NO, I'M NOT DYING of some dreadful disease. My "stop and smell the flowers" advice stems from a couple of things. One is that, sadly, I know some people who are -- and even beyond that, quite a few friends and family have had various surgeries lately, putting such things on my mind. The other is my sense that the Blogosphere -- like the journalistic and political worlds generally -- is too het up. (See this Roger Simon post for more.) And I realized after the second anniversary of September 11 that this is a marathon, not a sprint, and pacing is required.