Ah, to be in Paris

This time of year is one of the few times I miss being a Congressional staff member in Washington. It I were still there in my previous position as a senior staff member of the House Committee on Science & Technology — one of several posts I had during my time in Congress — I […]

Congressional shooting hits too close to home

The horrific shooting that put House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise in intensive care and others, including two police officers, in the hospital Wednesday in Alexandria outside of Washington, DC, was — many felt — something that was bound to happen.

It had to come, they said, because of the violent language used too often in legislative debates and because politics fed the growing hate that occupies the hearts and minds of a divisive America.

Remembering life in Washington, DC

Amy and me lived in Arlington, Virginia — part of the National Capital Region of Washington, DC  — for 23 years in a move that we thought would last, at the most, two or three 12-month terms. My plan, at the time, was to work for Congress for a couple of years to learn a […]