The Week in Review

Week in Review: 10 Baltimore Stories You Might’ve Missed

0 Written by: | Friday, Jan 30, 2015 2:18pm


A shake-up in Baltimore’s bar and restaurant scene, and a new home dog bath opportunity. It’s the Week in Review for Jan. 23-30. Read More →

Catch of the Day

MICA Presents Solidarity 2: Home is Not a Commodity

0 Written by: | Friday, Jan 30, 2015 1:12pm

Edo's Home- Sodere Park Ethiopia by Dominic T. Moulden

catch of the day fish (2)Few things are more central to being human than the concept of home. For as long as there have been people, we’ve been finding, making, building homes wherever we find ourselves. Homes look and feel different around the world, but they’re always a place of nurturing, growth and comfort. They’re where we find ourselves and spend time with the loved ones we value. And yet, so many of these places that bring us an internal sense of stability are precarious. It’s this concern that’s at the center of Solidarity 2: Home is Not a Commodity, the new photographic exhibit opening at MICA on February 6th. Read More →

Featured, That Nature Show

Garden Catalogues

0 Written by: | Friday, Jan 30, 2015 8:00am

gardencatalogThis column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

What surrounds me right now when outside the weather is frightening is garden catalogues; they come in the mail every day with their aspirational enticements of an English cottage garden in the spring, complete with rambling roses ’round the thatch eaves. I walk Valley View Farms (which just won Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s “Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers of 2015″) and the Perennial Farm in Glen Arm, MD (retail to the public on Saturdays) in a trance state, getting all inappropriately handsy with the terra-cotta pots. Read More →


Who Holds More Sway, Parents or Peers?

2 Written by: | Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 1:00pm

eyerolling teens“What is he doing?” moaned my husband, cupping his head in his hands after our son missed the basket by a huge margin. Read More →

Catch of the Day, Cross Keys

Bundle Up Sale at Chezelle

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 2:26pm


catch of the day fish (2)So how about that (totally not) historic snowstorm, huh? Sure, it was no Snowpocalypse, but it’s still pretty nippy out, and we have every reason to believe it will remain so for the foreseeable future. Or at least, that’s what we’re assuming until Punxsutawney Phil makes his official decree in a few days. So with plenty of winter ahead, it’s the perfect time to stock up on ways to bundle up. And few know more about layering, and about clothes that are soft, cozy, and fashionable than the folks at Chezelle. So head over any time before the 30th for their big Bundle Up sale. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline, My Real Life Modern Family

Checkpoint Charlie: Before the Wall Came Down

5 Written by: | Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 9:52am

BigComboTrailerTwenty-five years ago, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came down. University of Baltimore MFA student Ellen Hartley recalls a night in 1966 when she and her student husband tried to cross to East Berlin. What stopped them might make you grateful.


Halten Sie — sofort!” A guttural voice. “Schnell aus dem Auto!”

Danny slammed on the brakes of our VW Bug. We stumbled out of the car. A pair of burly border guards ordered us to step aside and empty our pockets.

1966, Checkpoint Charlie. My husband and I were students, out for a night at the opera in East Berlin. Read More →

Featured, Homeland, Hot House, Real Estate & Home

A Forever House In Homeland: You, The Kids, And A Super Clean Dog

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 11:47am


Hot House: 214 Goodale Road, Baltimore 21212

Stone and stucco, French country style house, designed by Palmer-Lamdin, circa 1929. Four bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths over three stories, 4,144 sq. ft. Hardwood floors, crown moldings, large family room with gas fireplace, den, living room with fireplace, dining room and eat in kitchen/granite counters, mudroom. Large master suite with walk in closets, sep. glass shower.  Semi-finished basement, 2 car detached garage, central a/c: $874,500. Read More →

Catch of the Day

Knitting Classes at Woolworks

0 Written by: | Monday, Jan 26, 2015 1:16pm


catch of the day fish (2)For kids, snow days generally mean sledding, building snowmen, making snow angels, and otherwise getting outside to play in the cold, wet, wintry mix. But as we mature, somehow the draw of indoors tends to get stronger. Plus, even during Snowmageddon a few years ago, Baltimore wasn’t exactly cross country skiing and snowshoeing terrain. So what are we adults to do when the city (maybe) shuts down thanks to a few anticipated inches? Do what the snowed-in have done for centuries: take up a knitting project. Read More →

Big Fish, Featured

Notice Change in Towson? Planning Director Shares What’s Ahead for the County’s Up-and-Coming Urban Hub

1 Written by: | Monday, Jan 26, 2015 10:30am

A-VanArsdaleOver 30 years ago, when Andrea Van Arsdale graduated from college with a degree in wildlife biology, she probably never expected to find herself responsible for overseeing major changes to densely populated (by humans) communities in Baltimore County, such as the current redevelopment of Towson—a series of projects backed by more than $800 million in private investment. But that’s precisely where the 50-something finds herself today. Read More →

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Orioles FanFest 2015

0 Written by: | Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 3:00pm


catch of the day fish (2)Forget football season. We’re onto the next. The Orioles know that, which is why next weekend marks Orioles FanFest– the place where you can show your love for the Os well before baseball season starts. Sadly, all of the autograph signing sessions are already sold out, alas. But there’s plenty more fun to be had. The FanFest will includ appearances by current and former Orioles players and coaches, baseball clinics for kids, clubhouse tours, interactive games, tons of amazing memorabilia dealers, and much more. Read More →

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