Hi A/all.. Thank Y/you, A/admins, for the contact prompt - it's very nice to know i/I am missed. To They of the Sublime Gender, i offer my humblest, kneeling apologies. To my male kindred, I offer a tight-lipped male-nod that they will be able to read as 'all is not well for me, at the moment'. You see, i/I recently suffered the passing of one of my two, younger brothers from lymphatic cancer, following a battle that was as noble & inspiring as it was long. Despite its crippling ravages, he somehow managed to raise his three children from the ages of 4, 7 & 9 into fine, young adults in their early 20's. Alone. (For, his Wife deserted him - and the kids - shortly following the cancer's onset & diagnosis. Finally, however, having again been hospitalized & facing (yet another in an endless dirge of) invasive, critical surgeries, he bravely (and quite understandably) chose instead to ask our Mother for Her blessing to be Let Go, to take his well-deserved, winged ascent into the waiting arms of his Spirit In The Sky, where he would be made even more whole, vital & handsome than he had ever been on this fretful & angst-ridden physical plane W/we A/all must endure. Of course, a Mother could only consent to granting Her suffering child this (most bittersweet) of Gifts. That very evening, he slipped from our arms. Rest In Peace, bro. Ronald Arthur M., Jr. 7/13/63 to 3/09/09 Cherished son Exemplary father Beloved brother Ever&Always ============================================ As for myself, i am the (as-yet-uncollared) slave of Women - i'll promise to try to check in, from time to time. Thank Y/you A/all for Y/your understanding. nEt..