Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Monday, June 29, 2020
The New Normal
Sunday, June 28, 2020
He Came From Out of Town
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Friday, June 26, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
The Way We Were
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Maryland House speaker wants to repeal Civil War-era state song , Ovetta Wiggins
Maryland House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore) said Tuesday that she plans to lead the chorus in calling for the repeal of the state’s Civil War-era state song, which has lyrics urging Maryland to secede and join the Confederacy against the “Northern scum.”
- celebrate Maryland and its citizens;
- be unique to Maryland;
- be historically significant;
- be inclusive of all Marylanders;
- be memorable, popular, singable and short (one, or at the most, two stanzas long)
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Neighbors for Neighbors
Monday, June 22, 2020
Light it Up
Tell me there’s no racism in Howard County. Tell me we don’t have to talk about it. And I’ll tell you we have to fight the trolls who tell us to ‘pay this no mind’ with every fiber of our beings. I don’t know how to eradicate ignorance and hate but I do know that they thrive in the darkness.
Keep shedding your light, Howard County.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
The Other Fathers
Saturday, June 20, 2020
No More Juggling
Here’s a piece about Amy Brooks of OMO (originally Oakland Mills Online).
Passionate About Community: Local Teacher Talks About The Transition To Distance Leaning For Her Students And Her Family , Anika Baty-Mills* for Columbia Lifestyle
Columbia Lifestyle Magazine has made its own transition from print editions to online publication during the recent Covid-19 crisis. I don’t know much about them other than that they describe themselves as a locally owned publication which is a part of the larger Lifestyle Publications Brand. I’ve seen them featuring a variety of interesting local people, Ms.Brooks, for instance. You can read their issues here.
You know I love local connections. And I’m always interested in learning more about the people who are active in our community. But I’m going to point out a pet peeve of mine, which turned up in a promotional tweet.
As I recall my question drew a smile but wasn’t posed seriously to the podcast guests. We just don’t ask men those questions.
Why are we still using that language with women? Probably because we are used to it. And because it takes time to change attitudes and how we see gender roles.
This is not a criticism of Columbia Lifestyle. I’m glad they are a part of the Columbia/HoCo scene. They’ve been doing some features on truly fascinating local women.
Here’s my plea to you, dear readers. If you find yourself using language that saddles women with all the balancing, juggling, and squeezing in - - stop and check yourself. Think about what that means. It is so much more difficult for women to be accepted and respected for pursuing “the one big thing” if they are continually forced to justify themselves about the “women’s work” we expect them to be taking on, often unasked, often without credit.
So take a look at Columbia Lifestyle. And, how about this:
Hear how Amy Books, Howard County teacher, turned her transition to online learning into creating a hub for community connection!
*Anika Baty-Mills is the publisher of Columbia Lifestyle Magazine
Friday, June 19, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Some Unexpected Developments
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Ten Years On
Ronald Walters, professor emeritus with the University of Maryland's African American Leadership Institute, said some blacks hesitate to volunteer — even in racially mixed communities — because of long-held perceptions that whites control society's structure. Only the most outgoing blacks step forward, he said.
"That means that it often takes an aggressive effort by the organizations to recruit and prove they are open to fair and diverse participation," he said. There appears no organized effort to recruit minorities onto Columbia Association boards, though individual people do sporadically volunteer.