My autumn flower arrangemet. Photo by Tameshk.On my way home last night, I received a phone call from my niece, giving me some bad news about family members. My lovely aunt (my Khaleh), the oldest member of our family, passed away peacefully yesterday. One of my nieces continues to struggle with a mysterious blood condition, and another one of my nieces has been in an accident, but is recuperating now. All of a sudden I missed my family so much. I told my niece: "You know, I have been so anxious recently, feeling overwhelmed with life. I wonder whether it's because I haven't been spending enough time with my family." And the wise young woman said to me: "I think so. You know when we are near our family, even when no words are exchanged, a lot of energy and loving signals are sent and received, and when we get up to go home, all of a sudden we feel better." I am going to go hug and hold three of my oldest friends in America, my sisters, my nieces, my nephews, and, oh, O.K., my four brothers-in-law today and tomorrow. I am going to call my nieces and nephews and other family members all over the world today and tomorrow. I am going to "send and receive" loving energy over the weekend. I know you know what is best for you; but if you are like me, who know these things but sometimes "temporarily forget" them, just as my young niece reminded me, let me be the one to remind you to go hug, kiss, write and call your family and friends and send and receive loving energy. Have a good weekend you all, and keep those energies flowing. P.S. Listen to this Rast Panjgah piece by Alireza Eftekhari and only a piano accompanist. It is one of my few favorite songs by him, and it happens to be one of my most favorite pieces of music in the world. It is not a very happy tempo, which is why I had never recommended it before. I love it because it is so soulful, and I listen to it whether I'm sad or happy.