Another rose in my son’s garden in San Diego.
Are some of my blogging friends becoming tired of blogging? Several individuals I follow seem to be “away from their desk” or ‘closed for the season’ or ‘on hiatus’ of one kind or another.
I can understand it if you are on the road, a ship or plane. I was away for a week or so myself this fall.
I can also understand the need for a break from all this writing, reading and bickering with the safety precautions of Blogger and/or God forbid, Word Press.
But for goodness sake, don’t give up on blogging, its good for you. Or, so said Ronnie Bennett over at ‘As Time Goes By.’ Which is how I got here years ago.
Truth be told, I would rather be reading, but my eyes are not fully cooperating. So I bought my first audio book, Postwar by Tony Judt, a rather long (1,000 pages) history of Europe after WWII.
I read this book for a graduate history class on Postwar Europe. I am reading it again because it is hands down, the best book ever written about this period in history. And, because I believe when I put my head in the sand, only my ass is showing.
Should you wonder why the US kept a military presence in Europe after WWII, or why and how the Cold War began and continued as long as it did, or why Eastern Europe, including Poland is important to the US, as well as how and why the US became involved in Vietnam, this is the book for you.
Okay, okay, I hear you say, enough with this already. We need to stay home and take care of ourselves. That’s all well and good, but we live in a world interconnected before the US became a country. The US is the child of as well as a participant in this world.
If I am missing for a day or so here and there, you know what I am doing. Read this book, or buy the audio version.
Tony Robert Judt, FBA (/dʒʌt/ jut; 2 January 1948 – 6 August 2010) was a British historian, essayist, and university professor [and Marxist Zionist but don’t let that put you off] who specialized in European history.
Judt moved to New York and served as the Erich Maria Remarque Professor in European Studies at New York University, and Director of NYU’s Erich Maria Remarque Institute. He was a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. In 1996 Judt was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2007 a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.