That Nature Show

Gardeners and The People Who Love Them

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 28, 2015 12:00pm


This 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.

On Thursday, I wrote an Op-Ed about the sad lack of trees (and sidewalk cafes) in Baltimore County for The Baltimore Sun. Then I took a piece of my own advice and planted bulbs in my own garden. As my grandfather used to say, “As goes your own patch, so goes the world, right?” Read More →

GreenLaurel, Health and Fitness

Is Your Kid’s School Using Toxic Cleaning Products?

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 11:20am

Maryland’s “school green cleaning” law requires schools to buy less toxic cleaning supplies.

Many families are switching to less toxic cleaning products to improve indoor air quality and cut exposure to some nasty and untested chemical. Is your child’s school using toxic cleaners?  The answer is most likely. The good news is that with help from the Maryland Environmental Health Network (MdEHN), a recent Maryland ‘school green cleaning’ law is coming to fruition. Though it may seem simple to pass a law and swap out some cleaners, it’s not that easy. The devil’s in the details.

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GreenLaurel, Money & Power

Do ‘Oil Bomb Trains‘ Chug By Your B’More Home or Business?

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 12:21pm

Maryland may soon learn which train routes fracked oil trains use to transport oil to Axeon's Fairfield terminal.

Which train track do those oil trains use?

Though North Dakota’s fracking oil fields are 2,000 miles away, fracking is literally in your backyard. Railcars containing highly flammable fracked crude oil have been traveling into Baltimore City for two years. A judge recently ruled that the public will finally gain access to the reporting that details where the oil trains travel.

Looking at the Baltimore rail map above, regardless of which tracks are used, oil trains are weaving through critical business and residential areas. ForestEthics estimates 165,000 Baltimoreans live within a one-mile oil train blast zone. It’s vital to know that the oil being shipped into Baltimore is more flammable, and that there’ve been 14 crude oil train accidents in two years. Even though we’ll know the routes, it’s unclear that even if a fire event occurred, we could do anything except run.  Question: Who thought allowing flammable oil trains to rumble through a densely populated city was a good idea?
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Featured, Greenspring Valley, Hot House, Real Estate & Home

Greenspring Valley Barn For Sale, $3.45 Million, Once Part of the Historic Villa Pace Estate

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 2:46pm

Hot House: 10955 Nacirema Lane, Stevenson, MD 21153


Conversion, circa 1999, of 19th century bank barn. Wood frame on stone foundation, with eight upper and five lower bays. Wood shingle exterior and gabled roof, topped by original square cupola. The space includes 12,085 sq. ft. over 2.5 stories, with 6 bedrooms and 7.5 baths, a three story foyer and great room w/fireplace. High ceilings, gourmet kitchen, deluxe master bedroom suite, three stop elevator, state-of-the-art-systems. Pool, sports court, extensive bluestone hardscaping, two bedroom stone guesthouse, on 5.92 acre lot: $3.45 million Read More →

Giving, Health and Fitness, Proprietor, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

Biking Gear Gets Sassy: A Q&A with SASSYCYCLIST’s Rebecca Redett

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 10:00am


SASSYCYCLIST’s Rebecca Redett

There’s no question about it: bicycling is good for your health and it can be a whole lot of fun. But historically, it has not been the sport with the best-looking outfits. Read More →

That Nature Show

The Power of Green Space

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 21, 2015 12:30pm

This 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.

How Walking In Nature Changes The Brain is the headline that got me thinking about my good old pal from college Henry David, that is, Thoreau, and specifically about his essay, On Walking, written in 1862, in which he said that walking in the woods is not leisure, but “itself the enterprise and adventure of the day.” How prescient Thoreau was! He intuited the power of green space! Read More →

Featured, Food & Drink, GreenLaurel, Health and Fitness

17 Teaspoons of Sugar in Soda! Are We Just Buying Diabetes?

2 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 11:07am

Business Health Services created this easy-to-read comparison of sugar contained in soda. Note: Kids daily allowance of sugar is 4 teaspoons!

Business Health Services created this easy-to-read comparison of sugar contained in soda. Note: Kids daily allowance of sugar is 4 teaspoons!

I took a sip of water, looked up and thought, “Holy cow. Everyone should see this.”

The ‘Think Before You Drink’ poster, produced by Baltimore’s-own Business Health Services, was posted above the drinking fountain at my daughter’s school. My eyes went straight to the 20-oz. orange Fanta bottle containing 17.6 teaspoons of sugar. That’s four times a child’s daily sugar allowance. I know that sodas are basically liquid candy, but having the metric unit of sugar grams converted to teaspoons was eye opening. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline, My Real Life Modern Family

Meeting Adam Jones: A Magically Real Memoir

11 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 10:22am


University of Baltimore MFA student and super mom Austrie Martinez tells the magical story of how she and her family met and befriended Adam Jones–it reads like the stuff of legend, and it’s 100 percent true.

My wife, Denise, was strapping on her duty belt for work as I watched the Orioles postgame interviews. She worked night security at a psych hospital and often missed the end of the game. As she tuned in via radio, we’d text each other throughout the nine innings. Read More →

Featured, Hot House, Real Estate & Home, Towson

West Towson (But Looks Like West Hollywood) Bungalow With Room To Grow

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 12:07pm

Hot House: 509 Park Avenue, Towson 21204


Arts & Crafts style wood frame bungalow, circa 1929, with cedar siding, front porch and back deck. Recent renovation. 1,265 sq. ft, with 4 bedrooms (one on main floor), 2 full baths. Living room with fireplace, dining room, updated granite and stainless kitchen. Hardwood floors throughout, many original architectural details. Unfinished basement, heat pump, .22 acre lot: $454,900 Read More →

Catch of the Day, Shop Local

Tax-Free Back to School Shopping at Wee Chic

0 Written by: | Monday, Aug 10, 2015 3:30pm


catch of the day fish (2)You might not know it by the heat, but fall (you know, the season with school in it) is right around the corner. Sorry kiddos, but before we know it, we’ll be scrambling to stuff backpacks full of pencils, cram sandwiches and cookies into plastic baggies, and school will officially be in session. Read More →

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