This blog was originally designed to document my journey through a Ph.D. program and has been inactive for nearly three years. Additionally, I had used another hosting company for many, many years and they were suddenly bought out by another company about a year and a half ago. At that point, my sites disappeared and I had an extremely difficult time getting backups. Even then, I found it was nearly impossible to resurrect all that I had written and thought I’d try again tonight. I was just about to give up when I somehow managed to not only find the sql file but also, after spending a considerable time tweaking the database, was able to get the blog back up. I’ll probably post more in the coming days and weeks as many, many positive things have occurred since I last wrote.