It has been heartening to hear from so many readers of this blog. Many have asked when I will be writing more commentary.
Last week was a stark reminder that in one split second life can end or be altered forever.
2012 brings to a close one of the most politically exhausting times I can remember.
In writing on the collapse of the Soviet Union in my 1994 book Breaking Free, I noted the relish with which Soviet jokesters challenged the communist regime, and its ludicrous use of propaganda to trumpet the future and erase all traces of past failures.
As the holiday season gets underway, the Washington political scene has been busier than ever.
The last few weeks have seen the passing of some great American figures: Robert McNamara, Walter Cronkite and Frank McCourt.
All of us are witnesses to history in the making. Yet our current events are inextricably intertwined with the past.