I apologize for the unplanned hiatus. My father's younger sister died Wednesday. It was quite a shock since she was only fifty two and had been in reasonably good health. My dad and brother saw her last summer, but I had not visited my aunt since my cousin's wedding three years ago.
I spent the weekend surrounded by family. It was sad and strange, but also as good as such a weekend could be. There was much hugging and crying, many old family stories, a few jokes, and way too much food.