Thanks for the suggestions. I used to use ieSpell when I was using IE8. I did not need it in Chrome as it already has one. And, now I am absolutely hooked to IE9 (at least the RC version). I'll try your suggestions on my install of IE9 or maybe wait till after Monday when the RTM is released.
But really, this lack of a spell-check is mystifying. What's even more mystifying is that the folks at MS don't even seem to bring it up either (at least as far as I have been able to look into it).
Edit: To tell the truth, I'd rather not have something like a spell-check capability in the form of an add-on. I'd much prefer if it was baked into the browser...but what the hell do I know about these things!