Straightening out

Or, in other words, Now What?

In case the friend who didn’t manage to make a public comment is nevertheless reading this, I’m going to try harder to blog every day as she enthusiastically told me I should do. This has always been one of my intentions, but I do better with a little friendly encouragement.

I have fairly recently decided to concentrate on Western Civilization, and particularly on Anglic (or, since the term is not really standard) English speaking peoples, and even more particularly, on the United States. This is because, at least since the 19th century, these have been considered the most advanced, influential peoples of the world. This has not always been the case and may not always be the case, but it’s a starting point. As I go back to previous periods and centuries, the primary emphasis will be different, but I will leave that to those particular periods and centuries.

Among Asian peoples, the primary emphasis is on Oriental peoples, and this because of the size of China and the numbers of cities. Chinese peoples is a new category, which includes not only China proper, but Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, which have a special status, and did some work on elevating that to its proper place. South Asian peoples are next on the list, and I am also moving Southeast Asian peoples into a higher priority. I am reluctantly leaving Middle Eastern peoples in fourth place, because although these have been historically important, are centrally located, and are the focus of much current attention, they just don’t have the size and population to go up front. Central Asia is the fifth division.

I mentioned that I am including more smaller nations: the Solomon Islands, and Western Sahara stick out. I had not included these in any previous versions of the SKB, so this is new work. Likewise, I have added a few more cities.

For light (fiction) reading, I did a reread of “Catherine’s Intrigue” by Paige Edwards (This is an LDS romantic thriller), and “Blood, Oil, and Love” by Dorothy Grant, which might be called a military romantic thriller. Yes, I do speed-read fiction, but if the story is good, I will go back to it, and if it’s really good, I will go back to it again and again.

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