In the Time of Coronavirus: Seattle, 4/4/20

The beautiful song “In My Life” – which I’m amazed to think John Lennon wrote when he was just 24 or 25 – rings true to me. My entire adult life has been defined and determined by the alacrity with which I embraced my freedom to travel, and by my eagerness to meet and...

In the Time of Coronavirus: Seattle, 4/1/20

Yesterday I spent a couple hours out running errands. The little book-publishing outfit I run received a second outstanding Amazon order for the same book (When Tribesmen Came Calling, Qaisar Shareef’s fine memoir of his career as Pakistan and Ukraine country head for...

In the Time of Coronavirus: Seattle, 3/31/20

I hesitated to dive into the task of writing this diary, because I knew it would be ongoing and that it would demand a lot from me. I decided to do it because I knew it was the right thing for me to do, that I’m built to do it, that this is something I’m ready and...

In the Time of Coronavirus: Seattle, 3/25/20

Now what? It seems to me there are two pressing questions facing us now. One is sociopolitical: How will society respond? The answer surely will be – already is – mixed and messy, because many people are responding well but in America you can’t herd cats the way they...