April 12, 2013
I cannot understand why in a country like the United States politicians should have any authority over marriage or other personal preferences. Be it gay marriage, polygamy or a puff on a marijuana cigarette, these are private matters. If no one in society is negatively affected by a personal behavior, what is the concern? If a gay couple marry and have kids, and the kids are healthy and happy, what is the problem? If a man or woman want to cohabitate with multiple spouses, and their "collective family" is happy and content, why should the government be concerned?
April 5, 2013
Terri Stafford used to take Lulu, her border collie mix, to medical facilities as part of a Baltimore-based volunteer program that enabled her to share her beloved pet's affection with others in need of it. "We did that for several years until Lulu got too sick" with cancer, said Stafford, a retired registered nurse who lives in Baltimore County. "Toward the end, when Lulu wasn't feeling well, she spent a lot of time hiding in the closet. But I'd say, 'Lulu, let's go visiting.' And she'd come running out and jump in the car. She loved it. "I also used to enjoy the way people would light up when I would bring Lulu to visit them," Stafford said.
February 19, 2013
Kim and her new nose are throwing a little party to debut her readjusted cartilage. She also wants to celebrate her sobriety. Cute idea, having a coffee bar instead of a liquor bar. The annoyed, strained smile on the barista's face when she suggested iced drinks was golden. Never have I seen so much thinly veiled disdain expressed so efficiently. Kyle comes over with Portia and Taylor's daughter Kennedy (love that name). Portia, for one, is terrified of her Auntie Kim's taped-up face.
February 18, 2013
Just when we were getting our heads around the idea that many (if not most) of us will lose brain function as we age, there is news that another one of those physical gifts we take for granted is likely to leave us. Our sense of smell. It is a bit of a blow, if you will excuse the pun. And it joins a growing list: balance, flexibility, muscle mass, strength, vision, hearing and hair, to name just a handful of the things the young take for granted. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that our sense of smell degrades as we age, reducing both pleasure and safety.
November 27, 2012
A conservation group is warning that many of Maryland's counties are skirting a new state law requiring them to rein in development of rural lands. 1000 Friends of Maryland says that more than a third of the state's 23 counties have done little or nothing so far to comply with the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 , which aims to restrict new housing on septic systems in rural areas. "What we have are eight counties that are in the red zone," says Dru Schmidt-Perkins, the Friends executive director.
November 4, 2012
Laurel Park Lighthouse Bay wins Smart Halo by nose Lighthouse Bay sat off the dueling leaders and then edged a 64-1 shot by a nose to win the $100,000 Smart Halo Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Laurel Park on Saturday. Jockey Kendrick Carmouche was content to sit behind front-runners Baby J and Jax and Jill before gaining the lead in the upper stretch. By midstretch Laurel Park-based Ek Haseena challenged Lighthouse Bay and the two bumped and brushed several times in the final furlong before the winner put a nose in front at the wire.