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...and we're back. Sort of. 

As you may know by now, the world of hospitals and healthcare recently got a lot more familiar to me when Mrs. Jarlsberg, Kathy, developed acute leukemia. She was given 2-3 weeks to live unless she got treatment, so treatment started the same day. 

That was just over five weeks ago (take that, February!) and she's completed her first round of chemo and, after a month in the hospital, come home. There will be more chemo, more ups and downs, and a challenging journey that we hope to take with courage, optimism, and the support of family and friends (that's you).

So where does Johnny Optimism fit into this suddenly all-too-real picture? Well, Johnny was born as a way for me to vent about real-life pain and suffering. The things that afflict all of us from time to time that can only be addressed with tears, laughter, or both.

Johnny Optimism is an acknowledgment that bad things can happen to good people, but good people can sometimes lighten their burdens with a little humor...including dark humor.

I can't promise yet that I'll be back to publishing three times a week anytime soon. Just like real life, and just like Johnny, I'm now taking it day-to-day.   -Stilton