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On the Tenure Clock: A Cautionary Tale

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 10:22am

image via mycollegesandcareers.com

image via mycollegesandcareers.com

As Goucher writing prof Kathy Flann endured five years of tenure-track hell, her health fell apart and she began to question her own creative work–you won’t guess what happened next.

When I landed what’s known as a “tenure-track” job teaching creative writing at Goucher College, it was the culmination of long and arduous quest. There were so many fiction writers clambering for university teaching positions that several hundred people would sometimes apply for an opening. Read More →

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Glass Tree House For Sale, Again: Gibson Island Landmark Drops The Price By Half

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 9:47am

This is a Hot House column that ran back in 2012. The house, designed by Ulrich Franzen —  you know, Ulrich Franzen — is back on the market, now priced at $1,290,000, so if you were interested back then, now’s the time ….

HOT HOUSE: 703 Skywater Road, Gibson Island, Md. 21056


International modern style, stone and steel construction, circa 1962, in good condition.  Three bedrooms, three full baths on two stories, with elevator and indoor resistance pool. 2,826 sq. ft. on a 1.1 acre lot, landscaped and wooded: $2,275,000


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Featured, Food & Drink, Hampden

Le Garage Beer Bar & Frites to Open in Hampden Friday

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 9:45am

Le Garage Beer Bar & FritesHampden is ready to welcome a new bar and restaurant to take over the old Dogwood location. Le Garage, which as you probably got from the name is a casual French place, opens this Friday on the Avenue.

The executive chef is Sarah Acconcia, formerly of the 13.5% Wine Bar, who has been tasked with crafting “working class” versions of fancy French staples and putting new twists on “peasant dishes.” >Entrees will be priced between $15 and $19 “for the most part” (though City Paper has it between $16 and $23 for single-person entrees). Read More →

Featured, Lifeline, Schools

Hopkins Campaigns to Curb Pedestrian Deaths in Baltimore

2 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 8:45am

via Graham Coreil-Allen on Flickr

via Graham Coreil-Allen on Flickr

30 percent of all pedestrian crashes in Maryland happen right in Baltimore. That’s 700 pedestrian crashes in the city every year. 100 result in a death. Of the other 600, many cause “life changing injuries.” Luckily, Johns Hopkins has offered its research prowess to solving the public safety issue, and it’s teaming with the MVA to campaign for pedestrian safety.

What did they learn from their 4,000-respondent online survey, focus groups, and expert interviews? Motorists and pedestrians are equally to blame for the accidents. The campaign is urging walkers to “stop, wait, go slow. Be alert and don’t get hurt.” It doesn’t look sound that catchy at first, but it’s memorable enough. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Lifeline

Baltimore Poet Dyane Fancey Dies, Leaves Us with Perfect Poem

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 10:45am

Dyane Fancey Dies at 63

Poet Dyane Fancey

I didn’t know poet Dyane Fancey personally, but I can’t help but feel a kinship with her. Her CV included a stint as a painting student at Maryland Institute College of Art before an eventual master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. The master’s is from 1981, but her peculiar, multidisciplinary educational route would make just as much sense in Baltimore’s current cross-pollination-loving arts scene.

For a more complete life story, see the Baltimore Sun obituary. What I would like to talk about is a poem of Fancey’s that placed in City Paper‘s 2009 poetry contest. It’s called “Multitasking.” It begins like this:

Is how bizarre things end up in the freezer:
Car keys, wallet, medications that can be stored on the shelf.

Then comes a friendly admonition to “Be here, / Here, now” — advice we might just as easily give ourselves, if we wanted to hear it. The poems ends like this: Read More →

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Meet Johns Hopkins’ Impressive Honorary Degree Recipients

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 9:51am


You have to be pretty special to get a degree from Johns Hopkins, which means you have to be extra special to be deemed worthy of an honorary degree. This year’s recipients are a laudable bunch, including a hero of the gay-rights movement, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and a beloved bow-tie wearing Baltimorean.
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Featured, Money & Power

Gansler Disses Brown’s Military Record, Attempts to Clarify

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 8:25am

Gansler dismisses Brown's military service

Maryland Attorney General and Democratic candidate for governor Douglas F. Gansler has built himself a fair collection of scandals throughout his campaign (and we’re not even past the primary yet): He is reported to have encouraged state troopers to speed and run red lights while headed to routine appointments. He accused Democratic rival Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown of running solely on his African-American heritage. He appeared to have facilitated a debauched weeklong underage party in Delaware. He announced endorsements from people who didn’t actually endorse him.

They run from mildly embarrassing to downright shameful, but in politics what can’t be absolved can usually be forgotten, right? But Gansler just broke formerly the number one rule in politics*: Don’t minimize your opponent’s military record. At a public appearance, Gansler said about Brown, “You know, his (campaign) ads are about how he was a lawyer in Iraq, and that’s all fine and good, but this is a real job, and we need to have somebody who actually has leadership experience.” Read More →

Culture, Featured, Schools

Meet Julian Baron, Weather Forecasting Wonder-Boy

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 1:00pm

weather imageWondering if you’ll need to rent a tent at an outdoor event you’re having next weekend? Worried that your upcoming travel plans will be interrupted by storms? Just ask 14-year-old Pikesville resident Julian Baron. Plenty of other people do, from his classmates at Gilman School who want to know if the weather will impact their baseball schedule to the 300-plus people who follow him on Facebook for the local weather forecast.  Read More →

Featured, Lifeline

Miami University Unveils John Harbaugh Statue

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 10:00am


Jim Harbaugh said he had “never been more proud” of his brother, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, than when he was inducted into Miami University of Ohio’s “Cradle of Coaches” with a life-size bronze statue over the weekend. Fine, but isn’t it more fun to imagine Jim — himself head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, the team that lost the very Super Bowl that earned John “the greatest honor in coaching” — slipping some kid a $20 bill to deface it, then calling up his alma mater to sell them on a statue of himself? What’s the fun of brothers who each coach an NFL team if there’s no earnest rivalry?

Anyway, the statue, which Jim Harbaugh couldn’t be more happy about, shows the Ravens head coach with a triumphant fist in the air, a pose the artist picked because she found the Ravens head coach assuming it in photo after photo and because “it’s a nice, strong position.” Read More →

Canton, Culture, Featured, Patterson Park

Baltimore, You’ve Been Walking Your Dogs Over War of 1812 Artifacts

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 8:29am

Patterson Park's Forgotten War of 1812 History

Photo by Anne, via Flickr.

Patterson Park may be quite tranquil now, but in September 1814 (when it was known as Hempstead Hill), the park hosted “thousands of militia men” as they prepared to defend Baltimore against a British land invasion in the War of 1812.

Baltimore Heritage has begun a month-long archaeological dig at Patterson Park at what they believe were the north and south ends of the War of 1812 entrenchment. (The headquarters were probably somewhere between the pagoda and the Friends of Patterson Park building.)

The excavation, which began Wednesday, has so far unearthed “bricks, mortar, glass, nails, shards of pottery, and a gunflint.” And no doubt countless cigarette butts and dog bones. In addition to artifacts from the war itself, the archaeologists hope to find evidence of Laudenslager’s butcher’s shop, from which Butcher’s Hill got its name. Read More →

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