I have received several very thoughtful and moving emails regarding my first posting. Thank you! I am always interested in hearing your stories, and in getting responses of all kinds.
I am wondering though--no one is posting comments. That's OK, but I got the message about the restrictive settings I had set for posting. I've changed the settings so that even those w/o Google ID's can comment. You still need to have another ID--like Live Journal, lets say.
Thank you again for your interest and support! And thank you for your patience while I learn more about this forum, which is new to me.