Category Archives: Rough Ideas and Arguments

The History of History Podcasts: A List

I have, over the last five or six years, spent a tremendous amount of time listening to podcasts. Many hundreds of hours. I like to be entertained while I’m cooking, driving, rowing, skiing… if I can listen to a story … Continue reading

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Stop Visualizing Success

“I’ve always wanted to travel,” people say. “I’ve always wanted to write a book,” say others. “I really should sit down and think through that idea I had.” “I’m finally putting my thoughts in order and am almost ready to … Continue reading

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8 Questions to Help You Plan Your European Trip

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, and I seem to have timed myself out of skiing today with an extended writing session, so here we are. I’ve been planning the big summer tour. I want to … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour, Revitalized

For quite a long time, particularly in Victorian-era England and in the upper echelons of society in the United States, children of well-to-do families set out (or were sent out, more accurately put) upon lengthy grand tours of Continental Europe. … Continue reading

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Antidisestablishmentarianism.

Antidisestablishmentarianism. I’ve always wanted to have use for this longest-of-words word. When I first overheard it spoken – probably by my elders in mere cynical derision of overwrought terminology – I was in the fourth grade. I understood only two … Continue reading

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