December 27, 2012
From Liz Atwood: Silent Night. The beloved Christmas carol got me thinking recently that we just don't have enough silence anymore. Kids -- at least my kids -- seem especially addicted to noise. I walked into the family room recently to find the 16-year-old doing homework on his laptop while listening to music on his phone and watching a movie on the TV. The middle schooler usually plays games on his iPad while watching television. I'm constantly turning down the volume on the car radio and warning the kids they are going to hurt their ears if they listen to loud music through their earphones.
September 12, 2011
The decision to part ways with tight end Todd Heap elicited questions about the ability of Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta to succeed Heap. Those questions continue to linger, but perhaps not as prominent as they did in the preseason. Dickson led the Ravens in receptions with five, for 59 yards and one touchdown, while Pitta caught two passes for 45 yards in Sunday's 35-7 pasting of the Pittsburgh Steelers. After the game, Dickson could've used part of his interview to rail at critics, but he declined to take the bait.
July 1, 2010
How do you identify a conversation sustainer? Conversation sustainers are the folks who remove the fuzzies from the sweaters of our nation's social interchanges, razoring off the unpleasant bumps and ridges. Or, if you prefer a tastier image, we're the types who verbally cover the awkward gaps in conversations with an innocuous yet pleasant coating, not unlike the candy shell of an M&M. The conversation sustainer routinely smoothes out social interactions and fosters community.
May 16, 2010
— Barry Jacobs has been a University of Virginia lacrosse fan for 50 years, ever since he unsuccessfully tried out for the team as a freshman. A season-ticket holder for many years after moving to Northern Virginia, Jacobs came to Klockner Stadium on Saturday night with mixed emotions. Jacobs, a retired State Department officer, was going to root for the top-ranked and No.1-seed Cavaliers against Mount St. Mary's in their opening game of the NCAA lacrosse tournament, but his heart was heavy from the killing of women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love nearly two weeks ago. Virginia men's lacrosse player George Huguely is charged with murder in her death.
September 7, 2012
The NFL will honor former Ravens and Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell with a moment of silence before each game played this weekend. Modell's two sons, John and David, learned of the news today after meeting with members of the media at the Ravens training complex in Owings Mills. Both were touched by the announcement delivered by team president Dick Cass from commissioner Roger Goodell. Modell, 87, died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital from natural causes.
May 24, 2007
Remember Simon and Garfunkel's 1960s-era hit The Sound of Silence? But what exactly does silence look like? And of course, what does it sound like? This is the subject explored in Speaking of Silence I, an extraordinary exhibit by local artists and students on view at Sub-Basement Artist Studios. The show was organized by Art on Purpose, a community nonprofit founded by curator-educator Peter Bruun that sponsors local exhibitions and workshops about social justice issues. At Sub-Basement, Bruun has put together a potpourri of works ranging from minimalist painting and sculpture to photography, performance art and sound pieces.