No, I have not died.  Just missing in action due to a front line battle with Microsoft Windows and the dreaded blue screen of death.  Thus, to my friends who were wondering about the lack of emails from me.....it has taken me a while to track them down as many were erased during my eradication of the problems on my disk drive.  Be patient and I shall catch up with you.  :-)  Trust me, I have a large pile of stories to relate and, probably, you will miss the peace and quiet that has been offered by yours truly over the past few months.