It’s been too long since the last issue. How ya been?
January was interrupted, pleasantly, by a long vacation—ten whole days!, the longest I’ve taken since joining the workforce 30+ years ago. We attended ConFusion, a Detroit suburban regional convention, which was extremely pleasant. The high point, of course, was Bernadette’s sixtieth birthday party, a full-on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic extravaganza. We then spent several days with family in Ann Arbor. So that was good. I came home fired up with enthusiasm for the field and for the magazine ... wait, what’s that ominous music?
The evening that we returned from Michigan, my mother had a heart attack. Fortunately, my sister was able to catch a flight home so that she could help out during the first few days; now I’m heading down to North Carolina to spell her for a few days, after which one of my aunts will pitch in. (Family is a wonderful thing, I keep being reminded.)
So now we’re pushing the issue out the door in a hurry so that it might end up a mere three months late. We will catch you on the flip side. Stay healthy, work for a better future, and remember that you are not alone. .
—Kevin J. Maroney
and the editors