iMac, Mac Mini, iPad, iPods, Mac OS X (10.6.8), (10.8.2), Safari, iTunes, iPhoto
THANK YOU so much den.thed - that was exactly what was happening - and I took the recommended steps to "avoid" this scenario from occurring again - but it's an OBVIOUS BUG that Apple needs to address/fix!
This fix is kinda like telling someone "don't drive the defective car" as opposed to fixing the defect - ya know what I mean??
Thanks again. People like you make this community work!