I was contemplating, as I usually do, time and history. People, places, events, thoughts of the past, and things yet to come. I was thinking about these things as I was cleaning out a room and found my grad school notebooks. I pulled out my notes and reading assignments from the first class I took on historical research methods. In there, I found an article I had read called "Why Study History?" by Peter N. Stearns and felt the need to explore and share this subject with you. This also begins a series of blogs on history and historiography – the writing of history.