Material Science Engineering. While he has enjoyed the West coast weather (yea, dad, it’s just another warm day here in Santa Barbara–how’s the snow storm in Boston?) the challenge of graduate studies his first quarter was straining beyond imagining. I think he was shocked at the speed and the degree of self-dependency that was expected. He studied like never before – and he is a man who has been faithful to his studies. But the grades are in and found that the first quarter was a success. This Christmas is one for relaxing!!!! Good job, Ben. You faced the giants. The fell. Now eat, drink, sleep for a while. There are other giants to go face again soon.