News of my demise is slightly--if not greatly--exaggerated. Suffice it to say that life, as it is wont to do, got in the way of blogging. It's not the first time that's happened, and it probably won't be the last. Periodic, if not regular, blogging will resume in the near future. For those of you who count yourselves among my (very) small cadre of regular readers, thank you for your patience. And your loyalty; two things that are sometimes in short supply these days.