just a quick note to let y'all know i changed the comment system on this blog. i feel like blogger was missing some key components - namely being able to reply to individual comments. i have been woefully behind on getting back to questions and responding to greetings. i love hearing from you, but knew that the system was not working for me. so i hope switching to disqus makes things easier. i have liked using it on other sites. you do need to sign in with them, as google blogger id's don't automatically register. you can use your twitter or facebook account to sign in or use your blogger account in the open id section.
i'll let you know how it goes in case you too are looking for a change.