Fran Severn

Freelance writer, editor, fact-checker, and researcher with 30 years' experience. Member International Food, Wine, & Travel Writers Association. Specialties: Travel, Lifestyle, Business, translating Medicine and Science into layman's language. Horsewoman. Pilot.

In the Hoofprints of History

Health and Money A trail ride becomes more exciting when it’s a ride through history, as well as through scenery. A defining time of our nation’s history was the Civil War, fought between 1861 and 1865. Today, most Civil War battlefields are preserved for walking, and some have driving tours. But the few with bridle…

Caving

Women In The OutdoorsOur flashlights showed an eerie landscape of sharp-edged boulders scattered haphazardly across the damp, sandy ground. The echo of trickling water told of a stream running somewhere nearby. There was no sky overhead, just a ceiling of ragged rocks.

Bidding Wars at Dixon’s Auction in Crumpton

Chesapeake LifeIt’s Wednesday at nine o’clock on a sweltering August morning at Dixon’s Auction in Crumpton, Maryland. Men wearing faded jeans and T-shirts accompanied by women sporting shorts and heat-wrinkled blouses mill around artifa”cts of Americana blanketing a large field. They peek inside old furniture drawers, poke through boxes of tarnished silverware, and test the…

The Lure of Lavender

Culinary TrendsNew Orleans’ lively cooking scene is peopled with chefs whose equally lively personalities reflect their approach to food and dining. Two of the finest eschew the Big Easy for the parishes north of the city. For John Folse it’s a homecoming, while Kim Kringlie adopted Louisiana without abandoning his Midwest prairie roots. Together, they…

Pack the Hamper, James; It’s Ascot Time

NEWSDAY It’s a tailgate party unlike any other. But it’s an event until any other: the week-long Royal Ascot racing meeting. Scheduled for June 14-17, Ascot gives Britons one last chance for a proper garden party before going separate ways for the summer “hols.” Formality of fashion is the standard at Ascot. The men in…

Marketing Crafts to Corporate Clients

Something to Remember Us By: NicheOf course, you value your customers. And of course, they are the key to your gallery’s success. But if you are looking for added revenue streams to bulk up your gallery’s bottom line, you really should look into corporate gifts. To the uninitiated, ‘corporate gifts’ conjure up the image of…

Moving from Commercial Videos to Feature Films

Distinct Features Avid PronetForget Hollywood. The new hot spot for feature films is… Ottawa, Canada? That’s the master plan for Distinct Features, a production house that’s starting to get serious attention for its low-budget, high-quality feature films. With two features completed and three more in post-production, it’s moving towards realizing the dream of many small…

A Weekend in Camelot

WoodallsIt’s a fine day in Revel Grove, England. Banners flutter in the wind; the aroma of meats cooking over open flames fills the air; and a juggler catches whirling globes with casual ease, while at the tavern, minstrels strum their lutes as they serenade patrons with songs of lost love and life in these Medieval…