This is going to be my family photo next year:
Darwin and I are delighted to announce that the reason things have been slow around here is that we're expecting Small Darwin #6 right around Christmas. When the kids found out, they jumped around the house singing the Hallelujah Chorus. That kind of enthusiasm, entirely untinged with cynicism or all the fears, real or imagined, that plague adults, was so heartening. Their continued joy sustains me.
So if you've been wondering why it's taking so long for the next Stillwater installment, now you know. (Also, I just acquired a guitar which is absorbing my creative energies. Hey! I can already play "Smoke on the Water"!)