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Graveyard Shift     Arlington Magazine


Presidents, spies, assassins, and war heroes: Their stories live on in five historic cemeteries in and around D.C.


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Life Stories: Essays in Literary Journals

Unless otherwise noted, all photographs copyright Laurie McClellan 2013

Walking the Wild    South Dakota Review

A first-time backpacker tackles the Teton Crest Trail in Wyoming. Aside from rutting moose, an August blizzard, and dissolving toenails, what could go wrong?


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Drinking the Zambezi    Summerset Review

When a whitewater rafting trip in Africa goes bad, watch out for the crocodiles.

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The Thin Mint Mutiny    Battered Suitcase

A cautionary tale of camp counselors pushed over the edge. For maximum effect, read while eating a s'more.

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Crossing the Prairie    Front Range Review

In the books we read as children, pioneers were always "crossing the prairie."  A trip to South Dakota reveals why "crossing" was the operative word, instead of "sticking around."

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Nature and Science

Guilt by DNA   Arlington Magazine


No witnesses. No fingerprints. Six murders. How a detective used DNA testing for the first time in U.S. history -- to catch a serial killer.


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The Last Wolf?  National Parks


Should biologists step in to save Isle Royale's wolves or let nature take its course?


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(Photo courtesy of Rolf Peterson)

Elusive Wolverine Caught on Camera    National Geographic.com


Meet the wolverine: This cocker spaniel-sized weasel is capable of hunting grown moose.


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(Photo courtesy of Peter Mather)

Wild, Wild Life    Arlington Magazine

River otters and coyotes live just a few miles from the White House. Can we all get along?

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The Murky Future of Cyber Threats   Actuarial Review


When everything is hackable, beware of the zombie apocalypse.


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What We Talk About When We Talk About Danger   Actuarial Review


How we decide which things are likely to kill us.


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People

Home Sweet Tome   Arlington Magazine


The 40-year love story behind an antiquarian bookstore. 


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(Photo courtesy of Christopher Shane)

With Conviction   Arlington Magazine


Joan Mulholland did jail time as a Freedom Rider during the 1960s. And that's not the only way she made history.


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(Photo courtesy of J.M. Giordano)

Spy Games    Arlington Magazine

The Hefty bag filled with unmarked bills belonged to Russian spies.

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Health

The Greatest Gift: A Tale of Two Transplant Survivors   Arlington Magazine


Waiting for a liver or kidney can be a harrowing race against time. Meet two patients who each beat the odds. Twice.


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Chronic Lyme Disease: It's Time to Solve the Medical Mystery Inside an Enigma    Health Affairs, reprinted in The Washington Post

What's worse than contracting a serious disease? Being told that it's all in your head--despite the scientific evidence.

Lyme Light    Arlington Magazine


Doctors couldn't agree on the cause of my husband's debilitating symptoms, much less how to treat them. Now new estimates on the prevalence of Lyme disease are bringing the debate to the forefront.


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Short Essays

My George Bailey Epiphany    The Christian Science Monitor

Is it just me, or does It's a Wonderful Life mean something different every time you watch it?

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The Sad Good Buys    The Washington Post

The consolations of buying stuff from dead people.

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Fall and Recovery    Arlington Magazine

When you lose your job to a layoff, taking up figure skating makes perfect sense.

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Travel Articles
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Graveyard Shift     Arlington Magazine


Presidents, spies, assassins, and war heroes: Their stories live on in five historic cemeteries in and around D.C.


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Crumpton: Home of the Weird    Frederick Magazine


The largest auction on the East Coast, where the action is lightning fast, the bargains are legendary, and the goods can include anything from a leopard skin rug (with head still attached) to Civil War photo albums. And then there's the golf carts.


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To the Lighthouse    Bethesda Magazine

Ghosts. Shipwrecks. And a lonely man in a tower, warning ships from harm. Visit some lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay where the mystique lives on.

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The Bridges of Washington County    Bethesda Magazine / Arlington Magazine

It was the single bloodiest day of fighting in American history. The Battle of Antietam made a stone arch bridge in Maryland the most famous in the nation -- but the trail of historic bridges doesn't end there.

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Gift of the Glaciers   National Parks Magazine


Birch bark, cackling loons, and 10,000-year-old hills of sand: Welcome to Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.


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(Photo courtesy of Ian Shive)

Time's Factory    On Foot: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories

An accidental hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. This story originally appeared in The Christian Science Monitor.


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Laugh, Cry, Cheer, Repeat    Blue Ridge Country

Why twenty trips to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, leave me wanting just one more.

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A Little Town With a Big Personality    Bethesda Magazine


Come to Shepherdstown for the music, the hiking, the history or the cupcakes. Just watch out for that scary giant eye.


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Calvert Cliffs: Maryland's Fossil Capital    Frederick Magazine

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Fight, Sing, Drink, Pray: A Journey to the Heart of the South’s Scots-Irish    Blue Ridge Country


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