February 15, 2010:

I’M BACK! Sorry for the hiatus–a hard drive crash in December rendered me helpless for a long time. Ah, the wonders of modern technology! Thanks to the diagnostic skills of Dave at T2 on Park Avenue (deservedly recommended by Bernice), the extended warranty I purchased from Dell when I bought the laptop (a great investment), and the help of our son John in getting the data recovery accomplished (an expensive proposition), I can now post again–that is, if I remember how to do it (smile). But so far, so good. And I have published some new poetry.

It’s been a crazy time. Joe was in the hospital for a week in January with bronchitis…I had pneumonia…and Joe’s brother passed away in Chicago in early February. Thanks to Joan Hervey and Linda Geczi for babysitting with me, helping with the house, and setting up a skype session between Joe and his brother while Joe was in the hospital. Our daughter Polly went out to Chicago to help in Martin’s last week, and John spent a lot of time with me. It’s great to have family–and the good neighbors who helped clear all that snow from our driveway and sidewalk–what would we do without them?