Maybe one or two of you have noticed I haven't been on in a couple of weeks. I had to go back to Arkansas to spend mom's last days with her. She was diagnosed with liver/pancreatic cancer four months ago and passed at home with me by her side the 20th of July. She was 78 and was one fine human being in just about everyone's book that knew her, especially mine. It's going to be rough on my step father who in my opinion will fall dead off a ladder while working on someone's house installing their gutters, soffits and siding as that's his business and what he loves to do. He is 74 and never learned how to read or write but is one of the smartest illiterate men I've ever met. Pretty sure he's dyslexic but in the 50s and 60s that wasn't a widely diagnosed issue and parents in rural Arkansas put more stock in farm hands than education, so he quit school having never finished the eighth grade. Adding to the problem is his daughter, (my step sister) who is now a vulture circling around looking for bank statements, account numbers, life insurance information, etc in an attempt to "help" him with his financial affairs. She hasn't given him the time of day for 20 years yet when my mom's health is failing, she swoops in with her cape and wants to be the hero with claims that she has changed and is now in church. I'm not asking for sympathy, it is what it is and has been an expected thing for quite some time. I only ask that if you speak to a higher power, ask him to give my dad a break and provide some comfort in this lonely and difficult time.