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

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

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

MLK 2017 Concert: The Maccabeats and Naturally 7


On Sunday, January 15, I attended the 1:30 show of the Maccabeats and Naturally 7, who joined forces to present this Martin Luther King Day Celebration concert at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills, Maryland. I became aware of these two a cappella groups when the great artist James Taylor shared their … More MLK 2017 Concert: The Maccabeats and Naturally 7

To Sleep; Perchance to Dream, Only to Wake Up in the Same Nightmare


This past week was filled with sleepless nights and listless days. I could not focus on anything useful or positive or productive. I could not write. I could barely stand to read the newspapers, or watch the endless cycle of media rehashes of Senate Hearings, of bizarre hackings (by Russia) of those same hearings on … More To Sleep; Perchance to Dream, Only to Wake Up in the Same Nightmare