Janine has been crafting narratives and profiles about people and places for twenty years. She has an ear for the telling detail, the revealing anecdote. She immerses herself in the reporting, then writes the clear stories that take readers inside efforts to save the Chesapeake Bay by oyster farming, or the craft and anguish of writing massive books. She has stood in the swelter of an art glass studio, dodging sparks and thousand-degree objects of art while learning the science that makes glass both liquid and solid, and dug in the soil alongside a woman whose garden helped her survive treatment for throat cancer.

Her stories about personal finance, parenting, health, the environment and women’s issues have run in O Magazine, Distinction, More, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, TWA’s Ambassador, American Airlines’ American Way, US Air’s Attaché, Fitness, Parents, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Golf For Women, Women and Success and others.

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Gordon Campbell – An Aerial Love Letter

Image by Mark Atkinson photography by MARK ATKINSON & GORDON CAMPBELL The plane bumps and bobbles across the clover, hurtling along the mowed runway and rising as...
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The Judas Fish: Leading Invasives to Slaughter

In Montana’s glacial lakes, biologists deploy an unusual weapon to defend native bull trout against an invader. Lake trout were introduced for sport fishing in western...
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The Maestro Takes His Bow

photography by KEITH LANPHER Bassoons run baritone scales as piccolos trill and timpani tune. Trumpets blare and violins slide from flat to true, the musicians intent as they twist pins and...
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Harvest Table Restaurant

photography by ADAM EWING Sam Eubanks unloads purple and white bulbs of kohlrabi in the kitchen, next to acorn and butternut squash, their greens and pinks glowing just like the...
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More Than A Survivor – Rosemary Trible

Photography by RICH-JOSEPH FACUN They left in paper scrubs; that was what upset Rosemary Trible, that in this moment of violation, when dignity had been ripped away, after stirrups and...
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An Iron Will

photography by ADAM EWING HUNTLY, VIRGINIA – Nol Putnam forges wind from iron, his hammer metronomic at 2½ strikes a second, steel against iron against anvil. The angle...
Photography by KEITH LANPHER

The American Windsor

On the Eastern Shore, the Lewins carve, bend and paint so folks can sit in comfort Photography by KEITH LANPHER            ...
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Sowing The Seeds

Photography by Keith Lanpher Tom Gallivan is shin-deep in the salty water of the Little Machipongo Inlet, so close to the Atlantic that the tides flood...
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Keepers Of History

Photography by Stephanie Oberlander In 1749, when most Colonists were scrabbling for the most basic food and shelter, two of Yorktown’s finest sat with elegance and...
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Edwards Ham

From the spark of an idea, the Edwards family has built a legacy of taste. photography by Adam Ewing SURRY – Sam Wallace Edwards III pulls...
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Making It Real

The man who dismounts with a flourish wears a red wool coat and white linen breeches. His shoes hand-made by the shoemaker on site. He strides to his counterpart and...
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Zushi

Kevin Chang’s yanagi slide-slices through the fish’s flesh, its blade gliding through geological layers of fat and muscle so alive they’re still swimming. The knife shepherds the sashimi to the...
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The Method In His Madness

Thirty-five people work at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. They spend all day surrounded by all things Dali. In the bathroom -- Dali. In their offices --...
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Brave Hearts

More than a decade ago, my youngest sister, Amy, went through a divorce. It was a painful thing -- the first in the family -- and she was scared. "How...
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Self Esteem: The Repair Kit

Janine Latus spent years looking for validation in all the wrong places--until the day she discovered it was hers to give all along. In high school I was voted 'biggest...
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The Friendship Game

The first year after I first moved to my block on the south edge of Columbia, Missouri, I only knew my neighbors well enough for a one-finger-off-the-steering-wheel wave as our...
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For A Song

The brim of Emilio Nieto’s cowboy hat brushes my forehead as we bend our heads together and sing: Another Saturday night and I ain’t got nobody. Closing our eyes, we...
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Blake Bailey – Precisely

Photography by Rich-Joseph Facun Blake Bailey spends his days mucking around in the lives of atrabilious, sexually conflicted alcoholics, poster children for the adage that one...
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A River Of Chips

photography by Eric Lusher Mount Jackson, Virginia - Inside a beige cinderblock building half an hour from Harrisonburg up I-81, 15,000 pounds of potatoes a day thunder...
photography by KEITH LANPHER

Hashi Food Truck

photography by KEITH LANPHER Ross Riddle ladles rice porridge as thick as grits from a stainless steel pot, steam billowing. He adds a dollop of butter,...