My cousin Judy Glick-Smith is blogging now which is great.   We’ve got a warm and wonderful family rooted in the fertile Shenandoah Valley of Virginia – now spread out over most states and several countries.   With 48 first cousins and all their kids, plus our celebrated older generation, our reunions get pretty busy.   This year we’ll gather near Lancaster PA at Black Rock, a really nice retreat center owned by the Mennonites.

Now, if we could only get more of the cousins and their kids blogging I think we might be able to influence the elections.   Of course the problem might be that the family politics run from far left to far right so I’m not how our collective opinion would shake out.  But one think I love about this family is that family rises above politics.   Well, at least 80% of the time and the rest is spent in fun arguments.