I've found that the older I get, the more occasions I have for sending sympathy cards. I wish it were not the case, but if I learned anything from the difficult times we've had it is that one of the worst things you can do is to say nothing at all. Emily McDowell released a thoughtful, sometimes funny line of cards last week that are perfect for sending to your friends or family when the are down and out. Emily is a cancer survivor and she created these cards based on what she would have liked to receive when she was sick. You don't want to have to order any of these cards, but if the occasion arises, I'm glad to know cards with an appropriate message exist.