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"Rituals and Rhythms" (Essay)

Today we walked our long-familiar village sidewalk up to school to begin a new adventure in 3rd grade. As we reach the blacktop at the end of our gravel road, we can see the old one-room school built by the…

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A Trip Back in Time (By the Time We Got to Woodstock)

My mom's father Perley Bagley and his family came from Woodstock, New Brunswick. Most of them emigrated to Maine and ultimately Connecticut about 100 years ago. My grandfather was also descended from the Bakers, a Loyalist family that in the…

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"A Rainbow in Many Shades of Grey" (Essay)

There is no going back to black and white in a land spattered in many shades of grey.

On the heels of the just-ended sesquicentennial marking the end of the Civil War, history seems to have once again repeated and…

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"The Craft of Learning" (Essay)

Some thoughts on learning new skills versus knowing when to "hire the experts", and perhaps an insight or two into the successes of failure.

I made a movie. There, I said it. Not a quick, shoot it on the iPhone…

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"Baltimore Song" (Essay)

Music gets us through good times and bad - what songs do we need to be able to hear those whose lives are so different from our own?

I was part of a showcase at a great mini-conference last weekend…

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"The Bells of Appomattox" (Essay)

Reflecting on the many contradictions in our nation's history as a milestone anniversary passes, and the author ponders the influence of where we've been on how we go forward.

At 3pm today, bells will ring all across this great…

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"10 Tips From a Million-Mile Traveler" (Essay)

Distilling a lifetime of driving into a handful of hopefully handy hints to enhance your travels.

I often joke that I am a professional driver, and when I quit for the day I pull out my guitar and play for…

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"Patriot Games" (Essay)

Some thoughts on honesty and storytelling, "Deflategate" and Brian Williams, and the "Grab Their Attention" ethos in the Age of Information Overload.

I've long ago grown deep bonds with most of our local professional sports teams, most based in the…

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An Appreciation - Legendary Folk DJ Mary Cliff

Mary Cliff's "Traditions" Pulled from the Airwaves
February 8, 2015

For over 40 years by my reckoning, there has been one consistent voice on the public airwaves for folk and roots music in the mid-Atlantic region. Mary Cliff has anchored…

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"Only One Day?" (Essay)

The concept of day devoted to charity is a noble one, but leaves one man scratching his head trying to understand it, and offering a humble alternative.

One way to insure everyone drowns in a concept is to devote a…

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"All Soul's Day" (Essay)

More thoughts on connections to the past (originally posted on Facebook), Nov. 2, 2014.

All Souls Day has never been a big milestone for me. But after a week of profound discoveries about my family with my Mom on Ancestry.com

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