Hey everybody, I wanted to take a few moments to wish you a Happy Holiday. Blogging will be sporadic at best here at The Strawfoot over the next two weeks. I turned in the draft of a magazine article to the editor yesterday. With the draft complete and today being the last day of class at the college where I work, it seems a good time to take a respite.  If the article gets published I will let you know.

Here is something one doesn’t hear me say too often, but I need a break from the Civil War. I am going to see a few movies, visit some museums, and just relax in general for the next two weeks.

I am looking forward to a fun and productive 2012. In January I will be writing some pieces for Governors Island’s website in my capacity as volunteer there with the NPS. The Governors Island season will resume in late May. I am submitting a proposal for The Conference on New York State History in June, and I have a few ideas for future magazine and journal articles as well. I believe I am finding my niche. I am going to make some improvements to the blog as well. Video, podcasting, better photography, and greater use of social media are some things I will be working on.

I’ll be checking in between now and early January, but only periodically. Regular posting will resume January 8th. Have a happy and safe holiday.

Keith

(image/Thomas Nast’s A Christmas Furlough, Harper’s Weekly January 3, 1863)