For all dozen of you loyal readers out there, I do intend to keep posting to this blog more-or-less daily but have been laid low since last Wednesday with a particularly tiresome bout of pneumonia. I can’t blame my kids for this one as they’ve been healthy (or as healthy as kids who attend the petri dish known as school can be) throughout. I started one antibiotic on Friday, just switched today to a another “broader spectrum” one because the first had accomplished exactly nothing, and hope to be officially on the mend by late this week.

As my wife will no doubt attest, I am a most impatient patient: I equate prolonged sickness with some kind of moral weakness on my part and this episode seems all out of proportion with my relatively minor current slate of vices. Meanwhile, thank you for your patience: I expect to resume pace (and on topics of greater general interest) very soon.