Much as I would like to do nothing else but write and dwell within fiction, I feel a responsibility to write about world events – both political and cultural – that impact the people among whom I live or who live in my heart. Sometimes these two desires intersect with happy results; at other times I must set aside one in order to address the other. Sometimes I get paid for what I write, sometimes I don’t. In either case, the exercise of writing both fiction and opinion is reflective of a passionate attempt to contribute to our common human enterprise whether that is quiet, personal, public, political or all of these.

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“Always tell the truth. Then you don't have to remember anything.”
by Mark Twain Roughin' it