This is the 16th End-of-Year newsletter we have composed using the technology of the day, including links. Strictly speaking, once again, this is not a "letter." Those are missives in a pleasant type face, on fancy holiday "paper", carefully folded and sent through snail-mail with something attached called a "postage stamp!"(50 cents, but going to 55 cents in January, 2019). If you want an historical look back, last year's letter is here.

Our daily activities are all listed in our 2018 Journal. The year's milestones and highlights, however, are summarized below. Distribution is accomplished by sending the link in an email and modifications occur in response to questions/suggestions from friends and family. Click here to send me a note.

Tom is 72 and Lew is 69. Buddy, our beagle, is 11. We've been retired for 10 years and we're living in Salisbury, MD, but that is going to change.
At our ages, I suppose annual letters start with health updates. At 72, my prostate cancer isn't going to go away; it's just not very important. Lydia has no health issues and will certainly outlive me. In May, we lost her mother, Margaret, at 106.
Travel We started the year with a week at Disney World in March. In April, I was invited back to the Commissioner's Academic Challenge, which was a lot of fun, but conflicted with the wedding of Julia Laws, attended by Lyd and Kate. June took the family to Washington DC for a weekend. In July, we were aboard the Queen of the Mississippi for our 8th cruise with American Cruise Lines, this time on the Ohio River from Pittsburgh to St. Louis. October took us back to Ocean City with SKDL and Bill. Finally, we were back at Disney World in November.
Renovation In September, with help from the city, our sidewalk was replaced. In December we replaced the roof on the house.
Theater Community Players of Salisbury (CPOS) still doesn't have a lot of roles for my demographic and some of the shows interfere with our travels, or vice-versa, so this year our participation was just as patrons, though I do maintain the organization's website. I did two radio productions; A Kiss for Gertrude (February) and Caesar's Tomb (May).
We drove the four hours north to see Sal, Kate, Dominic and Leo (SKDL) in April and September. They came to see us in February, May, July, November, and December, for Christmas.

In May, Margaret Laws Engle, Lew's mom, died, at home, in her own bed at 106.
2019 In 2019, SKDL will visit us in Salisbury, and we will visit them in Wyomissing, eventually, probably in the summer, relocating to Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.
We're all going, together, to WDW in June. Pat Cascone will join us for a Mississippi River Cruise from St. Louis to St. Paul, in August. This year, we're meeting SKDL in NYC for a Broadway weekend. Lew and I will go to WDW in March and, again, in November, and I'll return to WDW for the Commissioner's Academic Challenge, in April. In September, we're taking a cruise with Pearl Seas from Portland, Maine to Quebec City before being joind by SKDL and Bill in Ocean City in October.

Merry Christmas, 2018 and Happy New Year, 2019

Tom and Lydia (& Buddy)