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Jonathan M. Pitts

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Jonathan M. Pitts writes about religion, sports, music, medicine and the military – and anything else that touches on the human spirit -- for the Baltimore Sun. Since joining the paper in 1999, he has covered oyster shuckers and opera singers, Deadheads and D-Day vets, sauerkraut and the Scriptures and more, always seeking the enduring in the everyday. The co-author of Baseball Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog’s memoir, “You’re Missin’ a Great Game,” he’s a native of St. Louis and a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Missouri School of Journalism

Recent Articles

  • Shedding pounds sensibly and making weight loss stick

    Shedding pounds sensibly and making weight loss stick

    A year ago, Debbie Belle found herself in the same unhealthy situation as one-third of American adults. At 5 feet 6 inches and 221 pounds, she had a body-mass index above 30 and was officially obese, according to weight criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Belle, 54,...

  • Sotterley Plantation in southern Maryland to open its slave quarters to the public

    Sotterley Plantation in southern Maryland to open its slave quarters to the public

    — When genealogist Agnes Kane Callum made her first visit to Sotterley, the sprawling St. Mary's County plantation where her great-grandfather lived as a slave, she was surprised to learn that the tour included no stops at the 1830s-era slave cabin that stands down the hill from the main mansion....

  • Firefighter/paramedics honor fallen colleague, ponder dangers of job

    Firefighter/paramedics honor fallen colleague, ponder dangers of job

    A steady stream of visitors filed through the assembly hall of a church Saturday to give blood in honor of Lt. John E. "Skillet" Ulmschneider, the Prince George's County firefighter/paramedic who was shot to death while trying to help a man in apparent medical distress at a home in Temple Hills...

  • In Ellicott City, a church of resurrection

    In Ellicott City, a church of resurrection

    When the Rev. Tom Slawson delivers the Easter homily at his hilltop church on Sunday, he says, he'll begin on his usual unconventional note. Easter marks what Christians consider the most joyous event in history: the resurrection of Jesus. Services are celebrations. But Slawson, rector of St. Peter'sr...

  • Former bishop Heather Cook convicted in cyclist's death to become eligible for parole

    Former bishop Heather Cook convicted in cyclist's death to become eligible for parole

    Heather Elizabeth Cook, the former Episcopal bishop who pleaded guilty to four criminal charges in the December 2014 crash that killed a bicyclist in North Roland Park, is eligible for parole next month. Cook pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, driving under...

  • A Passover seder for those who serve

    A Passover seder for those who serve

    Had a fair legal system been in place in the Egypt of Moses' day, Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum says, the ancient Israelites would never have been placed in bondage there, let alone compelled to flee their homes one fateful night some 3,300 years ago. After that first Passover, he says, the Jewish people...

  • Churches struggling to find organists

    Churches struggling to find organists

    When the longtime organist at St. John's Episcopal Church in Havre de Grace announced her retirement last fall, the leaders of the small 200-year-old congregation faced a bigger challenge than they knew. Music — particularly the music of the organ — is central to the life of the church. Members...

  • Baltimore's Cardinal Keeler eulogized as a 'wise and gentle pastor' at funeral

    Baltimore's Cardinal Keeler eulogized as a 'wise and gentle pastor' at funeral

    Cardinal William Henry Keeler, the 14th Archbishop of Baltimore, was eulogized as a "wise and gentle pastor" and an "indefatigable, friendly, never tiring man of faith" on Tuesday as hundreds of mourners marked his passing at a mass of Christian burial at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland....

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