Maybe everyone is really busy buying stuff online or something eh? Or maybe people have just quit caring. Or, maybe everyone is just really happy how everything is going. Or maybe, ignorance is bliss. Whatever the case, let me give you my thoughts on the question of history on whether it matters: Only fools look to the future while ignoring the past. Bold statement (literally) and it will help you understand where i will be trying to go in the coming years. Some of you know i love to read. As much as i enjoy writing, a really good fiction novel is like pure gold. I read while working out on the elliptical and i read every night. With my recliner looking out at the pool, it's a tranquil setting where i can get lost before trudging off to bed. I've got a serious collection of series by some of the more well known authors. Periodically the well runs dry and i stop by the library. On one of those excursions i came across an unknown author to me; Jon Talton. Turns out he was a columnist for the Arizona Republic for years and had moved on to Seattle in a similar capacity. I loved the first book he wrote and found the 9 book series online and bought them. His main character was David Mapstone, a failed history professor turned MSCO deputy assigned to solve cold cases. His background and knowledge of history of Phoenix gave him an incredible insight solving these impossible crimes. Here is a link to the books. In this case, the history did matter...a lot. Oddly, once the series was done, i was doing research as i was writing the Del Webb series. I came across a website, the Rogue Columnist, and found a history of the depression years in Phoenix. It was so good i used a cut from it in the series. Turns out as i was looking for the owner/author, it was none other than Jon Talton. He is as well versed historically as his Mapstone books indicated. This past week i spent hours reading the Rogue Columnist. He just retired from the Seattle paper. I sent off a note of congrats and some questions in the blog he has at the bottom of columns. He responded and his comments were instant validation he was the real deal. He clearly cares; he knows history matters. He has been focused on getting people to get their head around the problems staring us all in the face. That ultimately, ignoring them will only make matters worse, not better. I felt i had met a kindred spirit, albeit on line. He knew if people knew the history they would be more invested in finding solutions. With that set up out of the way, i will break it off here and come back tomorrow morning with why any of this matters. For some, it will make no sense, hopefully for others, it will fit how we move forward. We'll see eh?