Politics increasingly encroached on Russian life after President Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012, and I found that my often previously esoteric or highly personal topics began to be pushed to the side by current events. As I look back now, I realize that some of the writing that engaged (challenged, excited) me most was done in these blogs. I believe it still deserves to be available; who knows, someone may be interested in reading it. As I began looking through old hard drives in search of the original texts, I realized that over the years I had also done a good deal of one-off writing – much more than I realized – for “stray” publications and blogs. All of this writing – what comprised my life for a decade or more – was pretty much gone. And so we have this – something called Blogs and Stray Articles. It is a companion piece to my Russian Landmarks blog and my personal website, which provides a good deal of information going far beyond my own work.