Poet Examines Diversity of Violence and Hope

As we prepare for the long holiday weekend, I am eager to erase from memory the pictures of violence from this week’s local, national and international news. Yet I can’t stop thinking about the fatal stabbing of a  23-year-old African American Bowie State University student by a  22-year-old white University of Maryland student in what

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Share Your Story and Inspire Grit

My client sat back, her eyes fixed on a corner of the room but her mind fixed on the past as she described walking through a pasture and quietly contemplating how to support her family after her husband’s progressing illness forced him to quit work. “I thought to myself, What would Annie Mauk do?” –

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Reporting in the Age of ‘Alternative Facts’

As I poured through a series of editors’ questions on a 12,000-word article recently, methodically answering each one in order, I stopped suddenly at one question: “Just checking, but Wikipedia says $56 million???” Really? I’m actually getting a reference to Wikipedia from an editor? I skipped on to the next question, hoping to calm my

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Inspiration from Teen Writers

News outlets this time of year round up inspiring profiles of high school and college graduates or snippets from commencement speeches at leading institutions. Even though I left college nearly three decades ago, I can’t help but think that I had just recently worn a cap and gown. I look in the mirror and see

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