Mark, Thank you for all this. You'll find me in a depleted state today. I lost my beloved Maine Coon, Rosa, to multiple organ failure this morning. Melanie mark ganzer <email@example.com> wrote: Hi Mel, I've been out of town, away from computers, telephones, snail mail, and network television for the past 3 days. Something about a dysfunctional family situation in which I acquiesce too much power to my father -- the power to suck the joy of life and living from my veins -- a vampiric state of affairs. So I ran away from home to my real home at a tavern in Lake County which I once described, in a letter to my son, as God's country, to be among God's chosen people. Have had some wonderful conversations with my folks, sisters, brother-in-law, nephew and son wherein I have instructed them as to my birthday and Christmas gift wish lists. They have all agreed to contribute money to a few of my favorite bloggers. For the record, you are my favorite. , Bob Somersby, Digby and Arthur Silber make it a prime five. So, with the exception of my nephew, the Burroughs freak, on their birthdays and for Christmas, I will be donating the token about of coin that I would otherwise have spent on them, to you few bloggers, who have meant so much to me. And for my birthday, and for Christmas, they will donate to you in appreciation of me. Talk is cheap, I know. My sister Gay's birthday is November 9. My sister Marianne's birthday is November 8. Sorry for the delay, but I've done gone and cahsed out my chips during the run away to home act of political statement. Hope all goes well in your world, that you can get whatever it takes to refresh and renew you for all the good, and good works you do. Sincerely, and in deep appreciation, Mark p.s. -- If ever you find yourself in the Chicago area, with time to slay, please give a call to , or send a postcard to I'd love to spend time talking/plotting with you, and would be honored to show you my Godly world, hidden in plane sight in unincorporated Lake County, where Hell's Angels have retired to build communities and raise their children.