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‘Out of the Storm’

November 30, 2013
‘Out of the Storm’

REAL FREDERICK MAGAZINE

On a hillside below Catoctin Mountain, worshippers walk through morning sunlight between a wood frame building and a small white clapboard church with a chimney, a steeple and a cross on the roof.

They pass a cemetery no bigger than a garden patch where marked headstones date to 1894 and unmarked ones likely date back farther, to a time when the forefathers of today’s congregation, men and women who were born slaves and died free, founded the church that still stands here in a rural area south of Frederick once known as Mountville. Read More »

A Better Pill to Swallow

October 22, 2013
A Better Pill to Swallow

 BETHESDA MAGAZINE

What if everything we thought we knew about treating depression was wrong?

What if the phalanx of antidepressants we’ve developed over the past four decades with optimistic names full of X’s and Z’s—Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil—was missing the mark?

What if there was a new treatment that could change our lives? That could enable those of us suffering from depression to stop swallowing that bitter pill every morning? That could undo the ravages not only of depression but of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and the downhill slide of ordinary aging?

What if there was a drug that all of us might take someday?

I have personal reasons for asking. Read More »

From Man to Myth in a Flash

July 18, 2013
From Man to Myth in a Flash

FREDERICK NEWS-POST

I realized as I tilted back a Flying Dog ale at the Woody Creek Tavern that I had just witnessed a man end and a myth begin.

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An Unorthodox Path to Orthodoxy

July 1, 2013
An Unorthodox Path to Orthodoxy

FREDERICK NEWS-POST

LEWISTOWN – In an old redbrick church down a winding road, Gregorian chants and incense rise up to the bell tower.

Kyrie eleison,” the congregants intone, while at the altar, a retired cop-turned-Orthodox priest performs rituals as old as Christianity. When he steps down to face the crowd, he delivers a sermon like a country preacher, sweat beading on his forehead. Read More »

From Man to Myth in a Flash

From Man to Myth in a Flash

FREDERICK NEWS-POST

I realized as I tilted back a Flying Dog ale at the Woody Creek Tavern that I had just witnessed a man end and a myth begin.

Read More »

What We Take and Leave When Wildfire Comes

What We Take and Leave When Wildfire Comes

HIGH COUNTRY NEWS 

She had three dogs at her feet, and her girlfriend sat beside her on a motel lobby couch. The two cats were at a kennel. Their VW van was full of climbing gear, and their motel room had a couple changes of clothes.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about impermanence,” Ashley Woods told me. Read More »

Tranquility Before the Storm

Tranquility Before the Storm

TALES TOLD FROM THE ROAD

When I remember the events of 9/11, I first remember the evening of 9/10. Read More »

‘Chasing Water’ Captures Colorado River’s Tragic Tale

‘Chasing Water’ Captures Colorado River’s Tragic Tale

NEW WEST

From the rim of the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River below seems both meek and mighty. It looks like a tiny band of water barely visible below millions of years of rock, but it was this river, blasting through fierce rapids with dirt and debris, that carved through a mile of rock like a diamond saw. Read More »

How Green is Wood?

How Green is Wood?

NEW WEST

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack chose an unusual way to celebrate the International Year of the Forest – unusual, at least, if you’re a tree. Read More »

Travel

Ivory Poaching Rears its Head

Ivory Poaching Rears its Head

E: THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE Uhuru lay in a clearing surrounded by acacias, far from any roads, legs bent as if ready to run. He was headless, and whatever glory he had when he was alive had bled from the open wound.

The Endless Season

The Endless Season

BETHESDA MAGAZINE Tal Petty is a contrarian. While his friends head to Eastern Shore beach houses on weekends, Petty spirals 60 miles south in his Volvo SUV from his home in Bethesda to the family farm near Hollywood, Md. On the 300-acre spread his mother named Tranquility Farm, he raises grass-fed Angus beef, a...

Food & Farm

The Endless Season The Endless Season

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A Veneto Journey to Farm and Table in One A Veneto Journey to Farm and Table in One

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE I went looking for a slice of ancient Italy and somehow...

Tea for Tulips, Moo for Tea Tea for Tulips, Moo for Tea

    OUT HERE MAGAZINE Annie Haven’s family farm in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.,...

The Surprising Face of Cashmere The Surprising Face of Cashmere

    OUT HERE MAGAZINE Norma Bromley has lots of friends with cashmere sweaters....

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