Abby Bennett (Provided)

You Should Know … Abby Bennett

Abby Bennett, 25, may be a native of St. Louis, but through her studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art, she has been connecting with Baltimore’s younger residents while earning her Master of Fine Arts in community arts. Bennett will graduate from MICA this May and had her hand in many projects, including one… Read More

David Alt stands with his signs on the spot where he waves to cars passing by on Park Heights Avenue. (Marc Shapiro)

Not a Gnome or a Wizard, Just a Guy Who Likes to Wave

You can’t miss him. From the PVC pipe and cinderblock contraption that displays bold-print messages such as “Shabbat Shalom,” “Happy Spring” or the occasional advertisement for Fox TV show “MasterChef Junior,” to the tangle of green mesh surrounding the area, to the array of string dolls and other homemade crafts that populate the lawn, and… Read More


Israel’s Water Pioneers

English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge might be frequently maligned through each iteration of the “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink” quote — the slightly altered line from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” does not, unlike how its most invoked, refer to scarcity in the midst of abundance — but in a… Read More

Rep. Donna Edwards concedes the race to Rep. Chris Van Hollen. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Drama Aside, Van Hollen Bests Edwards for Mikulski’s Seat

In a race that differed more  in style and symbolism than  political positions — and in a race that many predicted would be decided by a razor-thin margin — voters in the Maryland Democratic primary left no doubt who they want to fill the Senate seat of soon-to- retire Barbara Mikulski. Rep. Chris Van Hollen,… Read More

Suddenly blinded at age 58, Robin Blum (left) will undergo experimental surgery in hopes to revive her eyesight. Her mother, Helene, provides encouragement.

Suddenly Dark, My World At Last Has a Chance for Light

In the dark, I stumbled to my car. Sitting in the driver’s seat, I stroked the  velvet steering-wheel cover. “We had some good times, didn’t we, Crikey?” I say. I felt like it was the end of my independence and tried not to imagine — six months into my blindness — the scenario the next… Read More

Tina Johannson (Provided)

With Passing of Its Namesake, Tina’s Antiques to Close Shop

A staple of Reisterstown’s Main Street and one of many businesses that gave the historic district its “antique row” designation will soon close its doors following the passing of its owner. Tina’s Antiques is due to close at the end of April, but employees may extend the closing date to clear more merchandise out. The… Read More

Group meetings can help navigate the dating scene after age 50. (

Frustration After 50: Trying to Find That Dream Date

On a recent weekday morning, life coach and psychotherapist Ava Barron-Shasho pointed to the sofa in her cozy Pikesville office. “I’ve had so many people in my practice sit on that same spot on that same couch and say exactly the same words,” she said. “‘Why can’t I get a date? What’s wrong with me?… Read More


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