Since as someone likes to point out, this isn’t Facebook and since many of you are not on Facebook, it’s the perfect place to inform you that my brother Mark is continuing to improve after our car accident last month. Mary got to have “face time” with him on the phone today so they were able to see each other. She found out that Mark now has a smaller trach tube and he can talk, but only one word sentences. He still writes everything in a notebook to converse with people. But he is able to walk unassisted and he can go to the bathroom by himself, so that’s progress. When Mary expressed sympathy that he was so seriously injured while she and I were not hurt at all (she was hurt a little more that I was), he wrote “stuff happens” (actually, he used a different s-word). He is still upbeat and the nurses all say he is their favorite patient. I don’t think I could be as upbeat as he has been if I was spending all these weeks in the hospital – especially in summer (my favorite season!) while my garden was going to weeds and I might be missing my harvest. Mark is an amazing person.