Where to begin? Lewis Carroll suggested to "Begin at the beginning...and go on till you come to the end: then stop." Imagine a Blog with a beginning and an end!
This adventure began with a dinner in Hanover, NH in late October. I was asking my host for recommendations for professors with whom I could partner in my part of the Connecticut woods. Save the Children offers its long-term employees a sabbatical, and I was looking to teach and learn (and write). "Why not consider Dartmouth?" he asked. "Why not?" I said. In hindsight I'm reminded of the adage, "be careful what you wish for; you just might get it!" I soon had a formal invitation, and the planning began.
At this point, it is customary to say what you intend to do in this bit of writing. For the on-line media it may include a commitment to frequency, topics to cover, places to visit, goals to achieve. I will resist all of that. If I have something worth saying, I'll say it. Otherwise expect nothing. You just may get it.