Bicycle Safety in Baltimore: Old-School vs. the Current Insanity


The Current Insanity Currently, the City of Baltimore is in a fight over the ongoing development of costly, intrusive, and downright dangerous bicycle lanes. Started by former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the idea was to create dedicated bicycle lanes in trendy neighborhoods, based on a misguided, poorly planned vision of Baltimore as a more bicycle-friendly and … More Bicycle Safety in Baltimore: Old-School vs. the Current Insanity

Night Crawlers


I. I used to be a Night Crawler: one of those people on foot in the dark, going somewhere. Now, I nearly run them down, barely able to see them skittering across the street, in dark clothing, with only the dancing light of their sneakers visible in my headlights— if I’m lucky— as I drive … More Night Crawlers

Book Review: baltimore girls by Lynne Viti


baltimore girls by Lynne Viti, Copyright © 2017 by Lynne Viti Finishing Line Press, P.O. Box 1626, Georgetown, Kentucky 40324 This slim collection of poems (19 total), by Baltimore native Lynne Viti, is bursting with bittersweet memories-turned-life lessons and hard-won wisdom. Evoking a bygone-Baltimore that any City native (Black or White) who came of age … More Book Review: baltimore girls by Lynne Viti

3 Poems: In Remembrance of My Brother David (10/6/59-3/4/03)


This is an updated re-post from March 4, 2015. Today marks 14 years since my first little brother, David, passed away suddenly. For my Facebook friends, who read a remembrance I posted yesterday, I must confess that there has always been some confusion over David’s death date: March 4th is the official date of death, as it … More 3 Poems: In Remembrance of My Brother David (10/6/59-3/4/03)

Black History Month 2017: Feature #2—The Beauty and Dignity of Black People


Over the course of this month, I collected and shared many Black History Month stories on Facebook, with the intention of presenting them as themed posts on this page throughout the month. Unfortunately, I, like so many of you, have been so overwhelmed and frightened by our current national and international calamity of an Un-president … More Black History Month 2017: Feature #2—The Beauty and Dignity of Black People

Black History Month 2017 – Feature #1: Frederick Douglass


I must apologize for my lateness. Here we are, nearly halfway through Black History Month, and I am just now writing my first post. Nevertheless, I have been compiling a number of features to share. Where possible, I will embed either the full text or excerpts of sources I have used. In other cases, I … More Black History Month 2017 – Feature #1: Frederick Douglass