My sincere thanks for all of the kind notes.
A quick explanation: Not feeling well on a Thursday morning turned into severe pain by evening and a trip to the emergency ward. Doctors confused. CT scan at 1:30 AM revealed a very rare condition re diverticulm (or the radiator). By last Friday, they thought they'd just keep me around for monitoring - I was already a celebrity in the radiology department - but by Saturday, they decided to operate. That grand event occurred last Sunday. All was successful but the bounce-back has been slow. Prognosis is good, although my speed resembles Walter Brennan on a bad day.
I'll be posting at an equally slow pace for a while but I'm definitely back and, as you may well imagine, very happy to be here.
Thanks again and special thanks to Erica Johnson for getting the updates posted.