You are all very kind.
I had hoped that this would be a place where I could interact with others sensitive to the changes we can implement in our lives and relationships with a heightened awareness of "type," and as a writer/lecturer, I also hoped to comb the site for useful anecdotes to use in a seminar I'm creating.
But on my first day, I learned that personal attacks and hateful, mean-spirited remarks are accepted coin when disagreement presents. I don't care to participate in that sort of thing. My "name," the band I play in, my profession, and my "manhood" were all mocked on the basis of disagreement with an opinion I put forth. I don't mind people disagreeing with me --- but if it's my manhood that's in question, I posit that a man does not wallow in adolescent mockery, if serious exchange is the goal: a man considers such behaviors beneath his notice.
It is my intent to continue to review this site for useful material for my seminar. But I believe it is best that my interactions with the community be private, thru PM. For those who do not conform to the attack-the-person mentality, my deep apologies. I don't seek to paint the entire community with one brush, and I genuinely appreciate the kindness of those of you who offered warm welcome!