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Other Fall Flavors

1 Written by: | Friday, Oct 16, 2015 1:28pm

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When is Pumpkin Spice going to jump the shark already?

I long for the day when we speak of pumpkin spice with rueful laughter, as we do of the crotch-snap bodysuit, the foundational garment of Donna Karan’s 1985 Seven Easy Pieces collection.  I imagine the following conversion:

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Marine Sanctuary

1 Written by: | Friday, Oct 09, 2015 12:10pm

mallowsIn Valparaiso, Chile earlier this week at the Our Oceans conference President Obama designated two new federal marine sanctuaries. One’s in Maryland! Yay us! Fear the turtle!  

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Prepping for Hurricane Joaquin

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 02, 2015 11:05am

I am in awe of anything — even a hurricane that might come up the Chesapeake — that necessitates using the words “forecast cone” and the name Joaquin. I have a huge crush on Johnny Cash as played by Joaquin Phoenix in Walk The Line. 

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This weather event has my biscuit well and buttered. Because I also have a crush on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

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Meet You Where? The Problematic Place Names in Suburban Baltimore

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 25, 2015 1:00pm

Festival at Woodholme

Festival at Woodholme

Hey, want to grab coffee?
Sure.
How about we meet at “The Festival at Woodholme”?
What? There is a festival? Yay! I brought my tambourine! 

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Coffee, Sleep and Memory

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 18, 2015 11:25am

 

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Green Helmet Ukelele Guy/YouTube

The National Institute on Aging is putting up $7.5 million for trials of a a possible new Alzheimer’s treatment drug being developed by AgneBio, a Baltimore start-up, and the Johns Hopkins University. “The clinical trial will evaluate a drug that has shown signs of calming brain hyperactivity linked to dementia.”

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Gardeners and The People Who Love Them

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

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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 →

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The Power of Green Space

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

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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 →

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What RuPaul Can Teach Suburban Mothers

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 07, 2015 12:00pm

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This is my last day in Boston before driving the 9-plus hours home to Baltimore County, to Owings Mills, to return to my so called “real life” as a stay-at-home mother of two. Re-entry is going to involve my blow dryer, and lots of reruns of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Read More →

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The Mothers of Baltimore County

6 Written by: | Friday, Jul 24, 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.

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In Cambridge, Massachusetts where I am reporting live for the next three weeks, I am hanging out with mothers, like an embedded anthropologist. Read More →

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Flying Reptiles

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 17, 2015 12:00pm

Zhenyuanlong suni (an artist's rendering)

Zhenyuanlong suni (an artist’s rendering)

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.

Busy science week, kids. #Pluto!  (See photos. Did you ever think the demoted planet would be such an internet star?) In other space news,  a  Jupiter doppelgänger has been located that hints, CNN says, at a “possible new solar system, similar to Earth’s.” I don’t know about you, but that’s catnip for me, an E.T. geek; I believe that the discovery of extraterrestrial life is not an “if” but a “when” and I hope that that “when” is before I reassume my true nature which is stardust. Read More →

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