Thanks, ya'll. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for your kind comments and empathy. It's nice to be part of a community.
During the school year we have an evening prayer service at the cathedral each wednesday that ends with the phrase : "we look forward to a new day with new joys, new possibilities." As i read all of your comments and well wishes, that refrain echoed in my soul. Today is that day. It will be a good one.