I lost a parent. I gained some family.

Dad died last month, and it's been a lot of things. It was closure, and sad, and frustrating. That was in the first ten minutes, and then it settled into my bones and became real. [caption id="attachment_1217" align="alignnone" width="475"] Grandpa and Grandma Maggert[/caption] I went to Iowa for the funeral.…

My dad passed away.

Dad passed away last night. He'd been fighting cancer for six years. Life is going to change a lot even if I think it won't. He was a complicated man who never truly recovered from the loss of his wife. When mom died twenty-one years ago, we lost our family…

Cancer took another friend.

Cancer-- the scourge of our lifetime-- took Dr. Lloyd Elliott this week. He was fifty, he was our family veterinarian, and he was a rare individual. My wife and I love our animals. We regard our relationship with them as a kind of covenant, and Dr. Elliott was a huge…