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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wine in the Garden


    We are all familiar with Wine in Woods in Symphony Woods but today I wanted to highlight a wine event tomorrow Thursday May 28th from 5-8 pm that supports the Howard County Conservancy.   Their event is called Wine in the Garden and Beer in the Barn.  Information on this event from their website:

    "Stroll through the garden tasting fine wine and craft beer, sample food from local restaurants/caterers, listen to bluegrass music and browse our large silent auction filled with unique items such as artwork, getaways and more. This event will move inside in the event of inclement weather. Check out a preview of some highlighted auction items here!
      Event proceeds benefit the Conservancy's environmental education and preservation programs held throughout the year.
     TICKETS: $55/person. Tickets can be purchased at the door as well for $55/person. "

 Go to their website to purchase tickets.

    Ned Tillman recently posted information on some signs he saw in Portland Maine that pointed out the actions we take have environmental consequences.  I agree with his suggestion that signs like these around our lakes might make people think about their actions.


Howard County senior citizen meets the President

Photo Baltimore Sun
Vivian Bailey is well know to many in Howard County for her work at Running Brook Elementary School and her activities in promoting civil rights in Howard County.  I got to know this remarkable woman through our senior centers.  She had her wish granted yesterday meeting the President at the White House.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion this weekend


   Merriweather Post Pavilion hosts something different this weekend.  The Sweetlife Festival is produced by SweetGreen an organic, locally sourced fast food business that started in 2007.  They have started hosting these festivals that bring together music and vendors that follow the message of organic, locally grown food.  Columbia and Howard County seem like the ideal location for this type of event.  Buy one day tickets here. Weekend tickets here. Here is a list of the vendors at the event:

Music performers are:



Saturday, May 23, 2015

Good non fiction reads for Summer 2015


     With the warmer weather reading on the deck is one of life's Summer pleasures.  I admit that I can't remember the last time I read a fiction book (OK it was Gone Girl).    I love non fiction books that relate to current events and historical themes, especially American history.  I have spent some time reading some good non fiction books that would be great reads for the summer (i,e beach time).  Here are some to browse, to buy or put on reserve at the HoCo Library.
     1)  David Brooks, NY Times columnist, has written another interesting book called "The Road to Character."  Brooks is my favorite columnist and even though he has a more conservative view of events I find his analysis more on target than any other political columnist.   Another of his books worth reading is "The Social Animal."
      2)  "Buck: A Memoir" Tells a story of growing up in the inner city and how it traps many young men in a circle of violence and drugs.  To understand what happened in Baltimore you should read this story.
       3) "The Rush: America's Fevered Quest for Fortune" tells the story of the people who got caught up in the gold rush to California in the 1840's and 50's.  The trip to the gold fields was an amazing struggle that is often lost in understanding how this event played out.
      4)  "Devil in the Grove"  tells the story of Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP's struggle to bring justice for lynching victims in the South in the early and middle part of the 20th Century.    
       5)   " The Brothers" tells the story of the Tsarnev brothers and how they became radicalized and what led them to bomb the Boston Marathon.
        6)  Finally a fun read is had in "What If" which tries to answer some strange hypothetical questions with scientific facts that make you think and smile.  Definitely a book for those with a curious mind!

     I hope one of these books sparks your interest as a read this summer.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thoughtful piece on the issues facing inner city youth

     For most non inner city residents watching the disturbances in Baltimore recently it is hard to know how to respond to violence.   Police actions, poverty, vandalism and youth anger are easy to see but hard to really understand.  Context is harder when most our our environments and experiences are so different.  I recently read a New York Times article that provided some much needed context to understand what happened in Baltimore and other cities in our country.  Here is the link to that article.