One of the things I love about blogging is all the fun opportunities it brings me. I spent last night tweeting the presidential debate in Washington, D.C., with a group of other bloggers. We were being filmed for an upcoming PBS documentary on Alexander Hamilton, hosted by Richard Brookhiser.
The Hamilton connection stems from Mr. Brookhiser’s idea that Mr. Hamilton, the most prolific author of the Federalist Papers, would be a blogger today. The group seemed to agree, and to think that Mr. Hamilton’s contributions would elevate the level of discourse in the blogosphere. As the token Jeffersonian, I imagined a scenario where the Anti-Federalists had a group blog, and the Federalists set up their own group blog, each side posting and commenting its objections to and mockery of the other’s arguments.
The other thing we agreed on was that the debate was a snooze-fest. Where are Mssrs. Jefferson and Hamilton when we need them?
I fell in love with travel on a trip to Mexico when I was nine years old. Since then, I’ve travelled the globe from Israel to El Salvador. I’ve skied the Swiss Alps and hiked national parks like Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, and Virgin Islands. I’ve marvelled at masterpieces in the Prado, the Uffizi, the Huntington, and the National Gallery of Art. I’ve stayed in a cabin on a mountaintop in Norway and on a kibbutz along the Sea of Galilee, and been kicked out of the Ritz at the Place Vendôme. I’ve taken cooking classes from New England to the Caribbean, and watched a chef prepare traditional shakshuka in the kitchen of his restaurant in Tel Aviv. I weave historical research and my personal experiences together in writing this blog. I hope you find it helpful. Read more …