This blog nearly didn’t begin. Right after we first started talking about the blog four years ago, Bill got his cancer diagnosis. Bill already had endured eight years of excruciating back problems, and he knew that he would need to carefully limit his commitments. Bill’s first thought was that it was no time to start something new. His second thought was that a blog might be a way to try out ideas and comment on issues without writing full blown articles or reviews. Thankfully, the second thought eventually won out.
I wrote the first draft of the description that appears in the top right hand corner. Bill then completely rewrote it. It was a little too wooden for Bill’s tastes. Bill wanted to emphasize that we would be writing about everything that interested us. Our main goal was just to have fun.
Fun it has been. And many other things as well. No one who has read Bill’s posts on his cancer (just hit “health and daily life” to see them) is likely to forget them.
Bill was, and I am, deeply grateful for all of the people who have responded to posts and exchanged ideas with us, either through published comments or off-line. I don’t plan to add any new commentary after this post. But I will be regularly updating the two posts before this one by linking to articles by or about Bill and his work, and to op-eds and articles of mine. So I hope many of you will check in from time to time to see what’s new.