November 8, 2012
When students in the Howard County after-school program Can-Teen say "please" and "thank you," they scarcely sound as if they were once nagged or scolded into doing so. Instead, their expressions of gratitude appear to be just that, and they understand why such expressions are warranted. Sound strange for a group of more than a dozen teens? Not according to Taurean Washington, the youth director for the Can-Teen program, a county recreation and parks program that teaches leadership skills and etiquette.
October 8, 2012
Henry Alford, author of 2012's “Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That? A Modern Guide to Manners,” will join the Howard County Library System for its Choose Civility symposium Oct. 11 at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City. The writer is known for his contributions to The New Yorker, The New York Times and Vanity Fair and is often heard on National Public Radio. Alford says manners are “a perennially interesting topic to a large group of people because we've all been dealt misdeeds and everyone has a grievance.” He agreed to share more of his perspectives on civility with Howard Magazine.
March 14, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley, who continues to campaign for same-sex marriage in advance of a likely referendum aimed at overturning the law he signed this month, will speak Friday at a conference in Baltimore for gay and lesbian Catholics. Also scheduled to appear at the conference organized by the Maryland-based New Ways Ministry are Barbara Johnson, who was denied Communion at her mother's funeral Mass in Gaithersburg last month because she is a lesbian; former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who has written a book critical of church involvement in politics; and Geoffery Robinson, a retired Catholic bishop from Australia.
December 19, 2011
Dr. Mark I. Rossberg, a pediatric anesthesiologist at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, died Thursday of prostate cancer at his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 50. "Mark was a superbly talented anesthesiologist and a masterful clinician-educator, but above all he was the consummate pediatrician," said Dr. Edward D. Miller, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
November 16, 2011
Joe Flacco is one of the most mild-mannered players in the NFL. But - as demonstrated Wednesday - even he has his limits. A hotly-discussed topic around Baltimore since Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks has been the Ravens' decision to ask the quarterback drop back a career-high 53 times and yet hand the ball off to running back Ray Rice just five times. For the contest, the offense ran 54 pass plays and 12 run plays. So when a reporter asked Flacco if he noticed the disparity during the game, the fourth-year player fired back.
August 25, 2011
Dan Rodricks went to the new Gino's Burgers & Chicken. There, he discovered good manners, people waiting in line patiently calmly. He mentions the "chat-and-cut" phenomenon that Larry David introduced on a recent "Curb Your Enthusiasm. " Apparently, David, the Linnaeus of rudeness, has been having fun with restaurant behavior this season. I've read as much on dining websites, and friends tell me about it. I am alergic to "Curb Your Enthusiasm. " I know you're supposed to not like the characters, but I hate, hate, hate them so much that I get zero entetaintment from watching them. naming-of-rude-phenomena thing feels super stale.