The last couple of posts have generated some very high quality comments, many of which I'm still itching to respond to. I usually try to participate in comment threads. I very much enjoy the conversations, and learn a great deal from the give and take. But my participation has been limited and will probably continue to be so, at least for the next couple of months.
I do read every word (and usually follow the links too). And I very much appreciate your taking the time to read, and to write.
It's actually a bit silly for me to apologize for my nonparticipation, though. I'd only bring down the level. I'm honored that you choose to chatter here.