Let’s Contemplate the Whys

I don’t want to write about death. I especially don’t want to write about the violent shooting deaths of two teens. I’d rather not meditate on the grief of those teens’ parents, or step into the thoughts and questions I can only guess are spinning through their minds. The what-ifs and whys. Particularly the whys.

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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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