It has been a tumultuous summer. The ups are now being savored and the downs released to the winds where possible. Illness has stricken family and many friends. It is hard to take it all in. My heart hurts for their suffering. There are times when I reach for the phone to call someone I haven't talked to in a long time only to stop a hair's breath away from the dial because I am afraid to find out something traumatic about them, too. I call anyway and, yes, the news is a mixture of good and bad. It is what it is and I know we will all live through it as best we can.