Thoughts Composed on Writing in November

I’m spending my day in another county with my Speech and Debate team, as they take on a number of other schools in our local league. There are a few things that demand my full attention as their coach during the day, especially in the morning and between rounds, but for the most part, I … Continue reading Thoughts Composed on Writing in November

Electric Christmas, 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago, I wrote, and published, "Electric Christmas" in Baltimore's Child. It was my first sold piece as a freelance writer, and it kicked off a career in submitting my original work to share with the world. Now, 20 years later, we are still taking rides during the holidays to look at your lights. … Continue reading Electric Christmas, 20 Years Later

Are Local Stories Being Overshadowed by National Spectacles and Scandals?

I cannot remember the last time I tuned in to my local radio stations. It used to be an every-day thing, surfing through AM and FM channels that carried a multitude of stories and opinions of the people and places right in my own community. All that has changed, however, in the constant drama swirling … Continue reading Are Local Stories Being Overshadowed by National Spectacles and Scandals?

When Fire Reigns: Season 1, Episode 1 Published

On January 1, I set out to develop and publish an 11-episode podcast called, "When Fire Reigns." It's about the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 and the mayor who died just three months later, reportedly by his own doing. Today, I published the first episode, just one day before the 115-year anniversary of the great … Continue reading When Fire Reigns: Season 1, Episode 1 Published

Building a Podcast: The Baltimore Fire of 1904

Now that Fossil Five is in the hands of my editors, I have decided to devote the month of January to building a podcast series on the Baltimore Fire of 1904. It was my thesis project in grad school, and after listening to a bunch of podcasts this past week, I think it is the … Continue reading Building a Podcast: The Baltimore Fire of 1904

Gretchie’s Gifts: Free December Download

For the month of December, I am offering Faith, Hope, and Legacy: a Collection of Christmas Reflections, which features "Gretchie's Gifts," at no cost to you. "Gretchie's Gifts" is the story that kicked off our annual gift drive for the children at Sinai Hospital's PICU. The story behind the story is compelling, and it took … Continue reading Gretchie’s Gifts: Free December Download

More Than A Cup Of Coffee

About 15 years ago, in the pre-dawn darkness, I stood outside the brand new Starbucks in Dulaney Plaza and waited patiently for them to open their doors for the first time. I enjoyed being a part of the coffee store's grand opening, and for years I frequented it often, learning the names of the new … Continue reading More Than A Cup Of Coffee