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Fatherhood at Lancaster Story Slam

Dropped by the always entertaining Tellus360, a bar and music venue in downtown Lancaster, Pa., last night for the monthly Lancaster Story Slam. God, I love that name, “Story Slam.” It’s a friendly competition among storytellers who walk up on stage and tell a five-minute tale based on that month’s theme. Last night’s theme, “Father Knows Best,” inspired a spectrum of narratives running between the hilarious and mournful. I even found myself walking on stage up to the microphone and...

Tractor Pulls, Southern End, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Farming, Rural, Sunset

PHOTOS: Tractor pulls in Lancaster County

A roar would echo across the farming hills in the twilight. It came a distance of several miles, slipping through silhouettes of maple and oak trees, on nights when the summer air barely moved. As a child, I would be outside catching fireflies with my hands as the first stars and planets winked at us from an ever darkening blue canopy. Then I’d hear the roar, a mechanical howl, the call of a beast made of pistons, spark plugs, and...

The Pinnacle in Lancaster County

While traveling around on assignment in southern Lancaster County, Pa., what the locals call the Southern End, I came across these two individuals at a place known as The Pinnacle. The man on the left in a highlighter yellow shirt is 29-year-old Zach Miller, an ultra marathoner who grew up in Lancaster County and now lives in Colorado Springs, Col. On the right is independent filmmaker Billy Yang, 40, from Los Angeles. They agreed to stand in the foreground while...