I have been scarce lately for a couple of reasons. One is that I had a bit of trouble logging in during the server switcheroo on northernsounds. Another is that I had to fly out to Mass. to see my mom, who in the past 2 years, has gone from a very busy, active 80 year old doing hatha yoga regularly (really!) and doing all manner of things for and with her church, to a frail, reclusive, arthritis-suffering, depressed woman who sleeps much of the time, has lost her appetite (along with about 40 pounds), and who is refusing almost all offers of help, shutting out callers and friends, and seems generally unable to handle life in general. She will not even let me talk with her doctor, nor name a medical power-or-attorney, etc, and is feeling overwhelmed at all the suggestions coming her way (so am I). She is not the woman I knew two years ago; it seems that she is just waiting to die, and this is very distressing, as I live 2000 miles away and am her only child, and her next closest relative is 1000 miles away.
I'd like to send a warm heartfelt thanks to those of you who have been a support during this time. It made alot of difference.