Anne (anel) has told me that there were bad news from you on the forum to check. Was she ever right, your good-bye is indeed bad news to us TN enthusiasts. But that is of no importance compared to the bad news you had to digest.
So let me say this: I started my apprenticeship on TN a short while ago and----zoom--- right away you stood "by my side" and made delightfully funny and sometimes critical comments on my modest pics. And each time this happened I was elated. It was a little like having won a friend. Unfortunately I was unable to show my affinity to you.
Howard, let me without falling into any pathos say that, should you choose to travel (change air or whatever reason you might have) , my home will be wide open to you: Stay as long as you want, bring your wife with you, use our car etc.. Annelies (she knows of you through me) and I would be delighted to have you. You don't have to respond to this, don't have to give excuses or whatever. Just keep it in mind. I confess that we are not believers, but not cynical old farts either. We nevertheless believe in the healing force of humour. You have it!
Please give my best wishes to your wife. Complete recovery is what I wish for her.
So long, Howard,
Yours sincerely, Dietrich