I have a plan for Taking Bearings. I aim to alternate through different weekly features. Once a week, a new issue will be sent and posted. Each week will have a distinct focus, alternating in a regular fashion.
That’s the plan. For now. TB is experimental, as is all interesting writing. And as with all experiments, when new information arises, I’ll adjust as needed or inspired.
But for now, this is The Plan:
I taught college students for a quarter century (I started very young!), and most of the time when I sit down to write, I attempt to explain something. I am a teacher at heart. So, one week’s feature is called The Classroom. I’ll offer some historical lesson. I may tell you about a person or a law or event or a place that you know, or thought you knew, or might have no idea about. It might be relevant to current events or just something interesting to know.
The Field Trip
I’m a homebody by nature. However, I’ve learned it is important to get out. In other words, I need to take a Field Trip now and then. Over the years, my sense of place and time have deepened when I’ve spent time outside the archives and my office. So I plan on regular field trips to see interesting things or beautiful places. Sometimes they will be places new to me; sometimes I’ll revisit a favorite place from my past. I might report on a place I went yesterday, or a place I went three years ago. I hope my field trip reports inspire you to go to places and to think about them, especially considering time as a factor.
I read. I read a lot in fact. It varies, of course, but on average, I finish a book about every three or four days. Most of those are not related to what I’m aiming to do with Taking Bearings. But some are. So, I will read and reflect on books. Especially, I think, I’ll consider some older books, which will allow me to reflect not only the texts themselves but the contexts in which they were produced. I also plan to read classics I’ve never read, or re-read ones I’ve not visited in decades, or just an old book I have on the shelf. These TB trips to The Library will be yet another way to see how history enters our cultures and enriches our world.
The Wild Card
Once every four weeks, I’ll do something else. Who knows what it will be? That’s why it’s The Wild Card. Probably each time, I’ll offer something new. Perhaps it will be a reflection on current events. Maybe I’ll report on some ongoing research I’m doing, giving you access to a work-in-progress. It’s possible I’ll share some recommendations. You can count on it being connected to the main themes in my thinking and activities through the rest of the weeks. Maybe.