My goal in my writing is to explore and celebrate the connections that enrich our lives. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy such connections in my own life, by reconnecting with family members I hadn’t seen in a few years. First, two cousins from Washington State came to Texas for a visit and it was wonderful reconnecting with them. Then, my sister, Gloria and I traveled to England. The purpose of the trip was to take our mother’s ashes to her hometown, but that event became so much more. In a profound way, my mom brought family members together and reminded us how much we mean to each other. My sister had not returned to England since 1970, yet I’m sure she’d tell you she felt an immediate connection with our uncles, aunts and cousins, as do I whenever I’ve visited with them. Love, memories, places…all serve to connect us. I hope you take advantage of any opportunities you are given to maintain and even strengthen ties in your own life…to reconnect.