One quick take from my hotel next door to the White House

I was determined to be able to write my 7 Quick Takes Friday post this week, but — to nobody’s surprise except for mine — I have been extremely busy here on the DC book tour. If it tells you anything about how crazy my schedule has been, my hotel is practically next door to the White House, and I haven’t done anything more than give it a passing glance as I run from one place to the next.

It’s been great, though! I have met some absolutely wonderful people and am having a blast. I’ll tell you all about it next week!

7qt dc pauline One quick take from my hotel next door to the White House

With the Daughters of St. Paul from the Pauline Bookstore in Old Alexandria. They even have a chapel in the bookstore! Does it get any better than that?

P.S. My appearance on The World Over got pushed to next week — check it out next Thursday, 10/2, at 8:00 PM ET.

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Washington DC, see you this week!

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