Let’s go O’s! [Commentary]

Originally published in the Baltimore Sun I'm so thrilled for the Orioles, for the city of Baltimore, and for my 12-year-old son, who's learned what it means to be a true fan supporting his hometown team. My husband and I never pushed our son into baseball; it came naturally. Even before he knew he loved the game, he was practicing his own version of it. At about 2 years of age, he snuck into my china cabinet and started hurling gold-plated tea cups across the dining room, hard as he

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Flowers From Uncle Sam

Originally published in Newsweek, September 26, 2008 Every time I step outside to water the flowers on my front porch, I am reminded of how my "stimulus" check from the federal government stimulated little more than false hope and pretense. My household has never been flush with cash, but this year things have been tighter than most. As a freelance writer, I am accustomed to alternating between fat times and thin. But this year, the thin has definitely outweighed the fat. A trade

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Doing laps with Michael Phelps

Originally published in the Baltimore Sun, August 12, 2012 A plodding recreational swimmer from the great Olympian's home pool recalls a star's evolution Mr. Phelps' pending retirement  means I may no longer catch regular glimpses of him at Meadowbrook, although strong memories of him will remain etched permanently in my mind. There were the times when Mr. Phelps, as a young teenager, sparred with coach Bob Bowman during practices. Locked in a power struggle with each other much like

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