Lust for Life

Lust for Life

“Life is so interesting, isn’t it?,” says 97-year-old Lois Blum Feinblatt. She should know. In 1966, when most women her age were stay-at-home moms, she was already a trailblazer, working in Baltimore’s department of welfare, where she screened every couple in the city who was interested in adopting a child.

Ravens Tight End Hayden Hurst Shares His Journey With Anxiety and Depression

Ravens Tight End Hayden Hurst Shares His Journey With Anxiety and Depression

When he’s on the football field, with a red beard and a long mane of ginger shoulder-length hair that protrudes from the back of his purple and black helmet, paired with mammoth muscular arms, Baltimore Ravens tight end Hurst is downright Viking-like. He certainly doesn’t fit Hollywood’s stereotypical description of a person who has struggled with his or her mental health.

Big Market Trends

Big Market Trends

I’m managing editor of Big Market Trends, a free investment newsletter written by world-renowned technical analyst J.C. Parets. The newsletter has more than 25,000 subscribers and provides a unique blend of market commentary and personality, and the opportunity for subscribers to purchase premium investment products and services. I’m also managing editor of J.C.’s subscription trading…

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Mind’s Eye

Mind’s Eye

Sandy Greenberg’s story is a cruel irony and a fascinating paradox rolled into a remarkable life, powerful and inspiring enough to rally a group of the world’s top doctors and scientists, and undeniably audacious enough to garner the world’s attention. Yes, Greenberg, chairman of the board of governors of one of the best eye institutes on the planet, is blind.

On The Ropes

On The Ropes

It’s near dusk on a weekday in late summer, and at 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore that means work is about to begin. Dozens of kids and a few adults, too, will soon arrive at the Upton Boxing Center to train, spar, and take in the advice that coach Calvin Ford and a partially volunteer staff dish out nightly at this city-funded recreation facility.

A Fun Sit-Down Interview With Bill Belichick

A Fun Sit-Down Interview With Bill Belichick

In an interview conducted in Foxborough, Mass., New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick sits down, plays catch and walks the Gillette Stadium halls with Paul Carcaterra, the ESPN lacrosse analyst and former Syracuse All-American midfielder. This was a thrill to produce.

Surviving Heart of the Storm, and Aiming for the Peak

Surviving Heart of the Storm, and Aiming for the Peak

Christy Carlson, a 31-year-old native of Nebraska, is a meteorologist at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha and has spent parts of the last 10 years storm chasing when time and weather conditions permit. The 89th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which begins at 9,390 feet, marks her first challenge to the 14,110-foot finish line in a $15,000 car she built and paid for herself. It is a new type of race for Carlson, who once lost a different one by unintentionally intercepting a tornado in a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier when she was 23.

Let the Orioles “Year of Hope” Begin

Let the Orioles “Year of Hope” Begin

The first impression of this Orioles season was the stunned silence from the crowd at Yankee Stadium during player introductions of our dear visiting team. So many new names, they didn’t know who anyone was. Or maybe it was simply apathy. Only Chris Davis’ name and likeness elicited a few boos. At the same time,…

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Baltimore Streetcar Museum Rebuilds After CSX Derailment

Baltimore Streetcar Museum Rebuilds After CSX Derailment

On Monday, ten days after a CSX train derailed from a span of track above Falls Road near the Baltimore Streetcar Museum—several empty freighters and a tanker dangled then slowly fell from the overpass above, destroying the power source that runs the museum’s antique streetcars, ironically, on a different line of track below—a small construction…

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Maryland’s “Bmore Guys” Welcome Us to March Madness

Maryland’s “Bmore Guys” Welcome Us to March Madness

With one emphatic and timely two-handed dunk, Mount Saint Joseph’s alum and Maryland freshman forward Jalen Smith officially let us know Thursday that March Madness is here for the next few weeks. Breathe it in: The Terps advanced to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s round of 32 with a dramatic 79-77 win over Belmont University,…

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Thinking Inside the Box

Thinking Inside the Box

if you think something hasn’t been done before, chances are it has. Maybe in a different form, or on a different platform, or in a different language, or by a different group of people, but the solution to your problem has probably been created. You just need to apply it to your specific situation.

Is An Adam Jones-Orioles Reunion Possible?

Is An Adam Jones-Orioles Reunion Possible?

Opening Day is 20 days away, and—has anyone noticed?—Adam Jones is still a free agent. Yes, the beloved former pie-throwing, gum-chewing, sweet-swinging Orioles captain remains without a baseball home—and his actual home, the Lutherville estate he bought from Cal Ripken, Jr. about a year ago and renovated over the last several months, is on the…

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Writing Is Hard

Writing Is Hard

Misery loves company, they say, and I find comfort in the fact that truly great American writers — like E.B. White and Red Smith — seem to have considered the activity of writing as difficult as I do.