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that they missed me, and to those who didnt say so, but maybe did

i apologise for the very very very long absence........i should have
been in touch sooner, stayed in touch, been a better person, and y'know..........

i went to russia for 10 days around new yearsm came home home with the
most godawful flu i've evr had. i was sick for a month and lost 10 lbs.
that was the good part. my throat was so sore i couldnt speak, let alone swallow anything but ice cream..(another good part...) i had to
keep rescheduling my eye operation because i was so germy for so long
it would have been unwise to so anything invasive until i was 100
per cent.......that bring us to the end of february when i finally
got this humungus cateract taken off and something lazered in that
allowed me to see w'out glasses or contacts for the first time since
i was 4 years old. AMAZING! it was like someone put their hand on my
forward and said "heal!" and i was able tothrow away my crutches and
see again!,,,well almost. i am half blind in the other eye--(no
peripkeral vision dus to an accident some time back).....but still, i
can actually see what the world looks like for the first time in my

2 weeks later---around march 4th, i left for africa and travelled
throughout the continent to places i had never been before----morocco,
mali, timbucktoo, ethiopia......all wonderful in terms of history
and culture, but heartbreaking because so many peoples are so poor,
so desperate, starving, hopeless.....

returned on march 25th --exhausted, but determined to a way to be useful and helpful to others instead of wasteful and 'all about me'...

one thing i was/am afraid of----and that's how obsessive i'd been about
the boards, and knew/know i have to change my stop
letting the boards run my life and start doing vice-versa.

i received a lovely note from ken, which made me realise that i can do
this--ie stay in contact with you-all, my long-term board buddies,
w'out going off the deep end and spending my entire life (a slight
over-statement) at the computer trying to garner affirmation and affection from one and all on too many boards in too many places and
taking up too much of my time and attention when i should really be
doing other stuff i would constantly tell meself i'd do later, but never
quite got around to.

so, i'm back-if you'll have me--and ready to devote time, attention, and affection, to you and our board...........never mind the others.

and it's spring! and it's april! and it's good to be back....and i
hope you agree and even if you dont, it's still 'springtime is my time,
is your time, is our time, is love time and spring time and viva sweet

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