My friend, and shirt-tail relative, Marsha--better known to many of you as the First Mate, Captain Ed's wife--needs our prayers. She is a wonderful person who has been through a lot this year. Her two transplants make my heart-valve surgery seem like a walk in the park, yet she has remained cheerful and optimistic throughout. She probably doesn't know it but she has been a source of inspiration for me. She has been having some problems (Captain Ed explains) and is looking at some treatment that Ed compares to "a tightrope act."
Please, keep her in your hearts as the new year begins.