Many apologies. The comboxes were down for nearly two days; and after receiving a number of emails inquiring about what happened to them, I thought I should post a note. I couldn't figure out the problem and contacted the folks at Haloscan.com, who discovered a bug in the comboxes, and fixed it for us. So there were are again, up and running. Sorry for the inconvenience, folks; but we're back in operation again. Happy commenting!
-- Pertinaciously yours, Pertinacious Papist