Yeah I know, I haven't been around. It's been a combination of being incredibly busy at work and stressed out and hitting the wall a bit creatively. It happens. Blogging is a demanding endeavor. Don't let anyone tell you anything differently, especially with the format I do (original posts, not much linking). You reach a point throughout the year where you just sort of get sick of hearing yourself opine on various topics. Blogging is intrinsically a narcissistic, self-indulgent hobby; presenting YOUR TAKE on the latest medical controversy for all the world to hear, constantly positioning yourself on various issues, proclaiming your own special stance in an open forum. It's exhausting. But whatever. Blog posts that talk about how tiresome and tough blogging can be are annoying. So I'll stop. I'll start posting again. I have a few things in mind...
I have been doing some reading at night. Check out these recs:
-Robert Wright's Evolution of God
-Anything from Richard Hofstadter (especially Anti-Intellectualism in American Life)
-James McPherson's one volume Civil War history Battle Cry of Freedom