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.

Tilghman Island Inn

Tilghman Island is about as remote a spot as one can find on the Eastern Shore. Home for generations to watermen, the air on Tilghman Island is scented with salt and crab. Driveways are made of oyster shells; red wing blackbirds perch in stands of cattails.

Cutts & Case Shipyard

It was almost inevitable that Eddie and Ronnie Cutts would be boat builders. Their father built more than 70 handcrafted, woodenhulled boats, from yachts to dinghies. Their grandfather was a wood worker. Further back, a Cutts opened the first shipyard in Maine in 1646; another saw many of his merchant ships sacked and burned by…

A Desert Awakening

Women’s Sports Fitness: Bumping along Canyonland’s rough roads and rapids It’s 8 o’clock on a Sunday morning.  Johnny Cash’s gravely-voiced hymns soar from the tape deck.  The music is our spiritual link as we bounce down the road southbound from Moab, Utah. My four companions and I are heading with our guide toward Canyonlands National…

George Washington Ate Here

It was a dark, cold night in Valley Forge in 1775. The Marquis de Lafayette and General Von Steuben, weary from spending the day drilling the Minutemen, stumbled into the room where General George Washington sat near the fire, musing over whether he should have his portrait painted before he got those blasted wooden teeth…

San Antonio: The Fiesta City

San Antonio El Hearldo San Antonio is synonymous with The Alamo. The legends and history surrounding the events of 1836 overwhelm the humble mission buildings and the city that grew up around it. But San Antonio is so much more than The Alamo. Sure, that’s on the must-see list. But this Tejano city boasts a…

It Must’ve Been Something I Ate

Health & MoneyIt started off as a wonderful getaway – no kids, rooms at a country inn, a romantic dinner. But by the time Becky and her husband reached their rooms after their seafood dinner, they knew something was wrong. Queasiness and cramps turned into diarrhea and vomiting that lasted for several days. “We were…

Fetal Surgery: A Cautious Breakthrough

Health and MoneyLike any normal ten-month old baby, William Talmage Shuford IV is starting to crawl, beginning to teeth, and is “learning to blow raspberries,” according to his mother, Charmon. That he’s alive to do those things, however, is only because of a procedure performed while he was still in his mother’s womb. A routine…

Beyond the Coffee Mug

Business Start-ups: May 1999Al Urban loves mice. Well, mouse pads, anyway. He hands them out to everybody who visits Computer Masters, his retail computer store in Vermillion, Ohio. Urban credits the custom pads, imprinted with the store’s name and phone number, with generating 25% of the sales at his 2½ year old store. “I use…