"To Richard with heartfelt thanks for having the guts to be an honest historian. Blessings, Don Williams."
While I don't really consider myself a historian in the professional sense, I appreciate Don's kind words and gesture. In reading a recent post of his, I discovered we have kindred sentiments in some areas. Don recently wrote:
"I have endured many blessings in life, including that somehow I managed to avoid getting the curiosity beaten out of me at an early age while navigating government indoctrination camps . . . I was a mediocre student through much of my secondary schooling, essentially tuning out formal academics and doing only what I needed to move on while focusing on those things which interested me. There was so much fascinating stuff beyond the drivel being pushed in the classroom. Why were we reading a somnolistic civics textbook when there were The Federalist Papers (and even better, The Anti-Federalist Papers) to read? And history? A fascinating subject that takes great effort to be made unpalatable, but institutional “learning” gulags are up to that task. As I get older I only get more out of step with the popular culture all around me. I love learning, and I delight in passing along what I have learned."