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72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Maryland High School

7 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:50am


Photo by D Sharon Pruitt.

Investigators said four male juveniles and three men perpetrated a bizarre — and criminal — “senior prank” at Chopticon High School in Morganza, Md. Five of them, wearing masks, forced their way into the school at 3:40 a.m. and released somewhere around 72,000 ladybugs. Two others waited in cars outside. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline

Shootings Rise, Arrests Fall — What Is Going On in Baltimore?

1 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:45am

473px-Baltimore-police-boxThis May is already Baltimore’s deadliest month since 1999 — and it isn’t even over yet. Crime is up nearly 40 percent over this time last year. Twenty-seven people were shot over the three-day Memorial Day weekend alone. So what exactly is going on? Read More →

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend, Featured

Hiking Maryland Heights, Part 2: Stone Fort Trail

0 Written by: | Sunday, May 24, 2015 3:37pm

From Mid-Atlantic Day Trips -Fellow blogger J. Hammer graciously agreed to guest blog for the Mid-Atlantic Day Trips Blog about hiking along Maryland Heights, near Harpers Ferry. This is part 2 of his two-part series.

Last post I mentioned that I hadn’t hiked the Stone Fort Trail section of Maryland Heights due to a lack of time. Well, I had plenty of free time on Tuesday, 11 November to complete this section of the trail, and it was well worth it.

maryland heights


Distances: from the Maryland Heights Trail Guide: railroad bridge to Stone Fort (round trip): about 6 miles (4 hours)


Combined Trail: Green Blaze

Stone Fort Trail: Blue Blaze (note: the blazes were light blue; in harsh/bright sunlight, the blue blazes look almost white)

Except for a few spots, the trail is clearly marked, but I included the blaze information anyway.


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Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend, Featured, Shop Local

The View From Halcyon Farm: Simple Flower Arranging From the Garden

0 Written by: | Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:15am

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If you’ve been reading this column for more than a few weeks, you might have picked up the fact that Halcyon Farm grows a lot of flowers. We have a big cutting garden, plus swathes of peonies, hydrangeas, zinnias and in the late summer, dahlias. There are always flowers in the house. Always.

But the perennial issue with flowers is what to put them in. We all have loads of vases that arrive with flower from the florist, but we immediately discard them, rearrange the flowers and use a more interesting container. We going to use the word vase as a generic term for a container holding flowers, to make it easy. Read More →

Featured, Food & Drink, Money & Power, Real Estate & Home

The Inspired Interiors of the New Ivy Hotel in Mount Vernon

0 Written by: | Friday, May 22, 2015 12:15pm

Photo via the Garrett Hotel Consultants website.

The Ivy Hotel. Photo via the Garrett Hotel Consultants’ website.

A few weeks ago, our friend Meg Fielding of Pigtown Design shared with us her pictures of  The Ivy Hotel mid-construction. On Wednesday evening, I saw the new boutique hotel with the furnishings installed, and the results are stunning! The Ivy, owned by Baltimore businessman and philanthropist Eddie Brown and historic real estate refurbisher Marty Azola, is managed by the Charlotte, Vermont company Garrett Hotel Consultants, which also runs The Wilcox in South Carolina, The Pink Adobe in New Mexico, and Twin Farms in Vermont, among others.  When it opens in mid-June (June 19 to be exact) The Ivy, at Calvert and Biddle Streets, will stand alone in Baltimore as the city’s only world-class small luxury hotel, and Garrett’s first urban hotel.

Ivy Hotel front room

Ivy Hotel

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Featured, That Nature Show

Could Food Be a Thing of the Past?

0 Written by: | Friday, May 22, 2015 11:13am

soylent-blendedThis 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.

I’m going to Belmont to see if American Pharaoh makes Triple Crown magic. I’m going to wear a gigantic Carmen Miranda-style hat made of fruit because June is the beginning of my favorite season: strawberry and later, stone-fruit season. (Pick-your-own at these local farms.) Read More →


Featured, Health and Fitness

Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Can Get You High, Johns Hopkins Says

0 Written by: | Friday, May 22, 2015 9:34am


Recently, Johns Hopkins locked a bunch of experimental subjects in a windowless room and then pumped it full of marijuana smoke. (Okay, that’s not exactly what they did, but close enough.) Amazingly enough, those people got a little buzzed. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline

2015 on Pace to Be Baltimore’s Most Violent Year Since 2007

0 Written by: | Friday, May 22, 2015 9:00am


Thursday morning marked 100 murders in Baltimore in 2015, after 39 killings in the last 30 days. The Baltimore Sun noted that the city hasn’t logged 100 murders by late May since 2007. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Schools

Teachable Treasure: Roland Park Country School’s “Peace on Earthbench”

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 21, 2015 11:00am

The Harvest Collective team provided RPCS critical know-how and volunteers for their all-school "Peace on Earthbench."

The Harvest Collective team provided RPCS critical know-how and volunteers for their “Peace on Earthbench.”

If you have school-aged children, you may have noticed that this generation is learning about our environment differently than their predecessors. Environmental studies, or “ecology” to some, isn’t just a science elective class anymore. With twenty percent of schools certified as Green Schools, Maryland is a leader in integrating environment studies into all grade levels and curricula. Located in Baltimore, Roland Park Country School’s “Peace on Earthbench” is an A+ example of how Maryland’s next generation is learning about our planet.  That’s good, because they’ll be saving it.

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Featured, Lifeline

Maryland’s Mysterious Deaths

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 21, 2015 9:26am


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently parsed some macabre–but fascinating–data. Using state death data, they determined which causes of death were most “distinctive” on a state-by-state basis. To break this down a bit: All over the country, the leading causes of death (heart attack, accident, suicide, etc.) are the same. This particular data-crunching was looking for something else– causes of death that might not represent huge populations, but were significantly higher, statistically speaking, than in other states. Read More →

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