No, I did not “retire.”

When people learn that I used to practice law, they often ask “So, you’re retired?” I can’t blame them for…

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Happy New Year! (Year of the Dog)

Happy New Year! It’s the year of the dog, which probably has some significance for someone, but I can’t say…

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Library Liberation

I’m a book hoarder. I couldn’t tell you how many I have, but it numbers in the thousands. I still…

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The Joy of Shakespeare

When was the last time you saw a Shakespeare play? For me, the answer is “last week.” I have the…

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Back to VCCA

Toward the end of last year, I had a long writing residency at Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the conclusion…

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The Omnivorous Reader

I grew up in small cities in the Midwest, in a pretty typical middle-class home. Both of my parents worked,…

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