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Current family duties will preclude me from updating here for a bit. Thanks.

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  • EndOfPatience April 13, 2018, 3:13 PM

    Will pray that all works out well.

  • Eskyman April 13, 2018, 4:25 PM

    Hope it’s nothing serious. Let us know if prayers are needed!
    All the best!

  • Monty James April 13, 2018, 5:21 PM

    What EOP and Esky said above. Sending good hopes and wishes your way.

  • Hale Adams April 13, 2018, 7:00 PM

    Ditto, ditto, ditto, Gerard.

    Hale Adams
    Pikesville, People’s still-mostly-Democratic Republic of Maryland

  • Joe Krill April 13, 2018, 7:11 PM

    I sincerely hope all is well.

  • Geoff C. The Saltine April 13, 2018, 7:34 PM

    Gerard’s Mom took a tumble and skinned her knee.
    All is well at this time, he will report in later.
    Lois is resting and has been looked at by the EMT’s and will get a good nights sleep, Gerard not so much. Send him some prayers, he has asked for them. Thanks, this is coming from a good friend.

  • PA Cat April 13, 2018, 8:11 PM

    “Send him some prayers, he has asked for them.”

    Have sent and will keep sending.

  • WiscoDave April 14, 2018, 4:16 AM

    Hope and pray all is well with you both.

  • Jaynie April 14, 2018, 4:30 AM

    Thank you Geoff C. The Saltine. It’s clear how GVDL adores his Mother. Will direct prayers his and his Mother’s direction.

  • ghostsniper April 14, 2018, 4:31 AM

    “Gerard’s Mom took a tumble and skinned her knee.”

    Last night I wrote, “Hope Mama’s doin’ OK!”, and then didn’t send it, didn’t want to draw ill will.
    And now this.
    Sincerly hope she’s alright.
    She’s an American Heirloom.

    Can you imagine sitting and talking to Lois?
    Her life spans a century.
    To touch memories of a time before the great war, the Titanic, when motorized kites filled the air. WoW.
    I’d bring a legal paid full of questions and subject matters.
    And a bit of quality chocolate.

  • DeAnn April 14, 2018, 6:12 AM

    Looking forward to seeing “all is well” for all. Agree with Ghost, this precious lady has some wonderful stories yet to be told!

  • TmjUtah April 14, 2018, 6:48 AM

    Prayers and mojo from Utah.

  • Soylent Green April 14, 2018, 7:04 AM

    We’ll miss you (and your Mom) for a bit. Our prayers are with you. Meantime, we’ll put our critical thinking on hold ’till you’re back.

  • Mary Ann April 14, 2018, 7:05 AM

    Prayers for Mama and Gerard.

  • Uncle Mikey April 14, 2018, 7:17 AM

    Love you brother

  • John Venlet April 14, 2018, 7:48 AM

    Praying all is well, for both of you, and will remain well, Gerard.

  • Charley Hua Chu April 14, 2018, 7:56 AM

    Thoughts (good ‘uns) and prayers for your Mom and yourself. Make haste slowly in your return and her recovery.

  • Hangtown Bob April 14, 2018, 8:18 AM

    Prayers coming for you and for your Mother from another Northern Californian and a fellow traveler from the Bay Area ’60’s…….

  • azlibertarian April 14, 2018, 8:37 AM

    Best wishes, Gerard. I hope things turn out well for all.

  • KMM April 14, 2018, 9:40 AM

    Good wishes and prayers for you and your Mom.

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  • Anonymous April 14, 2018, 4:00 PM

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Mrs VdL – suspect that skinned knees have lots more mileage in them. Greetings and grateful thanks from Norfolk England for rearing the best blogmeister of the intertubes. Your vicarious influence is manifest and much appreciated.

  • Frank P April 14, 2018, 10:09 PM

    That last comment was mine, mistagged. 🙂

  • TDean April 15, 2018, 12:16 AM


    I’ll continue to pray for your mother’s recovery. Your blog is a wonderful resource. But, as you obviously know, the real world takes priority over such things. Tend to your mother – I guarantee we will still all be here when you return.


  • Dennis G Hurst April 15, 2018, 1:49 AM

    Prayers UP for a speedy motherly recovery attended-to by an obviously devoted son and heir who is followed and revered by hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of we inter-stellar bloggers … Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Amen. Maranatha! .. In Him! .. <3 <3 <3

  • Terry April 15, 2018, 10:45 AM

    Wish your mother well for me Gerard.

  • Howard Nelson April 15, 2018, 1:08 PM

    Bless her heart!
    She reminds us all of the need to keep some skin in the game to play our part.