July 15, 2007
CALL IT A NO-HURRIES WEEKEND. THE object is to take a getaway but to go slowly, engaging in a meditation of movement and enjoying the journey as much as the destination. That is the answer to those who wonder why anyone would take a six-hour train-and-bus ride from Washington to Virginia Beach when Southwest Airlines offers one-hour, nonstop service from BWI Marshall Airport. A curse upon those who insist that the trip begins when the traveling ends. Getaways are supposed to divert the daily grind -- when we navigate the city's congestion-clogged roads en route to work, zoom to the pharmacy and bank before they close, dash to church or our child's soccer practice or to the mall, with hopes of finding a good parking space.
November 25, 2006
Life is good. Or is it? We work hard, we play hard, and we have more stuff. But we're stressed out, swimming in debt and spending more time working than with family and friends. And, we know we're doing it. According to a survey released by the Center for a New American Dream in Takoma Park, most Americans think that society's priorities are too focused on work and money, and not enough on family and community. That knowledge, though, isn't enough to squelch our often-frantic lifestyles.
June 22, 2006
Whether you go to get juiced before a bar tour or just camp out for conversation, coffeehouses are ideal down-tempo destinations for a TV-less evening. (Laptops are OK, though.) A few cafes around town are open late enough to serve as post-dinner hangouts. All four of these have wireless Internet access. Though its kitchen closes at 10:30 p.m., One World Cafe (100 W. University Parkway, 410-235-5777) serves coffee, tea and other drinks 8 a.m.-2 a.m. Mondays-Saturdays. It's open Sundays, too, just not as late: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The walls are deep yellow, and the crowd -- a lot of Johns Hopkins University students and staff -- is friendly.
August 11, 2005
Another Irish pub/restaurant has come to Baltimore. Tir Na Nog Irish Bar & Grill opened its doors in Harborplace last weekend in the space that used to be the upstairs of Planet Hollywood. General Manager Liam Kelly says the name -- pronounced just as it looks -- means "land of eternal youth." He says it is the third Tir Na Nog. The first is across the street from Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the second is near City Hall in Philadelphia. Liam himself comes from the land of the green, and so does everything inside the restaurant, except the TVs and outside furniture.
April 27, 2005
A line of folks stood sipping lattes outside a Fells Point coffee shop yesterday afternoon. They would have sat, but -- alas -- by city decree, the Daily Grind has no right to outdoor chairs. This is news to the hundreds of customers who have taken their coffee along with a waterfront view for years at the Thames Street coffeehouse's outdoor tables. The Daily Grind found out this month that although it had permits for outdoor seating, the city issued them in error. So when neighbors complained this month about noise, the city said the tables and chairs had to go. Daily Grind owner David Key taped signs in his shop's front window apologizing for the vanished seats and urging upset customers to come inside and sign a petition.
September 1, 2004
NOW THAT Deion Sanders has signed a one-year contract, it's time for the tricky part. The Ravens' coaching staff and front office has to find a way to slowly mesh Sanders' fluff-and-puff, strut-your-stuff personality into a blue-collar locker room. The players have been publicly saying the right things since the story broke nearly two weeks ago, but privately some are questioning if the Ravens are about to become the Washington Redskins by bringing in a high-priced free agent, and possibly bailing on a philosophy that relies on teamwork and chemistry.