Coming to Terms With Changing Locations: When Travel Leads You Home

Two months ago, I moved to another city. And I still haven't gotten over it. This isn't a tale of culture shock, though my old city and my new one are quite different. Nor is this a tale of hardship. My life is comfortable -- more comfortable than most -- and I didn't have to

The End of Letters

I've long enjoyed the website/Twitter feed Letters of Note, which resurrects correspondence between famous people or personal notes recalling significant historical events. In cleaning up my office today, I stumbled upon my own letter of note from a since-departed university professor who taught a class on "The End of History." Professor Albert Mott was an

Hubble Nebula 5189

Departing Is Such Sweet Sorrow

"What would you ask an astronaut?" My friend Pam, who was preparing to interview everyone's current favorite space explorer Commander Chris Hadfield, posed that question on Facebook the other day. "What would you ask an astronaut?" I chimed in because who wouldn't want to ask an astronaut a question? Fewer than 600 people have ever

Miracle at Nationals Park

"Do you mind if I interview your little boy for The Washington Post?" asked a sandy-haired man in a jacket of the same color. We were all standing in front of the gates of Nationals Park as crowds were streaming in for the opening game of the season. Dante was wearing a bright red National cap

Foreign Service Officers Killed in Line of Duty

The Dangers of the Foreign Service

On the few occasions that I have visited the State Department, either for interviews, to get help from the Family Liaison Office, or to visit my husband for lunch, I have felt the need to linger just inside the security gates, in the imposing, marble lobby of the Harry S. Truman building, to view the

Remembering September 11, 2001

It's a question we all ask of one another, the same question our parents' generation asked each other when Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, and the same question our grandparents' generation asked following Pearl Harbor: "Where were you?" Everyone who was alive and aware of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, know exactly where