It's been about 5 months since my last post on social media, because of a string of illnesses in my family.
One moment we were in concert halls on the New York Philharmonic's European tour - and the next we were visiting dozens of doctors' offices and hospitals. From the joys of music to the fears of betrayal by one's own body. From deciding on a favorite sonata to determining the most effective chemotherapies.
I'm happy to share that all my affected family members are now stable and getting better.
While distressing, the experience has been enlightening: although I've already spent about a half century on this mortal coil, and witnessed more than a few deaths of people close to me, this time the sequential nature and my direct personal involvement with the individuals made it a much more intense awakening of sorts.
A kick-in-the-teeth reminder of how short a time we all have here. To create good memories for our loved ones. To make a positive difference for our compatriots and those less fortunate than ourselves. To do what we can to leave the world a slightly better place than we found it.