A new way to read Petula Dvorak

April 30, 2013
(Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

A newspaper columnist used to have a secretary. And a hat. And maybe some bourbon in the drawer.

I never got any of those. (Unless you count the cough syrup on my desk.)

I’ve made peace with the fact that I’ll never get a secretary to help me write back to all the fabulous readers who share their thoughts with me. But I’m getting something even better – and entire page on the Post website.

The column for the rest of us has broken out of its dead-wood limitations and will now also have its own, virtual home,  where we can keep conversation going every day.

This page, created by the Post’s better-dressed, cooler tech folks who always make the rest of us feel schlubby in the elevator, will be home to past Petula Dvorak columns, and some other stuff, too.

I can follow up on columns, answer questions readers have asked, share your insights and suggestions and post stories that are a little too short for a column (but too good not to share). The page will grow and change, we’ll add ways to have live chats and find a place for resources you’re asking for.

Bookmark it here. Hang your hat, read, chat. You can even bring your own bourbon. Or just some cough syrup.

Petula is a columnist for The Washington Post's local team who writes about homeless shelters, gun control, high heels, high school choirs, the politics of parenting, jails, abortion clinics, mayors, modern families, strip clubs and gas prices, among other things.
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