Monday, August 26, 2013

I'm still here...

"Where is America's Past is Carmen Sandiego?" brings back memories of second grade. It's one of the first video games I remember playing. I just found the image appropriate because I imagine the half-dozen of you who actually read my blog were wondering where I've been since April.

Well, the short version of the story is that I got engaged and I'm getting married in November. The blog kind of fell through the cracks in the midst of the wedding planning. Fortunately, I had my future sister-in-law over at Footprints on My Heart to occasionally nag me about not updating my blog. I'm still ahead of my mom over at The Blotter. In other words, if you want to confuse my mom by the sudden spike in blog visits, click the latter link.

I have been keeping up (somewhat) with my historical reading. I picked up David Donald's 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning biography Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War on sale when Borders was closing a while back. Dry at times, it's still interesting, especially his discussion of the caning incident. The violent actions against a prominent, outspoken abolitionist like Charles Sumner was inevitable given the inherently violent nature of slavery and the culture around it.

I'm currently working through some books recommended by the historian of the House of Representatives: Grand Old Party: A History of the Republicans by Louis L. Gould and Party of the People: A History of the Democrats by Jules Witcover. So far, its making me feel like a fish out of water in modern American politics...but I digress.

Anyway, I do have some exciting posts upcoming. Two series are on their way.

More later as life unfolds!