All posts by John Maberry

A writer, a lapsed lawyer, a former government employee, a father of two and a 30+ year (in this lifetime) Bodhisattva of the Earth. Author of Waiting for Westmoreland. A happy man and a funny guy.

Power to the Penis!

      Bet that got your attention! Back in sixties and seventies, a fist thrust upward and accompanied by the mantra “Power to the People” was commonplace political theater. To those who remember, my apologies for amending the slogan. I’m offering this revised version for the pistol packers. There is no placating phallic phobias; the right to keep and bear arms  penises is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Well, at least that is what it amounts to.  Continue reading Power to the Penis!

The Supremes Did It Again

The U.S. Supreme Court says investors have no right to sue third parties–banks, accountants, vendors, etc., who may assist a corporation in defrauding creditors. Why should you care? Even if you do not personally own stock in a corporation, guess who does? Your pension fund, your insurance company and many other large organizations (known as institutional investors) whose unrecovered losses can affect you.  Continue reading The Supremes Did It Again

Love (marriage) and Politics

There are some (you know, those other people, the social scientist type researchers) who say that arranged marriages common in some cultures (not America) actually can result in more successful long-term relationships and that the individuals involved wind up loving one another over time as they experience life together. On the other hand, there are those who say that familiarity breeds contempt. Now for the big metaphorical/analytical leap to politics, I offer this observation: We have candidates courting us, the electorate, asking us to (figuratively speaking) fall in love with them as our next president. Continue reading Love (marriage) and Politics

Next booksigning coming up

OK, I have been derelict in posting new items lately. I have had a lot to do and still do, in getting booksignings scheduled and PR out. So, on that topic, I will be at the Borders Express on the lower level of Springfield Mall, Springfield, Virginia on Saturday, January 12th from noon to 5 PM. Look for me in Florida in early February. Stay tuned to which will have all the details.

If you have things you want to see here, you are just going to have to let me know. Or, and this is really cool–if you want me to come to your area for a booksigning, you can put in a request on

A Page a Day Is All It Takes

How more profoundly simple can you make it than this? Be persistent; just do it! From an interview with Jim Lehrer, PBS guru and author of many books, comes these pithy words in the Washington Post Book World today,

“A young man came up at a book-signing once,” he recounts, “and said, ‘Mr. Lehrer, I’d write, too, if only I could find the time.’

” ‘Do you think you could write a page a day?’ ” Lehrer asked.

” ‘Oh, sure!’ ”

” ‘Well, at the end of 300 days, what would you have?’ ”

The youth looked puzzled, and then light broke over his face like morning. ” ‘A novel?’ “