It's always a great compliment to be missed (and not misplaced).
My absence was caused by a combination of vacation (yes, Debra, it involved the love of my life, long walks along isolated sandy beaches, attempts at poetic expression and even a lovers' tiff or two), moving houses and a change of schools for the kids. Now, that's what you call a killer combo - for blogs, anyway.
I managed to get my Internet service up and running again last night, so here I am - if more than a bit behind on global economic goings-on. Though I will catch up in the next couple of days, it's comforting to know that the world does not float on a bed of hot air emanating from yours truly.