Kimpton Hotels, Bingo, and Drag Queens

Last night, I attended an event with a friend who works for Kimpton Hotels.  She had asked me a few weeks ago to accompany her to the annual Kimpton Bingo night at the Hotel Monaco in Penn Quarter, DC.  When I RSVP’d that I would attend the event, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect…

Diary of a Wimpy City

Dear readers, I have a very special guest poster today. Please allow me to introduce the “Entire DC Region.” Entire DC region, we look forward to your post on History and Wine–take it away! — Hello readers of the History and Wine blog. I do believe that you are the finest people around, which is…

The Beauty of Difference

While I was out in LA a few weeks ago attending a Writers Studio novel writing class at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, I met a woman, also attending the class, who is Jewish and originally from Iran. She has lived in LA for much of her life, after deciding to stay in the US…

Happy Birthday, Aunt Susi

Today, January 22nd, would have been my Aunt Susi’s 66th birthday. I remember her being very excited about turning 65 last year, as she was finally eligible for Medicare. She had struggled without health insurance for some time, and finally, she had the security of knowing that she could not be denied health coverage. Unfortunately,…