I got a call tonight from Robert (Bob), my 1/2 first cousin once removed tonight who is also researching the Holmes family tree.
Among all the discussions about our family, we also discussed how we got into genealogy and what we love about it.
What also seems to be a common theme (with us and other researchers) is how our passion for research comes in fits and starts. You seem to find a clue and then go down and down a rabbit hole until you exhaust that line and then need to take a break.
It also seems that life gets in the way and without regularly scheduled research, a couple of months can easily pass by.
I hoe to be less fitful in my research in the future.