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

Officer Caprio Community Memorials Continue A Month After Her Death

by Rus VanWestervelt Exclusive for Baltimore News And Events June 21, 2018 A month ago, Laura Joy Rode and Erinn Patrick, third-grade teachers at Seven Oaks Elementary and residents of Parkville, sat in their classrooms with their students until 9 p.m. as police wrapped up their initial investigation of the death of one of their … Continue reading Officer Caprio Community Memorials Continue A Month After Her Death

Baltimore’s Nasty Press Holds Fundraiser, Provides Platform For Local Voices

It all started last summer with a cool sticker at Open Works in Baltimore. For five consecutive Fridays, I had the good fortune of working with 25 teens in Baltimore City through the Bloomberg Arts Internship Program. We met at Open Works, a collaborative space for creatives. In the main lobby, between the classrooms and … Continue reading Baltimore’s Nasty Press Holds Fundraiser, Provides Platform For Local Voices

Hungry Harvest: A Healthy Choice That Helps Many

It started with a poolside conversation with a friend of ours who teaches in the Baltimore City school system. Hungry Harvest had partnered up with the schools in her area, and she was sharing -- quite supportively -- Hungry Harvest's mission and the healthy impact they were having with children who lacked the finances and … Continue reading Hungry Harvest: A Healthy Choice That Helps Many

I Am Profoundly Disappointed… and Determined

By Rus VanWestervelt Late yesterday afternoon, I witnessed an unraveling of peace in my hometown, Baltimore. As I watched the events on television, with commentary by local news media that made the event sound more like a parade being covered than an act of uncivil disobedience, I could not tear myself away from the surreal … Continue reading I Am Profoundly Disappointed… and Determined

The Story Had To Be Told: On Writing The Christmas Rose

Yesterday, I published my short story, The Christmas Rose. It's been less than 24 hours since I shared it with my readers, and I wanted to answer a few questions about why I wrote it. Q: The story is pretty long -- almost 8,000 words. Most people aren't reading pieces that take more than a … Continue reading The Story Had To Be Told: On Writing The Christmas Rose