Dear friends,

Sometimes life throws you a curveball.  That can even happen when you least expect it and at the worst possible time.  In my case, I had left home to accompany my wife on a conference and on the first day of our trip we were planning to celebrate the publication of my book and my birthday when I was informed that my mother had died.

We had to leave in a hurry and we are now planning to fly to Europe to organize my mother’s funeral and deal with all the issues.  We have to renew my wife’s passport and we hope to get tickets for this week-end or early next week at the latest.  Then we will be gone for a week or so.

Right now, I feel like a person who has been sucker-punched and who is trying really hard to stay on his feet.   There is no way can work on the blog for the next week or two so I have asked my Director of Research and my Webmaster to run a “minimal blog” has best they can while I am away: they will post SITREPs when they get them, I might forward them articles, I might even write a short commentary if I find the energy do so, and I will encourage them to leave “open threads” for you – the community – to meet and discuss issues.

In practical terms, this means that the blog is now temporarily “frozen”.  We will try to update it as best we can, but this will be minimal at best.

Second, please do not email meI simply do not have the energy to respond.

I am very sorry for this mess and I will try to get things back to normal as soon as I can.  I ask for your patience and understanding.  God willing, the blog will return to normal in about 2 weeks.

Hugs and thanks to all,

The Saker

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