Thanks so much for your condolences, it means a lot to me.
Next weekend my family will get together in DC for a Buddhist service, and then my mom will fly to Japan to spend time with her family.
This weekend is the NHA's The Gathering. I decided to go and enjoy the time off and the company of spinners and fiber artists. Spinning and creating seem a good match to my mood; my grandmother was a talented craftswoman, so it also seems fitting.
I'll return Sunday and reply to messages. Thanks again.