It’s Time To Rename This Thing Called Blogging

I'm not much into branding, or rebranding, as this case may be, but I think it's time that I abandon the generic term of "blogging" and get a little more specific about what I am actually doing here on the internet. It doesn't take a lot of research to realize that everybody has some kind … Continue reading It’s Time To Rename This Thing Called Blogging

Our Authentic Show Must Go On

This weekend, I was enthralled by a blog post shared by Mark Willen ("Sexual Assault: When Real Life and Fiction Collide"), who was pondering how his published works hold up in the #MeToo era. As a result of Mark's post, which was weighing heavily on my mind today, I decided to ask a few writers/teachers about … Continue reading Our Authentic Show Must Go On

Taking A Walk In The Woods

I'm sharing this on the trail here in Gunpowder Falls State Park, where I've decided to take a little walk in the woods to reconnect with the Earth. This is my first mobile post here at The Baltimore Writer, an experiment to bring you my experiences more immediately, perhaps a little raw and incomplete.  It's … Continue reading Taking A Walk In The Woods

It’s Time For Us To Get (Really) Acquainted

Hi. I read a piece this weekend by a former student of mine and now fellow writer/author. Amanda, like a few others I know, is really digging deep and writing authentically (here's the piece I'm talking about). She made me turn the mirror on myself and see if I practice what I preach in my … Continue reading It’s Time For Us To Get (Really) Acquainted

34th Street: Missed The Miracle

Post 616.122014 "Missed it by that much." -Secret Agent Maxwell Smart We decided that tonight would be a great night to take our annual trip to 34th Street in Hamden to check out the lights and lawns as only Baltimore can do. We left a little before 7 p.m., stopped at Starbucks to get a … Continue reading 34th Street: Missed The Miracle

If I Ran The Holiday – Adapted from Dr. Seuss in Honor of Black Friday

If I Ran The Holiday By Rus VanWestervelt Adapted from Dr. Seuss’ “If I Ran The Zoo”   It’s a pretty good day, Said Billy Big Box Store. And the reason it’s around, Is loaded with good ‘lore. But if I ran the holiday, Said Billy Big Box Dee, I’d make a few changes, All … Continue reading If I Ran The Holiday – Adapted from Dr. Seuss in Honor of Black Friday

Dear Haters: It’s Time to Recycle Your Energy

There certainly is a lot of hate in this world. At least, that's what I've noticed on the online forums at baltimoresun.com, patch.com, and (of course), Facebook and Twitter. As a teacher, I see it every day. Teens use social networking to bully, spew hatred, incite hating trends, and generally unleash a barrage of negative, … Continue reading Dear Haters: It’s Time to Recycle Your Energy