and I can't pull together a coherent blog post of my own, I bring you a spot-on post from author Holly Kennedy.
Just so that you know why I forget to call you back...for six months. It's not you, it's me.
P.S. Weather in the Phoenix valley: warming up to 60, finally! Monday we had snow on the mountains again, and ice (read: ICE!!) on the car windshield. You could sell an ice scraper here for a hundred bucks. Thank goo'ness we still had one in the car from when we drove here from Michigan.