this weekend i traveled to virginia, to be with my family at my grandfather's funeral. he passed away early last week, after a long journey though hospital stays, nursing homes, and finally, hospice. it is good to know that he is finally in peace. the services were really lovely, a remembrance of his smile and sense of humor. he was a good man, who loved his family, and believed in helping others. the list of organizations he has been involved in is impressive. but to me, he's the person who would show me his garden, play silly games, and mail me comics with the punchlines highlighted. thank you to all of you who sent cards to myself and my family, it means a lot.