This blog is going on vacation as my family and I head off to Europe

for ten days. I have some moral misgivings about vacationing abroad while

people are being killed in the Middle East. I also feel some jitters about

traveling with loved-ones while terror warnings are high and there are

protests against my government (but not against my views) in the very

places that we intend to visit. Basically, I am looking forward to the

trip. This blog, however, is going to have to lapse into silence until

I return, since I will have no Internet access.