Think Again! With Gaynelle Evans

October 8, 2013 | Gaynelle Evans

The trench in front of my house is now nearly finished.

Sligo Hills Stormwater Project (Video)

I can hear them arrive in the deep quiet of predawn. Car doors closing. Occasional shouted greetings. Minutes later, the Storm Water Project construction crew brings in the noise, as earth movers, bulldozers, trucks and other thunderous vehicles move into place. The grinding, beeping, pinging and rumbling begins. Take a look and listen for yourself […]

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August 15, 2013 | Gaynelle Evans

Artist Ako Catuera's "migration is beautiful" at the Silver Spring Pop-up Museum.

Pop-Up Museum in Silver Spring

Most pop-up museums are pretty straightforward. They are short-term institutions in temporary spaces. The Smithsonian Asian-Latino Festival 2013 held its final event, a pop-up museum called  “Intersections As American Life,” at the literal intersection of Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive in downtown Silver Spring. My neighbor Fran Rothstein invited me to pop in with her […]

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August 1, 2013 | Gaynelle Evans

Sligo Park Hills residents set the table for neighborhood children under a much loved, but dying tree.

Tree Love

Ever fallen in love with a tree? Maybe it was the one offering the gracious shade you played under as a child, the strong, sheltering branches you climbed in to hide, or the sweetly forbidden fruit you strained to reach.  You may have carved your initials in a tree or two as a young adult, […]

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April 30, 2013 | Gaynelle Evans

Photo by David Paul Ohmer on Flickr.

Gun Crazy

We’ve all been called crazy, done crazy things or had them done to us. Some of us have even felt crazy. Consider this: Given how we use it, does the word “crazy” accurately describe the off-your-meds, maybe undiagnosed, separated-from-reality, violent and destructive mindset of someone who uses a gun to kill children? Or teens? Or […]

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April 6, 2013 | Gaynelle Evans

Photo by lwpkommunikacio on Flickr

Coon Wars

A man steadies the cage and gently guides it away from the chimney top. I catch my breath and pause in the driveway, stopped by the drama unfolding on my neighbor’s roof. Inside the cage is a raccoon as big as my kitchen stove. Forgive the kitchen reference. Seeing the caged animal took me back […]

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March 22, 2013 | Gaynelle Evans

Weight watching panache: Escarole, roasted carrots and brocolli and a marinated and baked 4.5 ounce loin chop.

Small Plates. Big Food.

Put a lot of food on a small plate and it’s supposed to look like more. To me, small plates with big food look like just what they are: Not enough. I had seven more pounds to go before reaching my Weight Watcher’s goal the last time I reported in to you. The road has […]

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March 18, 2013 | Gaynelle Evans

photo door wreath

Yellow Door

Gutters cleaned, leaves blown, grass cut, appliances repaired, the exterior and most rooms painted. In the 15 years I’ve lived in this house, I’ve maintained it. Still, from the outside, the house was looking drab.  That is, when you could see it. Until recently, mine was a house hidden on a hill gone wild. The […]

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March 8, 2013 | Gaynelle Evans

She might look innocent, but...

Unleashed and At Large.

Short ones. Tall ones. Big ones. Small ones. There are a lot of dogs in my neighborhood. If you live in America, you probably have a canine or two as neighbors too.   We Americans share our homes with more than 78 million dogs, according to the American Pet Products Association 2011-2012 National Pet Owners […]

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March 2, 2013 | Gaynelle Evans

photo parking meter with pay by cell notice

Old Dog. New Trick.

Nickels and dimes never bought enough time.  So, until recently, my friends and I lugged  heavy rolls of quarters, or dove deep into pockets, purses, ashtrays and into the crevices of car seats, hoping to find them — at least until the dawn of the Pay-By-Cell parking meter. At first glance, most of the Pay-By-Cell […]

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February 11, 2013 | Gaynelle Evans

Gaynelle Evans photo

Think Again! About Losing Weight

After a lifetime of being ‘the big girl’ in the room, I’m closing in on a weight-loss goal I never thought I’d see. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes more than 30 percent of all Americans adults as obese. Who’d have thought it possible that I’d weigh less at age 60 than I […]

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