We Have Seen and We Have Said

Last week we were treated to countless rounds of being talked down to by law enforcement from Broward County, Florida after yet another completely avoidable massacre at the hands of an American citizen exercising his right to bear an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle. 'If you see something, say something,' Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said … Continue reading We Have Seen and We Have Said

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Yes. Today Is the Day to Talk About It.

And tomorrow. And tomorrow. And tomorrow...

Stock Recovery Plan

So what if the stock market is on a rollercoaster this week? Grab some cheap thrills and laugh off your losses with a 15% savings on Patchworks, a hilarious office satire about the ordinary bureaucrats working hard for you in Washington DC. Price too steep? Check it out at the Fairfax County Public Library! Can one … Continue reading Stock Recovery Plan

A Borrower Be

The patient wait is over. Patchworks is now available through the Fairfax County Public Library. Reserve your copy today. Can one intern save us from ourselves, when the government he works for keeps shutting itself down? Patchworks shares a pound of absurdity for every ounce of tragedy, winking in dismay at the circumstances of our … Continue reading A Borrower Be

Swamp Talk

Why do the murders keep happening? What are we doing to stop them? Can one earnest intern make a difference, when the government he serves keeps shutting itself down? Join the whole Patchworks crew for a bite at The Fed Buffet. Great Falls Library 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA Saturday Feb 3rd, 1:30-4:00 America's next gun … Continue reading Swamp Talk

Rock Paper Scissors Shutdown

Gun violence isn't the only systemic failure of the federal government to be yodeled at with doomed futility in Patchworks. Furloughs and government shutdowns also pepper a story full of recurring small deaths. There comes a point---moments before the plot's big turn---when two sympathetic colleagues must choose: which of them will take a round of furloughs instead of … Continue reading Rock Paper Scissors Shutdown

The Mess We’re In

Only in our currently defiled situation could an unpaid intern have the gall and patience to assert moral power... This month's Foreign Service Journal features an incisive review of Patchworks by author and retired Foreign Service Officer Dan Whitman. Generous praise from a great writer. Dan served as French interpreter for the  State Department's International … Continue reading The Mess We’re In

2018

Resolution: Let’s be deliberate in the year ahead. Let’s choose our time and our course and our actions with a certainty in what we hope to achieve. I’ll begin January working on the novel that will serve as a gift for my second son, who turns eight in July. That work will continue steadily during … Continue reading 2018

This American Carnage

Just under a year ago we were promised an end to American carnage. Now, today, the wealth of the 99% is being ripped from our homes and handed blithely to those who already have so much. So how does the inaugural phrase "This American carnage stops right here and stops right now," relate to signing … Continue reading This American Carnage

Stubborn 2nd Amendment

As written, the law that guarantees the right to bear arms also pegs this right to a well regulated Militia. So put that in your pipes and smoke it. #notonemore