It is late Friday, just after 10 p.m., and I turn off the news and walk toward the bright red bullseye on the front of the plain brick building. The news reverberates in my mind as I walk through the glass doors, a rush of cold air greeting me, a sterilizing splash that neutralizes the … Continue reading Catcher in the Sky
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
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
Campus Cabana swim team members celebrate a narrow home-meet victory against a rival pool. photo: Steve Killian, Towson, MD, July 2011 A string of penalties and punishments associated with unsportsmanlike behavior, both locally and nationally, has crossed our news feeds recently, sparking spirited debates in backyards, school parking lots, and online forums. The point of … Continue reading It’s Not About You: Throwing the Red Flag on Unsportsmanlike Conduct
As reported in CNN tonight (click here to read the article), a tragic scene unfolded today as a lone gunman took several students hostage. After he had released all but two of the teenage girls, SWAT teams stormed the school to rescue them. The gunman, however, was too quick for them, and he was able … Continue reading Tragedy in a high school, through this teacher’s eyes
I think that one of the greatest skills we can learn as writers is how to be good listeners. In the last week alone, I have closed my mouth and opened my heart to hear more stories of love, tragedy, revenge, and sacrifice than any one human being can rightly claim to hear in a … Continue reading One Only Needs To Listen
The phone calls have been heavy this morning, as friends and family members wake to the news that the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, was killed early Monday by a sting ray. Normally, this would probably be like the death of any other celebrity, where we're all in a bit of shock over the news, and … Continue reading The Passing of Steve Irwin: A Death in the Family?