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On the Tenure Clock: A Cautionary Tale

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

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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 →

Annapolis, Lifeline

Naval Academy Lacrosse Player Threatens Cab Driver with a Butter Knife

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 10:21am


According to the Naval Academy’s website, the school “espouse[s] the Navy and Marine Corps’ Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.” I’m not exactly sure how “threatening a cab driver with a butter knife” fits into that value system, though.
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Featured, Lifeline, Schools

Hopkins Campaigns to Curb Pedestrian Deaths in Baltimore

1 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 →

Giving, Lifeline

MDSPCA Weekly Pet Adoption: Snowball, Shiba Inu mix

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 3:30pm

Snowball Shiba Inu mix

Please say hello to…

Snowball, 1 year old, neutered male, Shiba Inu mix

Hi, hi, hi! I’m an energetic and fun loving dog looking for a new home this spring. I’m active enough to jog, if you’re into that, and I’m small enough to keep your lap warm without squishing you. If you think I’m a good fit, please visit me at the Maryland SPCA pet adoption center and take me home with you today?


Adoption Center Visitation Hours

Monday & Tuesday: 2:30pm – 6:15pm

Wednesday - Friday: 12:00pm – 4:45pm

Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 3:45pm

Register now for the 2014 March for the Animals on Sunday, April 27, and help us save lives! Don’t miss this exciting day of contests, demonstrations, vendors, entertainment and a 1.5-mile walk around the lake at Druid Hill Park to benefit the MD SPCA.  It’s our biggest, most important fundraiser of the year.  Register at

No national organization supports our operations, and we receive no government funds. We depend upon local donations to make a difference in the lives of animals.


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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Baltimore’s Awkward Relationship with Our Sister Cities

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 10:30am

Photo via Wired

Photo via Wired

Some sisters are so close that they tell each other everything. Others have a more… strained relationship. Baltimore and her sister cities seem to fit into that second category. One measure of just how strained the relationship is: I didn’t even know we had sister cities!
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Baltimore Humane Society’s Pets of the Week

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 3:00pm


When you meet Aloha, you might not even notice at first, but he has a very special trait. Look again – he has only three legs! But that doesn’t stop this sweet spirited boy! Sadly, Aloha’s leg was cut off in a terrible act of cruelty, but his kind and gentle spirit was not affected. This four year old boy loves to snuggle. He also smiles…a lot! He loves to run and play as well! Don’t count him out for a nice hike just because he only has three legs. He loves going for walks and can do absolutely everything a four-legged dog can do, including jumping on the couch! Aloha is very stressed living in a kennel situation so let’s help him find a loving forever home fast! Start your application now.  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 →


Are Doctors Really That Miserable?

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 9:36am

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Forget the high pay, societal admiration, and life-saving: Being a doctor is actually “a miserable and humiliating undertaking,” according to a recent Daily Beast article. So miserable, in fact, that medicine was recently ranked the second-most suicidal occupation (after marine engineers — who knew?!). But are physicians really that unhappy?
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Happy Spring!

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 12:30pm


We’re closing shop early today to enjoy the holiday weekend.  We hope you get to do the same!  We’ll see you back on Monday with more posts in the Baltimore Fishbowl.

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