This has been another tough year with numerous hospital stays and I had several nursing/rehab stays, as well. Last one was for over 2 months, but today,---today was lovely. This past year has brought me closer to family, friends, and my Zen teacher! I appreciate their caring support so much. Yes, it was a tough year, but a good year and I thank each and every one of you who have sent me birthday wishes and metta wishes and who practice the Buddha-Dharma for all beings.