Friend of the blog, Michael S. Chong, emailed this link to Publishers Weekly where there's a lovely essay about short stories http://publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/54509-the-state-of-the-short-story.html
Of course, when I went back after lunch to check out a few facts before posting the site seemed to be having some difficulties. Probably from the storm. But I decided to post the link anyway so it doesn't get lost in my email. And perhaps some of you will have better luck getting through. My computer doesn't always play nice.
Thank you, Michael!!