I spent a month in Germany, trying to ascertain if and how I might help Cousin Edith longterm in her struggle with cancer. Since their home is only half remodeled, I stayed with another family in Neibsheim--people whose children had spent a summer with me in the United States when they were teens. I was trying to figure out the logistics of going back and forth between another home and my cousin's.

Well, I quickly recognized that that's pretty infeasible. A contributing factor is my cousin's c...
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