Happy New Year one and all. I suppose with my brother's piece in Today, it's not actually news that my mother's in the hospital, and has been so for the past few weeks. You will forgive me if it's not something I particularly wish to talk about in public at this point in time (whether on this blog, on Facebook, or Twitter), but thank you to all friends who've offered comfort, or even unknowing distraction. And I'll echo my brother's comments about doing little things to help others - besides giving blood, you can help all mannerofanimals, or do your part for the environment. Here's to 2009.