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Shriver House Museum: The War Through the Eyes of a Family

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 09, 2015 1:12pm


I’m fascinated by the civilian experience that I learned about at this house museum because I believe my ancestors, who lived on a farm not that far away, may have had similar experiences, although their farm didn’t border a battle field. Like the Shrivers, my ancestors were immigrants from Germany. Like the Shrivers, the man of the family went off to the war to fight, leaving his wife and children behind to maintain the farm.

George Washington Shriver was born on July 27, 1836 on his family’s farm located eight miles southeast of Gettysburg.

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Featured, Food & Drink

Chewing The Fat With Brigitte Bledsoe of Miss Shirley’s Cafe

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 09, 2015 10:29am



Chef Brigitte Bledsoe of Miss Shirley’s Cafe was supposed to be in school.

But, no. She was busy working at Ocean Pride in Lutherville. And that’s where it all started. Born and raised in Towson, Bledsoe attended Dulaney High School and Essex Community College (now known as CCBC) and then, she got bitten by the chef bug. Read More →

Featured, Health and Fitness

It’s Hard to Eat or Sleep in Hospitals, Hopkins Research Says

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 09, 2015 9:29am

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When people are hospitalized, they’re in an incredibly vulnerable state from dealing with whatever injury or illness put them there in the first place. And everyone knows that good food and good sleep are crucial components of healing. So why is eating and sleeping so miserable in hospitals? Read More →

Featured, Food & Drink

Five Stabbed at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 09, 2015 8:31am

Image via tripadvisor.com

Image via tripadvisor.com

The Southeast Baltimore restaurant Jimmy’s Famous Seafood was the site of violence overnight as five men were reportedly stabbed. Read More →

Featured, Food & Drink

Nacho Mama’s Threatens to Leave Canton

1 Written by: | Thursday, Oct 08, 2015 11:12am

Nacho Mama’s, a Canton institution, is very publicly toying with the idea of relocating, as the restaurant owners and their landlord duke it out over the terms of a new lease. Read More →

Beaches, Featured, Health and Fitness, Lifeline

Ocean City’s First Smoke Free Summer Was… Not Dramatic

1 Written by: | Thursday, Oct 08, 2015 9:16am

Ocean City to Institute Smoking Ban

After lots of back-and-forth, Ocean City decided to go smoke free this past summer. (Kind of.) So how did the beach’s first summer with smoking restrictions in place go? Read More →

Featured, Food & Drink

24 Things to Eat in Baltimore Before You Die

34 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 07, 2015 4:01pm

Written mostly by college students, website Spoon University takes a fresh eye to local food scenes across the country.  Last week SU posted a list of things to eat in Baltimore (yes, Berger Cookies make the list, but there’s more) by three writers, Emily Hu, Kari Gawlik and Kevin, at Johns Hopkins University. What would you add to the list?

Spoon UniversityBaltimore may best be known for the Inner Harbor, crabs, and beer, but it has so much more to offer. In fact, Charm City has a unique food culture made up of both old school institutions and some of the biggest emerging names in the culinary world. The sheer quantity of good eats is seemingly endless, so we’ve compiled a list of the 24 can’t-miss things to eat in Baltimore. 

1. Old Bay

Photo courtesy of Jody Bart

Though not exactly a food on its own, Old Bay is without a doubt the most important condiment in town. No other blend of spices could even dream of having the reputation that Old Bay does in Maryland. Every restaurant in B’more probably has it, as does nearly every home kitchen. Steam crabs in it. Cook chicken with it. Put it on popcorn. There is nothing this powerhouse of a spice can’t do.

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Featured, Lifeline

Wind Restrictions Give Md. Woman Opening to Escape Kidnapping on Bay Bridge Tunnel

2 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 07, 2015 3:42pm

bridgetunnMembers of a road crew were just following orders when they went to remove two surfboards from a pickup truck looking to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on Sunday. The bit of protocol prompted by wind restrictions on the Bridge ended up helping a woman escape from a kidnapping. Read More →

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When My Mother Became the Freaking Buddha

8 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 07, 2015 8:00am


Author’s note: As I mentioned in another column, I’m working on a novel that contains a character loosely based on my mother, partly just as an excuse to have her in my head. In the process, I ended up rereading this old essay. The illness described here was not the one that finally got her — she was around another 13 years.

“When My Mother Became The Freaking Buddha” is adapted from my 2005 collection, Above Us Only Sky.

One day in May of 1995, I got a call from my mother. “I was just picking up the phone to call you,” I assured her, knowing she was anxious to hear the latest on a book deal I was hoping to get. I was supposed to call the minute I knew anything, but I hadn’t. Well, only two days had gone by since I’d heard the news, which wasn’t too good, and anyway, one has to balance the pleasantness of one’s mother’s interest in the minutiae of one’s life with its faintly annoying aspect.

Making up for my tardiness, I launched into the tale, and it wasn’t until she broke in and said, “Well, I have to go soon and —”

“I’m almost done,” I said.

“Yes, but I have some bad news.”

No. “What?”

“Well… It looks like I have a little cancer,” she said, and then, in the five minutes remaining until her boyfriend Ceddie picked her up to go eat Chinese, and interrupted by my shrieks of what and how and when, she told me that she’d been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, she had known for over a month, she was starting a course of chemotherapy and radiation on Friday, and she had a fifty percent chance of cure. Then Ceddie was there, and she had to run. “Oh, Mommy,” I said helplessly. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline

Peanut Factory Catches Fire, Leading to Nut Allergy Warning

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 06, 2015 1:48pm

Barcelona Nut Company (Google Maps)

Barcelona Nut Company (Google Maps)

A peanut factory in Southwest Baltimore caught fire on Tuesday in Southwest Baltimore. Officials said people with nut allergies should take extra precaution as a result. Read More →

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