The notion of the quickening is old and the feeling is ageless. Those in our dearest circle know that we become more alert and aware when there is life or threats to it. Today has been one of those days. First, we received a call from Ria that Melanie was in the hospital. Eight months pregnant, gestational diabetes, and a lung infection - not so good. News from home about two of "our kids" needing to check in with doctors. Lastly, our Chancellor Ken - a heart incident (is expected to fully recover - thankfully). Parents, family, siblings, and friends only want to reach out and make each of these people well. The quickening - the awareness of life - it is subtle, special and scary..