Just wanted to post a quick bullet and apologize for anyone who has had trouble reaching the site in recent weeks. Without getting into the gory computer details (I know we have a few readers that are interested, but I suspect them to be the minority) several things went wrong at once, any one of which would not have interrupted our service, but when combined they caused the site to appear to be up and down repeatedly over a period of several days.
I believe I have the problem resolved now, and thanks to the miraculous advance of technology, have been able to eliminate several layers of complexity in the way the system functions. Thus reducing the potential for future problems.
Anyhow, sorry for the trouble. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!