Okay. It's me--Judith in Portland. Ning is misbehaving tonight and I am trying to return home to TuD and I can't because it is not receiving Profile pix---unless the Cosmic TuD is really p***ed at me for exiting.

I sort of fell down the "rabbit hole"….waay down...I mean gasping for air waay down…withdrawing to safe places like my garden, my walks, acupuncture. Between the chronic pain of fibromyalgia and arthritis; the constant vigilance required to manage those plus the D plus two bad injuries in the last year---well, I couldn't take it anymore. I found myself posting at TuD responses much too full of darkness and that is never what I want to bring to this beloved family that has sustained me through so much. So I just left. And now I know I need to come back.

It's interesting isn't it? Very few of us have sat together for a holiday meal---turkey or matzos or the breaking of a Ramadan fast or a solstice candle-lighting----and yet here we are at that time of year and I deeply miss my TuD family, so even though difficulties continue, I'm coming home where I belong. Forgive me, for any distress I may have caused. I will rebuild my page slowly (if Ning lets me) with some of what was there and some new.

I will bring back my journal of caring for my mom as she was dying at home of kidney failure because it would have been impossible to get thru that without all of you. And as much as I can of communing every year over Huck's death and I think the Parallel Walking one. Blessings on us all…Loving you all…Judith in Portland…..

TuD is resisting me returning as Judith in Portland, but I've got Emily on it, bless her heart, and I know she ill help me....xx000

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Comment by jrtpup on December 13, 2013 at 2:57am

Welcome home my friend :)

Comment by Linda G on December 13, 2013 at 3:50am

Oh dear lovely Judith.....welcome back. We welcome your return with open arms.
In times of despair, it is here you must venture...amongst friends.
You are loved my dear, and respected. This is your home.

Comment by rick phillips on December 13, 2013 at 3:53am

Judith, you are an inspiration to many of us. I feel like we have recovered a new old friend, welcome back and many hugs......Rick

Comment by BadMoonT2 on December 13, 2013 at 4:30am

I must admit to feeling a sense of anxiety when I realized Judith in Portland was no longer a member of tuD. Is she OK? At some point I noticed that Elizabeth was providing the same voice of reason and tolerance formerly provided by Judith. When I went to her profile and saw Elizabeth was also from Portland my anxiety disappeared. I figured you had your reasons and left it at that.

pup says it best, welcome home my friend :)

Comment by Trudy on December 13, 2013 at 4:41am

Welcome back, Judith. You were missed, but never forgotten.

Comment by wendy on December 13, 2013 at 6:19am

I remember you as one of the most loved members here..and I have left a few times myself..and always come back.I am going to resist hitting that leave Tud. button from now on,cause I feel I can never really leave Tud. till there is a cure..will see...I remember you and am so glad you are back ..

Comment by rick phillips on December 13, 2013 at 7:30am

I think Wendy makes a good point. I have always kept my profile active, but I stopped noncontributing for about 18 months while I did my dissertation. Of course now I am back and renewed and refreshed. Youa re such a vital part of us thanks for returning

Comment by Doris D on December 13, 2013 at 9:18pm

Welcome back to us Judith!!! u have been so missed by all of us!!!

Comment by SS on December 14, 2013 at 10:36am

Just like family, we're always here for you! Welcome home. :-)

Comment by Muragaki on December 14, 2013 at 1:04pm

Welcome back to the fold, Judith.

I think a good number of us stay as long as we need, departing when necessary then returning home when ready. Isn't it so with most families? Good that absence makes the heart grow fonder!

As for darkness -- without it, the experience of lightness is cheap.

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