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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…

Empires of the Silk Road

Empires of the Silk Road

Jul 21 2014

My new guest post on National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel blog is about my trip to Kyrgyzstan, and stories of empires and herders…

From the Vault for National Doughnut Day: The Story of Doughnuts

From the Vault for National Doughnut Day: The Story of Doughnuts

Jun 06 2014

To mark Natonal Doughnut Day on June 6, thousands will trot to their neighborhood doughnut or donut shop for free samples. Here…

Inquiring Minds in the Library of Congress

Inquiring Minds in the Library of Congress

May 13 2014

My thanks to Erin Allen and the staff at the Library of Congress for featuring this Q&A about the Federal Writers’ Project…