No dear reader, I am still here. But my wife is very ill and I have had less time to write. However, I will be back, hopefully, as soon as things improve. I must say that, as we age—my wife and I are now both in our 60s—one does begin to see that entropy will eventually win. I still think this a great tragedy, but as long as we are mostly powerless to stop it, we might as well accept it.
An aside. Today is my wife and my 35th wedding anniversary. I thank Jane for being in my life. I would be lost without her.