Tag: writing

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.

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.

More Than Meets the Buckeye

More Than Meets the Buckeye

Eric Fannell’s reputation — intimidating, aloof, with the lore of an unseen Canadian talent — preceded him. And in some ways, people were right about him. The kid dressed in all black and wore his hat low, covering a buzz cut. He kept answers about himself to one word, avoided eye contact.

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.

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.

Heart on the Line

Heart on the Line

Originally published in Baltimore magazine: The digital clock in the studio reads 11:45 and it’s Friday night, which means it’s time for Fran Lane to entertain her longest-tenured caller, a happily married, 59-year-old Annapolis college professor who goes by The Captain. Each week for the past 22 years, give or take a rare miss, The…

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Casey Carroll’s Homecoming Season

Casey Carroll’s Homecoming Season

Originally published in Lacrosse Magazine: Casey Carroll would rather it not be about him. Plenty of Army Rangers and other military personnel continue to put their lives at stake in Iraq or Afghanistan or somewhere else where there’s a threat to the U.S. And there are 43 other members of the Duke men’s lacrosse team,…

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Top Ravens Staffer Had To Convince Tom Brady He Actually Won Super Bowl

Top Ravens Staffer Had To Convince Tom Brady He Actually Won Super Bowl

Originally published on Baltimoremagazine.net: No, the Ravens weren’t in the Super Bowl. But, yes, that was the guy who works for them shadowing Tom Brady at midfield on Sunday night, amid the confetti, photographers, and reporters in the moments after the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons. His name is Chad…

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Ray Lewis Says He’s Never Seen Joe Flacco’s Passion

Ray Lewis Says He’s Never Seen Joe Flacco’s Passion

Originally published at Baltimoremagazine.net: In some ways, saying Joe Flacco doesn’t have passion is not breaking news. Even Flacco admits he’s certainly not the life-of-the-party type. In fact, he said exactly that in a podcast on BaltimoreRavens.com this week. But to hear the biggest icon in Ravens history say it, in the context of a…

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Restaurant Review: 8 Ball Meatball

Restaurant Review: 8 Ball Meatball

Originally appeared in the July 2016 issue of Baltimore magazine National Meatball Day—yes, there is one of those, too—seemed like the perfect time to visit the Fells Point restaurant that celebrates the round mounds all year long. And, apparently, we weren’t the only ones who thought so. On a spring evening, a pair of out-of-towners…

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