Blogging allows me the opportunity to engage in an ongoing conversation with my readers, through sharing my thoughts on what I hope they will consider to be interesting topics. I try to encourage both my readers and myself to ask questions, and to keep learning more about the world in which we live. In the process of writing, as well as in the feedback I receive, I often learn just as much as my readers do, regarding the subjects I cover.

CourtierBlog of the Courtier I started blogging way back in 1997, but my current, regular blog was founded in 2008. “Blog of the Courtier” takes its name and inspiration from the “Book of the Courtier” by the Italian Renaissance diplomat and man of letters, Count Baldassare Castiglione (1478-1529). In his writing, Castiglione stressed the need to constantly improve and educate yourself, while remaining true to your deeply-held principles. Along these lines, my blog explores a variety of subjects, often in the arts or in response to current events. Several of my posts have been selected by WordPress for their “Freshly Pressed” recognition.

logo-copy12Catholic Barcelona This side project blog is the most comprehensive online resource in English for those interested in the nearly 2,000-year history of Christianity in the city of Barcelona, a place I have visited many times. Over the years, I have been able to provide information on the places featured in the blog to people from all over the world. Even if you’re not Catholic, or planning to visit Barcelona any time soon, there is a wealth of art, architecture, and history in the city’s sacred spaces that is well worth getting to know.