Animal House–the book

Baltimore’s Big Cave-in (in our backyard)

Baltimore’s Big Cave-in (in our backyard)

A short walk from our house, you’ll find Baltimore’s big cave-in. Jill and I often walked our dogs along that stretch of 26th Street. For years, it’s been clear that...

The Amazing Mansions of Newport, Rhode Island

The Amazing Mansions of Newport, Rhode Island

I had heard about the mansions of Newport, R.I., for years — decades, actually — and I had always wanted to visit them because I’m crazy for old houses and...

7 Things I Learned About New England

7 Things I Learned About New England

1) The light in New England is very different than the light we get 400 miles south. New England light is low in the sky. It feels like afternoon all...

How Drunk Do You Have to Be?

How Drunk Do You Have to Be?

This week, Jill and I woke one morning to discover that we had been hit by a drunk driver. That is, our house had been hit — specifically, the iron...

Cleo Jailed & Other Midwest Adventures

Cleo Jailed & Other Midwest Adventures

Due to a last-minute cancellation (because a librarian — in a city I will not name — forgot she had booked me!), Cleo and I have spent most of this...