Someone reminded me that I haven't posted in a while.
I could say I've been swamped. Which is true, of course, but also not true.
The real truth is I've been too sad.
This spring, my family suffered a heartbreaking loss -- one of my brothers died.
He was only a couple of years older than me, but his health wasn't great, because of a vicious strain of arthritis that runs in our family (I don't have it.) Years of arthritis meds had left his immune system compromised.
In early May he picked up a bug somewhere. Or maybe a mold. Or a fungus. The doctors never figured out what it was in his lungs that wouldn't respond to any of the antibiotics or other drugs they gave him.
He died in a matter of days.
The rest of us - my dad, his wife, my two surviving brothers - reeled. There is no other way to describe it.
This blog has never been about family, so I guess that's all I'm going to say now.
And now I've said it, I think, maybe I can get back to the business of blogging.
Got a lot to catch up on.