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Hello my lovelies:

I realize it's been a bit since I posted. First, thank you to each and every person who took the time to put kudos on this work or comments. I sincerely appreciate all of you and everything you've said. As some of you may know, I'm going in for my first knee-replacement surgery tomorrow. I've been pretty distracted by that, as you may well imagine. I am very lucky that I can get both knees replaced at all.

I'm crying as I write this next bit, guys. On Friday the 8th, I heard that my fraternal twin sister is in heart failure. This means the amount of blood pumped by the left atrium into the body is working at 22% of capacity. Yes, it can be controlled by lifestyle changes and meds, but it's damn frightening, since our mother died of congestive heart failure. My sibling can live for many many years with this (as our mother did) but I was sure we'd dodged the damn bullet, you know? We are only 51 and am so angry about this I don't know whether to scream, cry or morph into Godzilla and flatten Tokyo. My heart seems to be fine but after my knee replacements I'm going to get my ticker checked. Anyway, it may take me a while to get back into the saddle and for that I'm sorry. I love writing for all you guys! If you pray, please pray for my sister. If you don't, please send positive vibes her way. The whole gang from "The Substitute" send their best and are off to a Covid-free Maui until I feel grounded enough to continue writing. Thank you for understanding.
xx Sparky