My Peace Corps memoir, At Home On the Kazakh Steppe, is out —  ten years after Woody and I joined Peace Corps.


COVER Medium


It has its own page here on my website, with photos, an excerpt from Chapter One, links for purchasing, and information on upcoming readings.

I hope you’ll take a look.







I continue with periodic postings on my Facebook Author Page and weekly postings on my blog, And So It Goes,  from Kurt Vonegutt’s Slaughterhouse-Five:

“And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five


Human foibles, frailties, and conundrums surround us. I write here about them.  I’m particularly interested in stories of:

  • mid-life changes,
  • transitions, connections, and travel,
  • cultural differences and
  • Kazakhstan (where I served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2004 to 2006).

— not all at once and not necessarily in that order.

Periodically, I publish one of the many deleted scenes from At Home on the Kazakh Steppe.


And So It Goes began in January, 2013 and it is still a work in progress.  But then, aren’t we all?


My goal for the Blog is to encourage conversation, communication, and community. To that end, I hope you’ll leave a comment.




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