I have received a handful of messages which asked the same thing: are you dead?
Well, while I found these messages both touching as well as a bit creepy, the answer is no, I am just fine. I have an annual military obligation which has taken me away from this blog as well as news and life in general for a little bit. But I am back now and will be posting anew... starting this evening.
Thanks to those inquiring as to the status of my pulse.