Thank you all for your very kind thoughts, they all meant so very much to me. Life goes on, as we all know, and pain must find its place tucked away inside us. Mine is still there, still hurting a great deal, but as with all such things the passage of time will see it simmer into a dull ache that never really goes away. But it is time now to move forward. My path is unclear, so I won't be moving very far or very fast for a time. But at least I am facing forward, away from the darkness that lay behind me. All of you, with your kind comments, have helped draw me back toward the light. Please accept a warm and grateful hug from your artist friend.