I'm a freelance writer

based in Washington, D.C., but I travel wherever the story takes me.

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Bullet Holes in the City of Light

PASTE MAGAZINE What is it about those bullet holes that beckon the boys to touch them? It’s not really about looking for a piece of old lead. It’s seeking a connection with a moment of history impossible to imagine. Read the full essay at Paste... read more

City Living

BETHESDA MAGAZINE When they moved to Rayburn Road 18 years ago, Leslie and Bruce McNair found everything they wanted from a home in the suburbs. The spacious colonial was close enough to D.C. for Bruce to drive to work, and to downtown Bethesda for Leslie to... read more

Narrow Rails

NOWHERE MAGAZINE LONGFORM  On my way to Sonjoji temple, I sit on the Tokyo subway with dour-faced salarymen. To reach the forest temples of Nikku, I hurtle 200 miles an hour across Honshu. Click by click, a cog railway bears me to sacred Koya-San amid its mandala of... read more

The Eyes of Death—And Life

PASTE MAGAZINE Beneath the resorts that line the Yucatan, underground rivers run through ancient coral bedrock, making for mellow water adventures. Scuba divers risk getting trapped in these cenotes (sinkholes formed by collapsed rock), but for snorkelers, only a fool... read more

Ronnie’s Encore

REAL FREDERICK As a young guitarist, Ronnie Younkins wanted rock ‘n’ roll to take him as far as he could go. Now, music brings this Blues Vulture home.  ∞ On a Saturday night at Cactus Flats, Ronnie Younkins straps on his electric guitar, turns his back to... read more

The Last of the Arabbers

EATER.COM As he leads a painted horse cart brimming with oranges and bananas and peaches past housing projects and boarded-up buildings, B.J. looks like the king of West Baltimore. Friends shout his name, grasp his hand, lean over to share hugs. He greets, chats, and... read more

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