Facing a painful part of the past

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: January 27, 2020

Almost 90 years after a man was hanged by a mob in Maryland, residents of Howard County have begun an effort to remember the victims of lynching in the area. “The legacy still influences us,” said Will Schwarz, president and founder of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project (MLMP), which he established in 2018. The nonprofit is dedicated to remembering the victims of lynching and... READ MORE

Unique club’s place in history

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: January 27, 2020

Twenty-one years ago, a Vietnam veteran returned to his home of Baltimore to “give back” to his community. That was when Kaleb Tshamba, now 70, joined the Arch Social Club, first established in 1905. “Social clubs always build the community up,” said Tshamba, the club’s de facto historian, who is writing a book about its early history. For generations, the Arch Social Club,... READ MORE

Limit winter damage to your plants

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: January 24, 2020

You’ve prepared for the predicted snowstorm. You’ve spread salt on the driveway, sidewalk and steps, reducing the chances of slipping and falling. However, have you considered how your lawn and plants will fare this season? A little bit of science provides reasons to prepare your garden for the damage of winter weather. Chemistry: Slippery surfaces Chloride-based chemicals (salts)... READ MORE

Start 2020 with these books and calendars

By: Dinah Rokach
Posted on: January 22, 2020

Begin the new year with a healthier lifestyle and an optimistic outlook. Observe the world around you while making each day count. What to Eat When: A Strategic Plan to Improve Your Health and Life Through Food, by Michael Roizen, M.D., Michael Crupain, M.D., MPH, with Ted Spiker, 352 pages, National Geographic paperback, 2019 This book focuses on healthy eating habits,... READ MORE

Please weigh in: Is this a good idea or not?

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: January 21, 2020

The parking lot of a bank is an unlikely spot for either a huge argument or a nice idea. But the other day, I was a witness to the first and the author of the second. The scene was a typical one: Eight parking spaces in the bank’s lot, including one clearly marked for those who have a handicapped hang tag. The traffic jam in the bank lot was pretty typical, too. All eight spaces... READ MORE

Reese Witherspoon stands up for women

By: Jonathan Landrum, Jr.
Posted on: January 17, 2020

Reese Witherspoon remembered when she met with several film production studios in 2011 to ask them how many movies were being developed for women. The studios’ responses nearly floored her. “Of all the major seven studios, the answer was one,” Witherspoon said after she received the prestigious Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment... READ MORE