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bob photoPeace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away. – Robert Fulghum


As a self-described disciple of Henry David Thoreau, Bob McDiarmid is both a writer and an activist. He works very hard to live an uncomplicated life in complicated times.

Robert resides in Palo Alto, CA with his husband David. An avid cyclist, he has participated several years in AIDS Lifecycle, a 550-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles and the Friends for Life Bike Rally from Toronto to Montreal, Canada. In the spirit of giving back to the community, the entirety of his royalties are donated back to HIV/AIDS charities.

Robert is the author of several titles including The House of Wolves from Lethe Press, Brief Moments – A Collection of Short Stories from CreateSpace, Milton and the Morning Monk from LiftBooks in Spring 2017 and the hilarious short novella, The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Getting Over Yourself in 2018 from CreateSpace.

Robert is also the host of the Bob's Cooking Video Podcast. Bob is a experimental home chef with a passion for food. He also serves as Board President of the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers' Market. 




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New in 2021

Heal My Pain

I'm very excited to release a new novel in summer of 2021!

Following the lives and fates of six people who find themselves joining the wagon train west in the early spring of 1850 in St. Charles Missouri. What are the secrets and reasons they find themselves leaving everything behind for the journey? Who do they become on the journey to Oregon City? Once there, do they revert to who they were before - - or evolve into entirely new people, forever changed by their new life out west? 

"It wasn't something I'd chosen intentionally - the current of the exploration simply swept me up on it's way westward. Once word got back to St. Charles that the wagon train that had left the following spring had reached the Oregon Territory pretty much intact, it passed from the realm of fantasy into something that felt accomplishable. The west presented something new for everyone. It presented a way out. It was an escape from the lure of the city, a strike out at the unknown.

Just as the prairies beyond Missouri were storied to be vast - so were the imaginations of what we all thought we'd find there and who we might become. For me it was a chance to get some space - both literally and figuratively - between me and this life so far. I naively thought that if I could draw out a thousand miles behind me, that life would finally let me free. They never warn when you are out there on the frontier - any fear you packed along with you becomes amplified, the silence gets filled by whatever you bring with you. It's true that a lot of did come through the other side of it, but not even the strongest amongst us came through it completely intact."