With my brother gone off to Iraq, I’m reminded of how much I love my family, and those around me. My wife is just wonderful,, and a workday apart from her feels like an eternity. My brother-in-law is graduating from a demanding program in Iowa next month, and we are invited to both the ceremony (and ensuing karaoke). My sister is a wonderful and successful person, and in nursing school (in spite of her fascinating with Twilight…. sigh)

And of course wonderful friends, who are now scattered all over, and some of whom will be back in South Dakota around the holidays.

I love you all.