June 30, 2002
Jennifer Henning sells children's books to small bookstores for Random House. Her favorite character is Lucille, a piglet who struggles victoriously to get into a snowsuit. "She has a great spirit," Henning said of the character, "that young, ready-for-anything kind of spirit." She might as well be describing herself. Henning, 31, of Sykesville, just graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore. She is due to have her first child in September and is beginning a job search she hopes will land her in public accounting.
October 14, 2003
It's 8 a.m. on the first day of the new Baltimore Freedom Academy. The school's 105 pioneering ninth-graders will be arriving in minutes. The atmosphere is frenetic. "We're having a baby today! One hundred of them!" Tisha Edwards, the head of school, gushes to a parent volunteer in the cramped office of the academy, which for now is meeting at Baltimore City Community College downtown. For the next four years, Edwards, a woman with no background in education, will be momma to those babies.
March 21, 1995
Much has been made of the idealism upon which Howard County's Columbia was founded. A promise of social and economic diversity undergirded the planned city when it was born a quarter-century ago. Now, however, that core philosophy seems under siege in Columbia, as it is on the national political scene.For those looking from the outside in, Columbia is often held up as a suburban utopia, unique in its willingness to accept people from all walks of life. But for those who know Columbia best -- the people who live within its borders -- a more realistic view is emerging.
May 12, 1991
"I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO GET A LOT of hate mail, but quite the opposite," says Brown University senior Jeff Shesol, creator of "Politically Correct Person," one of the characters in the popular Brown Daily Herald comic strip "Thatch."The favorable response to the introduction of P.C. Person -- fitted out like a superhero in cape, trunks and iron-clad idealism -- suggests "that the P.C. are a real minority," Mr. Shesol believes. But despite their small numbers, he says, "they make a lot of noise and shut down the discussion, which goes against the idea of what the university is all about.
November 11, 2006
It's hard to believe it has only been two years since a Bush administration official was mocking "the reality-based community" to the writer Ron Suskind. Since then, there has been a lot of reality - most of it in Iraq, and none of it pretty - and this week it finally caught up with Washington. In comes Robert M. Gates, the president's nominee as defense secretary, to put the stamp of the Republican Party's realist wing on U.S. policy in Iraq. It's a big retreat from idealism, or at least the idealism that marked the Bush administration's hopes to remake the Middle East.
August 3, 2002
I'll certainly forgive the Lindhs for still loving their child. And I'll excuse Susan Reimer for feeling sorry for them. I feel sorry for them, too. But I cannot take the comparisons Ms. Reimer draws in her column "Lindh rage gives way to sadness" (July 23) without comment. Ms. Reimer paints the Lindh case as another case of youthful idealism gone awry. And she compares his parents' experience to that of the parents of the kids killed at Kent State or while working in the voter registration drives in the South, or those beaten and harassed protesting the Vietnam War. Ms. Reimer writes, "All of these families learned a lesson the Lindh family now understands.