This morning I wrote my representatives in Congress*, remembering the words of a strident conservative who came to my book talk looking to bristle with me over guns. ‘Call them by their first name,’ he said. ‘Reminds 'em who they work for.’ He told me at the outset, ‘I’m a shade right of Scalia,’ and noted … Continue reading Gun Talk—COEXIST
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
Join me and these local independent authors for a conversation about writing and publishing. Kimberly G. Hargan--The Dauphin's Lost Jewels (Sci-fi) Lisa G. Eley--Thirteen Geese in Flight (Biography) Candace Meredith--Contemplation: Imagery, Sound, and Form (Poetry) Kacy Cooney--In a Maze of Imagination (General Fiction) Kamakshi P. Murti--Lalli's Window (Children's Fiction) Jonathan Zeitlin--Death & Repair (Mystery) And … Continue reading Vienna, but not Austria
The air and leaves outside turn to fall. In the week ahead we'll celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Navrathri, and the official start of Autumn. I'll hold the first book discussion for my debut novel, 18 months old already. My Foreign Service colleagues and I will start the annual ritual of progress into new jobs, new countries, … Continue reading The Paneless Window Washer
In an effort to prove why writing is easy and speaking is hard, I decided to do live stand-up at the library in Oakton, VA. Drop by to find out why I write instead of preach, and what's behind that title---Two Pumps for the Body Man. Register here.