Maryland: Passing of Time Opens Up Memory Lane

I was driving along a highway in New Jersey with my grandfather, telling him about my recent adventures in Baltimore learning about the War of 1812. Earlier, he had let me read a few sections of his memoir concerning his life growing up in the 1930s. Reading the stories, I grew uneasy with myself. He…

1813: Visions of Terror Inspire Nation's Greatest Song

On September 11, 2001, people sat on their rooftops and stared out their windows. Others were glued to the television for days. I don’t mean to stir up any painful memories, yet this is the best way I can describe it to you – the only way to understand how this particular battle of the…

Trip: Star-Spangled Banner Original Manuscript in Baltimore

I have accepted an invitation to participate in the 200th anniversary celebration of the War of 1812 next weekend (March 8-11) in and around Baltimore, Maryland. I spent some time in Inner Harbor this past July, drinking Tom Collins at McCormick and Schmick’s,┬átaking in the beautiful colors in the summer sky, and arguing with a…