Since my father died I have been dealing with a lot of personal stuff. While I didn't feel comfortable discussing some of these issues in a public forum, I have been making a number of friends-locked entries to my old Livejournal account. I hope to be posting here more frequently in the near future: for now I will happily provide access to these posts to just about anyone who sends a friend request.
I am sorry for the absence and hope I have not missed too much while I have been away. I've really missed the conversations here and look forward to rejoining this corner of the blogosphere soon!