I have excellent news.
Joe returned my PM this afternoon. We traded messages and he apologized for his absence. His wife had a difficult pregnancy with their second child. All is well, though, and Joe's wife and new son are now home. Their three year old daughter is doting on her new baby brother. He is plotting his return to the board and promises to rejoin us as things settle down for him. Joe gives us all his best and wanted me to post these pictures of the happy family.
Anybody who writes a tasteless caption to one of these pictures will have to answer to ME!