Outrunning Vegas

From 1,149 feet above, the city didn’t seem like such a wasteland. It was even a bit magical. The clusters of flashing lights and ever-changing billboard displays were no longer discordantly fighting for my attention. Instead, they all blended together, creating a peaceful, twinkling glow for me and the other viewers on top of the … Continue reading Outrunning Vegas

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One Last Goodbye

How many missteps could I make in one day? The Old Town neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, was the place to answer that question. The red cobblestone streets, while picturesque, were treacherous. Add in a walk up the steps of Alexandria’s wannabe Washington Monument, The George Washington Masonic National Memorial — where the famous scene from … Continue reading One Last Goodbye

The Other Side

My eyes follow the Chesapeake Bay Bridge sprawling before me in the distance. My boyfriend and I are only halfway across, and I'm already imagining reaching the other side and seeing more of what rural Maryland has to offer. Easton, Md., has always just been a town I bypass on the way to Ocean City, … Continue reading The Other Side

The Missing Kennedy is a story of compassion and hope despite tragedy

Who isn’t intrigued by the Kennedys? Everyone has an opinion of the famous family, but one of the most important opinions comes from Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, author of The Missing Kennedy: Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women, whose paperback version hits shelves October 2016. The author’s voice carries sincerity because she grew up … Continue reading The Missing Kennedy is a story of compassion and hope despite tragedy

Both Sides of the Line is not just for sports fans

Football extends far beyond a Boston high school’s field in Kevin Kelly’s memoir, Both Sides of the Line, which is set to release July 1, 2016. Following in his brother’s footsteps and eager to escape his inner-city roots and mother’s suicide, Kelly played high school football from 1971-75. His coach, Jack Dempsey, augmented his desire … Continue reading Both Sides of the Line is not just for sports fans

The Key to Keeping Love

It’s 5:25 a.m., and I’m screaming at my fiancé as we sit in the car outside of the gym. In the back of my head I’m thinking, “Why are you doing this? Just stop and apologize right now.” My mouth, however, is on a different continent than my head, so it just keeps on going … Continue reading The Key to Keeping Love

A Case for a Cool Down

You wake up the day after a workout (it’s been awhile), and you want to die. Your muscles ache, and your chest still has the breathless feeling that you felt while on the treadmill yesterday. Your first inclination is to crawl back under the covers and rest, but that may not be the best option. … Continue reading A Case for a Cool Down

More Than Miles

Your headlamp illuminates the black pavement in front of you. The only sound is your feet hitting the asphalt with each stride. Thump. Thump. Thump. You feel like the only person alive, moving through the darkness before the day breaks and the rest of the world emerges. You are alone with your thoughts and your … Continue reading More Than Miles

Still Here: Blake Tagget’s Subtle Success

Blake Tagget leans forward in his chair at the Barnes and Noble Café, but his eyes dart from the study group occupying a nearby table to the mother placing an order at the counter as she holds her squeamish child’s hand. I struggle to keep his attention. Standing over 6 feet tall, he looks too … Continue reading Still Here: Blake Tagget’s Subtle Success

Bean Hollow’s name is indicative of an equally hollow experience

Bean Hollow on Main Street in historic Ellicott City, Md., offers visitors the façade of a quaint atmosphere in which to enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation; however, the small space, lacking service and subpar fare leave much to be desired. Bean Hollow is housed in an old-fashioned structure. The names of the original … Continue reading Bean Hollow’s name is indicative of an equally hollow experience