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Kevin James Shay - Writer, Journalist, Author, Father


Latest articles in the Washington Post-affiliated Gazette newspapers in Maryland

Kevin's article named best feature story for Maryland-Washington, D.C.-Delaware over Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times and others, 2014

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Books Articles by and about Kevin Poetry Photography


NEW: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: On the Road of the Longest Two-Week Family Road Trip in History, published by Lulu Press, Raleigh, N.C., 2014
Also at Barnes & Noble here.

Walking through the Wall, published by Lulu Press, Raleigh, N.C., 2012
Also at Barnes & Noble here.

A Parent's Guide to Dallas/Fort Worth , published by Mars Publishing/Parent's Guide Press, Los Angeles, Calif., 2003

And Justice For All: The Untold History of Dallas, published by CGS Communications, Fort Worth, Tx., 2000

Sex, Lies & Newsprint: Tales from a North Dallas Police Blotter, published by The Register, Addison, Tx., 1991

NOTE: For many of his ebooks and printed books, Kevin used just his middle initial. Following the death of his father in 2008, he started using his full middle name, James, as a tribute to his dad, whose first name was James.

Shay Enterprises - Writing, Publishing, Authentication Services, Photography, and more

The kids - Preston and McKenna

Dad's memorial page

The dogs - Jackson and Spike

More details on Kevin

Community work

Kevin was a den leader of his son's Cub Scout den in Pack 1758 in Rockville, Md., for three years until May 2011. He has coached his son's and daughter's basketball teams, and helped coach his son's baseball team. He also takes his daughter to Girl Scout meetings and son to Boy Scout activities, and helps with his kids' science projects and related school activities.

He has served on the board of organizations such as Rainbow Bridge, a youth advocacy group in Dallas, and the Dallas chapter of the ACLU. He has written about and participated in projects that advocate for issues related to human rights, justice, the environment, world peace, and other causes. As one of his heroes, 19th-century writer, naturalist, and activist Henry David Thoreau, said, "How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live."

In 1984-85, Kevin stood up and walked more than 5,000 miles across the U.S. and Europe with a group of people to call for an end to the Cold War with the former Soviet Union. A Wikipedia page on that project is here.

Kevin considers such work nonpartisan and is not active in party politics. Some have called him liberal, while others have called him conservative, especially related to fiscal issues.

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Food for thought

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. - Thomas Paine

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