I have PMed Ray there to ask how he is doing, and if he has any public plans on return. I won't disclose anything personal other than perhaps a yes or no reply.
Going by what was in the Topic Ray posted, that's probably all he had to say.
The Topic subject was longer than the total words typed in two posts.
Hopefully Ray has taken a break and will come back if & when he feels up to it. Many of us regulars here can identify with me, sometimes over the course of time, we get burned out for a while, sometimes exiting totally for a spell, other times posting here & there. No one (other than Staff members to upper level peers) has to give any advance notice to anyone, regardless of reason. Other than health reasons though, burnout seems to hit all regulars suffers from time to time, it becomes necessary to walk away for a breath of fresh air, and to rest/enjoy life. Or maybe a major event has taken place, a life event, move or other project that's time consuming & leaves no time for forum participation.
Just before I arrived here, after a 2 year stretch as a highly burned out Moderator over a Windows 8 Forum that eventually was hacked, totally vanished from the scene for a bit over three months, at first had no intentions of returning to duty, as I placed in many 8-12 hour days there. Only four Moderators working in shifts with zero Administrative support, we were left to our own devices, I was given the task of banning spammers, and it was a full job the entire session daily (wore out two mice in doing so). Was a total miracle that I also managed a bit over 2,000 posts in the length of time there, about half while there was Administrative presence. When one's sitting there with 30+ Google pages open most of the time, all spammers waiting for me to 'sock it to them', that shows the lack of Spam features built into the software & also explains why the burnout.
I chose to come here, because it was the only place where I wasn't known, yet had been a frequent visitor to the site since 2007, when I started learning about working on computers. Google hits led me here for probably over 1,000 solutions, and this I remembered when coming out of hibernation. Fortunately am not under the stress that I was on the other site, and hopefully will never become that exhausted again.
Whatever the reason Ray, I look forward to your return back home.