Hard to believe, but Sunday will mark the fourth anniversary of this blog. Here was my first post on Nov. 19, 2002.

If nothing else, an anniversary is an apt occasion to thank everyone who has read and linked to this blog over the years. It is also an appropriate moment to say how much I value the friends and acquaintances I have made through blogging. Blogs help to make this enormous world we live in smaller, and we are all the better for it.