So I'm all for giving someone his space, but this morning, in an "enough is enough" moment, I called Ed Calkins.
He was in the middle of suiting up for a Santa gig, but we chatted for a few moments with the goal of talking longer later in the week.
Yes, he is still going through a rough time - as just about anyone working in the newspaper industry is - but was very, very, very happy that I called.
I then spent six hours with the fiction writers, but it had been long time, so we had some catching up to do. I still email and one phone call, but after that...seventeenth century Germany here I come.