Welcome to DW John! I am sorry for the loss of your teacher, Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche. He was really a good one.
I am glad to hear you are back to practice. The great masters display impermanence for us to shock us awake to the reality of our own impermanence, and to get a fire under our butts to practice constantly. We can be so thick though, huh? In this degenerate age, time seems to run faster and our demons of distraction loom larger.
I hope you will find solidarity and inspiration among the members here to cut through obstacles to practice and understanding..