I am truly sorry for having been away so long. Work pressures and a sudden illness in my sister have kept me so tied up with just getting through the day that most days I did not get home until late in the evening. Still, I should have written, and for my lack of doing so, I apologize.
Things on both the work and sister fronts are not much better at the moment, but they have stabilized enough that I have a more predictable (although incredibly harried) schedule. This predictability should allow me to resume more regular posting.
One thing that has been on my mind during this time is a desire (and admittedly a great fear of trying and failing) to give up my pipe for Lent. If I were to do this and be successful, I might be able to give it up for good. But, I do not know if I have it in me at the moment to do it.