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  • 2016 In Review

    2016 In Review

    I can't help it -despite barely writing this year, despite everything, I still kind of like doing this Year In Review thing. The urge to document overcomes. I've deleted or altered questions from past years, because some of them just don't apply or I…
    - 28 Dec 16, 7:50pm -
  • So, this happened too

    So, this happened too

    We unexpectedly got a new car a few weeks ago. Well, "new" in the sense of "hand me down car from my in-laws" new. They wanted to upgrade to a newer car that had some fancy collision avoidance technology, because they are getting older, and my MIL wo…
    - 27 May 16, 6:00pm -
  • It's been a hell of a year already

    It's been a hell of a year already

    This year has been a hell of a slog so far. I am now damn determined that it is going to go nowhere but UP. On Monday, May 9, 2016, I finally, FINALLY had long-awaited surgery on my scalp to remove two Red Delicious apple-sized tissue expanders, exci…
    - 20 May 16, 4:30pm -
  • Light at the end of the tunnel
    I haven't felt like posting here over the last few months. I had surgery on my head on Jan. 11 to insert two tissue expanders under my scalp as part of the reconstruction of said scalp to repair the big bald spots/scars from my December 2014 runner-c…
    - 6 Apr 16, 6:05pm -
  • 2015 In Review

    2015 In Review

    I wasn't sure if I wanted to do this list this year. I usually enjoy it, but 2015 was Not My Favorite. Still, the urge to document overcomes. I've deleted or altered questions from past years, because some of them just don't apply or I'm sick of them…
    - 4 Jan 16, 9:04pm -
  • Halloween 2015

    Halloween 2015

    (Let's pretend Halloween wasn't almost 2 weeks ago. I always do a Halloween post, and dammit, here's another one, better late than never, right?) Another great Halloween in the books. I love Halloween in general, and I really love Halloween in our ne…
    - 13 Nov 15, 8:15pm -
  • Two things: Serendipitous; annoying

    Two things: Serendipitous; annoying

    Serendipitous- On Sunday, I got up, knowing I needed Some Kind Of Plan for things to do all day with Helene that would keep her from moaning and whining with much drama about recently imposed limits on iPad time. I remembered that there was a 1:35 Na…
    - 24 Sep 15, 5:11pm -
  • Summer

    Summer

    Yesterday was Labor Day, one of the traditional bookends of summer. I wanted it to be a little more glorious, a little more right, a little more juicy, going out with a bang. It's one the last days our pool is open, and they have a few special things…
    - 8 Sep 15, 4:59pm -
  • The one that's pretty much all about running
    So. If you are bored out of your skull by people talking about running, you might want to skip this one. I mentioned in my last post that I've been running again, quite a bit. It's like now that I'm back in decent shape, and I CAN run, I don't want t…
    - 17 Jul 15, 3:16pm -
  • Seven, no eight, quick takes

    Seven, no eight, quick takes

    Oh, hey there. Yeah, I write here sometimes. There was a hiatus. That's how exhausted I was from Disney. Joking. Sort of. Life has been busy and mostly good, but there are still Many Feelings about lots of things, and some were kind of dark and tangl…
    - 25 Jun 15, 6:39pm -

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The Liffeys Well

  • Surprise and Fear
    I started this thing way back in the day to write about politics and what was happening in America. Over the years, as I’ve adopted other, newer, social media platforms, The Foggy Dew has lingered with only sporadic updates. Part of this is because…
    - 21 Nov 15, 12:14am -
  • Long time no pics...

    Long time no pics...

    It's been a while, hasn't it? There is a reason for that. Let's just say that I don't feel totally comfortable ranting and raving like I used to with the job I now have. It's not political or anything, but it's public enough that my opinions could be…
    - 28 Jul 14, 12:24am -
  • Fur-Lough Fotos Vol. 1

    Fur-Lough Fotos Vol. 1

    As promised, here is the first iteration of Fur-Lough Fotos! I took the opportunity on my unpaid day off to head up to the National Zoo. The weather was beautiful for an afternoon outside, not too hot and not too muggy. An odd occurrence here in D.C.…
    - 4 Aug 13, 2:41am -
  • So, July, yeah...

    So, July, yeah...

    I spent a couple of minutes trying to come up with a way to tie this post to Julius Caesar, inventor of the month of July, but drew a blank. Nothing there. Nada. Also, I'd written a bit of a rant about how slightly craptastic this month has been, bu…
    - 22 Jul 13, 6:02pm -
  • Moonrise Over Del Ray

    Moonrise Over Del Ray

    Been a while, hasn't it? I skipped an entire month of posting and, really, I do feel bad about that. So, to try to make up for that, how about a couple of pictures of a bad moon rising over Del Ray last night? I first tried shooting these with my pho…
    - 9 Jul 13, 12:20pm -
  • New look, new thoughts...
    What do you think of the new look? They say black is slimming...I figured a little change, a revolution if you will, might spur me into writing a bit more. And, thanks to congress, I'll have a little extra time on my hands until the end of the fiscal…
    - 9 Jul 13, 1:42am -
  • On my honor…
    I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this here before, but I’m an Eagle Scout. Yeah, big surprise, right? I joined my Boy Scout troop in the first week of October 1980 and went on my first camping trip the following weekend. It was glorious. We…
    - 6 Feb 13, 4:36pm -
  • Fireworks! Ohhhh! Ahhhhh!

    Fireworks! Ohhhh! Ahhhhh!

    It's been so long since I've posted here it seems like one of the last posts I did was of my pictures from last Fourth of July. Actually, that's pretty close to the truth. Also, there's a strange new interface. Not sure I like it. Anyway, forgive me?…
    - 6 Jul 12, 1:12pm -
  • Discovery in the skies over D.C.

    Discovery in the skies over D.C.

    I headed up to the Mall Tuesday morning to see a sight never to be seen again ... Well, at least until they fly Enterprise out of Dulles to NYC. Anyway, as anyone who reads this knows, I'm a space buff and the chance to see the space shuttle Discover…
    - 17 Apr 12, 11:58pm -
  • Before they're gone...

    Before they're gone...

    I cut it kind of close this year, but I did get out for the annual Cherry Blossom Photo Shoot. It was an iffy proposition, what with the blossoms all showing up two weeks early and disappearing a week before the start of the actual Cherry Blossom Fes…
    - 30 Mar 12, 3:22pm -
  • A Christmas walk

    A Christmas walk

    Here's the situation: You're done with Christmas dinner at your brothers but, because his nights end a bit earlier than yours do due to his kids (who were adorable, I should add), what do you do? Going out drinking on Christmas night could be interes…
    - 26 Dec 11, 6:29am -
  • Happy 236th Birthday!!

    Happy 236th Birthday!!

    Two hundred and thirty-sixy years ago, on Nov. 10, 1775, at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Capt. Samuel Nichols, the first commandant of the Marine Corps, began recruiting the first two battalions of Continental Marines. For those of us who've claimed t…
    - 10 Nov 11, 6:19pm -
  • So, it's been a while...
    I was a little taken aback when I looked at the date of the last post. It's been more than a month and half since I last posted and, well, I feel a bit bad about that. But not so bad that I'm going to beg forgiveness. There are still many things I wa…
    - 7 Nov 11, 4:42pm -
  • I'm proud to claim the title...

    I'm proud to claim the title...

    …of United States Marine. Sgt. Dakota Meyer, somehow just saying Semper Fi doesn’t seem like enough. How do you say thank you to a man credited with saving three dozen fellow soldiers (13 Americans and 23 Afghans)? That there is the picture of a…
    - 15 Sep 11, 11:30pm -
  • 9/11 Memorial at night

    9/11 Memorial at night

    Living as close as I used to to the Pentagon, I thought it was strange I'd never been to the 9/11 Memorial. I'd ridden past it countless times, but I'd never stopped to take it in. So Friday night I changed that. It's pretty moving. One hundred and e…
    - 11 Sep 11, 8:50pm -
  • Ummmm, salty

    Ummmm, salty

    According to Time: "Today Ben & Jerry's announced their newest ice cream flavor—which might not immediately sound appealing. Schweddy Balls, an homage to Saturday Night Live, is vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and a huge scoop of cheekiness."Y…
    - 8 Sep 11, 5:21pm -
  • Definitely not like tears in the rain…

    Definitely not like tears in the rain…

    As anyone who’s ever read this little corner of the interwebs knows, I’m a sucker for just about anything that has to do with human spaceflight. The video below comes to us courtesy of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and shows some interes…
    - 7 Sep 11, 2:31pm -
  • Stuck the landing…finally
    Back in March I set goal, a goal I came tantalizingly close to during both June and July only to watch it slip through my fingers like quicksilver. Failure almost reared its head again in August, but I knuckled down and last night, somewhere across f…
    - 31 Aug 11, 8:43pm -
  • Follow in my wake…
    As I went to bed Saturday night/Sunday morning (about 1:30 a.m.) the rain from Irene was still coming down. Despite my concerns about losing power, it was my house’s Achilles heel – no power, no power to the sump pumps in my basement – there…
    - 29 Aug 11, 2:10am -
  • Things that make you go WTF?!?!?...

    Things that make you go WTF?!?!?...

    As I was driving home from work yesterday along the tree-lined streets of my hood, this car in front of me caught my eye. While a Prius is not by any means a terribly unusual sight in Alexandria - Hell, there's three or four on my block alone - this…
    - 7 Jul 11, 8:00pm -
  • Look! Up in the sky...

    Look! Up in the sky...

    Hope everyone's recovering from America's big birthday party yesterday. Two hundred and thirty-five years old and we barely look a day over 200. Especially when you look at some of the roads around here. Kidding. Anyway, instead of battling the traff…
    - 5 Jul 11, 8:24pm -
  • The Mobeus Family Tree
    I found this poem in a clan newsletter. If I might make a suggestion, it sounds best if you hear it in your head spoken in an Irish accent. .I am my own grandpa! .Many, many years ago when I was twenty-three,I got married to a widow who was pretty as…
    - 30 Jun 11, 1:13pm -
  • Oh, there's just one other thing...

    Oh, there's just one other thing...

    Do you hear that, Fezzik? That is the sound of ultimate suffering. My heart made that sound when the six-fingered man killed my father. The Man in Black makes it now.- Inigo MontoyaAs anyone who’s ever wandered by here knows I’m a total sucker fo…
    - 24 Jun 11, 6:46pm -
  • Things that make you go "Hmmm"

    Things that make you go "Hmmm"

    I was headed downtown on Saturday evening to enjoy the High Life with some friends at 18th Amendment. Since the city has become somewhat (OK, totally) Draconian in its parking regulations and enforcement duirng the past year, I chose Metro. (Seriousl…
    - 21 Jun 11, 1:30pm -
  • Lost and found
    Some good news here. Someone found my lost saddle bag and phone on Sunday and, apparently, I must have lost it a lot earlier in my ride than I thought.You see, I know this because whoever found my phone began trying to find me at 9:38 a.m. when they…
    - 15 Jun 11, 3:15pm -

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      • Tara Campbell on the Power of Writing Short

        Tara Campbell on the Power of Writing Short

        The author of Circe’s Bicycle talks about worst case scenarios and the magic of flash fiction By Yohanca Delgado The reported resurgence in the popularity of poetry suggests a broader hunger for brevity, for lean literary art. Tara Campbell is ah…
        - 26 Nov 18, 3:22pm -
      • An Interview with Nan Kilmer Baker, author of NAKED JOY

        An Interview with Nan Kilmer Baker, author of NAKED JOY

        By Tessa Wild, TWC Front Desk AssociateTessa: Why did you decide to write NAKED JOY?Nan: Born with a passion for writing, I had written stories for years about people, places and events around the world that intrigued me. Most of these wound up in a…
        - 7 Nov 18, 6:12pm -
      • An Interview with Mary K. O’Melveny, author of A Woman of a Certain Age

        An Interview with Mary K. O’Melveny, author of A Woman of a Certain Age

        Interview by Tessa Wild, The Writer's CenterTessa Wild: Why did you decide to write A Woman of a Certain Age?Mary K. O’Melveny: Being one myself, I have been writing for some time about issues that affect women as they age, including their “visib…
        - 29 Oct 18, 7:05pm -
      • The Long View: Giving Novels the Time They Need

        The Long View: Giving Novels the Time They Need

        By Susan Coll, TWC Novel Year InstructorStudents are frequently more interested in polishing their query letters than in perfecting their manuscripts. That’s a common thread I’ve observed in the many workshops that I’ve run at The Writer’s Ce…
        - 21 Sep 18, 2:05pm -
      • 2017 First Novel Prize Winner Sheila Martin

        2017 First Novel Prize Winner Sheila Martin

        Sheila Martin will read at The Writer's Center on Friday, September 28, 2018, 7:30pm. Click here for details »It’s the beginning of summer at Coney Island in the 1950s: the rides are whirring and cranking, kids are screaming and laughing, the sme…
        - 19 Sep 18, 5:27pm -
      • Meet Amy L. Freeman, TWC’s Development Director

        Meet Amy L. Freeman, TWC’s Development Director

        By Tessa Wild, TWC InternI sat down with Amy L. Freeman, our new Development Director, to chat about what brought her to The Writer’s Center. She comes to us from Bethesda Cares, where she worked to end homelessness in our community. Now she’s em…
        - 13 Sep 18, 1:43pm -

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      • How I Came to The Writer’s Center...

        How I Came to The Writer’s Center...

        By Caroline Bock, TWC InstructorDeath is a good way to start.*Maybe you don’t think so, but I wouldn’t have written my debut collection of short stories, Carry Her Home, without the death of my Pop. My husband and I had just put our Long Island h…
        - 29 Aug 18, 6:05pm -
      • Poetry & Baseball: An Interview with E. Ethelbert Miller

        Poetry & Baseball: An Interview with E. Ethelbert Miller

        Originally published in the Summer 2018 issue of The Writer's GuidePoet Lore executive editor and beloved poet E. Ethelbert Miller has hit another home run with his 16th book, If God Invented Baseball. Drawing on his love of sports and baseball's zen…
        - 11 Jul 18, 1:56pm -
      • Screenwriting 101: Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

        Screenwriting 101: Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

        By Brian Price, author of Classical Storytelling and Contemporary ScreenwritingAny decent screenwriting program will tell its students that the very first writing manual was Aristotle’s Poetics, in which he examined the Greek tragedies of his day i…
        - 25 Jun 18, 2:04pm -
      • Interview with Ryan Habermeyer, author of The Science of Lost Futures

        Interview with Ryan Habermeyer, author of The Science of Lost Futures

        By Zach Powers, Communications Manager, The Writer’s CenterOne of my favorite literary topics to discuss is weird fiction. Why are some writers drawn to the fabulist, the speculative, and the strange? I’m certainly one of those writers myself, an…
        - 18 Jun 18, 1:51pm -
      • LOVERS: A TRIBUTE TO POET LORE'S FOUNDERS
        LOVERS: A TRIBUTE TO POET LORE’S FOUNDERSBut I say courage is not the abnormal.Not the marvelous act. Not Macbeth with fine speeches…Not the surprise. The amazed understanding. The marriage,Not the month’s rapture. Not the exception. The beauty…
        - 4 Jun 18, 5:32pm -
      • Poet Lore Remembers Walt Whitman

        Poet Lore Remembers Walt Whitman

        It's a question we've asked over and over: Walt Whitman subscribed. Do you? But today, on Whitman's 199th birthday, we remember that he not only subscribed to Poet Lore but engaged with us, too.In 1892, Whitman purchased ads for "Leaves of Grass" in…
        - 31 May 18, 4:13pm -
      • Interview with Philip Dean Walker, author of Read by Strangers

        Interview with Philip Dean Walker, author of Read by Strangers

        By Zach Powers, Communications Manager, The Writer’s CenterPhilip Dean Walker was one of the first writers I met when I moved to this area. A native of Great Falls, Virginia, he received his MFA in Creative Writing from American University and now…
        - 30 May 18, 5:24pm -
      • Quality or Quantity: Which is More Important For a Writer?

        Quality or Quantity: Which is More Important For a Writer?

        By Patricia GrayIf you’re busy turning out bestsellers, quantity is the answer, right? But if you want to write a literary masterpiece, then quality is more important. Well, not exactly. These two writerly desires for most of us are inseparably lin…
        - 30 May 18, 2:12pm -
      • Meet Zach Powers, The Writer’s Center’s new Communications Manager

        Meet Zach Powers, The Writer’s Center’s new Communications Manager

        Chances are you’ve already seen some of Zach Powers’s work in one of our emails or on Facebook and Twitter. He started helping us out at The Writer’s Center at the beginning of the year and came on full-time this month. Zach is a seasoned media…
        - 24 May 18, 5:20pm -
      • Poet Lore 2017 Pushcart Nominee - Julie Wendell

        Poet Lore 2017 Pushcart Nominee - Julie Wendell

        Poet Lore has 8 poets and 17 poems nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize! We spoke to nominee Julie Wendell about her poem “The Art of Falling.” Read it here and see what Wendell has to say about it. From the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Poet Lore.…
        - 26 Apr 18, 2:46pm -
      • Poet Lore 2017 Pushcart Nominee - Frank Stewart

        Poet Lore 2017 Pushcart Nominee - Frank Stewart

        Poet Lore has 8 poets and 17 poems nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize! We spoke to nominee Frank Stewart about his poem “Light Work.” Read it here and see what Stewart has to say about it. From the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Poet Lore.LIGHT W…
        - 25 Apr 18, 2:39pm -
      • Poet Lore 2017 Pushcart Nominee - Steven Sanchez

        Poet Lore 2017 Pushcart Nominee -  Steven Sanchez

        Poet Lore has 8 poets and 17 poems nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize! We spoke to nominee Steven Sanchez about his poem “What I Didn’t Tell You.” Read it here and see what Sanchez has to say about it. From the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Po…
        - 24 Apr 18, 1:00pm -
      • Poet Lore 2017 Pushcart Nominee - Andrew Motion

        Poet Lore 2017 Pushcart Nominee - Andrew Motion

        Poet Lore has 8 poets and 17 poems nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize! We spoke to nominee Andrew Motion about his poem “The Edge of the World Twice.” Read it here and see what Motion has to say about it. From the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of P…
        - 23 Apr 18, 12:53pm -
      • Poet Lore 2017 Pushcart Nominee - Ruth Elizabeth Morris

        Poet Lore 2017 Pushcart Nominee - Ruth Elizabeth Morris

        Poet Lore has 8 poets and 17 poems nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize! We spoke to nominee Ruth Elizabeth Morris about her poem “Woman with a Postcard.” Read it here and see what Morris has to say about it. From the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of P…
        - 12 Apr 18, 2:47pm -
      • Inside The Writer's Center - Monthly Member Newsletter

        Inside The Writer's Center - Monthly Member Newsletter

        Roof, Renovation, and ReliefOur beloved building is about to get some much deserved TLC! With help from the county, we’ll begin replacing the roof in March, so please expect some noise if you meet at the Center on a weekday. We will move as many…
        - 16 Mar 18, 2:59pm -
      • 3 Ways to Access Your Writing Talent

        3 Ways to Access Your Writing Talent

        By Patricia Gray, The Writer's Center InstructorSome of us write using a different genre based on what we have to say—an essay to clarify an idea, a poem to capture a moment. Others use the same genre because it suits whatever we have to say. How d…
        - 12 Mar 18, 1:32pm -
      • 5 Ways to Find Your True Story's Heart

        5 Ways to Find Your True Story's Heart

        By Jenna McGuiggan, The Writer's Center InstructorWriting true stories is about more than reporting the facts; it's about creating art from real life. In memoir and personal essays, you want to go beyond what happened and into what it means.Here are…
        - 23 Feb 18, 7:06pm -
      • Q&A with Author Neal P. Gillen, "Rendezvous in Rockefeller Center"

        Q&A with Author Neal P. Gillen, "Rendezvous in Rockefeller Center"

        Rendezvous in Rockefeller Center is the newest novella, play, and short story by Neal Gillen. Author of twelve books, Mr. Gillen is a longtime friend, former board vice chair and benefactor of The Writer's Center. He sponsors the McLaughlin, Esstma…
        - 22 Nov 17, 6:58pm -
      • “Tiny People in Epic Spaces”: Poet Lore’s Cover Photographer Shares her Process

        “Tiny People in Epic Spaces”: Poet Lore’s Cover Photographer Shares her Process

        “Tiny People in Epic Spaces”: Poet Lore’s Cover Photographer Shares her Processby Sarah KatzSince 2002, executive editors Jody Bolz and E. Ethelbert Miller have curated the literary work of each book-length issue of Poet Lore, America’s oldes…
        - 21 Oct 17, 2:38pm -

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      • Twitter should ban Donald Trump

        Twitter should ban Donald Trump

        I live about a mile north of the Capitol in Washington, DC. My wife’s workplace is a few hundred yards from the White House. Our seven month old daughter’s daycare is a few hundred yards past that. I wouldn’t say I was ever in favor of goading…
        - 6 Jan 18, 4:30am -
      • spiraling inward

        spiraling inward

        Sam Altman’s post about Silicon Valley orthodoxy has everyone on Twitter pretty upset, and understandably so. It’s a mess. Altman’s not brave enough to defy the orthodoxy he feels stifled by, and instead offers a straw man too ridiculous to tak…
        - 15 Dec 17, 10:18pm -
      • juicero and why you can’t just buy things anymore

        juicero and why you can’t just buy things anymore

        The Juicero debacle is paying dividends besides simple amusement. This teardown of the (impressively overengineered) Juicero press is interesting and sort of beautiful, and it led me to other writing by Ben Einstein, who works at a hardware-focused v…
        - 28 Apr 17, 5:27pm -
      • Neuralink is horrifying

        Neuralink is horrifying

        This is the craziest thing I’ve read in a while. I may be missing context, but it seems that Elon Musk’s various ventures have settled on giving important product announcements and exclusive access to a cartoon science blogger named Tim Urban (Ra…
        - 21 Apr 17, 4:59pm -
      • DIY eye-fi server: docker, flickr, all sorts of good stuff

        DIY eye-fi server: docker, flickr, all sorts of good stuff

        The Eye-fi is an SD card with an embedded wifi chip. Configure it, put it in your camera and it can wirelessly upload photos without human intervention. It’s a neat gadget, even if I never did manage to get my mother’s working for her. Alas, Eye-…
        - 20 Apr 17, 10:24pm -
      • technology, religion and repeating yourself

        technology, religion and repeating yourself

        Sometimes you read something that’s so good you have to share it even though its quality reveals that your own thinking on similar questions is utterly threadbare.
        - 19 Apr 17, 3:31pm -
      • bike hack night

        bike hack night

        I gave a talk at Bike Hack Night a couple of weeks ago, and have finally managed to put the audio and slides online. It runs about 12 minutes long and describes how I used the ESP8266 wifi microcontroller, ultrasonic rangefinding sensors, a homegrown…
        - 26 Jan 17, 4:52pm -
      • I watched some CBS shows and you should probably ignore me

        I watched some CBS shows and you should probably ignore me

        I got horribly sick around 10pm on Thanksgiving night. It wasn’t the food (no one else got sick) but by early afternoon the next day I was in the ER getting IV fluids and a CT scan to ensure my appendix was in one piece. It was! But the rest of the…
        - 28 Nov 16, 3:57am -
      • AirBnB

        AirBnB

        Steph and I have been AirBnBing our guest bedroom for about a year and a half now, and it’s been mostly great. It’s not a ton of extra money, but it’s not an insignificant amount, either. We occasionally meet interesting people. We are regularl…
        - 15 Sep 16, 4:36am -
      • black hat and def con

        black hat and def con

        A week ago I was in Las Vegas, surrounded by thousands of people attending Black Hat and DEF CON, the computer security industry’s two most important US gatherings. I had never been, and I loved it. I loved it. What could be more hyperbolic than an…
        - 14 Aug 16, 6:49pm -

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