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?
For two decades, I worked at political jobs. Then my parents got sick, and I went home to help care for them, and they died, fourteen weeks apart, in their late 60s. And I decided that life is too dear, and too uncertain, to fritter away in political offices. I fought back the sorrow with travel, and started this blog. I believe that passions are more fun when you share them with others, and my hope is to share my passions for travel and culture with you. Welcome! Read more …