Chasing Fire: Understanding the Death of Baltimore’s Mayor in 1904

┬áIn 2003, I completed my 306-page thesis on the Baltimore Fire of 1904. In my research, I stumbled on a little-known fact about the mayor of Baltimore during that historic conflagration, and I composed a much shorter piece (below) about his death and my pursuit of the truth about how he died. In the process, … Continue reading Chasing Fire: Understanding the Death of Baltimore’s Mayor in 1904

Embracing The Vision Of An Unparalleled Life

I have just returned from one of the most powerful spiritual experiences in my life with Church of the Nativity, compared only to a late summer afternoon 23 years ago at Chesapeake Presbyterian Church in Calvert County, MD. At Chesapeake, we were running a summer camp for kids, and our theme for the entire week … Continue reading Embracing The Vision Of An Unparalleled Life

Let The Fear In, Then Let The Fear Go

We are all doing our best to carry on, but sometimes fear grips us. We find ourselves paralyzed by a certain event, or tragedy, or simple twist of fate that puts us in a challenging situation. I really believe, too, that the older we get, the more fatigued we become in such challenges. We begin … Continue reading Let The Fear In, Then Let The Fear Go

When A Classmate Dies: Gone But Not Forgotten

Our classmate, Pat Doyle, has died. I didn't receive the news from a call on my phone. Instead, I received it via status update, which scrolled across my screen like any other on my birthday as I thumbed through friends' updates and birthday wishes. Wendy's words were stuck somewhere between a meme about Mondays and … Continue reading When A Classmate Dies: Gone But Not Forgotten

Why Nobody Wins In The Ray Rice Assault Case

Like so many other citizens of Baltimore (and football followers across the country), I am nearly speechless about the incident involving Ray Rice and his fiancee, Janay Palmer. As of this evening, this much is known. Two complaint summons were filed with the Atlantic City Municipal Court on Feb. 15, 2014. In the first summons, … Continue reading Why Nobody Wins In The Ray Rice Assault Case

What We Can Do In The Wake Of The Columbia Mall Shooting

Saturday morning, January 25. I am working on my syllabi for the upcoming spring semester, feeling pretty good at what I have already accomplished. I pour another cup of coffee and begin to look ahead at what still has to be done. Still so much to do, so much. So much. At 11:32 a.m., I … Continue reading What We Can Do In The Wake Of The Columbia Mall Shooting

Extreme Temperatures, On-Time School Openings, Put Children At Risk

The decision to open schools on time for many Baltimore-area systems (Frederick, Carroll, Howard, and Montgomery; Baltimore County had planned an on-time opening but delayed classes for two hours due to a "facilities heating issue") caused an oft-heated debate via social media between parents, students, and community members. For full disclosure, I am a teacher … Continue reading Extreme Temperatures, On-Time School Openings, Put Children At Risk