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Three Spring Hair Styles from UNO the Salon

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 29, 2016 10:00am

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I’d add especially when it comes to hair styling. Read More →

Food & Drink, GreenLaurel, Health and Fitness

Is The Chemical Used to ‘Decaf’ Coffee Safe?

1 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 1:00pm

Shade-grown coffee is usually farmed by small scale farmers.

Shade-grown coffee is usually farmed by small scale farmers.

This article is part of the series, Beneath the Surface: What’s in Everyday Consumer Products. Articles in this series will examine how prevalent synthetic chemicals are in everyday products, and the consequences of their use to our health and our environment. 

I drink at least 48-ounces of brewed, organic and buzz-free coffee each day. I’m a heavy decaf coffee drinker which is why I’m often asked if it’s safe to drink decaf. This safety question lingers because every few years an article surfaces questioning the toxicity of methylene chloride – the chemical most-oft used to extract caffeine from coffee beans. Methylene Chloride is currently listed as a possible carcinogen, and its primary use is as a paint solvent.

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Seven Things My Mother Taught Me

4 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 10:25am

The author and her mother.

The author and her mother.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, University of Baltimore MFA student Roxanne V. Young remembers her mom’s sage advice on black pride, self-confidence, and still more.

  1. I’m Black and I’m Proud (James Brown)

My mother was the consummate teacher in the classroom and in life.

It was a frigid January afternoon, but I was enjoying the warmth of rare one-on-one time with my mother. We both had skipped school that day to celebrate my 10th birthday. On January 18, 1965 we sat down at the lunch counter at a Baltimore Woolworth’s. It was my first time dining out with my mother. While we waited for the waitress, she took a few minutes to discreetly give me a quick lesson on proper table etiquette. Read More →

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Eight Sides To Every Story: For Sale, The Octagon House In Historic Lutherville

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 11:38am

Hot House: 1708 Kurtz Avenue, Historic Lutherville, MD 21093


Octagonal house, circa 1856, in gravel cement block and stucco, well maintained and updated. Terrace, stone patio, Juliette balcony and back porch. Four bedrooms, 2.5 baths over 2,880 sq. ft. Two stories, with attic and partially finished, windowed basement. Central spiral staircase, 12’ ceilings, original wide-plank Georgia pine floors, interior shutters, long windows and French doors to porch, recent kitchen, en suite master bedroom, central a/c. Circular driveway, covered parking, rear guest house/studio, 1.5 acres with mature plantings: $849,000 Read More →

Culture, Featured, GreenLaurel

‘Kindling’ Looks to Spark Conversations Across Races and Neighborhoods

1 Written by: | Monday, Apr 25, 2016 3:18pm

Kindling’s vision team plans a unique community conversation. Pictured are: Andre Robinson, Nel Andrews, Jamie McDonald, Dale Terrill, and Quincey Gamble. Meryam Bouadjemi not pictured.

It’s safe to say that one factor Freddie Gray’s death and the ensuing unrest exposed is that Baltimore continues to be a city divided. We have a lot to learn about each other. Like other cities, many of us stick with who and what we know.  We tend to stay in our zones which makes it tough to engage with others outside of our routine. 

When key players from OneBaltimore, Innovation Village, Mt. Royal Community Development Corp, and the Light City team examined how to bridge these divides, they came up with a new idea called “Kindling.” As the name implies, Kindling is designed to spark one-on-one conversations between Baltimoreans who may never get the opportunity to know one another.

The inaugural Kindling event will be held this Saturday, April 30 at the Prince Hall Grand Lodge in historic Bolton Hill in Innovation Village. Consider taking part in a new type of community conversation built on the belief that progress will be made when we move past labels and see one another as individuals.
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Baltimore Writers Club, Culture

Loyola Prof Ron Tanner’s ‘Missile Paradise’ Takes Aim at Imperialism, Insularity, and Going Off the Grid

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 22, 2016 11:30am


An occasional series introducing new books from Baltimoreans

Ron_TannerRon Tanner is a man who wears a lot of hats. He’s a professional jazz musician, a Loyola professor, a builder, and handyman, and a writer. But even as a writer, you can’t pin him down. When I first met him, he was working on a memoir about how he and his wife Jill bought a completely destroyed frat house in Charles Village and renovated it to its original glory, one window pane, banister rail, and brick at a time. That tale became From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story. Read More →


National Aquarium’s 48 Days of Blue Challenge Looks to Make Every Day Earth Day

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 22, 2016 11:00am

In New York City today, representatives from over 170 countries will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change.  Each country agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. That’s good because 2015 was the hottest on record. In February 2016, the global temp rise was hit 1.35 degrees Celsius.
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One of a Kind, Early Modern, Architect-Designed House In The Orchards

2 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 12:25pm

Hot House: 105-107 Castlewood Road, Baltimore, MD 21210


Early modern house designed by Lawrence Menefee  circa 1940, in painted brick with slate roof. Entrance porch with copper roof and custom iron-work. Four bedrooms, 4 baths, 3,610 sq. ft. over two stories with finished basement. Gourmet kitchen w/ Italian glass walls, stainless appliances, new period cabinets, original stainless countertops. Many original and restored architectural features. Open plan first level, cozy wood-paneled den w/ fireplace. Master suite with new bathroom. New Pella windows throughout. Three zoned systems for heat and central a/c. Double lot, with .7 landscaped acres, stone patio and specimen trees: Price upon request.

Open House Wednesday, April 20, 12-2 p.m. and Sunday, April 24, 1-3 p.m. Read More →

Featured, GreenLaurel

Baltimore’s Destiny Watford Wins $175K Goldman Environmental Prize

4 Written by: | Monday, Apr 18, 2016 12:31pm

Curtis Bay’s Destiny Watford wins the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize.

Earth Day 2016 will be quite different and special for Baltimore City’s Destiny Watford. Tonight, she will walk on to the San Francisco Opera House stage and accept her 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize.  She is one of six international winners – ordinary people that took extraordinary grassroots action to better our environment. Goldman Environmental Prize winners receive $175,000 in funding to pursue their environmental vision.  For Destiny Watford, now a student at Towson University, that vision will include helping Baltimore City’s Curtis Bay become a thriving community supported by green jobs and fair development. 

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Featured, GreenLaurel, Money & Power

Hogan Signs Bipartisan Maryland Climate Change Bill Into Law

3 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 1:56pm

Governor Hogan signed the 2016 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act into law.

Governor Hogan signed the 2016 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act into law.

Yes, you read that headline correctly. In Maryland, a Republican Governor and a Democrat-controlled General Assembly worked together to enact the 2016 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act. This legislation commits our state to a jaw-dropping 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030. Other states should follow because we’re running out of time. The big question now: How will Maryland achieve the reductions?

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