If I could force myself to make the time to update this blog, this poor blog wouldn’t look as neglected. I can rattle of excuses – work, family, need to sleep, the holidays – but it all comes down to not making time to write.
But I have kept busy. I’ve read like crazy, continuing on my 2013 presidential quest. I’ve read through to the presidents of my lifetime, and am reading a biography of Ronald Reagan. Considering the last review was of Thomas Jefferson, that demonstrates how far my reading is ahead of my blogging about it. I’ve also been busy with taking courses through Coursera, a fantastic e-learning resource. At work, I am thrilled to be in my new office – just a cubicle, mind you – in a building overlooking the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in lovely downtown Durham. Or Durm, as the natives pronounce it, with monosyllabic gusto.
So what inspired me to finally come out of my shell and write something? After years of the public ignoring my load of drivel, Don Charisma (don’t you love that name?) became a follower of my blog. I doubt it is his real name, but even so, hats off to a great name. Recently, I read an article about Dalton Conley’s book Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Science of Raising Children But Were Too Exhausted to Ask, suggesting that unusual names can lead to fame and notoriety. Conley named his daughter “E”, just the letter, and his son Yo Xing Heyno Augustus Eisner Alexander Weiser Knuckles. If Conley is right, those kids are going places, just like Don Charisma, to whom I owe a sincere thank you for encouraging me to write this little blog post.