• The World Needs More Brooklyns and Abbeys

    Last night, my family and I went to see Brooklyn in Annapolis. I’d heard great things about the movie, and as I host an Oscar Party every year, I thought it might be beneficial if I saw a couple of the films nominated so I could play an active role in actually caring about which one might win. Over the last several years, I’ve grown tired and weary of shoot-em-up-bang-em-up dramas, war films, and just overall incredibly troubling content, not to mention extreme violence and gratuitous sex scenes. In my blissful state driving home, after fully enjoying director John Crowley’s film, one thought kept going round and round in my…

  • Fictography #14 — A Love Letter From Mitchell Henry of Kylemore Castle, Connemara, Ireland

      /FICTOGRAPHY/ def. — The intersection of photography (submitted by readers) and fiction (written by me!). How spectacular is this castle? Over spring break, a group of students studied abroad in Ireland. One such student was Emily Maranto, a senior at Stevenson University. Emily has taken several writing courses with me, and as well, she’s got a special place in my heart because she was fortunate, as was I years and years prior, to intern at the Orioles. The students had so much fun on their trip, and last weekend, I was told the story of Kylemore Castle and its history, once the home of Mitchell Henry who built it…

  • Fictography #11 — Callie’s Letter

    /FICTOGRAPHY/ def. — The intersection of photography (submitted by readers) and fiction (written by me!). This week’s selected photograph comes from another student of mine, Courtney Hastings. Courtney is a business communication major, she loves to write and has taken many courses with me. She is also a member of the public relations club, of which I serve as the advisor, and is a member of our honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. She is very involved in campus life, and performs with the marching band as well. She is multi-talented, and appears to be a pretty good photographer as well. When she posted this photo on Facebook, I asked her…

  • Fictography #2—”Patrick”

    Fictography #2 This week’s photograph for our flash fiction segment is provided by my friend and colleague at Stevenson University, Carol Cornwell. She is so talented, as you can see by her image above. She teaches photography at the university, and has taken students abroad to study and work their cameras. I am so happy she was willing to showcase one of her images from her trip to Ireland. Here is the story I’ve imagined goes with the photo. It’s called “Patrick.” Patrick The gate was rusted. The tall grass blew in the breeze that always seemed to come from the north here. Siobhan had been gone for 13 years,…