My Writing and Projects

On this page you will find examples of my writing in the form of articles, essays, reports, and websites.


Why Learn Gàidhlig?  Published on Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir website, and in Celtic Life International on 31 August 2017

Gaels on the Chesapeake – Interview series published on Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir website

The Buchanans of Auchentrolie – Published in The Buchanan Banner (October 2020), a publication of The Clan Buchanan Society International – Click here to view the article

Through the Eye of the Gael – Discovering hidden meaning in Scottish Gaelic wordsPublished on Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir website – Pending further publication

Book Projects

  • I am seeking representation for, Consequences, a book that is memoir as metaphor and written as poetic narrative. It explores the consequences for many people resulting from a person’s ethical collapse, but from the experience of the perpetrator.
  • A bi-lingual children’s book, Tha Raghallach a’ Gabhail Cuairt anns an Coille/Riley Takes a Walk in the Woods, which is currently under consideration by a publisher.
  • A variety of other writing projects are in the early stages. Just ask me. I’m always happy to talk about my ideas.

Genealogy & History Projects

I manage an extensive genealogy and history project for B’nai Israel Congregation called the Descendants’  Day Project.

Reports and Studies

More Than a DesignMore than a Design
Reflections on the John Eager Howard/Reservoir Hill School Design Process

I served as one of the Managing Editors on this first ever review of lessons learned in one  school being redesigned in Year One of Baltimore City Public School System’s 21st Century School Facilities Initiative.


West North Avenue BookletWest North Avenue Booklet Cover

In my capacity at Reservoir Hill Improvement Council I served on the management team working with Neighborhood Design Center to produce a conceptual master plan addressing three miles of West North Avenue from Howard Street west to Hilton Parkway.  The team coordinated an extensive community engagement process, oversaw data analysis and recommendations with NDC, and coordinated the release of the plan.  This booklet summarizes the plan, which is available in full at Neighborhood Design Center.

John Eager Howard INSPIRE PlanINSPIRE Jan.2017

In my capacity at Reservoir Hill Improvement Council I led the management team working with the Department of Planning to execute an extensive community process that would result in a plan for public investment in the communities surrounding the newly designed John Eager Howard Elementary School located in Reservoir Hill. The plan was adopted by the Planning Commission in January 2017.


My Websites

The Kitchen Table is a collection of essays on our family history.

360 Squared is about life as an adventure, big and small adventures.  In these pages we sojourn through the Chesapeake Bay country and ramble around the Celtic countries. There are articles documenting folkways and folklore from those lands, articles on stewardship of land, progressive political movements, cultural survival, and interesting ways of experiencing the land.

Stumbling Toward Torah is a collection of essays reflecting on my Torah and Talmud study.

Sgoil Ghàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir is the The Gaelic School of Baltimore, on whose website you find updates on activities and articles and resources about Scottish Gàidhlig. I am a co-founder of the school and a current co-director.