It’s an August Tuesday afternoon, and I’m at work. It’s not yet 4pm but it’s nighttime-dark outside, thanks to a thunderstorm that’s passing through the DC area. My office is on the 15th floor of a high-rise in downtown Bethesda, MD, and whenever dramatic weather comes through, I can see it from my perch high … Continue reading Thunderstorms

The tug of history

This past Thursday, I drove 2 1/2 hours north into Central PA, to an old, small, red brick church in the country.  The occasion was the funeral service and burial of my Great Aunt May, and the venue was the church where I was raised, located within view of the farm where I grew up. … Continue reading The tug of history

Hey, kid: Wanna win a knife?

When we were in Pennsylvania week before last, we spent an evening trying to find enjoying the Schuylkill County Fair.  It was everything we expected: Carnie rides, awesome food, first-class entertainment (an Elvis impersonator was the featured act the night we were there), barns full of 4-H exhibits (baked goods, home-grown produce, and farm animals … Continue reading Hey, kid: Wanna win a knife?