This isn't really goodbye; I've just been channeling my semantic energy into a book I've been working on for the past few months.  I've written a couple of full-length manuscripts, dozens of short stories, and hundreds of poems in my life, but this time, I'm really concentrating my efforts on making something that others will like as well.  I plan to release the novel as an e-book in June.  Here is the e-cover, and you can find a synopsis and other info here and on the book's Facebook page.
By the way, the family's doing great, spring is finally here, and work is work but still a pretty good gig.  Cheers!