November 19, 2010
"Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?" — Maurice Maeterlinck On a sun-splashed late autumn morning, the Druid Hill Park Conservatory, that wonderful whimsical-looking building from the age of Queen Victoria, is a brilliant symphony of curved glass and light. It makes a visitor to this quiet western corner of Baltimore's 600-acre Druid Hill Park think that he's gotten lost and ended up instead in Belle Epoque London, Vienna or Paris.
January 30, 2005
A GOOD FRIEND of mine likes to call Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. "towel-snapper Bob." It's a reference to Mr. Ehrlich's days as an athlete at the Gilman School and later at Princeton University. My friend's devotion to party would make a yellow-dog Democrat look bipartisan. So the Republican governor's success renders him (nearly) speechless. He knows that Mr. Ehrlich's good ol' boy confidence has been working passably well. Our governor likes being called "Bob" or "Bobby," preferring the informal over the desire of less politically astute advisers who look for a little more gravitas in their governor.
September 2, 2004
Ehrlich's attack on Democrats lacks all logic Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s statement that Democrats are "racist" is an attack lacking all logic and evidence ("Democrats `racist,' Md. governor says," Aug. 31). At the national level, the Rev. Al Sharpton reminded us that Democrats led the fight to pass the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. Moreover, most Democrats support affirmative action, hate-crimes legislation and a host of other issues that are disproportionately important to African-Americans.
May 8, 2003
CLARIFICATION A May 8 editorial about William J. Bennett's gambling said Empower America opposes casinos and slots. The group says it has no official position on gambling. WILLIAM J. BENNETT gambled very heavily, and it has cost him more than money - providing one more glaring lesson in why Marylanders shouldn't risk legalizing slots. Who knew Mr. Bennett - former U.S. education secretary and drug czar, author of the best-selling Book of Virtues, and $50,000-a-pop sermonizer - was also a whale, the sort of high-roller that Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos thrive on?
January 13, 2002
In 1949, a woman visited the New Canaan, Conn., residence of the renowned architect Philip Johnson. He had just designed one of the very first modern homes in postwar America. It was flat-roofed with brick and stone floors, steel detailing and exterior walls made completely of glass that took in the views of the countryside. "I could never live here," the woman blurted out to its owner. "I'm glad," replied Johnson. Johnson's home, now known as the Glass House, has since become an icon of modern residential architecture and upon his death will become the property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
October 17, 2001
TORONTO - Director John Dahl thought his Joy Ride star, Leelee Sobieski, was mature beyond her years. But he forgot just how young she was until discovering she missed her high school prom to perform in the movie. "We all felt like such jerks," Dahl said. "I felt terrible. So the grips and the electrics got together and bought her some flowers. She was a real trouper about it." The 19-year-old Sobieski is part of a new crop of actresses whose sophistication belies their age. Fellow New Yorker Julia Stiles (O)