I’ve just returned from an

12/8/07 — I’ve just returned from an unexpected trip to South Carolina to visit my 86-year-old mother in the hospital. It was a difficult week in many ways, dealing with the realities of the hospital environment, then transferring her to a rehab center, and the ongoing worry about her recovery.

But it was also a great connecting time. Having lived over eight decades — the Great Depression, World War II, plus the drama of raising three kids, especially me! — she has seen much and has many stories to tell. A treasure, for sure.