For weeks, I legitimately had no time for this -- this space, this writing. Then the onslaught let up somewhat and I simply didn't make time to be here. And then it got a little scary to think of returning after so long. Because, writing is a practice like anything else. When I don't keep in shape, the words stiffen at my fingertips and the whole exercise too tiring. So I evaded. Like when you haven't called someone back for so long it becomes embarrassing and you avoid it because you don't know what to say. It all this. This is all why I've been absent. And why this post is abbreviated and has virtually no substance. It's a warm-up.