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When the OSS Meant Business for Spies

When the OSS Meant Business for Spies

Mar 30 2018

Last week the Office of Strategic Services, the U.S. intelligence agency during World War II, received the highest Congressional honor. My new…

Portugal Holds Delicacies and a Surprising Story of Cork

Portugal Holds Delicacies and a Surprising Story of Cork

Feb 06 2018

As featured in the Washington Post, my trip to Portugal tracked some delicious adventures in Lisbon, as well as up the coast…

In World War II, the Government Saw Italian-Americans as a Security Threat

In World War II, the Government Saw Italian-Americans as a Security Threat

Sep 28 2017

A few months ago Smithsonian published my article about the experience of Italian-Americans in the early 1940s, when public fears motivated a…

Lessons from a Long Shot at Santa Anita

Lessons from a Long Shot at Santa Anita

Mar 10 2016

This week brings the Santa Anita Handicap, one of horse racing’s biggest events. It also marks the anniversary of the largest payout…

Margaret Walker’s Century

Margaret Walker’s Century

Jun 18 2015

The other week I drove from DC to the coast of Connecticut to join a panel at the Poetry by the Sea…

Earth Day, Arbor Day and Where Nature Meets National Security

Earth Day, Arbor Day and Where Nature Meets National Security

Apr 22 2015

Seventy years ago outside the soaring stone Louisiana capitol building in Baton Rouge, the governor gave an Arbor Day speech that linked…

Experience America, Experience Mingering Mike

Experience America, Experience Mingering Mike

Apr 04 2015

The Experience America exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum blends, with a fresh eye, pieces from the museum’s permanent collections –…

A WWII Veteran Reflects on a Path Not Taken

A WWII Veteran Reflects on a Path Not Taken

Nov 11 2014

For Veterans Day, the Baltimore Sun shares today the story that East Baltimore resident Frank DiCara told me about his experience during…

Aboard the Doomed Macedonian Again

Aboard the Doomed Macedonian Again

Oct 30 2014

Last weekend marked the anniversary of one of the first encounters in the War of 1812, the battle between the U.S.S. United…

Baltimore Short Fiction

Baltimore Short Fiction

Aug 14 2014

Happy to have my review of two fine Baltimore writers in the Washington Independent Review of Books. Rafael Alvarez and Clarinda Harriss…