One Baltimore #30, Making A Secret Life

12/30/19 I’ve been in love with the American Visionary Art Museum since I was a teenager. I remember one of the first exhibits I saw there. There was a little set of embroidered pieces showing domestic scenes and pastoral views. Lovely, but they didn’t seem like much to me until I read the placard alongside … Continue reading One Baltimore #30, Making A Secret Life

One Baltimore #29, Bringing Back the Sun

12/26/19 Apologies for the delay on this one! And happy winter holidays to all who are celebrating. 🙂 Every year, a group of dear friends and I spend the winter solstice together. I don’t have many reliable rituals in my life, but this is one I really cherish. The party starts large, then dwindles down … Continue reading One Baltimore #29, Bringing Back the Sun

One Baltimore #28, Corruption & Competence

12/16/19 Eleven years ago, I wasn’t paying much attention to city politics. I had a vague aspiration to learn more about it, and would dutifully consume an article now and then on the topic, but it was a bit much to follow. So many names and titles, so much history, so many complex issues to … Continue reading One Baltimore #28, Corruption & Competence

One Baltimore #27, Spending Ourselves

12/9/19 This column has been a mini-research-project-of-the-week for a while now… it’s satisfying to do that, but PHEW, a lot of work too, and not necessarily what I intended to be doing non-stop when I started out. One thing I’ve always liked about the column format is that it can be different from week to … Continue reading One Baltimore #27, Spending Ourselves

One Baltimore #26, The 14th

12/2/19 People love to talk about the presidential election, and I certainly get why, it’s mind-bogglingly important. But what turns me off about focusing on it is that we have almost zero control over the outcome. Maryland is tied for 36th in the timeline of primaries, by which point the field will have narrowed drastically. … Continue reading One Baltimore #26, The 14th