I'm returning to blogging after taking some time away to handle personal priorities. As I mentioned earlier this year, my mother had a stroke in January and was also diagnosed with cancer. Our family rallied to support her, with my brothers and sisters in Wisconsin seeing her daily. She had a few smaller strokes and was subsequently transferred from a hospital to a nursing home. My mother celebrated her 66th birthday in early July and I returned to be there with her and my brothers and sisters. A few days later her condition further deteriorated and she was transferred to a very nice hospice with wonderful staff. I returned in mid-July and was there when she passed on July 20th. Thanks to everyone who has shown their sympathy and support.