• A Parent’s Thoughts on the Eve of High School Graduation & The Ellicott City Flood

    Graduation Tomorrow All the standard thoughts apply today. “Time Flies.” “How did this happen?” “How is this even possible that time has marched by so swiftly?” Let me start with advice to young parents: treasure every moment with your children, because I was once like you thinking high school graduation was light years away. Now, it’s tomorrow. I’m so proud of Matt. He’s truly found his way in high school. From being the co-captain of the golf team (County Champs!), to his work as the VP of DECA with his best buddy, Luke, (and a trip to compete in California out of it), to his academic achievements in the Business, Innovation…

  • Fictography #16 – Little French Market

        /FICTOGRAPHY/ def. — The intersection of photography (submitted by readers) and fiction (written by me!). Truthfully, this week I’m on a little bit of a hiatus. On campus, we are down to the last two weeks, and I’ve been inundated with work and grading and attending events, not to mention that it’s Easter weekend. Therefore, I had little time for creativity this week, so for this week’s Fictography, I pulled one out of the archives and dusted it off. I actually took this photograph myself. This cute little coffee shop is situated in Historic Ellicott City, and I used to frequent it all the time when I lived…

  • Ellicott City Train Accident Is A Tragedy

    Those of us who live in Ellicott City are saddened by the loss of two young, local girls, both 19 and in college, who lost their lives at 12:02 a.m. Tuesday morning when a train derailed in the heart of our picturesque town. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what a tragedy this is and how—and if—it could have been avoided. This story has captured the attention of both national and international news media. Apparently, the two girls were tweeting from the bridge as they sat on top of it—the railroad bridge at the bottom of the hill that says “Ellicott City” near the B&O Museum—and had been…

  • Ellicott City: Steeped in Ghost Lore

    There is a lot of ghost lore in Ellicott City, Maryland. There are stories that surround the historic city, its houses, its landmarks, and its pubs—it’s one of the most “haunted” cities in America. I wrote a non-fiction piece about it recently, so I thought I would post it. *** *** The Only Ghost I Ever Saw   The only ghost I ever saw
 Was dressed in mechlin, — so;
 He wore no sandal on his foot,
 And stepped like flakes of snow.
 His gait was soundless, like the bird,
 But rapid, like the roe;
 His fashions quaint, mosaic,
 Or, haply, mistletoe.

   His conversation seldom,
 His laughter like the…