Apologies and update
Thanks to all for continuing to stop by (except my friendly neighborhood spammers)--I like company. In the interest of full disclosure, my average number of visitors has gone up from about 18 to 32 per day in the last month. Thanks for listening!
P.S. I offer yet another apology if you feel you have been ignored in the comments. I know I have had some substantial comments and I feel rotten when I don't get the chance to respond right away.