Category Archives: Maryland

Building B at the MVA

Waiting at the MVA Seems like it was just two years ago but the Motor Vehicle Administration of Maryland informs me that after eight years, it is time to renew my license. They also tell me that I need to … Continue reading

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Camera Lens Incites Paranoia

The lens incites paranoia. In the past 40 years or so, I have experienced other people’s paranoia because I shoot lots of photos–innocent and not intrusive or pornographic, mind you.This paranoia seems to be growing with the ubiquity of cameras … Continue reading

Posted in Baltimore, legal, light rail, Maryland, parks, photographer's rights, photographers, photography, rights | 2 Comments

Mosquito Pool Update

Mosquito nursery site in Pasadena This is the third summer that my next door neighbor has been breeding mosquitoes. The first and second years, other concerned neighbors on my block added bleach to the pool to try to kill mosquito … Continue reading

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The Weight of Recycling in Anne Arundel County

[Good news! My recycling was collected today, May 23, and the truck had a semi-automatic lift to assist. I am so glad to see this. This changes much of what I have said below.] Our Anne Arundel County (Maryland) government … Continue reading

Posted in Anne Arundel County, ergonomics, Maryland, recycling, Recycling Division, Rehrig Pacific Company, weight, wheeled carts, workers | Leave a comment

Teaching in the 60’s and 70’s

What do You Want to be When You Grow Up? “I’m going to be a doctor when I grow up—a brain surgeon,” I announced when I was around age 10 or 11. I always read my grandmother’s (Mom-Mom’s) Readers Digest … Continue reading

Posted in Baltimore, Benjamin Franklin Junior High School, Bonnie Caples, Bonnie Schupp, education, Maryland, students, teacher | 3 Comments

Lose-Lose-Lose

Should Maryland suspend statewide testing of students until new tests are ready that will better match what is being taught under the new Common Core State Standards? I say YES. Statewide testing should be suspended for at least a year. … Continue reading

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Itching in Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Help! Blood sucking vampires are breeding next door to me and my heroes, the bat kids, turn out to be wimps. Exhibit #1: A bat house. This is the protagonist…or so I thought until I discovered that only about 1% … Continue reading

Posted in abandoned pools, Anne Arundel County, bats, Boulevard Park, breeding, disease, dragon flies, heart worm, itching, life cycle, Maryland, mosquitoes, Pasadena, stagnant water, vampires, West Nile Virus | Leave a comment

Ernest Shaw at New Beginnings Barber Shop

This past Saturday night, I went to another excellent art opening at New Beginnings Barber Shop. Troy Staton is a barber who loves art and is currently showing,”I Am An African,” the work of Ernest Shaw, a native Baltimore artist. … Continue reading

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>Letter From the Anne Arundel County Muslim Council

> Select: All, Read, None ShowAllUnread (Pause for thought: I’ve bought my last two computers from Rudy who owns a computer store near me, Odyssey Computers. I’ve had excellent service from him and am always treated as a friend. He … Continue reading

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>Down With George Fox, Up With Walter Mills

> Walter Mills, Courtesy Photo appearing in Afro http://www.afro.com “The worst white teacher is better than the best black teacher.” This outrageous statement was made by George Fox, former Anne Arundel County Public Schools superintendent.  He spoke during a trial … Continue reading

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