This column is intended to pass on stories from you people in the area. However, please excuse me if, today, I talk about myself.

In April, I had a stroke that prevents me from doing a lot of things, including writing this column. The columns you’ve seen here in recent weeks and will see in coming weeks were written well in advance of my stroke. This column is one I dictated to my dear daughter Laurie, who submitted it to my editor.

Lord willing, I hope to get back to writing this column. Thank you for continuing to contribute ideas for it.

Now, let me pass on some observations.

I’m sure that all area hospitals and retirement homes provide great service. But I know from this experience that Sanford Hospital, Sanford Rehabilitation Hospital and Bethany on University certainly do just that.

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Many of the people taking care of me come from Africa, the Philippines and other areas. It’s great to have these people in our community.

Thanks to the many people who have sent me notes and cards of encouragement and those who are praying for me. You are a blessing.

I now believe that if and when I get well, I’m going to take up golf. Because golfers seek to reduce strokes.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107, fax it to 701-241-5487 or email blind@forumcomm.com.