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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blog Party tonight at Secolari Artisan Oils and Vinegars in the Columbia Mall

    Tonight's blog party is a little different in that it is not at a local restaurant.  Having been at Secolari's once or twice and purchased a couple of their vinegars I can say that it is a store that is unique.

Not being at a restaurant doesn't mean there won't be anything to munch on as food will be provided by Zoe's Kitchen, an next door neighbor.

  Information on the event is here.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A little different perspective on the world

  Today I am getting a little away from my usual Howard County focus and want to share this presentation to give you something to think about.  If you have read this blog for a while you know that I am a big follower of the TED talks.  I recently heard one of these talks that really had some profound thoughts on the world in which we live.
    To set up this video it is good to recognize that the way most countries in the world operate was developed hundreds of years ago with the world changes brought on by the Renaissance.  Our current nation state model was developed during this time of change in the world.  The nation state model has worked for the few hundred years since.  However with the changes in transportation, communication and globalization of the last few decades this model is becoming more out of step with the new realities of the world.  Not surprisingly most leaders of the countries around the world are still operating with the interest and dynamics of the old world order.  Globalization has change commerce much more than it has changed political realities for most countries and the perspective of their leaders.
    Here is the TED talk
    The website to look at each county is here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

STEM Education Center in Savage opens to public tomorrow


Last week I blogged on the preview tour of the newly renovated Savage Library that included a new STEM Education Center that brings a new important resource to our County.

    The notice from the Library describes the opening day activities:

    "Howard County Library System's Board of Trustees and President & CEO Valerie J. Gross cordially invite you to the Grand Re-Opening of the expanded and renovated HCLS Savage Branch & STEM Education Center on Tuesday, July 22.

Festivities begin at 12:30 pm with remarks by County Executive Ken Ulman, County Council Vice-Chair Courtney Watson, County Council Member Jen Terrasa, and HCLS Board Chair Bruce Rothschild.

Doors open after the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

1, 2, and 3 pm
Tours led by Grimm + Parker Architects

1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm
Outdoor Classroom demonstrations by Biohabitats

1, 3, and 5 pm
All Together Now classes for children

1 to 6 pm
Crafternoon for all ages (while supplies last)
HiTech activities for ages 11–18
Wii games, Uno tournament, crafts, activities for teens
Literary Elements adult summer reading table
Branch open until 9 pm"


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sykesville hike with a French twist ending

    I recently had an opportunity to Piney Run Park in Sykesville.  It is just a short drive up Route 97 or 32.

The park has a very scenic lake that serves as the center piece of the park and its trails.

     The vegetation and wildlife along the trail make it a great way to spend a warm Summer day.

The trails are all dirt and easy to follow.

After a hike it is a short drive over to Main Street Sykesville and the crepes at the French Twist Cafe on Oklahoma Ave.

They offer both dessert and savory crepes all for around $6.  The banana and Nutella crepe shown below is too good to describe.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Easy living in the Summer in Columbia

      One of the unappreciated aspects of living in Columbia is the enjoyment of activities around Lake Kittaquandi in the Summer.  Most nights there is some type of activity occurring around the Lake.  The Thursday night music performances highlight a variety of different musical groups.

     Clydes happy hour on their deck also has some enjoyable music.   What better way to enjoy a beautiful Summer evening?
     What brought me to the Lake last night was the Jim Rouse at Leisure exhibit at the Columbia Archives.

    The exhibit showed the fun side of Jim Rouse.  Notice that his boat was not some fancy yacht but a boat like the ones used by people who worked the bay and simply called "Adequate."  So much like the modest man that he was.

      My visit to the Archives also gave me a chance to check on the progress of the Whole Foods renovation.  Everything looks close to being ready for next month's opening from the outside........

    To the inside..................

      To the parking lot