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A note to readers

A note to readers

Where have I been, where am I going?

Just a quick explanation.

You may have noticed that for the past three months, but particularly the past few weeks, I have not been as active on the website as before. There are many issues I wish I could have covered, or covered in more depth, but haven’t been able to. I’ve felt more like a bystander than a participant.

I’ve been dealing with two very serious, but non-life-threatening, illnesses in my immediate family. Things are likely to get worse in the coming weeks before they get better.

Thanks to the authors who have helped keep the boat from sinking, and to readers who keep coming back despite (or perhaps because of?) my relative absence.


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Family First, we’ll wait.

God Bless, Professor and family!

Family comes first, second and third before even beginning to think about anything else.

Yes, Professor Jacobson, we’ll be here when you get back.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to jakev. | May 11, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Not disappearing completely, I hope, just need to turn down the volume for the near future. Thanks.

Wishing all the best for your family members.

Yes – family is first. We’ll all be here when you return.

The LI website is your baby, professor, but you raised it to be a grown citizen who contributes to the truth every day. The authors are doing much more than keeping the boat from sinking, they are propelling it forward with speed. I think your grown-up “baby” is in very good hands.

Do what you need to do without worry for us here. We will still be here. Where else would we go to get what we get here?

May God give you and yours the extra strength to deal with this new situation.

Supportive and watchful family members make a huge difference in outcome: we can wait.

You are making the right choice to step away and take care of your family. I’ll keep all of you in my prayers.

Professor :
I myself almost threw a cap at the end of January, into February.
Ya do what ya gotta do brother.

My prayers are with you.

Best wishes for your family.

I’m sending prayers and kind thoughts for healing for you and your family, Professor. The site is just fine and we’ll be here for you and ours.

I will pray for you and your family, Professor.

And, I’m OK with more of Andrew’s motorcycle pics

Hands down–family first. At last, we can all agree on something! First and foremost, we take care of our family, all the rest will fall into place. May you all know God’s abundant grace, Professor. We’ll be right here waiting for you : )

Prayers and positive thoughts heading your way.

cindelicato | May 11, 2016 at 8:23 am

Prayers and best wishes to you and yours.

Prayers and thoughts for your family.

Stop kicking yourself; you have averaged over 1 post/day in May. and presided over expansion of the blog.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to DaMav. | May 11, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    One a day – I could do that in my sleep — and have been! Hoping to be able to keep up that pace as an average.

ronlankford | May 11, 2016 at 8:30 am

Prayers up.

God Bless you and your family.

Common Sense | May 11, 2016 at 8:51 am

Well wishes to your family

The Lord bless you
and keep you;the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’

There are priorities in life and then there are PRIORITIES! May the Lord bless you and yours during this time.

Hope all works out well for your family.

Your contributions to our comprehension and knowledge are appreciated and your need to address family matters are well understood, as expressed by so many others…I, too, wish you and yours well being and comfort in an uncomfortable time.

stevewhitemd | May 11, 2016 at 9:02 am

Family first Bill. Take care of them and God bless.

And by all means, let us regulars know if we can help in any way.

Prayers for you all in facing these medical problems.

kenoshamarge | May 11, 2016 at 9:22 am

Praying that all comes out well for you and yours. Family is more important than blogging.

Although there are times when I wonder if my family thinks I believe that. Think maybe I’ll spend some quality time while we are all well.

You and your family will be in my prayers.

Psalm 147:2-4
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds.

Our prayers are with you, kind sir.

Take care of your own first, and also take care of yourself. Praying for your family and you. I’ll be here when you can return. God bless.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to JoAnne. | May 11, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks, not disappearing completely, just lowering the speed limit, and it will be somewhat inconsistent depending upon time and my ability to focus.

God keep you and watch over you and your family.

Prayers sent for speedy recoveries.

Refuah sheleimah to all – וברכך ה׳ וישמרך

נח שטארן

Self first. Hope thing go well with your family.

I pray that the Lord give you and your family strength during this time.

conservative tarheel | May 11, 2016 at 1:40 pm

praying for you and yours … May G_D put a hedge of protection
around your family. May the great Physician heal those who are
sick and give you peace of mind.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Don’t worry, we’ll still be here when you get back.

Keeping you and your family in our thoughts.

Put on your own oxygen mask first before assisting others.

God Speed.

Gremlin1974 | May 11, 2016 at 5:23 pm

Family first Prof. we can keep from burning the place down for a few weeks. 😉

Seriously, my thoughts, hopes, and prayers to you and your family.

Understand completely Professor, writing this comment as a Isit next to my mother in law in a Hospice facility. Prayers for your family.

You have it entirely right, Professor. Family is that important.

My thoughts and well wishes are with you and yours.

I’ll pray for you and yours Professor.

Best wishes to you and your family and wishing for a speedy recovery.

William A. Jacobson | May 11, 2016 at 9:24 pm

Thanks for all the great comments. The wife has been reading them, and she is appreciative, as am I.

JackRussellTerrierist | May 11, 2016 at 11:41 pm

I’m so sorry to read of your family’s illnesses. May God bring strength and comfort to you all and speed your loved ones’ recoveries.

Another Voice | May 12, 2016 at 10:00 am

Dr. and Mrs. J.,
Your ability to provide your readers in depth news with a critical eye on the happenings in our world today, locally, nationally and globally, are immeasurable…but not an “end all” when it comes to family. That which sustains us must be taken care of first. I wish you only the time and means to have every thing turn out well for you and yours. You’ve got a great team.

Sometimes we get so involved in the external (politics and other extraneous issues) that we forget the truly important. That’s family and friends. While I appreciate the work you do, I appreciate even more that you are an example (in both your writings and your life) of the balance that must be found. Take care of your family, take care of yourself in trying times.

Thank you.

In times like these I pray that you have the strength to overcome this adversity.

Our home will be praying for each of you throughout this time. We trust healing, strength and blessings will abound in your home.

When you see you’re getting to the end of your rope, remember to tie a knot and hang on!
Hang in there–prayers are coming your way.

I’m so sorry to read of the suffering in your family. I send warmest refuah shlema wishes from here in Israel. As so many others have noted here before me, just concentrate on your family and their health, and we will still be here when you are able to return to “normal programming”.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and look forward to hearing good news from you and your family.