A tree for Precious: May it grow mighty and tall

People associated with Glenwood Life Counseling Center — one of Baltimore’s longtime drug treatment clinics, a place that has helped countless men and women in their recovery from addiction — remembered Tekeyia “Precious” Frailing with a tree planted in her honor on Friday, the final day of National Recovery Month. To say Precious was a … Continue reading A tree for Precious: May it grow mighty and tall

Tickets now on sale: A One-Man Play with a Cast of Seven

Directed by Will Schwarz with original music by Mat Lane. Longtime journalist Dan Rodricks tells stories from his more than four decades as an award-winning Baltimore Sun columnist and radio and television host. A theatrical memoire, the play allows Rodricks to bring to life from the wings some of the many people he has encountered … Continue reading Tickets now on sale: A One-Man Play with a Cast of Seven

A Baltimore justice and a Maryland enslaver played a part in the legal history of insurrection

In my column in Wednesday’s Sun, I reported that Mark Graber, a distinguished professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and constitutional expert, helped make the case for the disqualification of a New Mexico official who took part in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Graber testified that the words and actions … Continue reading A Baltimore justice and a Maryland enslaver played a part in the legal history of insurrection

Blessed release: A Jewish ritual at the water’s edge

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which began Sunday evening, September 25, includes a ritual that brings people to the water's edge for a spiritual experience. It's called Tashlikh, and I'm a Catholic who has developed a keen appreciation for it. I first witnessed Tashlikh one autumn afternoon along Cross Country Boulevard in Northwest Baltimore, … Continue reading Blessed release: A Jewish ritual at the water’s edge

“For 12 years, we’ve paid him $2 million in taxpayer salaries and he’s passed one law, to rename a post office.”

The quote in the headline of this post appears in my weekend column in The Baltimore Sun. It is how Heather Mizeur, the Democratic candidate for Maryland’s 1st District congressional seat, characterizes the record of her Republican opponent, Andy Harris. The post office mentioned is in Salisbury, and Mizeur is correct: It was a bill … Continue reading “For 12 years, we’ve paid him $2 million in taxpayer salaries and he’s passed one law, to rename a post office.”

Duende works both ways — this time against the Baltimore Ravens

Eleven months ago, I declared Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson as one of the few earthly beings with duende. Defined by the playwright and poet Federico Garcia Lorca, duende means star power, charisma, a kind of ghostly spirit that gets into the blood of artists — dancers, singers, writers of verse — and takes over. It … Continue reading Duende works both ways — this time against the Baltimore Ravens

Republicans again back immigrant cruelty even as the U.S. faces a severe worker shortage

Republicans of the #MAGA Cult were amused and downright giddy after Florida’s horrible governor tried to out-Trump Trump by flying 50 unsuspecting immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard to “own the libs.” It was a cruel act, and yet the #MAGA thinks the Ron DeSantis Airlift made a damning point about the Biden administration’s immigration and border … Continue reading Republicans again back immigrant cruelty even as the U.S. faces a severe worker shortage

About Baltimore: No, Mr. Tufaro, the city is not dying

David Tufaro, a Baltimore attorney and developer who once ran as a Republican for mayor, says he doesn’t see or hear hate expressed for the city as I do, a subject I addressed in Sunday’s column. How ironic. While not hateful, Mr. Tufaro’s recent letter to the editor of The Sun certainly qualifies as a … Continue reading About Baltimore: No, Mr. Tufaro, the city is not dying

Upper Marlboro wants to draw a crowd to update this 1922 photo

The centennial of Crain Highway prompts a celebration in Prince George's County Press notice: “We are excited and proud to bring people together to re-create the photo that was taken 100 years ago,” said Upper Marlboro Town Clerk John Hoatson, who is organizing the Oct. 1 festivities. (The photo session is scheduled for 11 am.) … Continue reading Upper Marlboro wants to draw a crowd to update this 1922 photo