Long, long time gone. But that's where I've been. Gone. For a number of reasons.
First, posts here, post-Katrina just seemed petty and irresponsible. As a former New Orleans resident, the entire situation from the actual storm, to the total breakdown of every kind of help was so appalling it kept me up nights, and depressed during the day.
The one bright light has been the response of the nonprofit community. While the feds, state, and locals, to varying degrees, dropped the ball big time, the nonprofit community obviously learned both from 9/11 and the tsunami how to get people and material in place quickly. Good for them/us, and I hope the feds pay attention.
My second reason for absence has been being on the road. Since September 8 I've been on 14 planes, rented 5 cars, stayed in 6 hotels (and slept on a plane one night) been through TSA security 8 times and been home twice for turnarounds of less than 18 hours. Most of that time I was doing what I was doing (some of which was work and some of which was fun), and not blogging.
But now I'm back, and ready to resume. I've got class at Kellogg starting in a week, and thus more bright eyes to teach. I've got a book to finish writing, and a bunch of other good things coming up. So, I'll be here regularly.