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On Game Faces and Quivering Chins

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Take a tic to tell someone you love how you feel.

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Our mission at the 'Ville is to provoke thought, educate, entertain and share the decision making processes employed by professional investors in real time. My personal spin on that mission tends to circle around mocking the pomposity, hubris and flat out silliness that permeate the higher regions of finance and business in general.

This column has nothing to do with any of that.

This note is simply to offer my most heartfelt thanks to all of you who have let me know that they are thinking of me, concerned with what I had Collins describe simply as a "family emergency" in the Buzz. For that matter, thanks to anyone who didn't do a thing but give me a fleeting thought of comfort. It meant, and means, a lot to me.

This isn't a diary but I have been genuinely touched by the notes and I don't want anyone to worry. I am delighted to share that my daughter, wife and pending boy (still Superfly on the naming contest) are all doing great.

The emergency is in the form of my father who, I have shared in the past, is dying from Parkinson's disease (actually, most likely, the lesser-understood Lewy body Dementia).

Degenerative diseases are one of the more cruel conclusions to the circle of life. You lose pieces of loved ones at an irregular pace, with crushing fits and starts. There's no way to measure the degeneration other than by loss... lost memories, lost agility and, finally, a shell of a lost person.

Like any death of a loved one, it's crushing in a comprehensive, deeply personal way.

I haven't forgotten you all, I'm just making my way through a lot of pain and spending some hours saying goodbye as the end draws seemingly near in a non-specific way. For want of a better way to put it, I feel like a Ronin (a samurai who has lost the master he served).

But I'll be ok. I'm comfortable in knowing that I've done all I could. I ask your patience for today, I'll be baby-stepping my way back into the swing of things tomorrow.

Should any of you feel the impulse to help (not that you should but you are Minyans so it's worth noting), I would direct you to MichaelJFox.org. They are terrific people doing important work in a smart way.

Thanks again for your concern. I'll be back, striving to be at least a decent person doing important work in a reasonably smart way, later this week.

No positions in stocks mentioned.

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