From Ann Fontaine:

Prayers for Frannie's family. She died yesterday. Her pain was too great.

It is our younger son's family. Frannie has been with them since he and his wife married.

Leaves Brutus and Buddy (their other 2 dogs who don't know who is boss now) and 2 kids.



Today wasn't one of my better days. I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever have a good one again, but I'm not going to despair just yet. I've been hurting a lot lately, during the day which I don't normally do so much. But today was one in which I didn't want to get out of bed. Plus the depression dropped in on me like an anvil so I did pretty much stay in bed most of the day.


Posted by Kirstin at BAREFOOT AND LAUGHING:

I’m not a mutant. The doctor at UCSF called about an hour ago. If I’d had the mutation, there was a study done that said the drug they’re testing had an effect on 10 out of 10 patients with brain mets. That’s why this is so crushing.

Not quite sure what happens next. UCSF will take my scans to their neurologists on Thursday, and they’ll say whether or not I’m eligible for gamma-knife. If I am, we do it, and cytotoxic chemo. (I don’t expect to be eligible; I’ve been told I have too many tumors.) If I’m not, he says ipiluminab is the best bet.

The doctor was really concerned about response time, and what I have time to try. That tells me all I need to know.

How am I? Resigned. Sad. Not scared at all; way out beyond fear. There’s a little bit of hope seeping sideways, but it’s a rope thrown in darkness, not a solution found.

A held me for an hour while I cried. That’s how I know I still want to live.


Posted by Lesley at LESLEY'S BLOG:

My mum called yesterday to say that the nice lady curate had just been to see my dad and was shocked and horrified (not the poker-faced type of curate then!). Furthermore, the curate had said that she was on a placement for two months and didn't expect dad to still be alive when she returned.


From Maria:

Please pray for the people of Joplin, Missouri, who got hit by a devastating tornado.



Nato warplanes bombarded targets in Tripoli with more than 20 air strikes early on Tuesday, striking the area around Muammar Gaddafi's residential compound in what appeared to be the heaviest night of bombing of the Libyan capital since the western alliance launched its air campaign in March. The rapid succession of strikes, all within less than half an hour, rattled windows and sent heavy, acrid-smelling plumes of smoke over the city, including from close to Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound.

Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said at least three people were killed and dozens wounded in Nato strikes.



Syrian security forces have killed at least 34 people, including an 11-year-old boy in the latest crackdown on anti-government protests.

Twelve people were killed in the central city of Homs, while 15 died in the town of Maaret al-Naaman, located near the western city of Idlib, activists said. Two protesters were shot in the southern region of Deraa, one person was shot in the Damascus suburb of Daraya and one in the port city of Latakia. Two more died in the eastern town of Deir Ezzor and one person killed in the central town of Hama. The dead in Homs included two boys, named as Aiham al-Ahmad, 11, and 16-year-old Ahmad Bakr.


From CNN:

Nuclear fuel rods in two more reactors at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan are believed to have melted during the first week of the nuclear crisis. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said a "major part" of the fuel rods in reactor No. 2 may have melted and fallen to the bottom of the pressure vessel 101 hours after the earthquake and tsunami that crippled the plant. The same thing happened within the first 60 hours at reactor No. 3, the company said, releasing a worst-case scenario analysis. The fuel is believed to be sitting at the bottom of the pressure vessel in each reactor building.




I have finished the novel!!!

Sort of. First draft anyway. I know there are changes and additions I need to make to it but the base is there now on which I can work.


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