itk, sorry i missed this yesterday. you said a mouthful, umm, maybe a few mouthfuls. everything can just go away in an instant, so you'd better stop worrying about the small and selfish crap and appreciate what you have and those you love. when my son was real,ly sick last week, it made me think a lot about this.
oh, i'm sorry to hear about the chief. i'm sure he'll be rewarded in heaven.
A true lover of nature does not despair now that his mistress has turned a colder cheek.