About Me

I was born in the nation’s capital to a diplomat and a linguist. I am a political scientist by training. I started my career in tech, at first, as a graphics specialist and systems administrator on Capitol Hill and, later, a small government agency tasked with overseeing the S&L cleanup. I went on to make a career in tech publishing until I stopped working to educate and care for my child with Autism and Epilepsy in the early 2000s.

Since the Great Recession and the mass-layoffs that impacted so many industries, it is clear that there is little chance I will be able to realize my goal of restarting my career in publishing. Tens of thousands of journalists have been laid off in recent years, some far better known and more experienced than I.

In 2014, I established this blog, at first, as an extension of my public commentary. Encouraged by its success, I hope to turn this blog into a place that people can visit daily to vary their news diet and widen their analysis horizon.

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8 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. How long since we changed the oil?
    When I seizure, I’m confused. I
    never told a soul until I met you. I was
    afraid of small town rule; by force
    of will, I begged sometimes to be
    excused. Gran mal, you said, it
    sounds so lovely; it sounds like
    a painting Sargent might make
    of Venetian canals. Let’s walk,
    you said, starling, and if
    you drop, I’ll stop mid-
    flight to dip in foam.

    Charles Bane, Jr. is the American author of The Chapbook ( Curbside Splendor, 2011) and Love Poems ( Kelsay Books, 2014). His work was described by the Huffington Post as “not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them.” A writing contributor for The Gutenberg Project, he is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida. “In Paris” is from his new release.

  2. Comment from Charles Blow’s piece in today’s NYT, which I don’t have much confidence they’ll publish:

    “…to honor the heroes of the past but also to motivate the activists of the moment.” Two of the activists of the moment were former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, ten feet to the right of the Obamas on the bridge.

    Why did the New York Times decide to crop out the image of the former president and his wife from their front page on Sunday? The Bushes were there voluntarily to demonstrate their support for the march and the movement, weren’t they, or did someone force them to attend?

    I’m an un-enrolled (independent) Massachusetts voter, not a die hard republican and found this decision by the Times to be nothing short of despicable. This partisan reporting is something I’d expect from Fox News or some urban tabloid but not from the paper of record that boasts of publishing “all the news that’s fit to print.”

    Shame on the New York Times. Shame on you.

  3. Now that was a good read. My bird dog nose and yours have tracked the same trails and come to the same conclusions…keep up the good work…

    1. Thanks so much! I can’t tell which piece you are responding to, presuming it isn’t my about me page that you are referring to.

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