"We have seen families in utter chaos, angry, confused, and hurt when we ask what their loved one would want medically in a state of such severe illness. In the midst of all this, their family member lies in bed powerless, too sick to make decisions at this stage in their life."

It was tree-cutting time and two must be selected—one for our living room and one for the schoolhouse where Stepfather was principal. The morning we sallied forth was a magical winter morning of swirling snow blown across Sand Mountain by a wind that could almost lift me off my feet.