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Gaithersburg Book Festival Here Again on Saturday May 17

Where has the time gone? Here’s some good news — another Gaithersburg Book Festival is coming up – and this is number 5 – the fifth annual. This is significant because the people who have been putting the festival together, so far, have made it better every year. Mark the calendar for May 17. Circle […]

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Plow My Street

Don’t have any special place to be, but the novelty of snow has worn off Friday morning, as I sit at my desk, looking out my second-floor window. In the distance, up a hill and between houses and trees, I can see a tiny stretch of Quince Orchard Road. Cars and trucks are zipping through […]

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Massacre Coverage: Same Show, Different Day: Part 2

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In September, I wrote a blog on things that bugged me about media coverage of the September 16 Washington Navy Yard shootings. This blog is about things I found disturbing in media coverage of the January 25 shootings at Columbia Mall. On January 25, a gunman in Howard County’s Columbia Mall murdered two young employees […]

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Romanticizing the Bank

The other day my bank sent me a new check card, along with a letter explaining that Target had reported to them (though not to me) that mine was among  the 40 million credit and debit cards whose information was lifted into the cosmic IT ether by thieves in December. The thieves took my name, […]

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Massacre Coverage: Same Show, Different Day

“Our thoughts and prayers are with…” — fill in the blank. Watching the coverage today of a gunman or gunmen shooting innocents at the Navy Yard, I am struck by sameness, by the familiarity of the coverage. On CNN and MSNBC, you have your Wolf Blitzer, your Pete Williams, with supplemental commentary from a recognizable […]

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SNAP Challenge Days Four and Five: The Hunger Blog

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I know my experience this week is not comparable to many people who survive with the help of government assistance for food. However, there are bound to be some commonalities.  “The end of the month was really hard.” One of my friends shared that with me a few days ago as she remembered the time […]

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SNAP Challenge Day Three: Supplies Dwindle, Awareness Grows

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After three days of five, out of the $50 John and I had to spend, we have almost $10 left. In three days, I have eaten a lot of celery with peanut butter. Tonight my husband John had the leftover brown rice with black beans and chicken thighs casserole. He also had a salad of […]

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SNAP Challenge Day Two: Calmer But Still Afraid

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On Day Two, I am calmer. I realize that all that stuff in yesterday’s blog was a manifestation of anxiety – even panic.  I saw that no longer would I have practically unfettered – regardless of time or location – access to food. I worried I could possibly run out of food.  Unthinkable. I worried […]

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SNAP Challenge Day One: Action Almost Replaces Fear

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Thank goodness, the SNAP Challenge has begun. For days, I have been dreading this week. I have completed the first of five days on our $5-per-person food budget (my husband and I are doing this together so we had $50 to work with for today and the four days to come), my stomach is full […]

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Man on the Street

A man I know is seeing a neurologist. He recently lost consciousness — suddenly and for an unknown reason — while walking in Rockville. Now he says his neurologist is doing some  intensive MRI studies, beginning to explore and feel around the edges of his brain, carefully tiptoeing in on the few neural paths the specialists […]

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