To Lonevoice, Horror Retro, Redacted, and MindFlayerMonk, and Unscreened Caller, thank you all so much for your kind words and advice. Yes, this event taking place during the holidays is especially tough; it sure brings new meaning to that Joni Mitchell Christmas song: "I wish I had a river, I could skate away on...." My biggest concern is the impact things will have on our daughter who is 12. She is bright, sweet, creative, and sensitive. Our goal is to keep things as human, as drama-less as possible.
Again, thank you all -- you're all very kind.