This year, resolve not to get too bogged down by resolutions


January 03, 1994|By LYN BACKE

Resolving to "pay attention" didn't work last year, so I haven't re-resolved. This year, I'm appropriating Nike's slogan and am determined to "just do it."

This being the third of January, that of course means that all my Christmas thank-you notes are written, the linen napkins from Christmas dinner are washed, ironed and put away (along with the cotton shirt I bought in July and wore once) and I've prepared the cold frame to start my tomato plants in February. Not!

If three or four things do get done in a timely manner, however, the resolution won't be a total waste.


This time of year, when we're all indoors much of the time, we tend to do some mental weeding of furnishings and furbelows. If your furbelows are of Victorian origin, as so many are, the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society might be able to use them at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum.

Among the furnishings specifically needed are a breakfront and chairs for the kitchen and a cradle for the bedroom. Clothing, kitchen utensils, books or any item from 1860-1890 would be welcome at the restored waterman's house. They would be displayed for visitors and considered as charitable contributions for tax purposes.

If you have items to donate, call Acquisitions Chairwoman Barbara Owings at (410) 867-0958.


Maryland Public Television's Sesame Street Preschool Education Program is co-sponsoring a training program for child care providers at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck library on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The course provides hands-on activities and ideas on how to use books, puppets, songs and crafts, in conjunction with Sesame Street programs, to get children excited about learning.

Registration is required. There is a $10 materials charge. Participants will earn 4 1/2 credit hours from the Child Care Administration of Maryland. The course is also being offered Jan. 22 at Severna Park and March 19 at North County. To register, call 222-7271.


Among the treasures of any era is the artist who can skewer the foibles and hypocrisies of contemporary culture and tack them on a metaphoric bulletin board for all to see.

One such was Honore Daumier (1808-1879), the French painter, sculptor, and lithographer who raised the political and social awareness of the citizens of France in the mid-19th century. Forty-six of his lithographs, shown for the first time as a group, are on display at the St. John's College Mitchell Gallery through Feb. 27. The works date from 1849-1860, the time of the Second Republic and the first half of the Second Empire.

An opening reception is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. A lecture by University of New Hampshire art history professor David Ross Smith and Samuel H. Kress, senior fellow at the National Gallery, will be held Jan. 19. On Feb. 8, Jane Haslem, owner and director of the Jane Haslem Gallery in Washington, will discuss the development of political cartoons.

Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, plus 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. For information, call 626-2556.


I was perhaps seven when I realized that The New Yorker was about one-tenth as thick the week after Christmas as it was the week before. I notice now the same thing about my mailbox and message machine! It's a new year, with surely much going on. I can share it with your neighbors if you share it with me first. Give me a call at 263-2421.

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