I don't have time for a real post, but wanted to shout a huge THANK YOU from the rooftops for everyone's responses to my plea. Y'all renew my faith in human kind, you really do. It was so energizing to see your comments and emails pouring in that I actually got some momentum of my own going, and made a few dozen requests for auction items the other day. (Day job? What day job?)
I feel like I'm finally on track, and it's thanks to all of you.