I would like to host two dinners for anyone on the blog who would like to attend.  My idea is to have at least three, but no more than seven, people at each one.  This would be a chance for some direct, personal contact with me and with each other, to have some good food, good drink, and good conversation for a couple of hours.  I will have no agenda – simply talking about things (presumably related to the issues addressed on the blog) that people want to talk about.

The only requirements for attendance would be that (a) you be a blog member; (b) you pay your own way – both getting to the event and your meal itself.  Otherwise, there is no expense and no requirements.   You don’t even have to feel obliged to say much!

After the table is filled, I will put another announcement on the blog; if I don’t get more than a couple of takers then I’ll reschedule it for another time.   If you can and want to come, zap me a note – not here on the blog, but to my email [email protected].  Do so right away: if past experience is any guide, the table will fill rather quickly.

Any questions, let me know.  I look forward to seeing some of you.


  1. Washington D.C., Sept 7, 2018.   Dinner, probably at 7:00 pm.  I will be in D.C. giving an all-day seminar at the Smithsonian.   I will be staying at the Hotel George, and will probably book the dinner for the bistro there or someplace nearby.   Let me know if you would like to attend (but only if you can definitely make it).
  2. Durham, NC. 24, 2018.  Dinner, probably at 7:00.  This is on my home turf; I’ll pick a restaurant in town.  Again, let me know if you can definitely make it and want to come!