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Monday, January 27, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020

Because Right Matters

   Every Republican Senator should be asked the question that Adam Schiff asked in his closing argument.

“Here, right is supposed to matter. It’s what’s made us the greatest nation on earth. No Constitution can protect us if right doesn’t matter anymore. And you know you can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country. You can trust he will do what’s right for Donald Trump. He’ll do it now, he’s done it before, he’ll do it for the next several months, he’ll do it in the election if he’s allowed to. This is why if you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed. Because right matters. Because right matters. And the truth matters. Otherwise, we are lost.”

Planet Fitness to open in Dobbin Center


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     With the Columbia Association facilities along with Life Time and the YMCA it maybe surprising that another fitness business would come into Columbia.  The selling point for Planet Fitness is there no commitment membership and low cost of just $15 a month.  Why is a Planet Fitness membership so cheap? The simple answer is that they sign up loads of people and many of those people quit coming much after a few visits. The price is low so those people keep their memberships rather than quit and face the truth about their shortage of drive.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Merriweather District Development moves ahead


New Apartments Ready in January
Juniper, a 382-apartment building in Downtown Columbia, will be move-in ready at the beginning of this year. The first residences in the Merriweather District, Juniper features studio and 1, 2 and 3 bedroom residences with an array of amenities including outdoor terraces, a courtyard and pool, maker studio, music parlor and large fitness center. The building will include the first affordable housing units in Downtown Columbia interspersed throughout, and indistinguishable from, the market rate apartments, all with the same first-class fixtures, finishes and appliances. Juniper also features street-level retail, restaurants and will be steps away from Color Burst Park. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Plans for the new East Columbia Senior Center

  The end of 2021 should see the completion of the new East Columbia Senior Center.  See the plans here.

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Friday, January 3, 2020

New Year Resolutions

     I guess it is logical that with a new year beginning we examine our lives with some perspective on how we might want to make some positive changes in our lives.  I have had some successes and failures with New Year's resolutions.  I have tried to be realistic in not setting resolutions that will be too difficult to implement.
      The resolution that I have made on a couple of occasions is to learn to speed read.  I become frustrated with the time it takes me to read all the books I put on reserve at the library.  The fA act that I usually only read before going to sleep is a contributing factor to my lack of success in this area.  Somehow I feel that I can make up for my limited reading time by reading faster.  I have looked at the speed reading classes at the Howard Community College but have never enrolled.  The choice comes down to devoting more time to reading or take a course.
       The past year I have had success with my resolution for 2019.  For the past 40 years, I have been using a pocket calendar for my schedule, passwords and tasks to do.  In a non-digital world, this was a convenient way to track each of these tasks.  When I came to buy another pocket calendar last year the $25 for a new calendar and the time to transfer over all the information from the previous year's calendar made me decide to just go digital with all of these tasks for 2019.  Google made it easy with using its online calendar, tasks app and password saving app.  Getting notifications for meetings and appointments made it easier to not miss these events.  Having this online password protected makes it safer than having them in a written form in a calendar.  If I had ever lost my calendar I would have been in trouble before.  I now have each of these on my phone and my computer.  I have also started to use a grocery list app rather than a paper grocery list that I frequently forgot to take when I got groceries and would have to call home to have someone read me the grocery list.  I have started saving all my documents to Google or Microsoft cloud.  This allows me to not have to print out many of my documents and give me access to the files anytime on my phone. I have started only receiving my bills online which is convenient when we travel.  I listen to many of the shows I like on an app called TuneIn.  As a frequent listener to MSNBC, this app allows me to listen to the channel in the car or their shows while I exercise in the morning.  I have not used my SLR camera this year at all as my Pixel 3 phone camera takes great pictures and automatically saves my photos to three clouds.  Amazon Prime Music on my phone allows me to listen to any music I like on Bluetooth in the car.  I know that many people (mostly younger) have been doing these things for years but for many of us older folks, the transition from paper to digital has taken a little longer.