Category Archives: Travel Writing

Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award Winning Story: Oakland Mothers, Oakland Wives

Author’s Note: Back in December, I was notified that I won 1st Place in the horror short story category of Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. I was quite pleased by this honor, and consider it just one marker in a … Continue reading

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Moonshine, a Layperson’s Review: Midnight Moon, Strawberry Edition

With the end of the year just around the corner, I figured it was only fair to provide one last moonshine review before the holiday season. This time we’re revisiting the good folks at Midnight Moon, affiliated with the Piedmont … Continue reading

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A Visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture…

When approaching the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the first thing I notice is its size. “Monolithic” comes to mind. On the National Mall of Washington, D.C., the trapezoidal prism encompasses five-acres. Its scale placed into … Continue reading

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A Farewell to Summer on the W&OD Trail…

When I need fresh air and exercise, I cycle the Washington & Old Dominion trail, a 45-mile pathway through northern Virginia, between Shirlington and Purcellville. The path follows the former roadbed of the W&OD railway. Walkers, joggers, and cyclists enjoy … Continue reading

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Dutch Stories: The Real-Life Wolf of “Pulp Fiction”

So this is the second part of my recorded tales with my great friend “Dutch.” He, his fiancée “Kate,” and his high school friend “Josie” shared this tale about a friend of theirs, [Named Deleted]. This next story is true. … Continue reading

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Epic 4th of July in Washington D.C.: Dim Sum, Firecrackers, and Malt Liquor

An Indian, a Honduran, a white guy, and a black guy walk into a Chinese restaurant on the 4th of July. Nope, this isn’t a joke, but the beginning of an American Independence Day celebration that says much about what … Continue reading

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Arlington House, the Home of General Robert E. Lee

Earlier this month, I had the good fortune to attend a reception held at Arlington House, in Arlington National Cemetery. The mansion overlooks the Potomac River and Washington, D.C. For those who don’t know, Arlington House was built between 1802 … Continue reading

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