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The only rabbi in Afghanistan

Lt. Col. Larry Bazer joined the military as a chaplain in 1989, during his first year of rabbinical studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He joined because it offered an experience his rabbinical studies couldn’t, and because he’s loved the … Continue reading

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I write about (and drink) lambics for All About Beer

Unless you’re a beer connoisseur, chances are you’ve never tried a lambic. It’s a style of beer that’s been brewed in an area of Belgium the same way for thousands of years, long before anyone knew anything about yeast or … Continue reading

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My interview with a British chemist and accidental YouTube star

This August, MNN.com posted my Q&A with Martyn Poliakoff, a professor of chemistry at the University of Nottingham and star of a popular series of YouTube videos in which he leads viewers on a tour of the world of chemistry. … Continue reading

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How to Photograph Fireworks

Capturing the brilliant colors of fireworks as they burst across the sky is harder than it looks. Last week, just in time for the Fourth, I wrote a piece on how to photograph fireworks for Mademan.com. It offers tips from … Continue reading

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Making Waves: A profile of Jay Lauf

My short profile of Jay Lauf, publisher of The Atlantic, was recently published in the Connecticut College alumni magazine: “When he graduated from Connecticut College in 1986, Jay Lauf dreamed of becoming a writer at a news magazine like Time, … Continue reading

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A look back: My first stab at long-form narrative nonfiction

I recently went back and read a piece of creative nonfiction I wrote in 2004 while a student at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. It tells the story of two families in Lewiston, Maine, torn apart … Continue reading

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An innovative program to fix the fishing industry in Maine

I recently published a story in Mainebiz about the The Nature Conservancy and a program it has in place in Maine that aims to change the fishing industry from the inside out. Read “Tipping the scales”. Rather than combat unsustainable … Continue reading

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Another article in National Geographic Traveler

I wrote another article that was published in the current issue of National Geographic Traveler. This is a short one about traditional ice harvests that still go on in Maine during the winter. The story was part of a larger … Continue reading

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I write about Prohibition in Maine in Down East magazine

Did you know Maine was the first state to outlaw alcohol? By the time, federal Prohibition became law in 1920 with the 18th Amendment, Mainers had been living in a “technically” dry state for 70 years. I write about Portland’s … Continue reading

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My first piece in National Geographic Traveler

I published a short walking tour of Portland, Maine, in the September 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler. Unfortunately, it’s not online, but if you find yourself flipping through magazines at the bookstore, check it out and let me know … Continue reading

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