We've just had a lovely visit with my granddaughter, Katie Shay, who is a freshman at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. We met her at her dorm last evening, heard all about her recent trip to New York City, saw her album of photos from that trip, then went out to eat in neaby Jackson, MO at the Tractors Bar and Grill where her friend Brad is a waiter and had a good meal there -- huge portions, reasonable prices, tasty food! Katie is a vocal performance major and photography minor at SEMO, so she is really busy with voice lessons, piano class, photography class, dance class, plus French and English, making costumes for theatrical productions, wow! It was great to have a chance to see her in her setting, see her room, meet her roommate, all that. Now we're headed for Columbia, MO where my daughter Betsey (Katie's mom) lives.